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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Ypres Belgium (2024 Updated)

Belgium has frequently been referred to as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world and no wander can find a few gay friendly hotels Ypres.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Belgium are seen as some of the most progressive in Europe and in the world. Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 1795, with an equal age of consent, except from 1965 until 1985. After granting same-sex couples domestic partnership benefits in 2000, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2003. Same-sex adoption was fully legalised in 2006 under the same terms and conditions as heterosexual adoption, and lesbian couples can access IVF as well.

Ypres (leper), is a town in the Belgian province of West Flanders. It’s surrounded by the Ypres Salient battlefields, where many cemeteries, memorials and war museums honor the battles that unfolded in this area during World War I. After being destroyed in the war, many important buildings were carefully reconstructed, including Gothic-style Sint-Maartenskathedraal (St. Martin’s Cathedral) and its soaring spire.

Top attractions to visit in Ieper (Ypres)


Day Tours Ypres


1. Novotel Ieper Centrum 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres Belgium

Novotel Ieper Centrum
Novotel Ieper Centrum

Right in the heart of historical Ypres, the Novotel Ieper Centrum provides you with 24-hour room service. Guests can make use of 2 MAC computers with free internet in the lobby.

The restaurant provides a warm atmosphere for your meals and its kitchen is available 24 hours a day. There is a children’s playground next to the restaurant and a terrace.

At walking distance, you can reach the Flanders Field Museum and the Menin Gate, where the Last Post Ceremony is played every evening.

Novotel Ieper Centrum is a 3 star hotel in the heart of the city centre. The medieval Cloth Hall and its belfry, the In Flanders Fields Museum and the famous Menin Gate are within walking distance. The hotel has 123 spacious air conditioned rooms, Gourmet Bar with terrace and 4 conference rooms for all your meetings and seminars. This hotel is equally suited to a business trip or a holiday in Ypres with your partner or family. Guests also enjoy the convenience of a public car park.

Perfectly located in the centre of Ypres, minutes‘s walk from the Menin Gate and the beautiful square in front of the famous Cloth Hall. Our room was spacious, spotlessly clean and comfortable having been recently refurbished to an excellent standard. The buffet breakfast offers a sumptuous selection including cooked sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms etc and a choice of fruit salad, yogurts and cold meats and cheese.

What made it special was the availability of batter and a machine, which allows you to cook your own fresh waffles. How fabulous is that. Yummy.

Our room was absolutely lovely with great decor, sparkling clean throughout, and they had already made up the sofabed for our son.

All of the staff were polite,efficient and welcoming. We didn’t eat in the hotel, but did have drinks in the bar, and coffees in the morning, and it was all nicely done.

I’d definitely stay again, and highly recommend it as a place to stay when visiting Ieper. We were only a 3 minute walk from the central square, and the same time to walk to the evening ceremony at 8pm at the Menin Gate.

The room was spotless and the facilities were more than adequate , we didn’t have breakfast as it seemed very pricy at €20 per person,per day and there are plenty of coffee shops around the hotel that provide breakfast at a better price.

We found the hotel very clean and it’s location makes it very convenient being only a minute from the main square and a 3-4 minute walk to Menin Gate.

The good points other than the excellent location. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was excellent (Ours was included in our package) Plenty of staff to replenish the wide variety of food. Toiletries, Towels and tea etc was replenished every day.

The location is excellent –just round the corner from the centre and the Menin Gate.Our room was a standard double and was spacious with hanging and drawers for clothes.There was a kettle with tea and coffee and a small fridge.It was really warm but the windows opened and there was a good fan The bathroom had a hair dryer and shampoo and gel.The toilet was separate which was strange but we soon got used to it.

All the staff we encountered were pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was included with our trip and there was a good selection of hot and cold.

I would recommend this hotel and would be happy to stay there again.

We had booked a superior room, which it definitely was, large bed, couch, and plenty of room. We loved the USB points by the bed they are very handy, we wish all hotels did that.

Housekeeping were fabulous did a great job, tea and coffee facilities but small cups. Small fridge with complimentary drinks & small snacks. We could only find plastic drinking cups no glasses, in fact we took glasses from the bar to use in the room.

The hotel is almost on the market square so everything is very close, two minute walk to Menin Gate.
Didn’t use the restaurant as we like to try and be locals!

What we both felt was that there was no real atmosphere in the lobby, very soft music but it didn’t feel very inviting but we would definitely recommend and return if we were back in Ieper.

The Novotel Hotel in the centre of Ypres could not be situated in a better location as it is right off The Groote Markt and around the corner from The Menin Gate.

There is an underground carpark, but this was closed when we were there. There is space to unload and check in with free parking located a very short walk away outside of the Town boundaries.

The breakfast is comprehensive and offers a buffet style hot and cold English and Continental style options. There is plenty of fresh fruit, cereals, breads, cheese, meat and loads more. This is eat as much as you like and represents excellent value for money.

The rooms offer a free safe, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge and minibar, coffee maker, hairdryer and loads of other great stuff. Our Superior Room had a large seating area with a table and two chairs.

This is an ideal city style hotel to stay when visiting Ypres.

Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres
Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres

How much does a room costs at Novotel Ieper Centrum ?

Prices start 120$/night for Superior Double Room

These rooms have extra facilities such as a seating area, stereo and toilet amenities.

Where to book online – Novotel Ieper Centrum – Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres you can find the best hotels deals in Ypres during The Kattenstoet  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Ypres on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Best Western Flanders Lodge 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Ypres

Flanders Lodge Hotel
Flanders Lodge Hotel

Just outside Ypres, you’ll find the cosy family hotel of Flanders Lodge, with a nice winter garden restaurant and the charm of a log cabin.

The hotel’s restaurant has a cosy bar and terrace that offer a warm ambience for a chat and a drink. Benefit from a free Wi-Fi connection and free parking at this comfortable establishment.

Unwind in one of the simple, elegant guest rooms, each equipped with many modern facilities and their own bath. The hotel provides a wonderful base for exploring the area, with its rich history and war monuments.

Best Western Flanders Lodge is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Ieper (Ypres), offering many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Close to some of Ieper (Ypres)’s most popular landmarks, such as The seventeenth century Vauban ramparts (0.9 mi) and Saint Martin’s Cathedral (1.1 mi), Best Western Flanders Lodge is a great destination for tourists.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Ypres Best Western offer a flat screen TV.

Guests of Best Western Ypres are also welcome to enjoy free breakfast, located on site. For travelers arriving by car, free parking is available.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Mediterranean restaurants, including Restaurant Captain Cook, Olijfje, and T’ribbekotje, all of which are a short distance from Ypres Best Western.

Looking to explore? Then look no further than In Flanders Fields Museum (1.1 mi), Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders) (1.2 mi), and Market Square (1.1 mi), which are some popular Ieper (Ypres) attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

Enjoy your stay in Ieper (Ypres)!

Flanders Lodge is just outside Ypres town centre. The welcoming staff speak perfect English There’s a good bar, pleasant outdoor drinks area, big free car park. Ours was a large, pleasant room under the roof pitch, very comfortable twins, with good linen, towels etc, bath/shower in a very quiet part of the complex. This hotel is a series of lodges all linked . There is a lift. During Covid the breakfast arrangements were excellent, efficient, safe and pleasant. Very nice breakfast, a mix of continental with patisseries, yoghurts and fruit plus in our case , scrambled egg and bacon. Choice of heart coffee or tea. The breakfast was copious and delicious.

The entire hotel is scrupulously clean and well cared for. Our deal was very good for the quality of our stay. The Lodge is very popular with groups of mature cyclists enjoying the flat trails and roads and streets of Ypres.

Rooms were as described and couldn’t be faulted; clean tidy and quiet. Breakfast was particularly good with a wide variety of food and drinks including fresh orange juice.

The hotel is out of the town centre with nothing in the immediate vicinity for tourists however it is in walking distance of the Menin Gate or a short taxi ride which costs between €7-10 depending on time of travel.

Would certainly stay again if I was in the area.

About 15-20 minutes walk from the centre of town and roads around the hotel are not very pedestrian friendly (no paths for approx. 1/2 mile). A bit more expensive than we usually use for an overnight, but Ypres is a popular destination and cost included excellent breakfast.

Room was great; clean, great shower and a huge and very comfortable bed.

All the staff we met during our short stay were very helpful and friendly and the location was very quiet – might be a bit far out of town centre for some but the on site facilities seemed popular with other guests and it was very busy when we stayed.

Overall, would highly recommend if you want a good night’s sleep and don’t mind a walk (or drive) into town.

The holiday was about visiting the sites areas and cemeteries of WW1 but the hotel is well worth a mention for it not like a lot of continental hotels for start the breakfast is fantastic with a full hot menus a comprehensive cold cuts salad pastries etc you name it it’s there.

As one Canadian couple put it “we always stay here because they cater for you Brits.

The rooms were fine modern cleans and tidy with a pleasant walk in shower but only shelve no drawers for your clothes and the coat hanger do not take trousers, they are abit gloomy as the lights are poor.
The bar is functional but the service is slow with only one barman but for a hotel the beer is reasonable and cheap by British hotels

A nice touch at breakfast was the place mat which is a WW1 theme with major john MccRae’s poem” In Flanders Field” where we later visited the cemetery and site of his field dressing station which is quite emotional

The food in the hotel is ok but not great you are better off in Ypres where in the main square we had some great dinners for the same price as the hotel plus drinks and 6 of in a mini bus cost 12 euros back to the hotel you could walk but it will take you 30 minutes

Food and wine in Belgium are very reasonable and do not forget the chocolates

At the end it was about visiting WW1 Battlefield tour and to that end the Leger holiday was a resounding success with a brilliant guide in Keith the 2 exception competent drivers in Keith and Evo (don’t ask) with a good hotel a bonus.

My first impression was that the room was sparse but in fact it had all you might need – a good bathroom, two chairs with a table, a desk and desk chair, excellent aircon, a fridge, hanging space, sufficient sockets and lights and two comfortable beds. A safe would have made it perfect. Very quiet and excellent value.

We ate dinner as a group on two occasions in the room used as the hotel breakfast room. There is a separate restaurant but I cannot comment on that. We were well looked after and the service for 55 diners at one sitting was efficient. Do not be put off by the fact that the hotel serves as a base for school groups visiting the battle-fields. The annex is away from the main hotel and you might not realise that any group was there.

And of course the staff speak excellent English! You can walk into Ypres in about 25 minutes and a visit is strongly recommended. You can of course also take a taxi if you have no car. The hotel played a key part in ensuring the success of the tour.

Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres
Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres

How much does a room costs at Flanders Lodge Hotel ?

Prices start 125$/night for King Room.

Where to book online – Flanders Lodge Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres you can find the best hotels deals in Ypres during The Kattenstoet  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Ypres on  or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Main Street Hotel 4* – LGBTQ Friendly Hotels Ypres

Main Street Hotel
Main Street Hotel

Set in a monumental building in the centre of Ypres, Hotel Main Street & a gay friendly hotels Ypres offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi and large flat-screen TVs. It serves an extensive breakfast every morning.

Each room comes with large box spring beds, air conditioning and free usage of a well-stocked minibar. Guests benefit from a Nespresso coffee machine, a DVD player and free choice of DVDs. Some of the rooms have a whirlpool, a terrace or a flat-screen TV in the design bathroom.

Guests can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet including local meats, cheeses, juices, sparkling wine, homemade breads, rice porridge and fruit salad. A menu with hot dishes like poached eggs, black pudding with onion and apples can be ordered as well. For dinner, several restaurants are located in the nearby area of Main Street.

The honesty bar offers free coffee and tea with something sweet and a selection of drinks. For warm days, a colourful terrace-garden is available.

Warm and cosy…Luxurious, full of surprises! Delicious breakfast with warm choices, organic and local products. Minibar, beautiful music, DVD-choice, WIFI, airco, sweets: included!

pon arrival we were greeted by Elodie (owner) and offered a local beer which was extremely well received. Elodie took the time to show us maps and has very good knowledge of surrounding areas. After our drink we were shown to our room (Glory) which was just delightful. Beautifully decorated with lots of lovely touches, tea, coffee, complimentary mini bar. Bathroom well equipped with lovely toiletries and soft white towels. Robes and slippers also available. The room and amenities were absolutely spotless and this room has an amazing bath and great shower.

This hotel is in a great location within 10 minutes walk of main square with a variety of shops and great places to eat and also The Menin Gate.

Breakfast included in room rate is taken in a lovely, quirky dining room which was so well appointed and served in beautiful pottery cups, saucers, plates and tea/coffee pots. Breakfast consisted of buffet style continental mostly local produce with lovely cheese, ham, rillettes, foie gras, fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, homemade bread, rice pudding and a selection of pastries, cereals, granola and juice. You can also choose from and egg selection cooked to order.

Breakfast was truly delicious. There is also an honesty bar where you can take a selection of alcoholic drinks and write on a pad what you have had.

We absolutely loved our stay at this lovely hotel, Elodie is so helpful and made us feel so welcome and at home we will definitely return.

This definitely is not a 3 star hotel and it is unfortunate that it isn’t given a higher status, as it is so much more than a 3 star. This hotel beats a lot of 4 star hotels hands down!

Carine is a fantastic host and so helpful and knowledgeable too. We were offered a welcome drink and advised where to eat and how best to navigate the area, as the yearly Rally were in town.

Breakfasts were huge with a wide range which I never got bored of. There are a lot of choices from breads, homemade cat claw (lovely and similar to a pastry), rice pudding was divine, hot breakfast meals, cold meats, homemade pate, jams, fruit salad, clotted cream, freshly squeezed juices etc. Wished I remembered to take a photo!

There is an honesty bar and a free tea/coffee machine in the breakfast area. In your room there is a tea/coffee machine along with fresh milk! I must say it really was a nice touch to see fresh milk in the fridge and not UHT milk! In the room you also have a free mini bar with soft as well as alcoholic beverages. There are snacks provided in the room too, which is lovely and very thoughtful after a hard days walk.

I can’t fault this hotel. If I return to Ypres I wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else.

This a wonderful little hotel which is truly deserving of its high Trip Advisor ratings. I can honestly say it is one of the best small hotels I have ever stayed at. The pleasant experience starts the moment of arrival with welcome drink and warm introduction to the hotel, Ypres, and surrounding sites. The rooms are impeccable and extremely comfortable. We had a large soaker tub with wall TV and waterproof TV controller, as well as a separate large shower, and deluxe toiletries supplied. The complimentary mini bar with snacks and large range of adult and friendly drinks was a very nice <span class=”_3f5ztoLj”>touch.

Breakfast next morning was superb and included hot and cold local delicacies as well as excellent coffee, sparkling wine, freshly squeezed juices and some really excellent fresh bread and pastries. Outstanding. The overall experience was capped off by very pleasant discussions with the owner who is friendly, knowledgeable, and a most excellent host. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres
Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres

How much does a room costs at Main Street Hotel ?

Prices start 279$/night for Superior Double Room with Terrace. The Deluxe Double Room with Whirlpool is  316$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This spacious room is located on the ground floor and includes a private terrace with a seating area and a luxurious bathroom with a TV and a whirlpool featuring a rain shower and star-light ceiling.

Where to book online – Main Street Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Ypres you can find the best hotels deals in Ypres during The Kattenstoet  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Ypres on  or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.