Ostend (Oostende), Belgium
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ABOVE: Old harbor, Ostend.
Our discount-booking partner has illustrated listings of more than two dozen
hotels in Ostend. (We use Venere for our own hotel reservations, since its
negotiated rates tend to be cheaper than official hotel prices.)
Ostend's De Ploate Youth Hostel has a capacity of 124 in rooms with
three to seven beds. All rooms have private facilities, and rates include
breakfast, sheets, and taxes. The hostel is in the city center, offers free bike
parking, and is open 24 hours a day.
Dining and nightlife
||LEFT: Oysters, a specialty of
Ostend, are prepared at a local seafood stand.
Restaurants in Ostend
Visit Oostende has English-language listings for several dozen restaurants,
with descriptions, price categories, and other information. Also see the
tourist office's nightlife
listings, which range from clubs to "brown pubs."
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