Attributing to the rather classical vibe of the Recour Hotel, each room was individually named and styled. ‘Euterpe’ had been neatly painted on the white wooden door to the Romantik superior, accompanied by the underlying image of a flute. The name is representative of the Goddess of Lyric Poetry in Greek Mythology, who is known to carry a double flute.
Pale browns and luscious limes were aesthetically pleasing to the eye, as was the accompanying philosophical theme, which added to the personality of the place.
With 15 furnished and an additional four guest rooms, I admit it was refreshing to see an authentic key-turn lock replace the bog standard mechanical swipe mechanism. Recour Hotel boasts four-star chic accommodation, where I had the privilege of allocation in the old building, with a new set of stylish, contemporary Design guest rooms accessible via a bridge overlooking the hotel’s own town garden. I was welcomed by an elongated bathroom with separate shower and bath facilities, with a small window overlooking the quaint Paardenmarkt below.
The deluxe shower was decorated with black, blue shimmer tile, which stood adjacent to the deepened bathtub, with jets attached for a soothing spa effect. A colourful choice of bubble bath was lined up alongside, with a sweetened aloe vera hand soap and green pearl body wash.
City noise echoed in the background, adding to the ambience. Two glass canisters of cherry and champagne had dominated the typical tea/coffee fare, which welcomed a group social in the vintage, romanticised lobby. After further exploration, it became clear that each room also had its own redeeming feature, from the sink stored in wardrobe to an open balcony and deluxe black-tiled bathroom – with some rooms perhaps more aged than others. The four-poster bed invited a rather regal feel, with a spacious three-person fit. There was also a vintage leather letter writing desk, with magnifying glass, and further information on spa packages offered at Wellness Recour.
The attention to customer service was highlighted upon our return from an enchanting musical dinner experience nearby, where we found chocolate poppies neatly placed on the bedspread. A hearty breakfast was served in the contemporary building, offering all guests a glimpse of its offering, where our group ate overlooking the rooftops. The plates were made of solid, rubber slabs, withstanding the serving of fresh eggs cooked to order. I was fairly disappointed by the lack of time to enjoy a sit down meal at the Recour Hotel’s deluxe Pegasus Restaurant the previous evening, which offers a tantalizing exotic menu. Venturing out, the Recour Hotel is conveniently located 100metres from Poperinge Town Square and 12km from Ypres.
For more information visit www.pegasusrecour.be