Hotel is walkable from the station and very centrally located. However, our room was facing the Grand Place which was lovely but unknown to us there was a festival that weekend and a stage was erected virtually outside our window. Suffice to say rather noisy, windows rattling until at least 2am. When we complained that they should have warned us they said that they do not get contact details when booking through Expedia! Something that needs to be sorted! Other than that, great!
We arrived on a Friday afternoon for the Braderie weekend. There were already a lot of traders in place and it made crossing the historic centre difficult - we could see the hotel but couldn't get there! The position is very attractive overlooking water but set back from the quay and the building has character. Car parking is limited but staff got us in and we left a key so the car could be moved. Reception was friendly, quick and we were given a map. We were on the first floor , there were lifts. The room was attractive but not spacious, it was immaculate as was the bathroom , the bed was comfortable, coffee making facilities, TV etc. We found the room a bit warm but windows opened. Considering the city was heaving with visitors and an all night market, it was comparatively quiet except for faint echoes from a fun fair. There is an attractive bar, with comfortable sofas/chairs, and restaurant area under a glass atrium, very relaxed and informal, prices were what you would expect. We did splash out on cocktails which were wonderful and large! We ate at the hotel and the food was excellent- you need to book- it is popular with locals on a night out. The second night (Saturday) the menu was limited for the Braderie, you really need to like mussels and chips - served everywhere on this weekend. We took breakfast in our room, the only downside was there was no table but the food was excellent and on time. There is a small surcharge for this service. We would go back.
Room stuffy - A/C not efficient - too noisy to open windows. Like many hotels, smell from basins.
Taxis non-existent - metro/trams/buses quite easy to use though. Walking a pleasure in good weather.
Plenty to see - good bars and many good restaurants.
The Historical Center holds architecture and monuments dripping with the stories of Lille's past. Standing at the center of Place du General de Gaulle, The Goddess commemorates Lille's refusal to surrender to Austria in 1792. The 17th-century Lille Citadel also remains an impressive slice of history. The Palais des Beaux-Arts offers a glimpse into both the history and culture of Lille.
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