Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region in northern France and near the border with Belgium. The city boasts many unmissable attractions and some brilliant hotels. From a converted 17th-century convent to a gorgeous period guesthouse this is Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Lille.
Clarance Hotel Lille
Guestroom at Clarance Hotel Lille | Courtesy of Clarance Hotel Lille/Hotels.com
The grand Clarance Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel located near Lille’s Grand Square in the historic centre. Originally built in the 18th century as a townhouse, it was restored to its breathtaking former glory. With the colossal marble columns, the sumptuous velvet furnishings, the Art Deco light-fittings and the swirling staircases, this hotel will definitely impress. Crafted in the spirit of a boutique hotel with a sophisticated and classy vibe, each room has been carefully designed to have its own unique style, with unmatched personalised services. There’s a well-stocked library and a pretty garden to relax in, too.
Hotel Carlton is a four-star hotel designed with elegance and grace. Ideally located in the heart of Lille, you’ll find the Vieille Bourse (old stock exchange), one of the city’s finest buildings dating back to 1652, only a short walk away, with the Opéra, Grand Place and Old Lille also right on your doorstep. Ideal for both business trips and romantic getaways, Hotel Carlton offers ample charm and comfort. The most exciting bonus of staying here is the sumptuous breakfast, with golden croissants and brioches, the cornerstone of French pastry, baked to perfection.
L’Hermitage Gantois, Autograph Collection is a superb five-star hotel, located just a stone’s throw away from the Palace of Fine Arts, one of the largest art museums in France, and Jean-Baptiste Lebas Square. You may not feel the need to explore the park, as the hotel encircles its own private courtyard bursting with flowers and immaculately trimmed hedgerows, perfect for the warmer months. There’s a sauna, spa and indoor pool to make sure your stay is as relaxing as possible.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more quirky, then Hotel l’Arbre Voyageur, BW Premier Collection is for you. The style of this hotel is bold, unexpected and a little eccentric, with leopard-print patterns adorning the restaurant walls, and even the lampshades, tastefully matched with mustard-coloured chairs. As for location, you have all the major sights nearby. History lovers should visit the Museum of the Gunners, home to the famous Gribeauval cannons that Napoleon Bonaparte offered to the cannoneers, which is just around the corner.
Best Western Urban Hotel & Spa is one of the most stunning hotels in Lille. It combines ornate chandeliers and gold-decorated wall panelling, with red velvet-lined winding staircases and high ceilings. It’s rated as a three-star hotel, but the 40 fully-equipped rooms and dreamy interiors offer an unforgettable taste of luxury. The hidden gem of Best Western Urban Hotel & Spa is the exquisite pampering facilities, with a spa and sauna on-site. The hotel is situated close to La Gare Saint Sauveur, which is one of the best art exhibition spaces in Lille, and offers a truly spectacular stay with fantastic room service.
La Bourgogne en Ville plunges its guests back into the past, as the period-style interiors are adorned with original antique furniture including typewriters, vintage candlesticks and paintings. There might only be three rooms in this charming guesthouse, but there is a full-service spa. It’s situated fairly close to the zoo and the Citadel of Lille, which was built between 1667 and 1670 – a lovely place to go for a stroll.
Couvent Des Minimes Alliance Lille is a four-star boutique hotel steeped in historic significance. It’s tucked away inside a converted 17th-century convent that has been classified as a historic monument. The central courtyard of the cloister has been renovated into a huge, jaw-dropping foyer, with an incredible glass ceiling. There are 83 spacious rooms, a restaurant and bar from this unbeatable location near the Citadel.