The unique architecture of Lille, a city nestled by France’s border with Belgium, betrays an interesting mix of French and Flemish influences. Here’s our pick of the five best Airbnbs in Lille, including century-old town houses towering over quaint cobbled courtyards.
Quai du Wault Apartment
Living room at Quai du Wault Apartment | Courtesy of Morgane/Airbnb
This recently renovated apartment is located on the Quai du Wault, one of the most iconic spots in the centre of Le Vieux Lille (Old Lille). The Quai du Wault is one of the oldest ports of Lille, along with Basse-Deûle. It dates back to the year 1370, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking to immerse yourself in local history. The quai is also one of the most charming places to enjoy a relaxing stroll (or run, if you’re feeling energetic), with plenty of grass perfect for summer picnics. The quiet location offers a tranquil break from the crowds where you can admire the surrounding architecture in peace. As for the apartment itself, it offers a spacious 40sq m that can welcome up to four guests with private parking available, which is convenient if you’re travelling by car.
From the Notre-Dame de la Treille cathedral, whose curious mix between gothic traditions and contemporary art is truly unique to The Citadel of Lille – which ranks among the most impressive military fortifications ever built – architectural excellence is what attracts most people to Lille. If you love historic buildings and heritage, then Les Cariatides Airbnb is a great place to consider. It’s located in a building quintessentially authentic to Lille, quite central to local nightlife on the majestic Place de la République. The 20sq m space at Les Cariatides might be smaller than the Quai du Wault Apartment, but there’s a well-furnished kitchenette and en suite bathroom included without feeling too cramped. One of the major perks of being situated in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city is that you can enjoy breakfast on a private balcony overlooking the rooftops.
Unique cosy with cachet | Courtesy of Louis-Xavier/Airbnb
The Old Town of the city, known as Le Vieux Lille, is the best place to stay if you want to marvel at the Flemish influences that make Lille such a unique city. This verdant flat, filled with pot-plants, is situated right in the heart of it all. After finishing your meal at a local restaurant, you’ll be weaving your way back past iconic red brick buildings and tracing narrow cobbled lanes back to this Airbnb. The design is full of character and quirk with little trinkets, busts from statues, ornate mirrors and other surprising antique relics. The apartment is just one minute away from the neo-classical opera house built in 1907, as well as other major sights like The Grand Place and Treille Cathedral. There’s a cosy feel to this space that can welcome up to four guests.
Modern apartment in heart of Lille | Courtesy of Nicolas/Airbnb
This modern apartment is a great place if you enjoy taking a break from city sightseeing every now and again by escaping into nature. It’s situated just a stone’s throw away from the largest green space in Lille, the Parc de la Citadelle, which spans across 60 hectares. Encircled by the Deûle canal, the park includes the Bois de Boulogne Woods and even a zoo you can visit free of charge. You can’t get much closer to nature than this. There’s also a water playground and sports fields. As for the space itself, which has floral wallpaper in perfect harmony with the surroundings, there’s a courtyard full of charm, and a small terrace that you can enjoy. The studio can comfortably accommodate up to four guests for a very reasonable price.
Luminous modern apartment | Courtesy of Jules/Airbnb
This luminous apartment has recently been completely renovated, and so there’s a sparkling clean, white-washed feel to the modern design. If you’re travelling for business, you’ll find this space particularly conducive to concentration. Whilst it definitely has a modern feel, the building itself actually dates back to the early 1900s, and is located in the famous Old Town. It’s on a bustling street that boasts a great choice of shops and restaurants specialising in local cuisine – the train station is also really close too, which means that travelling without a car is more than fine. The flat can welcome up to two guests.