The Best Boutique Hotels in Lille, France

Many of the hotels in Lille are brimming with historical charm
Many of the hotels in Lille are brimming with historical charm | Courtesy of Clarance Hotel Lille / Expedia
Alexis James

Cobblestone streets and 17th-century townhouses characterise the university town of Lille, close to the Belgian border. Drop into the Palais des Beaux-Arts, among the largest art museums in France, before browsing the Marché de Wazemmes for lunch. A hipster vibe has recently crept in, thanks to a growing student population, so expect coffee shops and quirky designer boutiques, too. To help plan your trip, here’s our pick of the best boutique hotels in the city.

Lille is so much more than an easy stopover on the Eurostar; it’s a fabulous destination in its own right, brimming with culture, arts, great markets, delicious gastronomy and the renowned Ch’ti friendliness of the people du Nord. Discover these top places to stay in the city for your next trip.

1. Aparthotel Adagio Lille Centre Grand Place

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Aparthotel Adagio Lille Centre Grand Place
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You’ll find these studio apartments in the heart of Lille’s historic quarter, beneath the shadow of the Church of Saint-Étienne. Each unit, decorated with a palette of neutrals accented by pops of colour, can accommodate up to four guests, and the building is tailored to autonomous hosting, meaning a 24-hour self-check-in system. Although the studios include a well-equipped kitchenette, the communal areas feature larger kitchen facilities, a breakfast room and a laid-back lounge area with a pool table.

2. Les Toquées by Benoît Bernard

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Les Toquées by Benoit Bernard
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At this riverside establishment, chef Benoît Bernard serves up some of the best seafood dishes in Lille. Most guests who occupy the five themed rooms at the guesthouse do so with the intention of trying Bernard’s classical menu, including lobster and morel mushrooms in vin jaune (yellow wine) sauce, and sea bass with ginger and samphire. It also has a two-room apartment that can accommodate up to four people.

3. Hôtel Carlton Lille

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Guestroom at Hotel Carlton
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Just metres from Lille’s famed Grand Place, this hotel boasts prestigious 17th- and 18th-century neighbours, including the opera house and stock exchange. The 59 soundproofed rooms and suites more than live up to the area code, with some featuring glittering Louis XVI decor. For a truly memorable experience, book the two-storey Coupole suite, set inside the domed roof.

4. Mercure Lille Centre Grand-Place Hotel

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Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place
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A ruby-red colour scheme runs throughout this central hotel, punctuated with giant canvas art prints in rooms and reception areas. It all brings a contemporary flourish to the beautiful 19th-century building, though the cocktail list in the bar is refreshingly retro. As the name suggests, the hotel is in the heart of Lille’s old quarter, so it couldn’t be better if you’re keen to explore on foot.

5. Clarance Hotel Lille

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Clarance Hotel
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This boutique hotel, an 18th-century townhouse offering five-star quality with the feel of a private luxury home, is a 10-minute walk from the Grand Place and the historic district. It has original features such as columns and lofty ceilings, while the furnishings are decidedly modern, with bold splashes of colour. Upgrade to the junior suite with its four-poster bed and courtyard view. Downstairs, La Table, a highly coveted Michelin-star restaurant fronted by chef Thibaut Gamba, serves up artful dishes with a strong emphasis on seafood.

6. Couvent des Minimes Alliance Lille

Boutique Hotel

Couvent Des Minimes Alliance Lille
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This former convent is now a unique collection of 75 rooms and eight suites. Interconnected via 17th-century cloisters and a courtyard, the complex is showered in light, thanks to a stunning glass pyramid overhead. Enjoy a drink of something fizzy in the suspended Clos Champenois terrace bar, and on the ground floor, chef Dominique Hochedez offers a modern menu at Le Jardin du Cloître, including foie-gras mousse.

7. L’Arbre Voyageur

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

LArbre Voyageur
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From family rooms with a dividing wall to king suites with built-in jacuzzi baths, this central hotel near the Eurostar station caters to a range of guest requirements. Chef Jean-Christophe Gille heads up proceedings at the hotel’s two restaurants. Le Jane serves a truffle-infused fine-dining menu that spans the globe, while Ma Reine offers regional set menus.

8. L’Hermitage Gantois, Autograph Collection

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

LHermitage Gantois
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While its facade exudes plenty of gothic charm, this hotel just south of historic Lille isn’t short on modern luxuries. Neon-blue lights up the sleek swimming pool and spa, where treatments include body wraps and scrubs, manicures and a couples massage. For dining, the Restaurant de L’Hermitage requires formal wear, while L’Estaminet Gantois offers a more relaxed setting with local beers on tap.

9. Why Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A modern bedroom with a double bed and floral wallpaper at Best Western Premier - Why Hotel
Courtesy of Why Hotel / Expedia

Guests staying on one of the top floors of this six-storey hotel can use the panoramic view to plot their walking tour of the old town. All rooms have a funky feature wall of varying colourful designs, while amenities include a minibar, a Nespresso machine and an iPod dock.

10. Villa Gounod

Boutique Hotel

Villa Gounod
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Immerse yourself in old-time Lille with this art deco-inspired boutique hotel steps away from Parc Barberousse. Just two minutes from the city centre via the Saint-Maurice Pellevoisin metro station, the Villa Gounod comprises nine charming rooms, each steeped in style and character. The deluxe suite boasts orange curtains and leopard-print wallpaper, while the romantic room features angled skylight windows offering a quirky view over the rooftops of Lille.

Still need more options? Make the most of Lille from these elegant hotels and book your stay with Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Sylvia Edwards Davis.

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