Having just returned from Lille, previous reviews are pretty much accurate, but here are some more notes for keen researchers who dismiss gushing reviews.
Location: you can walk there from Gare Lille-Europe in about 5-10 minutes (handy tip: don't walk around the front of Gare Lille-Flandres, walk through it and you'll exit nearly opposite Rue du Molinel).
It's in a somewhat tacky street, but that does not matter because thenceforward you'll be on foot, heading towards the lovely parts of this delightful city and will get there within minutes.
Entrance: is exactly that, a door in the street. Very steep and narrow stairs lead up to a very narrow corridor containing reception desk. This is not a hotel for people who have problems carrying baggage or with mobility issues.
Check-in: pleasant, but next-to-no English is spoken nor understood.
Rooms: compact is a polite word. The double bed takes up nearly all the room. You see those cupboards in all the photographs? One of them in each room contains the lavatory, on the other side of the bed from the tiny washbasin-shower facility. You keep forgetting to go the other way to open a cupboard door to use the lavatory, then squeeze back around the bed to get to the wash basin.
Shower is up two steps inside the tiny curtained-off corner: potentially very dangerous: another sign that this hotel is for agile people only.
Mini-bar was eventually found inside another cupboard, and empty. Yes there is a kettle and a few packets of instant coffee with plastic cups. Bring your own (proper) mugs, tea bags, and ask for fresh milk to put in the tiny cupboard fridge to make your own early morning tea.
Windows: yes they do open, but you have to jam something in to make them stay open on a hot night. People in rooms at the front will suffer from flashing street signs and noise after dark.
No one else has mentioned the room telephone. At first I thought there wasn't one, but eventually I found a wall-mounted hand-set with a sign saying that it costs 50 Euro Cents to activate it.........better take your own mobile phones if you want to call anywhere - including emergencies?
Room cleaning: don't expect too much. All they do is shake the duvet and replace it, together with any used tea/coffee bags (presumably) and empty room bins. Everything else is left untouched from day to day (on a 3 night stay) - washbasin/shower area not cleaned, for instance.
Two people would have a struggle in one of their double rooms. As it is one person has to walk sideways to get around the bed and there is nowhere to hang clothes apart from the back of the door. The one tiny closet was filled with a spare folding chair, two spare pillows, and a spare blanket.
The day we left, something went badly wrong with the water supply. The sink water was white, not clear. Stupidly, I tasted it while brushing my teeth. Twelve hours later the bad taste has still not gone away. The shower ran hot then cold then packed up when I was covered in soap. Eventually the water came back on again. Referring to these on check-out (in French) she said it was a problem with the electricity supply. ??? That makes no sense to me, but at least it happened on the last morning and not the first one, and I had filled the kettle the night before (phew!)
Sleep quality: poor. Boiling hot room with very strange plumbing whereby when the person in the room overhead flushed their lavatory, a loud rattling noise was heard in this room, in the lavatory cupboard right next to the bed. It was like being back in Spain. No one else has mentioned this either - perhaps they slept more soundly?
We did not try their breakfast: there was no need to with so many other places nearby including the station a few steps away.
The only reasons for staying here are: location, clean room when you arrive, price. If you expect more than that, you're in the wrong place.
Lille itself is a delightful city, and a complete surprise. It is full of restaurants of all types to suit all budgets. The buildings are a pleasure to look at, just to wander around the other streets so easy to get to from this hotel, was amazing and fun. Shopping opportunities abound, if that's your thing. We will return (but alas, will spend a bit more and stay somewhere else).
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