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“Brilliant hotel - you must book Olivarius !” 5 of 5 stars
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Olivarius Apart'Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue du President Paul Doumer | 6 Avenue Halley, 59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille, France   |  
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Villeneuve d'Ascq
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant hotel - you must book Olivarius !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed here at the Olivarius at the end of November 2012 for 4 nights, a family trip, we booked an apartment for 4 people, everything we could ask for, kitchen was really well equipped and as we were out the whole day was nice to have somewhere comfortable to relax and eat in on an evening. The interior design was amazing !Breakfast was taken in the atrium which was very open and light as a glass roof, even had real trees growing inside which felt like we were dining outside, the food was very good, a huge choice and even freshly made pancakes ! I think most of the guests were business people as perhaps tourists have not yet discovered this little hidden gem ! We used this hotel as a base for sightseeing in Lille and mostly ended up in Belgium as only about 30 minutes away. Staff were excellent from check in to check out. We will definitely book and stay here again as one of the best hotels we have stayed in, all the facilities of a hotel with the convenience of an apartment, will also recommend to friends and anyone reading this review, well done Olivarius, please please expand to other cities.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed at the Olivarius for one night as we took our two grandchildren on a short trip to see the WWI Graves, Trenches and Menin Gate
We received a very friendly welcome and were given a two bedroomed apartment on the fist floor. Check was easy taking no more than 2-3 minutes.
The apartment was lovely modern decor and very large.
The breakfast was very good top quality produce and you can eat as much as you can manage.
The pancakes were freshly cooked to order as was the srambled egg.
Nice to have fresh fruit as well.
Overall a very good experiance and would use again without hesitation.
True value for money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

The sense of achievement in finding this place is high as it is a bit out of the way from Lille centre. Staff were all very welcoming and the apartment was both clean and quiet. The breakfast was superb and the chef was extremely accommodating. In the area is a great shopping centre with multiplex cinema and many fast food outlets There is a huge brand new stadium and we can recommend the Buffalo Grill which is one of the best value meals in France. You are also 1 hour 15 minutes from the tunnel on what were very quiet roads. Please do not be put off from what someone else called it "A Young Offenders Institution" the atmosphere is a little sterile. But is was a superb stopover with safe off-street free parking.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

To be clear, this is not the choice for those who want luxury or a hearts and flowers break. It is, however, really good for people who want to sight-see on a budget, or travellers who are on the way down to more southern parts.

This was our 3rd visit to Lille. We have also done four star central hotels, but Olivarius is cheap, cheerful and convenient, with very secure parking. It's a 15 minute stroll to the 4 Cantons Metro stop and, from there, a 1.40 euro journey into Lille Flandres station. What's not to like? The metro is clean, and very regular, with real Lille people on their daily journey to add to the experience. We stayed 3 nights and used the metro for Lille but the car for Ypres (so beautiful as well as movingly steeped in history) and for easy access from the Euro tunnel, which was free through clubcard rewards.

We have also done numerous stopover trips in similarly priced hotels on the way further south. We weren't travelling as a family this time, but commented that the superb and automatically included in the room price breakfast at Olivarius made it perfect for mums and dads who are looking to avoid added costs to their holiday from demanding little ones. Or couples like us who want to stoke up for a cheap day sightseeing. Freshly cooked crepes with nutella, omlettes., usual croisssants etc, babybel cheeses, branded Innocent smoothies, fresh fruit, etc.

The downside - it truly is located slap bang in an out of business park, and we only half joked that it looked like a Young Offenders Institution as we pulled up. There's no popping out to the local shop here, you have to be organised. But the hotel help with essentials such as water on sale at 1 euro a bottle, also frozen meals etc.

All rooms are apartments and well equipped with a 2 ring hob, microwave, fridge, sofa, dining table. It's cheap MFI style furniture. But comfortable and clean, so we ate in every evening to add to the great value of our break. The shower is hot and powerful, and I enjoyed a rare luxurious soak in the bath too.

It can be noisy - if you are off the corridor overlooking the central area (incorporating bar, sofas, you will notice the music, as we did. Again, this area is youth hostel style and board games were in evidence. It's ideal if you are a parent wanting to relax at the bar and know you child can watch the TV, meet others. We've been there, done that, and wanted a little more peace in the evenings. That said, noise died down at a reasonable hour. Over our 3 days, we enjoyed watching an eclectic mix of clients - young families, business people, a wedding party, an all female group of 15 or so motor-cyclists etc. It felt like a community and the staff add to that by their helpful courtesy. It's all very relaxed!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012 via mobile

This is a basic aparthotel on the outskirts of Lille. In a business district on the edge of a small village and near the tram station into Lille. Excellent road links for other cities. The hotel is clean and the kitchenette is functionable. The staff are very friendly and they supply menus for pizza delivery. There is also a laundry and a bar. The breakfast is continental style but more than adequate. During the day the hotel is busy and quite noisy but this doesn't go on into the evening. A very good choice for adults, not much fun for children.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue du President Paul Doumer | 6 Avenue Halley, 59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille, France
Location: France > Nord-Pas-de-Calais > Nord > Lille > Villeneuve d'Ascq
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Villeneuve d'Ascq
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Olivarius Apart'Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 88
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