I've recently stayed one night at the hotel Lille Europe and – overall – I was happy with this choice.
The hotel is located perfectly for travelers arriving by train because it's just 5 minutes on foot to both main train stations: Lille Flandres station (with regional trains for example to Liege) as well as the relatively new Lille Europe station (Eurostar train from London St. Pancras, Brussels, and Paris).
Another positive aspect is that the hotel is located basically next door to the huge and modern Euralille shopping mall. To get to the center of the city on foot is also easily possible. In less than 15 minutes most people will be at the Grand Place, the central square in Lille already. Lille itself is a nice, compact town and well worth a day trip or more.
I've arrived late at night (around 11 pm) at Lille Europe station and my impression of the immediate surroundings of the hotel were not bad: It's relatively quiet at night, although with an important thoroughfare road close by. Unlike some other train stations in the world, I didn't see any “shady” characters near the train station or the hotel upon arriving at night. Everything looked OK.
I thought the room was fine. It was large enough to be able to move around and to put your suitcases somewhere and it was also pretty quiet (5th floor if I remember correctly). The bedroom as well as the bathroom were clean, though the bathroom was not 100% so (stains on the toilet bowl). The towels and amenities were OK as well. The cheap looking hairdryer didn't work properly.
I didn't turn on the air conditioning as the temperature in the room was perfect anyway. It was possible to open the window a bit. But in the morning traffic noise was then clearly audible. The bed was comfortable – no complaints here. There was a flat screen TV with mostly French programs and a minibar with moderate though certainly not inexpensive beverage prices.
The hotel is officially rated as a 3 star hotel, though judging from the hotel logos by the elevator for example you can see that it originally was only a 2 star hotel. Obviously they have modernized the hotel to make it a 3 star hotel. I've been to 4 star hotels in my life that were worse than this 3 star hotel that actually deserves its star rating in my opinion.
There's an internet corner on the first (or was it the second?) floor with an old PC, a printer and two inoperative telephone booths; I don't recall how much it cost to surf the Web. Right next to that, when you exit the elevator to get to the restaurant, there's a nice lounge with a telly and some (slightly worn) leather sofas where one can relax for a while or read a book or whatever.
The elevators (lifts) were quick and large enough for people with baggage / luggage.
The restaurant was very nice: Very nice design with a good view of the lively square in front of the hotel (entrance to the shopping mall). Breakfast itself was OK: Croissants, juices, coffee. Not overwhelming but good enough in my opinion.
The front desk employee that checked me in was very friendly and helpful. As my booking didn't include breakfast I was offered continental breakfast for 10 Euros which I accepted. I was offered to pay cash for it or to put it on the bill. Next morning I went to the breakfast room without anyone asking for my room number to check whether breakfast was included in my booking or not... Anyhow: the staff members at the restaurant kept themselves mostly in the background and were mainly around in the restaurant to either restock items or to clean tables.
Checkout was quick and efficient. Hotel guests seemed to be mostly people arriving or departing from the train stations. I saw business travelers as well as tourists at the hotel.
Overall, the hotel Lille Europe proved to be a good choice for a single night stay. I'm not sure if I wanted to stay there for a much longer period of time though.
The last time I was in Lille (years ago) I remember I'd stayed at the Ibis hotel, also near the train station. In my opinion the Lille Europe hotel is clearly superior to the Ibis and I wouldn't hesitate to book it again - at least for a good price (i.e., under 100 Euros during the peak travel season).
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- Also Known As:
- Europe Hotel Lille
- Lille Europe Hotel