Stayed here in December 2013 when visiting Lille for the Christmas Market.
We drove to this hotel and found it easy to find. Website says it has a car park but it doesn't. There is a car park virtually next to the hotel though. Cost of parking was 20 euros per 24 hour period. Hotel was very clean, staff were very helpful and friendly but didnt speak much English. The original rooms we were given were smoking rooms and smelled strongly of smoke and we had asked for non-smoking on our booking. This wasnt a problem though, as the receptionist changed our rooms but couldnt put 2 rooms together.
The rooms were spotless. Plenty of towels and toiletries. Room had a safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Also it was very well sound proofed as we didn't hear any noise at all.
The hotel was in a good location to walk into the centre of Lille which took about 10 minutes. Lovely city with some beautiful architecture. Loads of bars and restaurants to suit everybody.
The hotel bar was very friendly and each time we had a round of drinks we were given complimentary nuts and crisps. Bar staff were happy to let us sample some local beers before we ordered a glass full, which was a nice touch
The only negative I have to say about this hotel, was the breakfast was not up to the normal Novotel standard. It was still good but not excellent. Other Novotels we have stayed at have had a much wider variety, this was more limited. The bacon ran out and was not replenished, no mushrooms or beans etc. Only scrambled egg, no fried eggs. The hot water for the tea was not hot. There were all the normal pastries on offer and cereal also fresh fruit and yogurt. Considering the price you pay for the breakfast I do not consider that it was good value for what was on offer.
In all fairness to the Hotel, I have to say that it was very, very busy the weekend we stayed (they were fully booked) and it might have been that the staff were very busy and could not keep up with the demand.
However, I would return to this Hotel and would recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Lille Centre Gares is a modern 3 star hotel 2 min walk from Lille Flandres station, the Zenith and the Grand Palais, and 5 min from Lille Europe station and the city centre. Ideal for professional or private trips discovering all the region has to offer. 96 airconditioned rooms including 34 refurbished rooms and 5 suites. Enjoy our free fitness centre and patio. With our Family Offer available on request on Sunday you can keep your room until 5 p.m. Public parking at Lille Flandres station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Lille Centre Gares Hotel Lille
- Accor Lille Centre Gares
- Lille Novotel