Lille is a European epicentre, at the crossroads of French, Belgian, Dutch and even British culture. France's most Flemish city is dynamic and cosmopolitan in every way. With a historically rich old town, Lille is the ideal destination for a weekend break, whether it be for romance or fun with friends. Les Collectionneurs have selected a range of charming establishments where you can stay or have a bite to eat.
Lille-Lesquin airport serves the capital of Hauts-de-France on a daily basis, while Lille-Flandres and Lille-Europe stations, located in the business quarter, Euralille, link Lille to Paris and other European capitals.
The tram whisks passengers quickly into Lille's city centre. The city enjoyed great wealth in the 17th century, but many monuments disappeared during World War I. The areas which were destroyed have been rebuilt in Art Deco style. Old Lille (Le Vieux-Lille) is the only part of the city where architecture from before the industrial revolution can be seen. Right in the heart of this Lille neighbourhood, the Grand Place, also known as Place du Général de Gaulle, is a great starting point for a pleasant walk. Not to be missed! The Vieille Bourse building and the Théâtre du Nord. A little further on stand the ruins of the Palais Rihour, built in the 15th century by Philip the Good. Next, head to the pretty Placette des Patiniers via the Rue de la Clef, documented as early as the 11th century.
The bell tower of the city hall offers a breathtaking view over the city from its 104-metre-high summit. For a culture break, stop off at the Hospice Comtesse museum, which brings together the works of Antoine Watteau, tapestries and Flemish furniture. Do not miss the very beautiful Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of the biggest museums in France. To the west, the Jardin Vauban or the heart of the citadel, a military edifice girdled by the Canal de l'Esplanade, are idyllic places to sit and catch your breath. The surrounding towns are also worth a detour. Roubaix and Tourcoing, for example, are witnesses to the flourishing textile industry of the past, or Villeneuve-d'Ascq, home of the LAM modern art museum, is equally worth the trip.
The "Capital of Flanders" is brimming with attractions for a perfect romantic break or getaway with friends. Lille is also a must-see for families holidaying in the region. Old Lille is equally charming whether you're in the Grand Place, the picturesque Place aux Oignons, or the esplanade of Notre Dame de la Treille cathedral. Lille's old town can be explored in a day by anyone who likes wandering the narrow, cobbled streets flanked by brick buildings. This style of architecture is typical of northern France and also appears in Valenciennes and Douai. The rich past of these cities weaves an urban grid which merits a detour. Dive head first into Flemish charm with a night or more in a handsome character hotel.
For a stay in the northern city, Les Collectionneurs have selected charming establishments in Lille with comfortable, spacious and fully-equipped rooms. Guests will enjoy all modern comforts in a convivial atmosphere. All rooms have finest quality bedding, a bathroom with bath or shower, flat-screen TV and WiFi. It's not unusual for these establishments to accept pets. Luggage and laundry service, a free car park and valet parking will bring a touch of serenity to a relaxing break.
A few nights ensconced in the La Terrasse hotel will make you feel you've gone back in time. The hotel, situated in an old brick residence which has been fully restored in a contemporary style, tells the story of the Hauts-de-France region and will leave indelible memories. A stone's throw from Lille, Verrière, with its metallic architecture, woodwork and bricks, will enchant you with its decor. The Japanese gardens offer the chance to enjoy a moment of peace in the heart of the city. For an unusual experience, we recommend booking a room at the Royal Hainaut Spa & Resort Hotel, a former hospital dating from the reign of Louis 15th, listed as a historic landmark. In this out-of-the-ordinary building, the rooms and suites are the ultimate in chic. This spa hotel offers guests a heated indoor pool under stone vaulting. Steam room, sauna and body treatments will enhance your relaxation.
To relax and reinvigorate close to Lille while also getting a taste of the countryside, head for neighbouring Belgium. A charming hostelry offering stunning views of the forest makes a luxury refuge and base for walks across the Low Country.
The city of Lille gives off a convivial atmosphere all year round. All along its narrow, cobbled streets, nestling comfortably in old buildings, brasseries are in full swing. Craft beer, welsh rarebit and Maroilles cheese tart can be savoured in a cosy environment. When summer arrives, the first traditional 'moules frites' (mussels with chips) fill the terraces. In the heart of Old Lille, in a green oasis, visitors can discover some excellent addresses by trying out some of the gourmet restaurants. The restaurateurs selected by les Collectionneurs share the same love of local produce and taste for innovation. Culinary specialities like the classic Flemish-style "potjevleesch" are revisited and offer a cuisine that is both sincere and instinctive. To extend a romantic break or a getaway with friends, les Collectionneurs recommend that you book a room in a hotel-restaurant in Lille or its surrounding area.
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