Our 10 favourite places to stay in Old Lille

Dynamic, affordable and on a human scale, the city of Lille welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Renowned for its gourmet cuisine, friendly people and charming architectural features, the capital of Flanders is the perfect place for a city break. Spend a few nights in the heart of northern France, in a city full of surprises. To make the most of the experience, head for Vieux Lille, the historic district where a very special charm emanates from the buildings. Between youth hostels, hotels, palaces, bed and breakfasts and flats, there's a wide choice to suit all needs and requirements. From the most budget-conscious to the most indulgent, the choice is limitless, but the spirit of cocooning is often hidden behind the facades of this sought-after district. Here are our 10 favourite places to stay to make the most of the Vieux Lille district.

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A luxurious interlude at the Clarance Hôtel Lille

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Between Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille cathedral and the Citadelle, the Clarance Hotel Lille enjoys a privileged location, ideal for discovering all the city has to offer. An elegant 18th-century building set in a courtyard, this 5-star boutique hotel welcomes its guests in luxurious surroundings.

The decor features soothing, light colours and timeless materials. From the entrance to the library, this masterpiece of woodwork accompanies travellers to their room, where the sober furnishings complement the countless mouldings, fireplaces and sparkling details.

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The Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant and bar/tea room add an exceptional taste experience to the nightlife on offer. A former private mansion, the establishment boasts a leafy garden, a pleasant advantage in the heart of Old Lille.

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A warm welcome at the Nice flat in the heart of Vieux Lille - Welkeys

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Having fallen in love with Lille, the owners of the Nice flat in the heart of Vieux Lille - Welkeys decided to renovate an old house from the 1930s and turn it into a loft-style flat. Sleeping up to 5 people, the accommodation comprises a first bedroom with en suite bathroom, a living room with sofa bed and a second bedroom on the ground floor.

The property is run by a luxury concierge, who provides visitors with a welcome kit including tea, coffee, hygiene products, bed linen and towels. A warm welcome!

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Situated in the heart of Old Lille, the establishment benefits from the proximity of the shops on Rue Royale and the peace and quiet of the citadel, just a few steps away. Board games and a TV with Netflix access prove that here, we think of all members of the family.

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Nice flat in the heart of Vieux Lille - Welkeys

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Cultural night at L'Esplanade Lille

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A paradise for art lovers, L'Esplanade Lille combines the warm welcome of a guest house with a desire to democratise the world of art. During a tour of the house, travellers become visitors and the hosts become private guides. A remarkable initiative!

The spacious rooms on the banks of the Deûle offer a host of facilities and services, including air conditioning, hairdryer, toiletries, television, coffee machine and mini-bar, all at an affordable price.

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After a gentle night's sleep in the uncluttered spaces and among the works of art, the day begins with a continental breakfast, in the lounge or in your room.

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L'Esplanade Lille

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Madame rêve, l'esquermoise: the ultra-modern cocoon

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A small, cosy flat ideal for couples, Madame rêve is located in the picturesque rue Esquermoise, where the smell of Meert 's famous filled waffles wafts through the air.

With its modern, graphic decor, this independent nest allows you to visit Lille and its jewels on foot, before coming to rest in the best conditions. As well as comfortable bedding, the rooms are equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and television.

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The attentive hosts pamper all travellers with toiletries, coffee pods, sports equipment and other little details that are sure to keep them coming back for more!

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An exotic blend of eras at Hôtel L'Arbre Voyageur

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Whether on a business trip or a simple getaway, the Hôtel L'Arbre Voyageur - BW Premier Collection - LILLE stands out in the cobbled, historic landscape of the old town. Behind a singular, linear façade, the hotel reveals a resplendent palette of colours.

In the public areas, contemporary armchairs, majestic chandeliers and large framed mirrors immerse travellers in a semi-royal atmosphere. With its patisserie and two restaurants, the hotel will appeal to epicureans who want to get away from it all.

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After discovering the small welcome tray in the room, explore the details of this uniquely decorated accommodation, where comfort is the order of the day. For those with a bigger budget, the deluxe and prestige suites promise an unforgettable experience.

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Hotel L'Arbre Voyageur - BW Premier Collection - LILLE

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Adventure and peace at The People - Lille

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Youth hostels are very popular with younger travellers looking for adventure and a chance to meet new people! At The People - Lille, in shared or private rooms, sleeping is synonymous with meeting people and feasting.

In the north of Vieux Lille, next to the lively rue Royale, the bright, colourful wooded setting of the establishment is ideal for unusual encounters and relaxation, on the terrace or in the restaurant. Visitors who just want to share a meal or have a drink in this friendly atmosphere are more than welcome.

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Sleeping up to 10 people in dormitories and up to six in private accommodation, The People's range of accommodation caters for all tastes, from solo travellers to groups of good-natured friends.

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The People - Lille

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Alliance Lille - Couvent Des Minimes: the art of renewal

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On the Quai du Wault, a pleasant little corner of greenery and coolness in Old Lille, the Hôtel Couvent Des Minimes has set up shop in a former 17th century convent. In a modern contemporary style that plays with the historic red brick of the district, the building is an architectural gem.

With 75 rooms and 8 suites, the hotel offers guests comfortable, fully-equipped accommodation. The white marble bathrooms evoke the Pompeian luxury that is so pleasant in these spiritual places.

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The hotel's centrepiece, the immense glass roof covering the central patio, houses a prestigious restaurant and bar. Set between land and sea, the menu at Le Jardin du Cloître is sure to tempt any palate with its refined dishes and gourmet journeys. For travellers who want to meet up for a drink, the Echiquier bar is sure to satisfy their unexpected whims.

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Alliance Lille - Couvent Des Minimes

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Sous les toits de la cité au Lille Centre - Nice and functional ap

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With family or friends, head to Lille Centre - Nice and functional ap for a successful city-break in Lille! Arranged like a loft and duplex, this flat hidden away in a narrow street in the old town is a little gem reserved for a privileged few.

Just a stone's throw from rue de Gand and its estaminets, as well as the pleasant Place Louise de Bettignies, the flat offers total independence to its guests. Washing machine, bed and bath linen, fully equipped kitchen and television are available in the two bedrooms, living-dining room and bathroom.

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Perched at the end of a footbridge, the bedroom overlooking the flat is set under the rooftops of Lille, facing the charming red bricks. This bright, tastefully decorated cocoon is perfect for a visit of just a few days.

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Lille Centre - Nice and functional ap

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Sleep in a vintage cottage at La Corderie

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The accommodation at La Corderie is set in a cute little passageway, with a leafy courtyard that's very pleasant in summer. Very well laid out, these spaces paved with vintage tiles plunge holidaymakers into the typical cottages of the old town.

These houses and cottages strike the perfect balance between modern comforts and the charm of the colours and tapestries of the 60s and 70s. Just a few metres from the citadel on one side and the Rue Royale on the other, there are plenty of walks in the surrounding area to suit all tastes.

Carefully decorated and equipped, La Corderie offers all the comforts you need for an independent stay. This intimate nugget of Old Lille is also much appreciated for its proximity to the lively streets of the city of Flanders.

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La Corderie Lille

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Sobriety and proximity at the ibis Lille Centre Grand Place

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Between the Grand'Place and Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille cathedral, the Ibis Lille Centre Grand Place hotel offers its guests a central location at a very reasonable price. Tourists arriving by car have access to the car park, which is quite rare in this bucolic district.

Appealing to a wide range of customers, this address promises a simple night's sleep in a cosy corner. Whether solo, as a couple or with the family, visitors are welcomed in rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, television and a wide range of bathroom facilities.

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ibis Lille Centre Grand Place

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