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Lille’s beautiful, historic centre is a great place for a stroll, especially if there’s a market on, and Lille certainly knows how to do markets. Its Christmas market is worth travelling for and its annual summer antiques and bric a brac market is supposedly the world’s largest. If you’re here for the markets then the best places to stay in Lille will be in the centre of town.
Lille also prides itself on being friendly, and with its large student population you can imagine that it can also be a really fun city to visit. Some of the best places to stay in Lille are great value, which also helps!
Up until recently Lille was thought of as a very industrial town, but if that’s what you thought of her, think again. Lille has three excellent museums: the Palais des Beaux Arts, the Musée d'Art Moderne, d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut – LaM and the La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, some excellent restaurants and opportunities to sample the hearty Lillois cuisine and mouthwateringly beautiful pastries, and some wonderful architecture. It’s also very easy to get to on the Eurostar.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Lille are perfect for a short city break and ideally placed for exploring the city.
- La Maison du Champlain occupies a mansion building dating from 1873, but its four guest suites are modern and elegant. There’s also a spa with a sauna, jacuzzi and hammam.
For a city break
- L'Esplanade is right in the historic heart of town and has just four rooms, but all of them with wonderful city views. You’re close to many of the main sights and plenty of restaurants.
For great value
- La Villa Carrée is an elegant, ten room guesthouse with large, modern suites done in white with pops of colour. Rooms start from around £85 per night.
Best Hotels in Lille
La Villa Carrée 10 rooms from $136Lille
Super stylish, elegant guesthouse just outside the centre of Lille. Spacious contemporary bedrooms and suites with all white walls and linens contrasted with splashes of colour from cushions, throws or artworks. Huge bathrooms with beautiful bathtubs. A chic weekend getaway.Local markets - Lille's infamous Christmas marketSights nearby - Palais des Beaux-Arts de LilleGreat walks - Walk around this scenic city
L'Esplanade, Lille 4 rooms from $159Lille
Set in the charming, historic centre of Lille, L'Esplanade offers spacious, contemporary rooms with views of the city. Relax in the lounge with stunning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Lots of restaurants on its doorstep. A trendy townhouse base to explore the city.Sights nearby - Notre Dame de la Treille. You are just ten minutes on foot from the central square.Local markets - Explore Lille's famous street markets & Christmas Market (seasonal)Great walks - Jardin VaubanFull of character
Villa Paula 4 rooms from $160Lille
Villa Paula is superb modern hotel near Lille, brimming with chic quirkiness. The art-deco mode rooms are carefully manicured and decorated with starkly contrasting blacks and whites. Take a day trip into Lille or go in search of the famous Flandres windmills.Local exploring - In the Tourcoing - Lille - Roubaix triangle, ideal for exploring the French Flanders region.Sights nearby - Take a day trip into the charming Lille, six miles from the hotel.Romantic - Good for couples.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
La Maison du Champlain 4 rooms from $171Lille
Set in the heart of Lille in a mansion dating back to 1873, guests can enjoy elegant and comfortable suites plus a relaxing spa with sauna, jacuzzi and hammam. Walking distance from many of Lille's fine museums, this is perfect for those looking to explore the area.Sights nearby - A stone's throw from Lille's Beaux Arts museum and the pedestrianised central area.Local markets - Wazemmes Outdoor MarketRestrictions on children - Over 10s onlySpa