Crowne Plaza Lille
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... Wood, where the bodies of 250 missing Australian and British soldiers were found in 2008. It is a quiet little nondescript paddock on the edge of town. A Melbourne history buff by the name of Lambis Englezos, found the bodies by comparing aerial photographs of the site before and after the battle of Fromelles. He had a bit of a battle with the politics of getting a formal investigation, no-one in Australia or France wanted to touch it, until he started negotiating ...
... and they have wifi. This is where I spent the afternoon. They had a good Sav too. The weather changed so much and so quickly, at one point it rained so hard I had to wonder if I was in France or the tropics. While waiting for the weather to clear, I suddenly realised that I had left my one Australia/Europe adaptor back at my hotel in Paris. I rang them and they were happy to forward it on but there is no way the post will deliver it here in the 3 days I'm here. So I guess ...
Thursday 31st July 2014
We cast off at 10am with the first lock within sight, but we waited ages and ages with 4 other cruisers to get in. Once inside the lock we had tied up near the back after 2 other cruisers but were asked to move forward to another rising bollard we wondered why. We found out the gate was having repairs done to it and realised why we had been moved forward as we would have been directly underneath. It started with a ...
... the course of the war everything was flattened and destroyed.
Our next stop was Tyne Cot cemetery the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery with almost 12000 buried here. There is also a large wall at the back with the names of almost 35000 british soldiers with no known grave. All these cemeteries are beautifully kept nd it is hard to imagine the carnage and horror that was endured here.
We then moved onto a Hill 60 where the tunnelling units were. For those ...
From there we decided to walk the 2km out of town to the Australian War Memorial. On the way out there were roadworks and the road was closed by rollers, excavators, graders, trucks and loaders, but the site manager waved us through (on foot), telling us to be careful of the machinery. Only in France.
The war memorial is set on a low hill that was captured by the Australian troops during the battle for VB. It is a very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Lille
A lovely place to go
My husband and I have just spent a 4 night break here and had the most wonderful time. The room was super and the staff were very helpful, although my husband did have to run to reception to see where the champagne and roses were that he had arranged for me, as it was our 25th wedding anniversary. They helped us by sorting out a nice restaurant for our anniversary meal too.. It was really well positioned too, just outside of the station, so no worrying about lugging suitcases too far. We would definately stay here again.
Just returned from a 4 day stay in this hotel. What a perfect position, a few steps away from the Eurostar Station and a pleasant jaunt to the town centre and old town. A plus is the situation of the Eurolille shopping centre, which looks nothing from the outside, but once inside, the fabulous array of shops will tease the euros out of your purses. Can't think of any down side to the hotel, apart from ensuring that you breakfast before 9am after which time the items from the hot buffet breakfast seem to disappear and do not get replenished. The staff are really friendly and the service is great. The food in the evening is really good with a fair choice. Rooms are very clean and spacious with very good facilities. If it is your first visit to this area of France you will need to be aware that the shops all CLOSE on Sundays (including the big Euorlille Centre) and on Mondays, the old town shops do not open until 2pm!! But the centre is ok on weekdays and Saturdays. The nicest place for lunch french style is Paul restaurant inside the shopping centre, yummy choice of savoury and pastry goodies. A superb weekend break.
Reallt Nice Hotel
Have just returned from a one night stay at this very modern hotel. It is located in an ideal location for the Eurostar terminal only being a 4 minute walk away the train platform. We arrived at 09:20 in the morning and we were checked straight in and given access to our room. We had a King Business room on the 10th floor. Our view was fabulous and was of the city side of Lille. The decoration of the room is very modern with all the things that you would expect including mini bar, iron/ iron board, TV and DVD player. Bed was very comfortable with nice pillows.
The design of the bathroom is a bit strange in that the walls are made of glass. Probably not ideal if you are sharing with a friend/ parents. The toilet however is situated in a separate cubicle. Bathroom amenities are all made by Molton Brown which is a nice touch.
Breakfast the next morning was very good with a selection of cereals, yoghurts, cold meats and cheeses as well as a selection of hot foods eg bacon, scrambled eggs etc.
We paid the 3 day advance rate of €131 including breakfast which I considered to be a bargain.
Great hotel in great location
This hotel offers a high level of services. The design is wonderful, the room is spacious and the breakfast excellent. The location is perfect for passengers by train.
(too) many small problems
The bathroom wasn't clean (we found hairs in the tub), the soap bottle was empty, one of the spots was broken, the curtain was dislocated... The very good hotel for the comfort, if you don't look at the room in details
Air conditioning at hotel
Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. At first we were given a room where the air conditioning had failed and only when we asked were we given a room where the air conditioning functioned. As your other reviewer said - it was a shame the windows did not open as there was constantly bad air coming through the system - the ac unit dripped water and it was an ordeal to spend time in the rooms.
Also, the corridors in the hotel are badly ventilated.
The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfast buffet good.
Anyone with a breathing/ chest problem - be warned - the air conditioning in this hotel will make you ill.
This hotel couldn't be in a better location. It is right across the road from the Eurostar terminal and less than 10 minutes from Grand Place. The staff were very helpful and more than willing to make local recommendations which were excellent. The rooms are a good size and very clean and modern. I thought that the buffet breakfast was a bit over priced for what it was and the restaurant staff could have been a little quicker. Overall though I would recommend this hotel and would definately stay here again if I went back to Lille.
Clean and Modern
Right opposite the Eurostar station and the Euralille shopping centre, it is about 10 minutes walk from the centre. It is spotlessly clean and is quite Scandinavian in style. The restaurant is also excellent
This is one of only two quality hotels in Lille (the other is the Hermitage, the converted monastery, owned by the same group and which is far more expensive). If you're coming on Eurostar, the CP is perfect. It's brand new (2003) and is directly behind the station. The walk to the main square is under 10 mins and the huge Eurolille shopping centre is directly opposite. The room was a good size and impressively designed - etched glass walled bathrooms, good lighting, Philip Starke chairs, Loewe TV's. The breakfast buffet was also impressive. The only problem was lack of staff. There was only 1 person on check-in when we arrived, even though lots of people had come in at once from our Eurostar. At breakfast, just two staff were desperately trying to re-lay the tables between guests (30 tables and 120 rooms - you need to relay each table 3-4 times during the morning!) and bring tea / coffee at the same time. These are minor moans, however. At E130 inc breakfast, it was excellent value. (PS. Book early at a cancellable rate. The week before we went I looked at the website again and the cheapest rate with breakfast was E165.)
Modern rooms were a nice treat.
Stayed two nights in Sept '03 - rooms were clean and modern with a great bathtub. Only problems were that the windows didn't open and the air-con could have been better. Breakfast was nice and posh and one of the best selections I've seen. Not sure how much of a four star it is, but for France, it's pretty good. Very quiet too. Oh - it's right next to the Eurostar which is great for when you need to hurry home.
However, it's a 10 minute walk to anything you would want to see and over a major highway to get there.