L'Hermitage Gantois Hotel
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walk. This was quite unreal feeling walking along and then getting
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Historical Traveler Reviews L'Hermitage Gantois Hotel Lille
Fantastic place to stay in Lille
This hotel exceed all my expectations. It has been beautifully renovated and is stunning. From the moment we entered the hotel we felt special by the staff and the fantastic surroundings.
The bar is I believe the best feature with its glass ceiling but all rooms are decorated encorporating the old building with the modern furniture and it has been done very well.
I would also recommend having a meal in the restaurant as it is well worth it.
Also hotel is in a good location for the centre of Lille and a short walk from the eurostar terminal.
Amazing place full of character
This hotel certainly had the wow factor. They seem to have managed to combine modern minimalism and style without ruining all the character of the old hospital it once was. Packed with history, lots to see and explore. The food was interesting, with a very good choice for breakfast and the rooms were a delight. We couldn't fault the service and the hotel is within easy walking distance of most of the highlights of Lille. Highly recommended.
Stayed for a weekend in Lille- lovely city, nice atmosphere, good shops and restaurants.
The hotel is impressive, comfortable and very well run. We ate in the bistro which was easygoing, friendly and with good food. The restaurant next door looked a little stuffy. Breakfast was overpriced for what it was. We initially thought drinks in the bar were (typically for hotels) pricey but then realised that everywhere in Lille was fairly pricey.
Great hotel for a special weekend.
We had a most enjoyable stay at the Hermitage. A superb conversion from an old hospital. Our traditional room was excellent. The bar, lounge and public rooms delightful. A visit to the library, museum and chapel not to be missed.
We ate in the Bistro which was excellent value for money, with wine available by the carafe. We thought the buffet breakfast rather overpriced.
Car parking is easy. Plenty of room on the street outside and the helpful staff will feed the meter for you. Alternatively valet parking in a secure garage is available for about €15 per day.
Would definately return to this hotel although having visited Lille three times feel that we have exhausted the city attractions.
We stayed in November 2004 (but posting this, ahem, slightly late).
Very enjoyable stay
Have enoyed an excellent stay at the Hermitage Gantois. It is an extremely stylish hotel, bringing together both the old and the new very successfully. The bar is attractive and the rooms are very pleasant indeed. Strongly recommended. It is a very short walk from the town centre. The only weak point is the restaurant which, in common with so many hotel restaurants, tries to carry off things which it can't manage - and there are so many other good places to eat in Lille that it's better to head out. But apart from that, this is undoubtedly the best place to stay in Lille.
This unusual hotel seems to have sprung into being in a rather unprepossessing area of a rather ordinary town in northern France, like a fully fledged pretentious boutique hotel appearing in the wrong place by accident. It has certainly been lavishly done up but the whole does not appear to be the sum of its parts. How come, in France of all places, there is no bidet in the bathroom? Let alone a WC which is in a separate cubicle altogether (and across the other side of the bedroom) and which has NO HANDWASHING FACILITIES in it at all! Utterly bizarre. Furthermore, the light switching arrangement seemed to follow its own logic which defied my own. The food was not up to much I'm afraid and I would definitely recommend that guests try to eat elsewhere - easier said than done, because the hotel is not in the best area of town for restaurants. Well, there aren't any actually. The overall ambience is nice, the staff OK but in typical french provincial style were more interested in finishing their conversations than checking the guests in or out. This hotel didn't really do it for me - but if I am told that it is the best hotel in town, then I wouldn't be surprised at all. Lille is not the centre of the world and french provincial hotels have a long history of shabbiness and eccentricity behind them!
9 - 11 December 2004, my wife and I stayed here to celebrate her birthday and we had a fabulous time. The hotel is superbly decorated with a mixture of antique and modern furniture and the bar area is very comfortable. We found the staff very friendly and we were able to relax in lovely surroundings. We ate both evenings in the main dining room and the food and service was excellent. We will definitely recommend this hotel. The old part of the town is probably 10 minutes walk away and some of the shops are a delight. Highly recommended.
A gem of a hotel
We stayed for three nights in the Gantois. It's a gem of a hotel - an unexpected delight in a dull town. The basic rooms (called traditional) are spacious, beautifully decorated and well equipped. The public rooms are lovely and the staff helpful and charming.
There are 2 downsides 1) the food in the main dining room is disappointing - I would not eat there again and 2) it's quite a walk to the old town where the best cafes etc are located.
Nevertheless, we think the Gantois is the best hotel in Lille and would be a find in any town.