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... both huge but german one in particular took my breath away. Unlike the allied forces who are buried all over the place, all the german bodies where gathered up and buried in one place. The graves are marked with crosses. They don't even get one cross each, there is one cross for four soldiers, and it was a massive field of crosses. Over 45,000 soldiers are buried here. Looking through them at ground level, you cannot see through the crosses to the fields beyond. So much ...
... 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 ...
... had not written today's date that we were travelling on our Euro ticket. I explained that on the last train from Amsterdam the conductor had written this on the ticket for us, and we thought that was what was supposed to happen. He repeated,"you should be shot", and handed our tickets back to us. Suzanne and I quickly grabbed a pen from her bag and I wrote the date and passed it back to him. He looked at it and then passed it back and then stamped our seat ...
... a tight space in windy conditions.
We had to go passed a pontoon jutting out with boats on and then go sideways along the pontoon to end up alongside another pontoon behind another boat. Life was made easier when a Dutch couple came out of their boat and took our lines.
We had a gin and tonic after today's weather with so much hailstones, sleet and thunder. If we hadn’t needed water, we would have stayed put.
4.45 John ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Lille Europe
The hotel is a big international. It is very clean and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The only trouble is that if you have a room at the front you get woken up at 01.30 by the most horrible roaring sound, like a jet engine. I gather it is something to do with the metro. It then goes on until 03.30 in the morning. There is double glazing but it does not really help.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Lille Europe
Cheap and cheerful
For a dirt cheap 2 star at the train station this is a great place to stay for a Eurostar break.
Make sure you get a room where the mini-bar is actually cold though - we asked to change as we wanted to store our fine French fayre in the fridge before we came home...
Cheap hotel + cheap Eurostar = cash for fine dining in one of the many very nice restaurants in the city. DO NOT eat breakfast at the hotel, save your cash and walk 5 mins into town towards the Paul and have it there. (Third of the price and much much nicer.)
Make sure you get to the zoo and see the parrots!
Was the hotel OK?
We stayed on a cheap weekend Eurostar deal to Lille. I had chosen the hotel on it's position near the station and the ease of getting to the art galleries and restuarants in Old Lille.
The hotel was very very convenient just 5 mins from EuroLille station and on the Metro/Tram and an easy walk to just about anywhere. We even walked back from the Sunday market at Wazemme in about 45 mins.
Staff were excellent and helpful, the rooms small,very clean but perfectly adequate. There was even a bath, something you don't always get on a cheap trip.
Breakfast simple but more than adequate. There is a good business suite with 3 computers on the net with scanners and printers.
Adverse. We were on the front which is a bit noisy with the window open. Window open when -4 centigrade outside ?? Yes it is VERY overheated. All heating in the room off still V warm.
Lobby tiny and can get full of bag toting arrivees getting checked in. Keep your room key on you
I would use this hotel again without question.
Best 2 star I've stayed in for a while
Agree with all previous comments: This Hotel does what it does very well. The reception staff could be cheerier, but hey this is France. Breakfast was above average, in a large airy room, especially as we were on the first floor, with town views.
If you are travelling via Eurostar, this must be the cost effective hotel to stay at, and the location is superb: On one side of town (nearest good bars/restaurants are less than 5 mins away), and Eurostar less than 5 mins (both with cases) the other.
Don't get a cab from Eurostar, as it's the wrong side of the dual carriageway.
Shopping centre next door, and more shops down town. However the Beer and food are the things to come for!
Excellent value for money hotel
We found this to be an excellent hotel, very conveniently located in the heart of Lille and only five minutes walk (at most) from the Eurostar terminal. As you would expect from a 2* hotel, the rooms are fairly small but are comfortably and smartly furnished and with a really comfortable bed. Much better standard than the standard travel hotel chains in the UK.
The staff to be very friendly and helpful and the hotel was comfortably warm (just as well as it was freezing outside).
It's not the Ritz, but it represents very good value for money for this class of hotel.
We stayed at the Lille Europe for 2 nights from 4th November on a very cheap deal through a UK national newspaper.
Our room was on the top (8th)floor at the rear with a panoramic view of Carrefour's roof - at least we didn't get any traffic noise! The room was modern, clean and functional - although I'd have been happy to swap the mini-bar for a hospitality tray (however the mini-bar was useful for storing some cheese overnight). I agree with previous comments that the room was a bit too warm, even with the radiator turned off. The TV had a number of French and Italian channels plus CNN (why don't more European hotels take BBC World instead of CNN???!!!).
Breakfast was a fairly standard continental buffet. Contrary to a previous report, we had no trouble serving ourselves - the nearest thing to an incident was one couple who could not come to terms with the coffee machine (despite what I thought were very clear instructions in English).
Again contrary to a previous report, we found the staff helpful and friendly, letting us check into our room at 11.30am on day of arrival.
The hotel is less than 5 minutes from Lille Europe station (Eurostar) and the same from Lille Flandres (local trains, metro and buses), and adjacent to the Eurolille shopping centre (including Carrefour - although, if you're used to Carrefour in Calais, the wine selection here is more limited). Lille is very compact and, while the hotel is not exactly central, all tourist areas are within easy walking distance - including the Citadelle. However if you do want to use public transport, the hotel is ideally located - a day ticket costs 3.50 euros.
A City Tour minibus runs from the Tourist Office every hour (9 euros) which can be a useful way to get your bearings.
Finally, unless you have any hangups about animals in captivity, we recommend the zoo at the Citadelle - and its free.
Overall a functional, comfortable and extremely well-located hotel, which is ideal for a weekend break.
Lovely hotel...great location
I stayed at this Hotel with my parents, husband and two teenage daughters. On arrival we were given an adjoining room for our daughters, which was great as we were worried that they may be on a different floor to us! The location is excellent, you have the shop complex underneath the Hotel and it is within easy walking distance to the old part of Lille. The Eurostar Station is approximately 5 minutes walk. In 2004 we stayed in the old part of Lille but found this Hotel better due to the location. The breakfast was included in our price and was excellent. Our rooms were very modern and very clean, towels were changed on a daily basis. M family would use this Hotel again.
We arrived at this hotel to find the staff extremely rude, unfriendly and made it seem like the biggest chore that they had guests arriving to stay in the hotel. The room was EXTREMELY warm (even for Nov when the weather was quite cold) and even though we turned it off, it felt like sleeping in the tropics. Really uncomfortable! What a mistake trying to have breakfast in this hotel! There were extremely long queues of guests waiting to have breakfast and not enough place to actually be seated while having breakfast. We got so fed up waiting that we left to have a lovely croissant and coffee at a nearby cafe. When we checked out of the hotel we were rudely informed that they had no space to keep our luggage until our departure from Lille in the evening. I have never experienced this in all my travels in Europe. We ended up having to camp out in a nearby restaurant with all our luggage until it was time to leave Lille. I would definately NOT recommend staying at this hotel. If you want to enjoy everything Lille has to offer, stay in another hotel!
Ideal for arrival on Eurostar
Stayed for 3 nights travelling by Eurostar. Hotel 200yds. from Lille Europe, just round the corner from Euralille Shopping Centre and within easy walking distance of historic centre of Lille. Room basic and small, but clean and tidy with all facilities required, including 'fridge. Buffet breakfast good. Only one slight criticism - found room a touch too warm!
Hotel Europe Lille
Was disappointed with the room. shabby wallpaper, carpet torn in noticeable place, net curtain dirty. Very hot in room, but very noisy to have window open. No drinks available outside breakfast time. We didn't find the 'bar' and we didn't find a coffee shop/cafe on the premises. No water dispenser even. There is a vending machine on floor 1 but we couldn't get that to work either.Very convenient to the station - but this means there is continual traffic 24 hours.Liked Lille but would stay somewhere else next time.
Functional, but good
We stayed in an apartment in the Citadines hotel which is located very conveniently, attached to Euralille (Lille's mega-shopping centre).
The apartment itself was equipped with modern furniture, basic, but decent. Large living room with a very good sofabed - this is easily transformed to a very relaxing bed for two persons. The kitchenette is small but more than sufficiently equipped: microwave, toaster, coffee machine, cutlery etcetera.
Because of it's location, we would certainly advise you to stay there. Nevertheless, remember that you are next to the shopping centre and the train station: it is always busy and you need to walk for about ten minutes to get to the old centre. So if you are looking for a really romantic stay, don't stay here but book a hotel in the old centre (if I might, I would propose the de la Treille hotel).