Novotel Lille Centre Gares4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
At first I was disappointed with Lille when I saw all the high-rise buildings around this hotel! But if you go for a walk you'll discover the old town, which is beautiful and so different from the area around the hotel! They gave me a suite with microwave, which also saved on my restaurant bills!
Arrived by train from Brugges, we found the hotel after a ten minute walk from Flanders rail station. Our reason for staying at the hotel was to locate my Grandfathers WW1 military grave, he was killed in action in January 1916. We had the location of the cemetery but were unsure how to get there, after speaking to the receptionist we decided to take a taxi. the receptionist was very helpfull , he arranged the transport with a fixed price, the driver spoke English and within 20 minuets we were at the cemetery near Armentieres, the driver waited 1x hour then returned us back to the hotel. We want to say how helpfull the man at reception was, brilliant!! Had two breakfast and two dinners, good menu, you must try the beefburger with a black, yes black breaded bun. Thanks again.
This Novotel tries harder than most to delight as well as accommodate, and on a rainy night in March you need something to give you a bit of a lift. Comfortable, predictably equipped, as all Novotels are, very convenient for the central station, and walking distance, too, from the Eurostar terminal, this is a good enough quick-stay business hotel.
Not a bad setup that is a few minutes walk from Gare de Lille. The TV pi ture can sometimes break up, but decent Internet (see photo), comfortable bed and good shower. Liked the different style hotel lobby and friendly staff.
Stayed here in January 2018 was close to the station with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will definitely be coming back for another stay next year. Hotel staff let us leave luggage as we arrived before check in and had to catch another train.
Welcoming staff, good breakfast, good rooms, walking distance from beautiful city center (Grand place, place du theatre...). Many excellent restaurants close-by, walking distance as well. A riskless choice !
In general in Western Europe Novotel has struggled in Europe to keep up with other 4* like Marriott & Hilton (I have had some great Novotel hotels in Poland) but this one shows how low the brand has failed spectacularly. This hotel is at the same level as an ibis. I booked for 3 nights during a work trip and found somewhere where the staff are friendly but let down by ineffectual organisation and poor facilities. The Reception: I had a very friendly welcome and I booked breakfast and was told that the internet was free and where the elevators were. The elevators has a broken security system which allows anyone up to to the floors. In a 4* hotel I expect effective security, especially in France. Internet was close to non existent in terms of bandwidth. I like the idea of free internet. but I would rather pay for something which works and where speed isn't dependent on the number of guests at the hotel The Room: It was clean, but sparcly decorated as if cleaning was more important than guest comfort, also there was not a pen or piece of paper in site. It also came with a well worn carpet and the standard western European novotel spray concrete on the walls which make it look like something like 1950s British social housing. I think whoever did styling for Novotel grew up 1940s mental asylum, because there really isn't any style. TV: This was modern, however it lacked any ability to connect my laptop. More and more hotels are providing facilities for this. Bed: This was very very comfortable. I loved it. Shower & Bathroom: Novotel Western Europe Standard. Warm water, the temperature safety valve on the wrong side of the shower head (being used as the off and on) and the off and on part of the tap used to control the temperature (prob good if you teach your fitters how to read instructions for fitting taps). Breakfast: Day 1: I loved the idea of frying your own eggs. and it was a nice relaxing experience. Like most French hotels the breakfast variety was limited. Breakfast: Day 2: Today: Took 10 mins to find a seat, then i just decided to clear a table which looked abandoned of its dirty plates, I was about to walk behind the bar and find a cloth to clean it myself when some member of staff popped up and helped. The staff were walking around and trying their best, but LACKED ANY FORM OF FLOOR MANAGEMENT to direct them. The food was running out, it took around 10 mins before I could get a coffee as the machine was empty (Note to staff the coffee machine serves coffee which is far too cold, I would be able to swim in it and need a wetsuit to prevent me freezing). The water for making tea was finished and everything appeared to be running out. As a hotel you know how many guests have booked breakfast (because Novotel offers a discount if you book in advance) so there is no excuse for this. Supper: Due to work I have had 2 suppers here. The food is OK but not amazing value. Day 1 I have some great service, Day 2 was obviously the Saturday team. So all in, would I stay here again if in Lille: Probably not, unless something radically changes and I am show what that change is. I did discover that other guest got radically cheaper rates than me through a travel website.
Was attending a gig at the Zenith and as a 4 star, I thought this would be a nice treat. Sadly it isn't a 4 star, neither is it a 4 star experience. Staff were nice but there was confusion about check in, on one of the accor groups official websites check in was advertised as 12 and when we arrived about 11.45 we were told it was 1pm. We then weren't helped or offered an early check in, we were permitted to leave our bags however but then went off to find a cafe in the rain. Upon finding our room, it was a bit tired and not the cleanest. Similar to a tired travelodge for a UK comparison so a 3 star at best and not a good 3 star by any means. We paid extra for a better room only to find that this meant the same standard as the cheaper rooms just with a cheap sofa. So not worth the extra cash. We were hungry and tired so opted to have paninis from the hotel restaurant, these were hard, barely filled and not pleasant. Really disappointing stay and although a convenient location I would implore anyone to consider an alternative.
When I checked in and the receptionist explained the timings for breakfast, I asked him to confirm whether breakfast was included. I had thought that it was not - but he said it was. I asked him to check and reconfirm that and he did so. The next day I decided to take a croissant and a coffee, since I had been told it was included in the price. Later my bill had an additional cost of €18. When I queried it they refused to refund the money. This type of thing is common with Accor. It is subtle a way of adding profit by reversing a customer's initial choices. If the receptionist had told me that I had a free bottle of champagne, and naturally I accepted it, I would have been billed for the cost afterwards. In my experience, if a complaint is made to Accor directly, they politely acknowledge your message, promise a reply, and then…. NOTHING.
The hotel is ok but 4 star over rates it. Main complaint is having waited over 20 minutes to be served at dinner in the fairly quiet restaurant we were told by the abrupt waiter we would have to wait as he had other tables to serve. We found this very rude and left to have dinner at a very good restaurant nearby ( one of many available). I will not tolerate rudeness and this attitude has ensured the hotel will not be used again. If the restaurant is understaffed that is not my problem and I expect courtesy and good service.
- Walking distance to Old Stock Exchange and Lille Grand Square
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Fitness center
Located in Lille Centre Ville, Novotel Lille Centre Gares is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Old Stock Exchange and Lille Grand Square. This 96-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. It's in central Lille and also a short walk from Rihour Square and Palace of Fine Arts.
Enjoy a bite to eat at Novotel Cafe, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
All 96 soundproofed rooms feature sofa beds, coffee makers, and laptop-compatible safes. LED TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Phones and desks are also standard.
At Novotel Lille Centre Gares, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a business center, a computer station, and an arcade/game room.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
85.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 775 reviews