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Couvent des Minimes - Alliance Lille
Ranked #23 of 107 Hotels in Lille
Reviewed 7 April 2014

For those who want some peace and quiet with a slice of style and history as well then this place is for you. We were there on a three-night bed and breakfast stay and felt that it was worth the extra cost. Breakfast in the remarkable covered courtyard was a good start to the day and the walking distance to the Old Town was not too far. We chose to eat out in the evenings and chose restaurants that had good Trip Advisor reports. Again, we were not disappointed.

However, we went by car and had to pay for three days in the hotel car park - a total of 54 euros. Can't remember the last time I had to pay for hotel parking. The room was well-appointed with an excellent shower but the single beds in a twin-bedded room were not very wide.

These are not complaints - just observations. Others may not be prepared to accept these issues. Would we stop there again? Probably but Lille has so many places to stay it may be worth shopping around.

Room Tip: Check the car parking fees with the hotel. Probably not a place for children.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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hotelalliance, Responsable Hebergement at Couvent des Minimes - Alliance Lille, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Dear Sir,

I am delighted to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us.

Hopefully, we will have the pleasure to welcome you back soon..

Best regards,


Janick Corne
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We only had one night in this hotel, but because check out wasn't until midday (why don't they all do that?) we had enough time for a lovely breakfast in the very impressive glass ceilinged restaurant and a walk . The breakfast was very expensive but we had it as a breakfast business meeting which kind of justified it! Our room was on the ground floor and our first impression was HUGE! Plenty of space ,lovely original windows etc. When we looked more closely it was a little tired (room 5) and needed a bit of tlc but I'd go back to this hotel anytime.
This hotel is a short walk from the old quarter with its' beautiful architecture, charming chocolate shops and little cobbled streets. The Tourist Information Centre alone, is worth a visit! We saw enough of Lille that we're already planning a return visit, perhaps for a long weekend this time.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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hotelalliance, Front of House Manager at Couvent des Minimes - Alliance Lille, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Dear Amanda,

Thank you for your beautiful review on your last stay at Alliance Hotel Couvent des Minimes.

I am glad to learn that we were able to reach your expectations.

We always do our best in order to deliver to each of our guests a top quality service and comments such as yours inspire us to continue our efforts.

For your next trip to Lille, do not hesitate to check our website for the best offers.

Kind regards,



Janick Corne
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We stayed here after coming across it on lastminute.com. Fantastic hotel in a great location - 5 minute walk into Lille. Room (comfort suite) was very comfortable and a great size. Excellent value for money. Bar area is very nice too. Will definitely return - thank you :)

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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hotelalliance, Front of House Manager at Couvent des Minimes - Alliance Lille, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2014

Dear Sir,,

Thank you for your beautiful review on your last stay at Alliance Hotel Couvent des Minimes in the suite 201.

I am glad to learn that we were able to reach your expectations.

We always do our best in order to deliver to each of our guests a top quality service and comments such as yours inspire us to continue our efforts.

For your next trip to Lille, Do not hesitate to check our website for the best offers.

With Our Kind Regards,




Janick Corne
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Nice hotel, something different. Staff well trained and pleasant. Rooms are ok, good breakfast, restaurant so so... overall I enjoy staying there. The lobby space is spectacular. Lots of good restaurants at walking distance

Room Tip: Avoid top floor in summer, too hot, aircon mediocre
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Selected this hotel by looking at Tripadvisor reviews.
Then booked best price via olotels.com.
Drove from Calais to Lille and used my sat nav. Important as the city is busy and the road structure is varied to say the least. However, if you are driving - the final 100 metres are one way so take it slow up to the hotel as the entrance is tight to get a car through and you may miss it.
Parking inside with a small charge of 18 euros per day.
Local area is quiet and next to a small inland waterway.
The hotel building itself is a converted convent and very modern, so don't be put off by the convent title. Very classy upgrade throughout with a central internal bar and restaurant area covered by a glass atrium. Very spacious and not noisy if you spend some time sitting here.
Reception was top notch and helpful. Pleasant staff.
We upgraded our booking to an apartment room (no.201) which overlooked the car park and it was extremely quiet. We had a great night sleep. Bed was comfortable and not too hard.
The rooms were well furnished with a separate sitting room and large clean bathroom.
We chose to have our breakfast served in our room (no extra cost), and had a simple continental breakfast with juices, tea, pastries, croissants and preservatives. All fresh and tasty.
We didn't dine in the restaurant, but did have drinks in the bar before stepping out - the service here is good as was the choice of cocktails, beers and wines.
Staff were very engaging and fun. Spoke English and also allowed us to try our French too!
Prices were not expensive and value for money.
Would choose this location ahead of more established brands in the city as it was an easy walk to the Grand Place and the hotel was not too corporate to be ignored.
Our stay was very good.
Would return and recommend.

Room Tip: Upgrade to one of the two apartment they have there - approximately a further 40 euros. Also, book...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

The hotel building itself is lovely, the original convent having been converted into a hotel in the last 20 years. The centre courtyard is covered by a glass atrium and below that are the bar and restaurant areas, all very light, airy and spacious. We chose a superior double room (no.206) which overlooked the carpark and was very quiet. The room itself was well appointed with a large bed and the bathroom, toilet, wardrobe areas were in a separate lobby area. The room was very clean, the bathroom was bit tired but well presented with bath and shower. Overall it was too hot and the a/c would not go below 18 Degrees C which we found too hot for sleeping. Fortunately, we were able to have the windows open which solved the problem. As with many hotels, the lighting is great for romance, but not so good if you want to read in bed. although there was a standard lamp that I managed to move close to my side of the bed for more light.
I complained to housekeeping about a loose socket (I think someone had moved the standard lamp as I had and then tripped over the wire) and also the wardrobe sliding doors were very cumbersome. The housekeeper promised she would get these things fixed immediately - I hope she did. The breakfast cost is 19 Euros and for this I would have expected a better selection of hot food. There was only small, greasy sausages, greasy streaky bacon and powdered scrambled eggs - Alliance, you need to do better on this front. The rest of the buffet was adequate but not memorable, although the juices were fresh and chilled. We dined in the restaurant on one evening and the food and service were very good, but on the expensive side, as were the drinks. It is just a few minutes' walk into the Old Lille centre and perfectly safe to walk in the evening. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, offering to speak in English or French as I wished. May local people visit the bar and restaurant and it also attracts business guests. There is on site secure parking on a first come, first served basis at a current cost of 18 Euros per 24 hours (hourly rates also applied). I would stay at this hotel again.

Room Tip: The standard double rooms have doors and windows which lead onto a balcony in the central atrium are...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

My wife and I spent two nights in the Couvent des Minimes, one on our way to a final destination and once on the way back. We chose it for the location as we had two overnights in Lille and wanted to be close to the centre. as it was we were delighted with the position as we could walk to wherever we wanted to be but were outside of the busy centre.

The first night we stayed in a regular room and the second we were upgraded to a superior room. The superior room is indeed superior to the regular room although there is nothing wrong with the regular room (except perhaps the view from the window for those who spend their time looking out f the window)- although the views from neither was great. The rooms are both lovely and roomy and the bathrooms excellent - and everything very clean and fresh. The lounge is in an atrium which is perfectly delightful and we very much enjoyed taking an aperitif there to the sound of a an excellent pianist who seemed to know exactly what we liked to listen to. There is a champagne bar at an upper level, probably a lovely pace for those who can afford it.

The restaurant is good and comfortable, a bit on the pricey side perhaps but then cheaper food can be taken in the atrium courtyard. The decor altogether is good although the colour scheme not quite what we would have expected. A little too modern for the surroundings although altogether the ambience is superb.

The service overall leaves nothing to be desired. Reception staff are outstanding, friendly, efficient and helpful.

Overall, not cheap but a definite recommendation.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 17 quai du Wault, 59800, Lille, France (Formerly Golden Tulip Alliance Couvent des Minimes)
Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Nord > Lille
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Lille
#14 Luxury Hotel in Lille
Price Range: £107 - £204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Couvent des Minimes - Alliance Lille 4*
Number of rooms: 83
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