Hotelchain: Barrière hotels
Location: Lille – France
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: http://www.hotel-barriere-lille.com/
The five star hotel Barrière in Lille is one of the best hotels Lille has to offer! It is very conveniently located near the gare de Lille-Europe. The center of Lille is nearby and easily reachable with public transportation!
The Barrière hotel Lille has an onsite casino. There are separate entrances to either the hotel and casino so you don’t have to walk through the casino to enter the hotel. Check-in went smoothly and the reception staff was accommodating. Always nice to see happy facing people behind the reception desk! Even though there are 150 rooms in this hotel, it never felt crowded and there was a serene atmosphere throughout the hotel which I liked. My room wasn’t ready at the time I checked in so I had a drink in the lobby bar. Nice bar by the way… and lovely drinks!
And then my room was ready… Oops, suite! At 60m² the junior suite I stayed in was absolutely spacious and immaculately clean. The king sized bed was enormous… and so was the bathroom: an oversized bath tub, double sinks and a separate (rain)shower where 4 people would easily fit in! I also liked the panoramic views and the small sitting area. It was nice to relax there later that night with a glass of wine. The room had everything I would expect from a five star hotel: a Nespresso coffee machine, bath robes, premium toiletries and another bonus: plenty of plush towels, I loved them!
The Barrière hotel Lille has a small spa area with fitness center. I did work out (of course!) and the fitness equipment was excellent and up to date! Residents of the hotel can relax in the sauna and/or steam room at no additional charge. And when you are done with your workout or sauna experience, you can chill out in the relax area. I appreciated the soft lounge music throughout the place. Very relaxing!
Besides marvelous rooms, a relaxing spa area, a casino and a great bar, the hotel Barrière Lille has 3 restaurants to choose from. There’s a buffet style restaurant and a more fancy fine dining restaurant. I did look at the menu and found the dishes reasonably priced. On the next day, breakfast was served on the second floor. It is a buffet style breakfast and the buffet was excellent consisting of several cold/hot dishes, a lot of fruit and freshly baked breads. I do recommend paying a little bit extra and include the breakfast with your stay as it is very good. I didn’t had to eat till the late afternoon J
Without a doubt, the Barrière hotel is one of the best five star hotels in the area. From the friendly staff to the beautifully decorated rooms, the Barrière hotel Lille has it all! Highly recommended!