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Alliance Lille - Couvent des Minimes
17 Quai du Wault Lille 59000 France
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Description Alliance Lille - Couvent des Minimes
Alliance Lille - Couvent des Minimes is a 4-star hotel located in the French city of Lille, just a few minutes walk from Jardin Vauban Park and the 15th Century Citadelle de Lille. There are good public transport as well as motorway connections to the hotel.
This former convent dates back to the 17th century and was converted into a hotel in 1990. The 83 bedrooms are spread over four floors and divided into three categories - standard single/double rooms, apartments suites and executive suites.
Each room is equipped with an en-suite marble bathroom, as well as telephone, satellite TV, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. WiFi internet connection and business centre facilities are also offered at the Alliance Lille.
Within reach of the hotel are a variety of entertainment opportunities and points of interest, such as Zoo Park, Lille Grand Palais and Nord Theatre as well as plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and museums.
The hotel has private car parking facilities with charges applicable.
- Alliance Lille - Couvent des Minimes
- 17 Quai du Wault
- Telephone: +33(3)20306262
- Official Homepage
- American Express
- Diner's Club
- JCB Intl.
Room features Alliance Lille - Couvent des Minimes
- Bathroom with bathtub
- Bathroom with shower
- Ironing board
- Windows that open
- Central heating
- Pants press
- Tea/ coffeemaker
- Cosmetic mirror
- Satellite TV
- Small lounge
- Room safe
- Cable TV
- WiFi in the rooms
Hotel features Alliance Lille - Couvent des Minimes
- Business center
- Entrance hall/ lobby
- Parking lot
- Pets allowed
- Hotel bar
- Hotel safe
- Child/ Baby Cot
- Childcare/ Babysitting
- Conference rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- PC with Internet
- 24-hour reception
- Wheelchair accessible
- Shops on site
- Laundry service
- WiFi in Lobby
- Room service
- Shoe cleaning service
- Bike Rental
- Golf Course
- Running/ Rollerblading track
- Tennis Court
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