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Ibis Lille Centre Gares
29, Avenue Charles Saint-Venant Lille 59000 France
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Description Ibis Lille Centre Gares
The Ibis Lille Centre Gares hotel is a two star property located on Avenue Saint-Venant in the city of Lille. Within close walking distance of the Gare de Lille-Flandres guests have also access to the metro station which gives them easy access to the city centre and the rest of the city. With 154 guest rooms divided over five floors it’s a relatively large hotel with some rooms suitable for people with a handicap.
Each of the rooms has air conditioning, radio, satellite/cable television, telephone, direct dial telephone, free wireless internet access and a private bathroom with hair dryer. Cribs and extra beds are available on request. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the onsite restaurant. At the onsite bar guests can enjoy a drink and a light snack.
There are three meeting rooms available with facilities and space for up to 50 people. Guests arriving with car can park at the hotel against costs. Other facilities include 24 hour front desk service with safety deposit box, copy/print service, elevator and a web corner. Pets are allowed at the hotel against costs.
- Ibis Lille Centre Gares
- 29, Avenue Charles Saint-Venant
- Telephone: +33(3)28363040
- Official Homepage
- American Express
- Diner's Club
- Business People
- Large Groups
Room features Ibis Lille Centre Gares
- Bathroom with bathtub
- Bathroom with shower
- Windows that open
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Satellite TV
- Cable TV
- WiFi in the rooms
Hotel features Ibis Lille Centre Gares
- Business center
- Entrance hall/ lobby
- Parking lot
- Pets allowed
- Hotel bar
- Hotel safe
- Child/ Baby Cot
- Conference rooms
- Non-smoking rooms
- PC with Internet
- 24-hour reception
- Wheelchair accessible
- WiFi in Lobby
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