L'Hermitage Gantois, Lille
On the long Rue de Paris, just 5 minutes from the city centre and Grand Place, the building is a challenging sight for visitors. Renovations to this historic site have been handled so successfully, that from certain angles it seems almost unreal, like the defensive walls around the City of Carcassonne created by Viollet-le-Duc.
It was more than five centuries ago since the edifice was first built, back in 1462. Originally a charity hospital, traces of the past remain from the 15th, 16th and 18th centuries. Among them is the Grand Salon the monks’ dining hall, with a vast marble fireplace. A guided tour takes place every Tuesday and the museum reveals an unedited history of the Hermitage.
The hotel was built in 2003 and has successfully retained the interior splendour and style of the former hospital. 72 rooms and suites have been sympathetically designed, offering 21st century comforts and various echoes to its historic past through the decor, with its traditional tiled floor, French ceilings and subtle lighting.
The Hospices hall is a major destination for concerts and other events, while an art gallery showcases regional artists. And for 2014, 17 additional rooms should take shape as well as a spa complete with treatment rooms, swimming pool and sauna.
224 rue de Paris
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