The concept of « boutique hotel » fits in perfectly with the Villa Gounod. This charming individual house and historical jewel of the Art Déco movement greets its hosts into one of its nine large bright rooms, each of them being personalized with a vantage point over the garden and the Rue Gounod.
Gathered all around its church, this quiet family district has a village-like life. The Rue Gounod appears like its jewel, giving the tone to the neighbouring houses. The numerous parks and gardens confer this area a slight and soft country atmosphere.
You feel like doing some shopping? The close subway system brings you within 5 minutes at the heart of Lille and, within a few minutes more, in all the immediate surroundings of the city. As for business, the highway and the international train station Euralille will allow you to rejoin all the French and European destinations.
In 1903, a prominent industrial family from Lille decided to divide into lots a vast land belonging to her. The Rue Gounod is then traced and private mansions are erected on each side of that street, according to a strict alignment and a similar Art Déco style.
Several architects worked on their building, such as the famous Armand Lemay, creator of the Villa Gounod and of its facing quasi twin, which both ponctuate the beginning of the Rue Gounod.
The Villa was occupied during a long time by the family at the roots of the project, before frequently changing of owners. The mansion was less well-cared-for over time, until these recent years where a first set of restorations turned it into a residential hotel.
In March 2016, the Villa is bought by the family Cabané who gives to it a hotel status.
Recent enhancements have completed its conversion into a small charming hotel with nine original rooms, allowing the latter to revive the concept of « boutique hotel ».
The capital of the French Flanders enjoys a privileged position at the crossroads of the main North European links.
The Thalys and Eurostar lines passing through the Euralille train station located right in the city center complete the very dense road network. All around the train station, an ultramodern shopping and business center has developed close to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Lille is part of a regional conurbation which displays a very strong economic activity and quickly develops thanks to the new technologies.
It has also been designated European Capital of Culture in 2004, which is a tribute to its artistic wealth, its architectural diversity and its way of life represented especially by its luxuriant markets and its night life animated by a festive student youth.
Lingering through the tiny streets and covered pathways of the Vieux-Lille is always a real treat, before taking a place into a small typical restaurant or carrying on by visiting the luxury boutiques nestled into ancient houses.
The lovers of cultural heritage will enjoy visiting not only the Palais des Beaux-Arts for its wealth of classical works and its regular temporary exhibitions, but also the Musée du Tri Postal presented by Lille 3000, which especially promotes young artists.
The Musée d’Art et d’Industrie in Roubaix and the Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut in Villeneuve d’Ascq will finish satisfying the visitors of the Lille metropolis in search of artistic emotions.
As for history enthusiasts, they will enjoy the numerous buildings that are very evocative of the glorious past of Lille, such as the Vieille Bourse, the Hospice Comtesse, the birthplace of the Général de Gaulle and the Citadelle de Vauban, before lingering for the last time in the small and tortuous streets of the Vieux-Lille which are sometimes strangely named, such as the Rue des Chats Bossus (i.e. the Hunchbacked Cats Street).
The city of Lille won’t fail, in the end, to surprise and amaze its visitors. It will satisfy the interests of everyone and you will only leave this very appealing town regretfully.