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First 5***** in Lille, the Hermitage Gantois hotel welcomes you in a building of the fifteenth century!

Ideally located in the heart of Lille, between La Grand' Place and the Hotel de Ville, just 5 minutes from the TGV station and 15 minutes from the Lille Lesquin Airport , Hermitage Gantois is a must.

Offering a unique setting, combining charm, history and modernity, Hermitage Gantois is the most prestigious address in Northern France.
Do not hesitate, and dare to cross the border in less than 1h30 from Bruges, Brussels and London.

The 72 rooms and suites fully equipped and air conditioned, spread around the interior courtyards and gardens, provide peace and serenity. Sometimes enjoying a fireplace, a French ceiling, combining modernity and tradition, each room has its own personality.

The Hermitage Restaurant welcomes you in a cozy atmosphere for your private or business meals.

Let yourself be seduced by the suggestions from Chef Olivier Malewicz through the "menu découverte", and other "plaisirs du marché".

L’Estaminet Gantois. For a more casual lunch or dining in an atmosphere of Brasserie des Flandres, L'Estaminet offers typical dishes of the cuisine of the North accompanied by the region's best beers. For a meal in groups we will develop for you the vaulted rooms of the Inn.

The Hermitage Bar open from 8am to 1am is the heart of the hotel under the canopy. For your appointment at any time of day or night, you will discover a different atmosphere and attentive service. For morning coffee, afternoon tea or a cocktail, the Hermitage Gantois bar is the favorite spot for Lille residents!

The meeting rooms are suitable for the most prestigious receptions. Each room has a different historical setting. 

April 2015: opening of the Spa...


               L'Hermitage Gantois *****  224 rue de Paris 59000 LILLE

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Avis SESAM CLUB: Our preferred address in the North of France. For tourism or business, an ideal location in the heart of Lille and a place steeped in history (ask to visit the Chapel)...  

Pierre Cibois exhibition. Scenery painter or artist? Craftsman!


Lille, fourth French capital, international crossroads (Paris is one hour by TGV, Brussels 38 minuts, and London only 1h20!), dynamic business location, designated European Capital of Culture in 2004.

Lille has become a leading tourist destination, known for its living host, its preserved heritage and its cultural life.

The “Palais des Beaux-Arts”, is one of the richest French museums. It has prestigious collections of European paintings (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix ...), French painting of the nineteenth century (David, Courbet, ...), sculptures of the nineteenth (Rodin, Claudel, ...)

The “Vieille Bourse” is the most beautiful monument of the city. It hosts a market for used books, some chess players. Tango evenings take place on Sunday from 19h to 22h, from July to September.

The “Vieux Lille” is the main location of major luxury brands, fashion and design. The antique shops and art galleries are numerous, bars and restaurants as well.

On the Grand Place, surrounded by a sumptuous setting, the Great Wheel turns majestically to the sound of Christmas music.

                       La Porte de Paris.                                                           Barge in the surroundings of Lille.

Carnivals are numerous in the north of France, but at Lille, the largest "street event" is the famous flea market! Every first weekend of September, the largest flea market in Europe attracts nearly 2 million visitors for two days and one night of madness!

LA BRADERIE DE LILLE - 3th and 4th september 2011
Every first weekend of September, Lille is transformed into a huge flea market spread over a hundred kilometers ...
While the flea market, all the restaurants serve mussels with french fries Lille. It's tradition.




"It's a sunny day in May 2011 and I arrive in Lille, in the heart of northern France. A town with cobbled streets and elegant architecture...

In this city there is a magical place where I will have the chance to stay for 2 days. And I soon discover its ocher facade of the 15th century, the gears of its roof .... "HERMITAGE GANTOIS" is written on the wall...

Just entered the lobby, I immediately dive in the heart of an artistic universe. There reigns a perfect blend of french classical and contemporary art. The lobby is bathed in light through the large windows in the ceiling wich illuminates the walls. The sunlight plays with the interior space and make it bright and unreal. I discover already many paintings, colorful studies of modern artists, abstract art sculptures, and many works of art.

I walk into the lobby, one can hear the sound of a piano - a Chopin waltz, the tinkling of champagne glasses, conversations in French ...This area exudes life. A cocktail combining original and surprising ancient and post modern artistic styles , classic and “avant-garde”.I continue my discovery of the place, it's really exciting to look for the other secrets hidden behind these walls .... I discover a huge Gothic vault, there are stained glass, sculptures and a composition of orchids on the table ...Another door opens into a replica of a real museum room ... A checkerboard tiled floor, purple chairs, fireplace, and paintings that cover all the walls ...

But it's not anything that can surprise the customers of this magical place. The most extraordinary thing is probably a real chapel, adjacent to the lobby and its discreet door does not allow imagine its presence…!

I leave the chapel to enter a world dedicated to modern and postmodern art. There prevails an experimental mix of different eras and different styles, classic gothic, baroque, post-impressionism and cubism, post modern pop art, post modern or ancient sculptures ....

The Hermitage Gantois is not just a luxury 5-star hotel, it's also a mysterious and original art space that will immerse everyone in a unique atmosphere. The hotel regularly organizes exhibitions and concerts. Lights, floral arrangements, many details need attention. Customers can find a spiritual intimacy in the chapel or library, have a coffee or tea in the warmth of a fireplace, enjoy the luxury of the place in atmospheres and styles of different times. Or simply relax in one of the charming hidden gardens...

As an artist, I was so impressed that I naturally want to join this place dedicated to art. And Sunday morning, shortly before I left, I sat at the piano, the inspiration led me to Bach prelude and "The creation of the earth." The sounds seemed to blend into the sunlight of huge windows dripping from the ceiling. I played surrounded by works of art from all periods. It's really a unique place, whose walls echo of styles and experiences. Except these artistic encounters, the guests will appreciate special time, symbols of the “belle France”, for example a glass of champagne served at the bar, or the wonderful buffet breakfast (including many different French cheeses!)...

The weekend ends, it is already time to leave. I look at the front of the hotel, and I know it will not be the last. Without exaggeration, this place is unforgettable, and I would return again and again..."





(*Elena Yangicher is a young talented painter from Moscow. We will publish soon some of her last works.)





Musée Matisse Cateau-Cambrésis

With over 30 museums, the region of Nord/Pas de Calais is one of the most active in France, and the second after the Ile de France for the density of museums. Among them, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille (considered as one of the richest museums in the provinces), the Matisse Museum in Cateau-Cambrai and La Piscine in Roubaix to mention only the two most recent.

La Piscine - Roubaix

We should also mention LILLE ART FAIR, European Fair of contemporary art that takes place every year at the Grand Palais.

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