Tucked between the old town and the sprawling Esquermes Park, Couvent des Minimes combines a convenient location with modern comforts. Once a 17th-century, red-brick convent, the building has been reincarnated as a hotel that offers a bold contemporary update on the Renaissance architecture.
A dramatic glass canopy covers the one-time cloisters. Under its sheltering protection, you can visit the hotel’s elegant Champagne bar, breakfast buffet area, and refined Le Jardin du Cloître restaurant.
The 83 generously sized rooms offer a comfortable, modern base for exploring the city. The decor is simple and modern, featuring heavy draperies. You’re located a short walk from Lille’s main sights, including the old town, the Vauban Citadel, and the Palace of Fine Arts, as well as the train and underground stations.
We think this hotel is in an excellent location for exploring Lille, and love the building’s compelling history, especially when combined with its tasteful modern updates.
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The 83 spacious rooms and suites are divided across four categories — Tradition, Superior, Comfort, and Apartment. They all share a modern style that features a contrasting palette of soft- and deep-earth tones, with gleaming hardwood furniture and heavy drapes. All rooms come with all the standard amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and white-marble bathrooms.
The larger Apartments offer enough room for four, with a bed and fold-out sleeping couch, as well as a dining area.
Located just outside the heart of the city, the hotel provides a peaceful retreat near Esquermes Park. It’s also conveniently close to many major sights, including the Vauban Citadel and Bois de Boulogne, the Palace of Fine Arts, Congress Palace, and the Euralille area — either a short walk or a brief ride on the underground. You can also catch a city shuttle that stops at the hotel for easy exploration.
Food and drink
- Le Clos Champenois is a Champagne bar that’s suspended under a glass canopy.
- L'échiquier serves cocktails and small plates.
- Housed in the former cloisters, Le Jardin du Cloître offers elegant lunch and dinner menus with views of the sky.
- Buffet breakfast is served daily in the cloisters.
- Apartment rooms sleep four.
- Babysitting available.
Facilities and activities
- Shuttle service.
- Laundry services.
- Three rooms are adapted for use with a wheelchair.