Moxy Lille City: A bit of freshness!

As part of a business trip to Northern France, I stayed at the Moxy Lille Centre, a newly opened hotel in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Let’s take a look back at a very pleasant stay, at an unbeatable price.

Booking

As usual, I booked into my favorite Marriott hotel (well, OK, the only one…), the Hermitage Gantois, located 5 minutes’ walk from the station and boasting 5 stars, virtually the only one in the city.

But when I make my reservation in the Marriott Bonvoy app, I see that a Moxy hotel is available, one of my favorite Marriott chains!

Without a second thought, I look at the rates… Standard rooms are €69 and suites €99, so I don’t hesitate for a second and book a suite.

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The building is located in the former Faculty of Pharmacy, in the superb

Arrival

The Moxy Lille is much further from Lille Flandres station than the Hermitage Gantois. A good 15 minutes when you’re groping around like I was on the outward journey, and a good 10 minutes on the return journey when you know the way and hurry up a bit.

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The entrance seen from the lobby

I arrive in front of a magnificent building, and a just-finished hotel where some scotch tape is still on the doors.

The lobby makes a very good impression, being stately yet decorated in the usual Moxy style, wacky and casual.

I’m greeted on arrival by a receptionist, who immediately calls the head receptionist, who comes to welcome me in person and by name (although I’ve never mentioned my name): I’m impressed by such a welcome in a half-service hotel!

Welcome formalities are completed very quickly. I’m asked to choose between points and F&B credit (I choose points) and I’m given a form to fill in for the next day’s breakfast, which I’m told is free… Good point for Moxy!

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Once again, I’m pleasantly surprised when the receptionist offers to escort me to my room. I politely decline, asking where the elevator is, and am escorted to it.

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Once in the room, I understand better: I’m the first Ambassador to visit the property.

Room

My suite was located on the 5th and top floor of the property (suite 510).

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I really like the tartan-carpeted corridors

It’s very spacious, which is rare for a hotel of this brand.

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The suite’s large entrance

A very large entrance leads to the bathroom, which is on the right and separated by a double sliding door, in the original style of the building.

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Sliding doors are a great idea for the bathroom.

The latter is equipped with an extra-large toilet, a beautiful washbasin and a very large shower for relaxing before a good night’s sleep.

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Beautiful basin for washing up
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The big shower, with Moxy products that I love

Back to the bedroom, with the eternal Moxy open closet, a small desk, an armchair and then the king-size bed, which turns out to be extremely comfortable.

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The office is a little cramped
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The king-size bed will be very comfortable

A small sofa (certainly convertible into a bed) is in one of the corners.

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A short message was left for me
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… Above the TV set

It’s worth noting that the room has a mansard roof, which gives it a certain cachet, but that the openings are quite small and fitted with Velux windows.

To finish, a video tour:

Hotel facilities

The property has a fitness room in the basement.

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I won’t be using it this time, but I did take a few photos for TravelGuys.

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The space is rather limited, but the free weights and weight machines are very comprehensive. However, the treadmills and bikes were missing at the time of our visit.

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Food options

Catering, as in all the chain’s hotels, takes place around the bar located near reception.

In the evening, while waiting for my Uber Eats order, I’ll have two Spritz, which will be excellently prepared by the barmaid.

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A little spritz before bed!

In the morning, I’ll have breakfast on the go. It will be copious and excellent. Top !

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An extensive breakfast platter

Departure

Check-out formalities will be a bit laborious, as the receptionist will search for a long time in her computer to print out my invoice. Fortunately, I finish my breakfast while she completes these formalities.

Bottom line

An excellent stay in this new hotel with unbeatable rates. And one that makes the Hermitage Gantois, which is really showing its age and whose rooms deserve a good renovation, look really old.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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