A traditional Flemish guest house. Famous northern hospitality. Welcome to André Dennequin's hotel.
"Stay with me, my friend, my door's always open!"
André is a character. Someone who is immediately your friend, someone who knows how to share his passion."I am Flemish born and bred and, with my wife, really love the job I have had for fifty years as a hotelier and restaurateur. " Although André stopped cooking a few years ago, he is still an enthusiastic hotelier. Bailleul is located between the Hauts-de-France and the Belgian border,"where the potato gave birth to the chip during the truce in the first world war," says André, a culinary historian in his free time. It's a pretty town of traditional red brick buildings with a bell tower that "chimes different melodies every 15 minutes in the daytime." It was here in 1990, that André had The Originals Boutique, Hotel Belle Hotel, Lille West constructed in the purest Flemish style."These days, I travel without moving by hosting guests from different countries," the owner of the 3 star hotel in Bailleul laughs."People come here because the region is beautiful, our hotel has character and people like to hear our accent! "
Behind the beautiful red brick façade with its crow-stepped gables lie The Originals Boutique, Hotel Belle Hotel, Lille West 31 spacious, comfortable and practical rooms. On arrival, you will find a short personal greeting with a welcome treat. The quiet rooms have an old-fashioned charm and each is equipped with a "dumb waiter". "It's a unique system that I had installed when the hotel was being fitted out," André adds. It's a type of service hatch for all room service requests. No need to open your door, you can have dessert brought to you in private.
- Non smoking room
- Room service
There's a fine range of hot and cold drinks and sweet and savoury treats waiting for you at breakfast. Yoghurt, bread and seasonal fruits come from local producers. For lunch and dinner, former restaurateur André has plenty of good advice: regional specialities, gourmet restaurants..."Unmissable are the atypical taverns with the old Flemish games and the chip stalls with their mysterious and delicious fricadelle! .
Ask André to talk about his region and he's unstoppable! Unusual experiences, unforgettable locations, culture, heritage and history are all on offer in Hauts-de-France.
At a height of 62 metres, Bailleul's imposing bell tower chimes a new melody every 15 minutes during the daytime. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it features a carillon of 35 bells, the origin of Bailleul's Flemish name, Belle. From the summit, the view across the plains and hills of Flanders is superb. The town of Bailleul is also an example of perfect reconstruction following the ravages of the first world war: Grand'Place, with its typically Flemish architecture, is full of character, as seen in the houses and the town hall.
THE HILLS OF FLANDERSForget your preconceptions, Flanders is far from flat. Between Lille and Dunkirk lies a chain of rounded hills that stretch all the way to Belgium. Mont des Cats, Mont Cassel, Mont Noir, from their summits you can take in the magnificent landscape, filled with typical woodland and farmland, orchards, hop fields, bell towers and church steeples.
THINGS TO SEE NEARBY15 minutes away is Lille, the economic centre; 30 minutes away are the Côte d’Opale and Dunkirk, with its history, sand dunes and beach; 1 hour away is Calais, with its turbulent history and its lace, Brussels, the beautiful and vibrant Belgian capital, Bruges with its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.
What our customers say
"Quiet and friendly hospitality"
From the very 1st to last minute of my three-day stay I was approached warmly and personal. That’s just what one wants and the Belle Hotel succeeds: impeccable!
"Kindly and helpfull at the reception"
"A good Overnight stay"
We were friendly received in a Nice clean room