Where to stay in Valenciennes?

Où loger à Valenciennes

Planning to spend a few days in Valenciennes? Good accommodation is essential! Here’s a list of the best places to stay in Valenciennes!

It was here, in 1885, that Émile Zola discovered the world of the miners and wrote what would become one of his greatest masterpieces: Germinal. Once known as the Athens of the North, Valenciennes is close to Lille and Cambrai, the Belgian border and five of Europe’s major capital cities: Paris, Luxembourg, Brussels, Amsterdam and London. Economically devastated by the closure of the coal mines and successive industrial crises, Valenciennes has retained its reputation as a sad city of unemployment and poverty. But don’t let this image fool you, Valenciennes has a lot to offer!

This dynamic city in the Nord region of France is undergoing a major transformation. In recent years, Valenciennes has been the focus of numerous urban renewal projects, such as the launch of a tramway line and the opening of a new shopping center in the city center. Valenciennes also boasts an interesting heritage, with numerous museums, a conservatory, a library, a cultural center and even a beautiful archaeological site. Last but not least, Valenciennes boasts a large number of green spaces, the lungs of the city.

To make the most of this beautiful city of Valenciennes, choose your accommodation wisely. In the hyper-center, in the heart of the Vignoble district or along the Escaut, you’ll easily find accommodation in Valenciennes, whatever your budget. And to help you make your choice, here’s a list of the best neighborhoods to stay in Valenciennes. Enjoy your stay in the Nord!

Valenciennes hyper-center

Loger dans le centre de Valenciennes

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The hyper-center is ideal if you want to visit Valenciennes on foot, and enjoy the city’s atmosphere. It lies within the ring of boulevards Beauneveu, Froissart, Eisen, Patter and Watteau. It includes the Quesnoy, Delsaux and Cannoniers districts. You’ll easily find accommodation in this area, either in a hotel or in private accommodation. Beware, however, that this area is particularly popular with tourists, and prices can be quite high compared with the rest of the city.

Well served by public transport, the downtown area offers a wide range of shops and restaurants, as well as the city’s main tourist attractions. Discover the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Place d’Armes and its Hôtel-de-Ville, or the timber-framed and corbelled Maison Espagnole. You’re sure to enjoy a stroll down the pretty, pedestrianized Rue des Famars. Last but not least, this district boasts many green spaces. After a day of sightseeing, take a well-deserved break in the Square de l’Ordron or the Jardin de la Rhônelle.

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The vineyards and surrounding area

The Vignoble district, and more broadly the Faubourg Sainte-Catherine and Faubourg de Paris districts, are also pleasant places to stay in Valenciennes. As far as we know, there are no hotels in this area, but you’ll find private accommodation available on rental platforms.

Valenciennois locals love the area’s calm, with its many shops, public gardens and popular lake. Here, you can enjoy water sports, family outings, sports activities and even fishing!

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Along the Scheldt

L'Escaut, Valenciennes

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This area, which includes the Cheminots, Acacias and Faubourg de Lille districts, is particularly well served by public transport. It’s a very pleasant place for families who like peace and quiet. It’s also easy to get to the center of Valenciennes to enjoy the city’s points of interest. Here again, you won’t find many hotels nearby. It’s best to turn to private accommodation rental platforms to find what you’re looking for.

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Now you know where to sleep in Valenciennes to make the most of your stay. If you also know this city, share in the comments your favorite neighborhoods where to sleep in Valenciennes.