We promise that in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille or Nice, your nights will be even more amazing than your days – and not just because you’ve chosen an Ibis hotel. And if you simply want to chill out, you’ll be equally happy with your accommodation.
Into the wilderness in Marseille
An old tobacco factory has been converted into a public space here, where concert venues and live entertainment converge with restaurants, cafés and exhibition spaces, a skate park and playgrounds, municipal gardens and walls of street art. La Friche de la Belle de Mai covers 45,000 square metres at the heart of Marseille, of which 8,000 are roof terrace, showcasing new trends with astounding energy. Let us know what you think! The R2 is another trendy rooftop, arty and cultural hub of the Terrasses du Port, perched between sky and sea. You’ll find it hard to come down!
Sleep at the Ibis Budget Marseille La Valentine
A celebration of sound in Lyon
With the Nuits Sonores in May, Nuits de Fourvière in summer and Fête des Lumières in December, not to mention being the haunt of designers, graphic artists and videographers – around the docks or on the hills of the Croix Rousse district, Lyon is always partying. If you want more, head up to Sucre, on the roof of the old sucrière with views across the river. For concerts, exhibitions and apéritifs, this is the rooftop for you. A couple of steps away is Azar, newly opened and said to be the most beautiful club in France, with a sound system and light show that’s just next-level!
Sleep at the Ibis Budget Lyon Confluence
Nice has its own Marais
The Prom’ (Promenade des Anglais) is Nice’s must-see hotspot – but for night-time atmosphere, it’s around the Place du Pin and Rue Bonaparte that the city comes alive. This former industrial and popular district between the Place Garibaldi and the port, nicknamed the ‘Petit Marais Nice’, has become the place to be. In the daytime, trendy shops and boutiques play with creativity; by night, bars, clubs and restaurants provide entertainment. As in the Parisian Marais, there’s a welcoming gay-friendly party vibe here – and for art and culture, the MAMAC (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) isn’t far away. A special mention goes to its beautiful terraces with views.
Sleep at the Ibis Budget Nice Californie Lenval
Bordeaux, a good base camp
The Place de la Victoire, with its obelisk and two giant tortoises, is one of the city’s most animated spots and a good meeting point to start a trip. The must-explore area is the Bassins à Flot, currently undergoing a serious facelift. Housed in a refurbished ferry is a canteen-cum-disco and concert hall (with a predilection for electro) called I.Boat – the latest place to hang out. Nearby, the former submarine base hosts temporary exhibitions, concerts and shows in a great atmosphere – no longer underground!
Sleep at the Ibis Bordeaux Center Bastide
Paris is a party
If you want to be part of the trendy crowd in Paris, head to the 19th arrondissement. Extending the very romantic Canal Saint-Martin, the Canal de l’Ourcq has been hit by a new wave of youth in recent years. Along the banks leading from the Bassin de la Villette, creative, quirky and alternative types populate clubs and concert halls (Wild Cabaret, Espace B, Trabendo and Point Ephémère to name a few), and the bars and terraces (such as Le Bar Ourcq or Le Bellerive) are always full. Our favourite is the Antipode Barge, an ideal spot to eat, chill and make new friends!
Sleep at the Ibis Budget Paris-La-Villette
Lille: the north is on fire!
There’s a party atmosphere guaranteed in the République district, where the Rues Masséna and Solférino boast a glut of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and places that Lille’s students frequent with assiduity from Thursday evening. Try the Atomic for a rock vibe, or La Plage for cocktails in the sand. There’s also a good atmosphere around Wazemmes market and the Saint-Sauveur station, a former trading station where parties, concerts and exhibitions galore are organised around the lovely bistro Saint-So.
Sleep at the Ibis Syles Marcq-en-Baroeul