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Roubaix, a major French town on the border with Belgium, was an important center of the Flemish wool and textile industry in the 19th century. That heyday is reflected in the grand architecture evident in Roubaix, including some distinctive Art Nouveau houses. In a regenerated town, many of the old industrial buildings have been adapted for cultural use. For the French, Roubaix is best known as the destination for the annual Paris Roubaix cycle race and the sport is a passion in this region of northern France. Finding Roubaix hotels is made easy by the search facilities offered by online accommodation specialist Venere, which can provide the best value rooms in the town regardless of your requirements or budget considerations. Book Roubaix accommodation in advance with Venere and look forward to your visit to this fascinating destination.
What's Roubaix Like?
Roubaix's industrial past is inescapable, and the city celebrates it in some of its imaginative museums, notably the Musee du Jacquard, a working industrial heritage center with historic looms and displays of tapestries ranging from medieval times to the 20th century. One of Roubaix's most attractive sights is the art and industry museum housed in a converted Art Deco swimming pool, with exhibits of 19th and 20th century paintings, sculpture, textiles, and costumes. A typical street of artisan dwellings for textile workers can be seen on Le courée Dulbar Dekian, now a listed historic monument. The Flemish passion for cycling combines with inventiveness in the stylish 1934 velodrome, designed by renowned architect Jacques Greber. Roubaix hotels offer an ideal base for exploring the Flanders region.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Roubaix
Roubaix does not feature on the familiar tourist trails and visitors may find that English is not widely spoken. A few versatile French phrases may be required in cafes and restaurants. Robust Flemish cuisine is the main choice in the estaminets (taverns) and brasseries of Rouboaix. Specialities include carbonades a la flamande, slow cooked stews in beer, and waterzooi and potjevlesch, chicken or game in a rich cream sauce. The Flemish maroilles cheese feature prominently on many menus. Fast food options include waffles, crepes and the popular Belgian frites. Beer is more popular with locals than wine, with a few craft breweries producing interesting styles. To get an informative impression of what to expect from Roubaix hotels, use the variety of features on the Venere site. Guest reviews offer honest and accurate ratings, while photos and sample room layouts show the amenities available. Interactive maps indicate the proximity of the major attractions, museums and transport hubs.