Lyon is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and certainly a place where ancient and not-so-ancient history, as well as fun things to do, collide in a city that’s fascinating to explore. Sitting at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers, this city dates back a whopping two millennia and has the credentials to prove it: there are the ruins of a Roman amphitheater here!
With sprawling public squares, quaint streets to walk down, and towering cathedrals to admire, the historical intrigue of Lyon is a big draw. But it’s not just that; with its very own zoo, multiple shopping centers, shiny contemporary developments, and more, Lyon has a little something for everyone. There are plenty of options for laying your head at night, from high-end to affordable and family-friendly.
8. Kyriad Lyon Centre Perrache
Fans of convenience will be more than pleased with the location that Kyriad Lyon Centre – Perrache boasts. It’s practically next door to Gare de Lyon-Perrache, the terminus for the high-speed service from Paris. The Perrache metro station, as well as the Suchet tram stop, are in easy walking distance, too.
On top of that, guests can expect laid-back, modern and clean rooms at affordable rates, making it ideal for travelers on a budget.
There’s also a bar on site, plus a restaurant where you can opt for a continental breakfast each morning. This is an unfussy option for those who want to explore the city of Lyon by public transport.
7. Cour des Loges
When it comes to beautiful rooms dripping with elegance, boasting antique fittings and fixtures, the Cour des Loges is certainly a winner. This boutique-style hotel is housed in a historic building and some period features have been retained throughout.
There’s even an apartment if you feel like splashing out on a large room that boasts its own fireplace.
In terms of location, you’ll find plenty of options for drinking and dining in the surrounding area. Plus there are sights like Des Hauteurs Park – a sloping garden complete with rose garden – and the hillside La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière within walking distance.
6. Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
The stylish, contemporary rooms at this Lyon branch of Radisson Blu come in neutral colors and boast a design-led collection of minimalist furnishings, ideal for anybody with an eye for style.
The fact that it’s a towering, modern hotel means a lot of these rooms boast fantastic city views, too. It also features multiple restaurants, including a bistro and a brasserie, a fitness center, and even a complimentary shuttle to the main train station.
Getting around from this landmark hotel is easy, too. As well as being a short walk from the Gare Part-Dieu – Vivier Merle metro station, the Part-Dieu – Servient tram stop is right outside.
5. Sofitel Lyon Bellecour
This 5-star hotel is a modern, upscale option for those with a more high-end budget in mind regarding their trip to Lyon. The rooms are decidedly plush, featuring muted color pops and lots of clean lines and attention to detail.
Set on the banks of the river Rhône, there are river views to be had at the Sofitel Lyon Bellecour. It’s also got a Turkish bath, two bars, two restaurants, and a lot more in store for potential guests. As implied by the name, this hotel is steps away from the vast Place Bellecour – as well as the metro station that serves it.
4. Novotel Lyon Confluence
A definitively modern hotel, the Novotel Lyon Confluence is a glass, steel and wood melange of forward-thinking design – ideal for anybody who is after a truly contemporary stay in this city.
Set within the modern shopping and entertainment district of Pôle de Commerces et de Loisirs Confluence, this hotel is steps away from the tram stop of Hôtel de Région – Montrochet in the La Confluence district, an area which is characterized by urban renewal projects and shiny new structures.
This Lyon-based branch of Novotel boasts a French restaurant and a dining room, where you can opt for a buffet breakfast if you feel like it.
3. Campanile Lyon Centre Part-Dieu
Just a four-minute walk from Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu, plus the tram and metro stations serving it, this hotel couldn’t get much better in terms of location. There’s even a line to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport from the station, too.
It isn’t just about being able to get around the city quickly though; there are other things nearby that will interest visitors to Lyon; the shopper’s paradise of Galeries Lafayette, for example, is within easy walking distance.
This affordable hotel boasts modern rooms, a lounge bar, a laid-back restaurant, and for an extra fee, you can really set yourself up for the day thanks to the all you can eat breakfast on offer.
2. Best Western Hotel du Pont Wilson
This hotel is a modern place to stay in the city. It features equally modern rooms decorated in a colorful, contemporary style. There are options available for families here, as well as more upscale selections boasting private balconies with river views.
But there’s a lot more about Best Western Hotel du Pont Wilson that makes it an excellent option for accommodation in Lyon. Getting around from here is quite easy. The Liberté tram stop is a minute walk away, and Guillotière metro station isn’t far either. Plus, it’s a 15-minute stroll across the Bridge Guillotière – one of Lyon’s oldest bridges – to the impressive pedestrianized square of Place Bellecour.
1. Hotel Lyon Metropole
Amenities abound at this refined, mid-range Lyon hotel. There are two pools, four tennis courts, a spa, and fitness center, as well as a cocktail bar and a restaurant serving up a selection of French and Italian dishes.
The rooms are sleek, simple and decorated in neutral tones for a relaxing stay. Practically on the banks of the Saône river in the Croix Rousse district, Hôtel Lyon Métropole is near Gare de Vaise train station, and also within walking distance of the metro station of Cuire.
This hotel may be far from central itself, but adventurous visitors can wander to the old center of the city via the covered walkways – Traboules – in the south of this district.