Here we recommend hotels in Lyon, France, including listings of cheap, moderate and expensive options, with some close to the city centre and the old town, and others convenient for the sports stadium or the train station.
Hotels are listed starting with the cheapest, and alphabetically within each category.
We have stayed in most of these Lyon hotels, and can recommend all of them. Make your decision based on your budget, and where you want to be based.
92 rue Président Eduoard Herriot 69002 Lyon
Tel: 04 78 42 03 15
Although only officially a 2-star hotel, the Élysées is well-located in the heart of the Presqu'île. It's friendly and efficient, clean and charming, with 29 ensuite rooms. They all have a hair-dryer, wifi, air-conditioning, phone and satellite TV, though some are a little on the small side. However, if you want inexpensive accommodation in the city centre, it's perfect.
Lovely location just behind the Quai Saint-Vincent, with easy access to Vieux Lyon, the Croix Rousse and the Presqu'île areas. All 32 rooms have direct-dial phones and satellite TVs, and are spread around four separate buildings, and its 2-star rating belies the attractive décor, the comfort, and the friendliness of the staff.
Hôtel Globe et Cécil
21 rue Gasparin
Tel: 04 78 42 58 95
This charming 4-star hotel is on an old street, and is only about 50 metres from the central place Bellecour. Its 60 rooms are each individually – and stylishly – decorated, and some have balconies, antique furniture, tapestries and marble fireplaces. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and the service is faultless.
This has been a hotel since the 16th century and is a good choice for Vieux Lyon, as it's on the edge of the old town and also steeped in its history. The 36 rooms are immaculate but there's also a bohemian feel about it, with occasional jazz concerts and a reputation for being the haunt of actors and artists. Ten of the rooms are deluxe and have views of the Saône River.
Mercure Lyon Centre Château-Perrache
12 Cours Verdun-Rambaud
Esplanade de la Gare
Tel: 04 72 77 15 00
Right by the Gare Perrache and therefore very convenient if you have an early departure, the Mercure is comfortably modern but has Art Nouveau styling inside lots of the public areas. It has a small business centre, a restaurant for lunch and dinner, and a bar open from 8am till late.
Novotel Lyon Gerland
70 avenue Leclerc
Tel: 04 72 71 11 11
If you want to be near the sports stadium in Lyon for a match, then the 4-star Novotel could hardly be closer. It's about five minutes from the Stade, and from the Gare Perrache on the other side of the Rhône. It has 186 rooms, with its own bar, restaurant and an outdoor unheated swimming pool. There is also private secure parking. The rooms are what you would expect from a modern hotel, designed for comfort rather than character, but with all the modern conveniences.
Cour des Loges
2-8 Rue du Boeuf
Tel: 04 72 77 44 44
This is the loveliest hotel in Lyon, in our opinion, and it's ranked #4 in the city on TripAdvisor so we're not alone (our next and final entry, the Villa Florentine, is rated #1, if you're curious.) It is stylishly built in and around the old courtyard of one of Vieux Lyon's 17th century houses, originally a college. Its 62 rooms, suites and apartments are all individually designed, some having fireplaces, beamed ceilings or gardens, while the décor is chicly modern. There are also rooftop terraced gardens and an indoor pool.
25 montée Saint Barthélemy
Tel: 04 72 56 56 56
Up in the heights of the Fourvière district, this villa in a former convent gives fabulous views over Vieux Lyon. The Renaissance style of the original building has been preserved, but inside is a touch of contemporary chic fully worthy of its 5-star Luxury rating. It has its own pool and an excellent restaurant, and TripAdvisor readers rate it the best in the city. Personally we prefer to be right down in Vieux Lyon rather than up above it, so that is a consideration.
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