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Well we have checked out of Quais de Saone a Lyon, and checked into Cour des Loges, our 5* accommodation! Wow, what a wonderful place to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Cour des Loges comprises of 4 Renaissance houses, built for merchants, bankers or printers during the XVth, XVIth century. There is a strong Italian influence as Lyon had a …
... but the facilities are good and as its all gravel no mud to worry about from the rain!
We took the bus into Lyon for a look around the city with no expectations but it was a nice city and easy to get around.
Now that its dry, we hope it will stay that way as staying / sleeping in the van with the rain pouring down is a pretty miserable place to be!!
... locals play boules, enjoying murals (watch out, Chemainus), encountering even more Roman ruins that the Tourism Board seems to have forgotten about, and hanging outside the City Hall square (Hotel de Ville) where Thomas spied a cart giving out free lemonade (providing much glee and a burst of energy for the trip back to the apartment), the day was a great mix of seeing both tourist sites and ...
... is getting warmer week by week. It's certainly spring here now. Sunny, but still a bit cold in the mornings and in the shade, but nice in the sun. And there are daffodils and blossoms! They remind me that my birthday is coming soon, if we were in Australia. They pepper the gardens around Lyon with their beautiful yellow and pink brightness, squeezing out excitement and happiness from every pore. And yes, if it were spring in Australia, it would mean my birthday ...
... the orientation described what our job was exactly, what we were supposed to be doing and what we were not supposed to be doing. We were NOT supposed to be left alone in a classroom with more than six students. Guess what was happening at my school? Sometimes I had 15 students. The woman leading the orientation was so strict I decided I better cover my ass. So when I returned to my town, I told the English teachers what I had heard at orientation and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCour des Loges Lyon
This place is romantic and a wonderful place to stay. The staff almost fall over themselves to help you, the rooms romantic and each special in their own right. The spa and roof gardens are complimentary, but unfortunately not the tea & coffee. It is a true hotel in that sense.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cour des Loges Lyon
Great location - Cramped Quarters
While we loved the courteous staff and excellent location, we were disappointed in our very expensive duplex room. With the toilet downstairs and the bed upstairs, when one got up we all got up. Our 3 year old was along with us. The hotel was very kind in directing us to kid friendly areas, but the hotel is really for a weekend rendezvous.
The breakfast and bar are overpriced. 2 drinks at the bar were 30 euros. Ouch!
Perfect Location for Walkers in Old Lyon
The Cour Des Loges is a great hotel in Lyon. The hotel staff, to a person, was very professional and helpful. For non-french speaking readers, the entire staff is fluent in English. The facility is a beautiful renovation in the old part of Lyon; the pubilc spaces, in particular the open lobby, is very dramatic. Our room, no. 44, was large enough to be confortable for a 3 day stay. The room was well-appointed with a nice hallway closet and storage area and a WC separate from the bathroom. My wife loved the large jacuzzi and the hand-held shower head was fine for me. The best aspects of the Cour Des Loges are these two. First, its proximity to nearly everything one wants to see in Lyon. You can plan you day around walks to the sights from the hotel without using a cab or the metro, generally speaking. Second, the concierge staff is extraordinaryly helpful. You ask and they make it so. There are two things that keep me from rating the Cour Des Loges as excellent. One, the bathroom layout, while modern, is less than fully functional since there are no hooks to hang things and limited storage space. And two, during our late October stay we opened the windows and as a result were bitten by mosquitoes! Overall, I'd stay at Cour Des Loges again though.
What a place! Built about 500 years ago, it is visually stunning, with it's 5 story courtyard, and the service is impeccable. We had a major problem with the automated resevation system (they charged us for a night on the day we made the reservation!) but the assistant manger was very gracious in helping resolve the problem. The room is quirky, Ian Shrager apparently designed the rooms, but left out essentials such as enough wall hooks for towels, clothes, etc. The bath is deep, but no shower! Even so, the location is a 10+, in the heart of old town. Getting there is tough, but they have valet parking so not too problematic. Overall, I give the place a 7 out of 10. We will probably return next visit to Lyon, which by the way is a great city!
A charming college town atmosphere...but a parking nightmare!
If you are planning on driving into this city, be warned! The hotel is located deep into a section of town that can not be driven through! When we finally figured this out (because we drove around for an hour trying to find the street), we had to get someone from the hotel to walk out of the city center with us to drive our car in to a parking lot (30 Euros a night).
The rooms are charming and the service was fantastic...and the walking area around the hotel is fun with many small college-town style boutiques. However, for $300 a night, I felt it was a bit over priced. The rooms are very small and dark without any kind of view.
A room without a view
Delighted by a discount rate and enthused by the chic website - we had high hopes for Cour Des Loges.
The building is great but the finish consistantly lets it down - as do the rooms. Ours faced the road and we were bothered by the road noise and deliveries. There was no natural light which made it claustrophic in the extreme and rooms were pokey and poorly designed - like living on a boat!
The double bath dominated the room but had none of the luxurious feel it should have. It feels like the whole hotel has been designed by a poor TV makeover show! Rough around the edges.
With this in mind, the bar, breakfast and mini bar are ridiculously over-priced. In 4 days we only bought one drink in the hotel. . . an expensive mistake!
The spa area was grubby and in need of re-decoration throughout.
Overall, Cour Des Loges has a lot to learn.
This hotel was absolutely beautiful; it couldn't have been more charming. The staff was extremely courteous (all spoke English) and helpful. The location, in the heart of old Lyon, was great for seeing the sights. The room, which I paid under $200 for, was beautifully decorated with antiques and an exquisite painted headboard. The bathroom, although small, was modern and had a huge (lighted!) bathtub. The bed was very comfortable and the room was impeccably clean. Our room opened directly onto their gardens, which were well manicured and very soothing. The public facilities included a small but nice pool, a sauna, and a massage chair that was very relaxing. I was in Europe for three weeks and stayed in a dozen fine hotels but this one was the best. In Lyon, this is the only place to stay.
An Interesting Place
While this property has lots to offer, it also has a lot of drawbacks. First of all, the location in the old section is great for sightseeing on foot but is very difficult to get to by car, and parking is almost impossible and extremely costly so if you are traveling by car, stay elsewhere.
The public space is stunning and filled with artwork and the staff couldn't be more helpful. We had a junior suite which proved to be a very cramped and claustrophobic duplex. It was also very dark and almost impossible to read in due to the lighting. The decor is very hip and trendy to the point that simple functions in the room are way too complicated to use in the name of trendy decor.
Breakfast is offered either in your room or in the beautiful dining area in the lobby but is so ridiculously overpriced that we skipped it each morning. It was in the neighborhood of $30 per person.
Very uncomfortable rooms
Very uncomfortable rooms, the bathroom have a very bad design; you get a Jacuzzi in a very small room, that takes up a lot of space but you don't get a shower or a decent size bed.
Did not like the decor, too dark, the walls in my room were almost black.
The staff is very friendly and the location is excellent.
Romantic Hotel in Vieux Lyon
There's not much to see from the outside as the Cour des Loges is on a back street in Vieux Lyon. But inside it is magnificent. The buildings date back to the 15th-17th centuries when Lyon flourished as a textile and trading center. They were lovingly restored a few years ago, creating 62 rooms arranged around a courtyard. We stayed in one of the mezzanine rooms on the 3rd floor. Though the room was rather somber and there is no view, it was perfect for a romantic weekend. The hotel staff was friendly and the service was impeccable. It all added up to an unforgetable experience. Out the front door, in Vieux Lyon, there innumerable restaurants proposing mouth-watering menus. After all, Lyon is the culinary capital of France. So the Cour des Loges and Vieux Lyon are key ingredients for a romantic weekend.
La Cour des Loges was the most incredible place I have stayed at in Europe. First, Lyon is an amazing city - the old section is gorgeous and the food the best in France! The hotel is beautiful inside and outside. The room was spacious and charming. And the service was beyond anything I ever experienced - one day when I was not feeling well, my partner went and bought flowers for me. A minute after he came to the room, a bellman brought a vase and we never even requested it. Great food as well. Definitely want to return again soon.