Hotel Le Royal Lyon
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A crisp and bright morning in London and a blissfully easy slip into St. Pancras International and onto the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. An uneventful journey across Paris on the RER – alas on a Sunday there are only trains every 15 minutes so I had little time at either end.
Remembered to endorse my ticket before boarding and …
Well...last day today. We got an earlier start today and made our way to the subway station. We took the subway (and only took the wrong subway once) to a different area of Lyon called "Croix-Rousse". We did some sightseeing and shopping, checked out the markets in the morning then had lunch at a wonderful little cafe. We had a guided tour booked after lunch which brought us through the silk district. Again we were shown many of the Traboules, some of these more artistic than those of ...
... to start traveling again when my visa is over. That's really what I want. And it's only 45 minutes from Lyon, so I can visit my new crush on the weekends too. So I think she understood also. Gosh teachers are nice people. In the afternoon I went back to my hostel and chatted to my mum for a bit. Then went out with the crew again. But all we did was buy some drinks from the supermarket and drink in the streets. It's not legal to drink in the streets in France, but a lot of ...
We arrived by train, checked into the Le Cep Hotel. Quite lovely! See room pics. The damp rainy weather continues, but what can you do. Beaune is known as the wine capital of the Burgundy region and rightly so! We didn't plan for closures of shops and restaurants on Sunday and Monday, so we got ...
... old Merc convertible, with the soft humid wind flowing through your hair! Fuel getting down to the south didn't cost as much as we'd anticipated. We only used 1 and a half tanks of fuel, but as ben stated; "it was worth every penny". What I will say is BEWARE. ******* toll bridges bled us dry, it's fair to say the cost us a LOT! If you were planning this trip, I'd really advise you to budget for these "péages" as Ben and I didn't. I hate to think ...
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Right on the main square, lovely views. Well appointed. Warm room and staff and a fabulous omelette natural for my breakfast. Highly recommended.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Le Royal Lyon
Generally were satisfied with the Sofitel Lyon Royal. Great beds but some improvement needed in bedding. Apparently, they are just starting to upgrade rooms so the kingsized super sleeper bed was fine with good linens changed daily. However, we had requested two separate duvets instead of the king sized one as we don't like fighting over covers and both wrap up. Were told that they only had king sized duvets--nothing smaller and they had no extra ones of the Kings. Made for a slightly less restful night. We were in a Privilege Room and had the perks of the good bed, many towels, and adequate space for clothes. However, the only chairs were two hard desk chairs so except for the bed, there was no place comfrtable to sit.
We stayed here, unfortunately only for 1 night, in October 2005. We turned up without a booking and they quickly accommodated us at an excellent rate (just over $200 AUS).
The hotel is very olde world and charming. The rooms have been very recently renovated, the bathroom - while still very good - was probably done a little longer ago.
Have to say that this was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, and in a 14 week round the world trip, you sleep in a lot of beds.
Staff spoke excellent English and really made an effort to help us out with places to go for dinner. Wish we could have stayed longer.
Festival of light views
My partner and I stayed here after previous years at other hotels in Lyon. We had lovely views of the lights in the square and accross the river. Hopefully we will book the same room for this years festival of lights. the only downside was that my partner felt ill once during the early hours and rang down for a hot drink to be told room service closed at midnight. Next time we will take a travel kettle. Apart from that blip the service etc was excellent.
I chose this hotel because of its good location in the center of Lyon, proximity to the old town, etc. and the availability of free parking, which is a huge issue when the hotel is in the center of the village. However, this was not the case. They have parking space for 8 cars only. Since we went for the 'fetes des luminaries' - the town had thousands of people coming in and parking was non-existant. Initially the hotel told us it was our problem to find parking, but then relented and had their valet park our car in a public lot somewhere in Lyon, for which we charged approximately $20.
Good location but a bit dingy
Location - Fantastic. Close to Vieux Lyon (which is the most charming area in Lyon) and the main Place. 20 minute walk to either train station.
Room - Minimally decorated. A bit shabby. Old carpeting and not so clean. Very tall ceiling. Outdated contemporary furniture.
Service - Friendly staff.
Very good hotel in an excellent location
I've stayed there from july 12 to july 16. The location is the best, right in the main square of Lyon. Got a deluxe room,with a jaccuzzi. The front desk and the concierge is extremely helpful, helped me with bookings of good restaurants. Big room,more than 20 sq.meters
Decent hotel, good location
I was here from May 2, 2004 to May 6, 2004.
The Sofitel Royal Lyon is a typical European style hotel on Place Bellecour. It is just a short walk to Old Lyon. In all, I thought that the location was very good. Place Bellecour is very nice and there are plenty of shops and cafes nearby. It's about 5-10 minutes walk to the old part of the city.
The room was fairly typical European except that mine was rather large.
The english speaking staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
I could not get the WiFi to work with my computer so I had to use dialup.
I would stay here again.
Nice incompetent staff
Nice rooms, good breakfast in a small noisy room, very good location on place Bellecour ; the staff is very friendly, but not skilled enough for the task. First, my reservation was lost when I called to confirm it. I had to call three times to have the reservation confirmed. While at the hotel, I left my car for the valet parking before going visiting the city. 5 hours later, upon returning to the hotel, I noticed the car was still parked in the street, with a 35euros ticket!
I will choose another hotel when I return to Lyon.
Sofitel Royal on Place Bellcour
We stayed 2 nights. Front desk was excellent; friendly & patient. They upgraded our mediocre Expedia room rated room. Breakfast was excellent.
The lobby was intermittantly filled with sophisticated clientele. The room was small but the view was wonderful. Location is excellent. They also cater to business travelers. Highly recommended although not luxurious its service is sufficient for the independent traveler.
The Royal Treatment
A magnificent place to stay in Lyon, especially if taking advantage of the "Bon Lyon Weekend" (2 nights for 1) deal. Wonderful, large rooms (we were given a free upgrade from the standard room for no apparent reason) and lobby/restaurant/lounge are beautifully appointed. Extremely (and I really mean Extremely) helpful, friendly staff, wonderful location (across the street from the Office of Tourism at Place Bellecourt), amenities plus ( example: they park your car for you in the hotel garage at night, in room safes, in room jacuzzi)! I could hardly consider staying anywhere else in Lyon.