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 …
... 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!!
... Despite our fun transit adventures, we are looking forward to returning to small town living where everything is walking distance, and will be heading by train tomorrow to Colmar, close to the German border. France observation for the day * Green space intended for playing is hard to come by (a pay-entry park in Paris was the best and only options so far). Thomas is climbing every fence and pole in ...
... to not be too rushed. We didn't see much of Nice other than the walk to and from the train station. We picked up our rental car and the desk clerk tried to up sell is to a convertible but we declined - good thing because it rained almost our entire time driving in France. This time we got a Lancia Ypsilon. Again a 1.2L engine so not enough power to really drive the 130km/h speed limit on the Autoroutes. A little bit into our trip we hear this loud sound driving ...
... again we sit down to our meal. As soon as I see the menu I know exactly what I am going to order for my entrée: brochettes de cuisses des grenouilles — frogs' legs! I am delighted to complete the three classic errors of French restaurant ordering for anglophones, all in the space of a single day. The meat is, as is widely reported, similar to chicken, but it doesn't have a lot of flavour. In fact despite being coated and grilled, it does seem a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Le Royal Lyon
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
Great beds, Great Breakfast Room and Food, Good Service, Some Glitches
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.
Only other room complaint which was true for all the three places we stayed is that the separate toilet rooms needed small trash pails. It is a minor inconvenience but if you need to use a pail, you have to hold the item and take it to the separate shower/tub room. In the Royal the toilet area did have a small sink which was nice. Regular bathroom was great with large shower with seat, large tub and double sink. Plenty of high quality towels and good robes and slippers--typical of Sofitels.
Breakfast room was terrific. Bright and well decorated. Food was excellent wit freshly made eggs any style and excellent breads and pastries. There is a connection between this Sofitel and the Paul Bocuse Institute and it shows. Other than breakfast and a bar at night there is no restaurant but hey in Lyon there are many great places for lunch and dinner.
Staff at front desk was great and friendly. They knew which room we were at and handed us our key as soon as we came in.
Overall a good stay and since we want to return to Lyon, we are likely to return to this hotel.
Biggest annoyance was the large noisy and aggressive busload of tour group that arrived on Friday just as we were trying to get back to our room for umbrellas to make our dinner reservation. It took me being hardnosed to make it to the small elevator and I had to walk down since there was a full lobby. On Saturday, we waited to have breakfast till after 9 since we checked and were told the tour group generally ate earlier. Might be useful to set up a separate seating area for such large groups since some independent travelers might also need to eat an early breakfast.
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.
Beware there is no parking
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.
Otherwise, our stay was fine; our room pleasant and quiet, and staff friendly. Breakfast is very expensive ($25) and with the abundance of coffee shops and sunday markets, not a high priority. Many more less expensive and nice hotels do exist in the immediate vicinity. Without parking or even a moderately priced breakfast included, I would choose elsewhere the next time.
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.