Travel Blogs from Lyon
... m. For our excursion to the silk district where we saw a demonstration on an old loom invented by Mr. Jacquard, patron saint of upholsterers everywhere! Silk scarves and ties were expensive souvenirs I was not tempted to buy. Next stop was a half hour at Des Halles of Paul Bocuse, a smallish but expensive gourmet food market where marinated prawns were$100 a kilo and smoked salmon $60 a kilo. We bought a small local cheese we are yet to savour. ...
... a restaurant that was offering eight, ten, twelve, fourteen courses at this time as she may be still feeling slightly gun-shy after dining at Akelare. What Battery Boy hadn't told Video Girl was included with the four courses was an amuse bouchée, large enough to qualify as a course and dessert consisted of a pre-dessert consisting of three separate desserts and after pre-dessert there was dessert which consisted of three separate desserts, ...
smooth cruising through my intern-ship
I left the US to go to France to experience the professional life in a two month intern-ship. The student rhythm and the professional one being very different, I was able to fully enjoy the city between the night trips to the Rhône and the few week-end walking here and there. ...
... around the world, with this one in Geneva being the latest. We were invited to help carry the churns, which we jumped at...look at the web site to see other installations by this artist - www.bidonssansfrontieres.com
From Geneva we drove onto Lyon where we've been spending several days enjoying this great city. Lyon is built across the Saone and Rhone rivers, and is basically flat except for the old city (Vieux Lyon) which is built on the ...
Hey there!! So I have a few spare hours, so I thought I'd update my blog. I know I haven't talked about the Filipino Christmas party yet. So I moved into my house. It was successful. I will tell you all my new address, just email me. It made me think about first impressions too. Because often you think what happens in your first impression will be the norm. So when our first house fell through at the last minute, I now expect all houses to fall through at the last minute. But ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Lyon
Great hotel but poor location
Firstly this is a very nice modern hotel near an almost complete convention centre and right on the banks of the Rhone. I can't understand why a convention centre should have such poor transport links though. To explain to get to the Hilton from Lyon airport you can take a taxi (somewhere between 50-80 Euros each way) or you can take the airport bus to the centre but then you need to take a metro and a bus to get to your hotel - madness. Similarly to get to Centre Ville from the hotel requires a number 4 bus and then a metro which is just a nuisance. You can purchase a Day Pass for just over 4 Euros and this is valid on buses, metro and the furniculars
But the experience at the hotel is first rate. We were upgraded to an Executive Suite which was a nice room but considering how new the hotel was the furnishings were already looking very tired. We also got access to the Executive Lounge which is run by Jaime who is a wonderful hostess. This is a very good lounge with breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30, an open bar from 11:30 to 10:30, tea from 3 to 5 and apertifs from 6:30 to 8:30. Only comment was that the evening snacks were sparse and usually gone by 6:35!
There is a beautiful park behind the hotel and in June the rose gardens are fantastic. In the centre is a large lake and various types of boats for hire. There's also a restaurant overlooking the lake - the food is OK but very expensive for the quality. The best place to eat is in the Old Town- find a good bouchon and you are guaranteed great food and wine without breaking the bank.
Have just returned from a 5-night stay at this hotel and was hugely impressed. Booked in advance meaning the room was only about 80€ per night and was truly outstanding value for money.
Some reviewers on this site have criticised the hotel as being too far from the city, but there is a frequent bus service (every 10 minutes at least) which connects with the Metro system to access the old town, and this operates until well after midnight. My friend and I went into town several times a day and never found this arduous.
If possible, ask for a river view when booking as this is far superior to the park view. Simply stunning views!
Service at the hotel was excellent, room service thorough, and staff very helpful and respectful. I would definitely stay there again!
Location is everything but this is a very worthwhile tradeoff
The Cite Internationale is still under construction but work is away from this Hotel at the Western end of this slightly isolated business/ arts development adjacent to a huge and gorgeous park. Contempory art museum with cafe, movie multiplex, multiple restaurants are next door or inside the building. Considering the rate on their website and perks of being a frequent Hilton guest this was great value. The public transport is clean, timely, frequent and cheap and a nice way to sightsee the "rest" (i.e. not the UNESCO center) of the city and observe everday life. The #4 and #47 buses are right outside. There's valet parking which was great since we had an very early flight out and drove ourselves out of town to an awesome meal at Paul Bocuse.
The room and bathroom were spacious and well appointed. A couple of cracked and loose bathroom floor tiles, very small area of peeling ceiling paint my only complaints. Assistance with a locked safe and need for another/ different pillow was rapid and efficient.....in fact all the staff were super.
Got to agree, price of breakfast was outrageous so we just brought home a pain-au-chocolate to enjoy with the in room instant coffee.
Nice security feature: elevator access to your hotel floor is granted only after inserting your room key inside the elevator.
Fantastic. More than I expected
Thank you very much for a wonderful stay, your hotel is well run, tidy with extremly good value for money. Others have disputed your location, but you are actually quite close to the nice end of town. In addition, your location next to an extremely beautiful park made for lovely morning and evening strolls.
My only quibble is, 29 Euros for a buffet breakfast........ Right.......
Great room service, very spacious rooms with balconys, and impeccible customer service typical of finest French hotels.
Just Perfect !
Friendly staff, great location, amazing restaurants.
Just perfect !
Just back... A good business hotel.
Due to a large international forum on Life Sciences taking place in Lyon last week, the hotel capacity in Lyon was fully booked with 4,500 visitors...
Lucky ones who booked well in advance were able to stay at the Hilton Lyon next to the Congress Center.
Husband had checked in on the Sunday and got bumped to the Executive floor.
I sneaked in on the Wednesday evening and here is my report.
The hotel is rather modern and is located on the Rhone river, next to the city park "La Tête d'Or". A short taxi ride (10 mn) is required to go downtown.
Room was of a decent size and with all required amenities (toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, etc..). Turndown service every evening around 6/7 PM.
I was a bit annoyed however to notice stains/scratches on paper wall and remains of a water leak certainly originating from the A/C. It looks like some room re-decoration will soon be needed...
One surprising point is that there is a little note on the bed upon arrival telling you that bed linens will only be changed every 3 days... for ecological reasons. Although I clearly understand the "ecology" point, it sounds a bit... exagerated for a 4 star hotel charging rack rates (360/440 Euros minimum) during a convention...
I will add my two cents by saying... they could warn in advance when making the booking and offer a minor discount or bonus/perk for those willing to help reducing pollution...
The same piece of information was also available for towels, but you had more the choice (leave them on the rack or put them in the bath).
Each room has a balcony, completely covered with glass windows. Unfortunately this (exterior) part of the room was not clean at all (floor and glasses). Looked like it had not been cleaned for the last three months...
Service was good and very professional (and friendly) throughout the hotel (Executive lounge, bar, reception, laundry service, restaurants, bell boys).
The Executive Lounge has a nice view over the Rhône river. Good breakfast choice with wonderful expresso coffee of various origins. For those who don't like expresso coffee, don't worry! There is regular (American style) coffee available ! Wink-wink...
Husband did try the evening drink service and found it OK. Nice canapés were also available.
We had dinner at the Blue Elephant restaurant (Royal Thai cuisine) and chose the Songkhran special menu (Thai New's Year). It was excellent, and service as well.
Efficient, professional and smiling.
They also have a Brasserie serving French and Lyon's specialities. We did not try it, but when having breakfast at the place, they were receiving many phone calls from local people booking for the evening. So this means the place is not bad at all, as the restaurant competition among Lyon's restaurants is very tough.
To sum up : this is a good business hotel, maybe one of the best in the Lyon area.
Service is very good, which is not always the case in France....
Transport problem solved
hotel comfortable, rooms spacious, some overlooking Rhone. Staff friendly and helpful. Beautiful park Tete d'Or just behind. Transport links must have improved since previous reviews. Get a one day metro/tram/bus ticket from metro station on arrival in Lyon - current cost 4 euros 20. You can get metro to Foch and then nearby no 4 bus direct to rear of hotel. Buses are modern and run every 10 minutes till after midnight. Return journey, no 4 bus to Foch (Roosevelt) and then adjacent Foch metro links into metro network - total journey time from hotel to central Lyon approx 20 mins. Validate ticket in machines at each entrance. Ticket valid all day.
Stayed at the Hilton Lyon in October '03. Lovely hotel - modern, clean & all the facilities that you could need (it is even in the same complex as a cinema and casino!). Noticed the previous views about the distance from the old town, didn't realise that the Hilton advertised being "within walking distance of the old town" as it is some walk! The previous reviewer was ripped off because our taxi fares varied between 10-12Euro (about $10-12 I believe). With the hotel being quiet while we were there, we were upgraded to an executive room foc. The standard of room was fantastic and the view over the park was great to get up to in the morning. Overall we enjoyed our stay in Lyon & we were glad we chose the Hilton.
Not a great location
Hotel is on the out side of the town, about a 10 Euro taxi fare to the "old town". Hotel worked well for us, but is in now way walking distance to the "old town" Hotel staff was very willing to help with all requests. Clean and Modern.
This hotel was advertised on the Hilton Website as being with in walking distance of the old city. It is actually a $30 taxi ride EACH way. Very inconvenient location to anything. You are surrounded by construction zone and not within walking distance of anything outside the Hotel complex. The rooms are spacious, modern, and well equipped but this hotle is VERY inconvenient for business or tourism. It would be an okay place to hold a conference if you weren't interested in leaving the hotel. Executive lounge was very nice.