Travel Blogs from Lyon
... 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!!
... outstanding views of the city. A woman in a tour group outside the Basilica muttered "I think Paris is better", but I suspect her croissant intolerance was acting up, as we've been having a ball in Lyon. Next to the Basilica is a large Roman amphitheatre that we explored on the way down the hill. While there is an adjacent museum, after all the Roman learning of Arles we opted to just wander the ...
... grassy hills and stone/shale mountains. We didn't know that France had this many mountains - at least the south part. The Massiff Des Maures mountain range was gorgeous driving through. From St Tropez to Aix En Provence was a lot of vineyards! Everywhere you looked was grapes. The closer we got to Lyon we started encountering more traffic. At one point the Autoroute had 4 lanes of traffic and we were stuck in a 40km long traffic jam - a toll road! It took an hour ...
... train generally followed the Rhone River along the valley. We saw some ruined castles overlooking the river, but mainly the views were of the farmlands. On arriving in Valence, we had about a 4 km walk to find the Finish Line. By this time, the crowd was starting to build and all the shaded spots were overcrowded, so we took a spot about three back from the fence, in the sun. Did we tell you how hot it is in France at this time of year? ...
... am not 5. I am almost 21 and I can’t run away from my responsibilities even if it’s as simple as eating an 8 year olds potatoes. So instead I must stand there and face my reality.
Most of you who know me know two things about me: I can be a real ****ing ***** when I need to be, but also when I am the inferior I submit like a wolf to its pack leader. V is my superior. She is my friend, but before that she is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Florentine Lyon
A truly lovely hotel and a great location for visting Lyon- as long as you are prepared to walk the 220 steps up/down from the hotel to the Old Town! Worth every step. Concierge at hotel incredibly friendly and helpful. Room was classed as standard but found it to be to be very lovely and large and spotless, with a view to die for and absolutely NO noise. Breakfast was very nice, but possibly not worth 19euros as very small selection for hotel of this calibre.
Visited Lyon during the Festival of Light and highly recommend this time of year - very festive, shops open on Sundays, xmas market and great atmosphere on the streets.
Did not want to leave!
Staying here was a truly beautiful experience. I stayed three nights and had a low price from Expedia. There are lovely terraces with views of the city. They have a refreshing outdoor swimming pool, which I used everyday and where a pile of fresh towels magically appeared every time I swam. As for the service, I had some messages that were received and passed along to me right away, I got great advice about sightseeing, room service arrived minutes after I placed an order, and on the national holiday, they called me before their kitchen closed to make sure I could dine if I wanted to. I wish I had booked a table, just for the experience, but I wasn't hungry. Even the bowl of apples, decorating the night stand, turned out to be the most delicious apples I have had all year. If I returned to Lyon, I would choose Villa Florentine.
We stayed here for one night on a nostalgia trip as i used to study in the city. The view was amazing as I expected and it was so peaceful to sit by the pool and look out over the city. The valet service was great despite the staff peeking out to check what kind of car we had to make sure it met the standard!! The one problem with the hotel was the unfriendly receptionists. One man, one woman. Both looking down their noses at everyone. The valet and concierge, and waiters etc were all much more well mannered. Immaculately clean hotel and a delight in such a big city. Stairs were not a problem at all. Close to old town for eating out too. Would go back and by pass reception ;-)
We booked in on impulse to the Villa Florentine and I am surprised at some of the other reviews I have read since returning home. We found it to be lovely, although we only stayed one night and did not eat in.
There are a number of steps to the Old Town but it is not an unpleasant experience (although I guess I am reasonably fit). The room is a good size with wooden floors and fabulous views of the old town, complimentary apples and great views of the Old Town. A lovely clean marble bathroom with great water pressure and fabulous smelling bath gels, etc. My hubby loved the soft fluffy robe! The bed was massive and comfortable and the room dark and quiet at night (imperative for a light sleeper like me).
Staff were not overwhelmingly friendly but helpful and efficient. Not very helpful in recommending a restaurant, but I suppose that is not surprising as they would not have a feel for our budget, taste, etc as we had just walked in off the street. Car valet service was good.
If you stay anywhere near the old town go to Les Loges for dinner - incredible food. I decided to ignore my animal-friendly principles for one night and did not regret it - I had the most amazing foie gras ever made! A must!
I would definitely stay at VF again.
Lovely hillside hotel
We just returned from 2 days at Villa Florentine in Lyon. The hotel has lovely views over the entire city from the reception, terrace restaurant, swimming pool and only certain rooms (we didn't have one with a view). The staff were friendly, polite and helpful.
We booked a junior suite as we were travelling with our 3 year old child. The suite had a very elongated layout (long way from the bedroom to the bathroom!) but it was nice for our daughter to have her own little corner to sleep and play. The room amenities were good as expected from a Relais & Chateaux hotel (there was a powerful wall hairdryer in the bathroom which was unusual for any hotel).
The king size bed was somewhat as described in one of the previous reviews - firmer in the middle than the 2 sides, but we found it was average by European hotel standards (where you usually get 2 singles joined together to make a king size bed).
We had dinner at the (one Michelin star) restaurant one evening and the food was excellent although the menu is pricey. The service was impeccable and together with the view, the experience was reasonably worth the money.
We stayed at the Cour de Loges a few years ago and wanted a change -the outdoor swimming pool with the view at Villa Florentine was also a draw since we have a young child now although it rained and we didn't end up using it). I preferred the size and space at VF although CdL was more charming and intimate (rooms seemed a bit smaller and darker though).
Beautiful hotel, though overpriced
We stayed at Villa Florentine in December, 2004 during the festival of light.
The service at the front desk was outstanding from the moment we arrived. We were shown to our room immediately, all the details of which were explained by the desk clerk who accompanied us. The conceirge was very helpful with dinner reservations and any other information we required.
We found the hotel very quiet and relaxing.
We didn't eat in the restaurant (one star Michelin), except for one breakfast, which was SPECTACULARLY overpriced. Perhaps we should have inquired before entering, or suspected something when we were the only ones in the restaurant. We paid 25 Euros each for pastry, coffee, juice and some fruit salad. We could have had a hot breakfast of our choosing for the same price, but we felt this was an extreme price for typical breakfast food. I suppose we were paying for the view.
The only other downside was the mattress -- it was a king bed that had seen better days. The mattress had a ridge in the middle, or rather two troughs where people had slept over the years. For the money we were paying, we epected better.
Nice view - shame about the service
We were fortunate to be staying at La Cour des Loges, just down the hill, from where the concierge had booked us a table at the Villa Florentine's restaurant for a romantic dinner on our last night in Lyon. On arrival at the restaurant we were made to feel responsible for the fact that there were two bookings for very similar names, one of which was ours, and the service went down hill fom there!
The food was ordinary, the service lax but the view over the city almost made the experience worthwhile.
When we arrived at the hotel we thought it would be a wonderful place to stay and the concierge was very welcoming, but we would not return.
A wonderful hotel-- but pricey
We stayed here for three nights in May,2004. We requested (and received) a jr. suite, which had a
lovely covered balcony overlooking the pool and
Old Lyon. The room was lovely, the service attentive, welcoming, polished, and very helpful. Our only complaints-- (1) location-- it's several
hundred steps down to the old town (literally),
many without guardrails. Walking back up is impossible, although cabs are readily available throughout town and fairly inexpensive-- (2)
an additional 30 Euros pp. for the buffet breakfast,
or 20 Euros pp for a continental breakfast delivered
to your room-- this is outrageous, given the prices
you are paying to begin with. But, other hotels in town are even pricier-- just not a lot of choices here.
Situated in the old part of Lyon, the hotel is very attractive and has superb views. Front desk and concierage personnel were very helpful and willing.Our chambre was very nice but unfortunately under the bar and one evening was very noisy.The major failing at this establishment was our service in the fine restaurant. The cuisine was excellent but we were ignored after main course service. After staring at used plates for more than thirty minutes, we just left for our room to choruses of fromage, deseert monsieur/madame?We curtailed our three-day reservation to two and moved along.We still rate this hotel highly as our experience may have been random.