Travel Blogs from Lyon
A well-deserved rest as this was our first 2 night stop and a late breakfast on the terrace, poached egg and bacon and Heidi had a yoghurt and fruit salad. ok but not memorable for such an establishment and price. A tough walk up to the Basilica and Roman Amphitheatre followed by a lazy couple of hours by the pool. We had lunch on the terrace, just …
A leisurely breakfast at 9am in the courtyard at La Maison de Rhodes. This was a simple but beautifully prepared breakfast in a glorious surround, the bread was perfect, the freshest squeezed orange juice, yoghurt and plump cherries with apple purée. A perfectly boiled egg with crisp white bread. The attention to detail on such a simple breakfast …
I woke up late but with renewed spirit that this country still had something worthwhile. I still believed that the Eiffel Tower was not the only building in France. I went to an area nearby that had hills and on one of those hills was an amphitheater. But not just any amphitheater, a roman amphitheater that was centuries ago. I asked around and …
I was relaxed in the city and soothed by the absence of a giant iron tower. I was anxious to see this new city which did not revolve around a giant iron tower. That was until I stepped into the lobby. Hanging over the reception's desk was picture. A giant blown up picture of the Eiffel Tower was staring at me. I did three things, I checked in. I …
... 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!!
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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.
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.
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 stayed at Villa Florentine in December, 2004 during the festival of light.
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.
We stayed here for three nights in May,2004. We requested (and received) a jr. suite, which had a
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.