We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights during a shopping and gastronomic weekend in beautiful Lyon.
The hotel is perfectly situated for shopping aficionados and is also very close to Lyon's main attractions. It sits in the middle of Rue Président Edouard Herriot, which is one of the city's best street for shopping. It is also a 5 minutes walk to the Place Bellecour and a 10 minutes walk to the Vieux Lyon. For those traveling by car, there are several parkings very near to the hotel, and quite a few restaurants as well.
The hotel is not very recent, but has a nice enough entrance with the reception desk on the right. However, it really cannot be described as charming and is a place you should choose for convenience rather than a romantic weekend for example.
We stayed in a standard room on the 3rd floor. The room was large, but has probably not been redecorated for at least the past 15 years. The furniture is dated and in a style which has not been in style for years. The large windows are framed by some colorful curtains, again in a very uninspiring and dated style. On the floor, there is a tattered red carpet, which, despite the personnel's best efforts is stained in many places. The bathroom however seems to have been redone, and there is a nice sized bathtub (coupled with shower). Like the room, the bathroom is quite large. Level of cleanliness is ok, apart from the old stains in the carpet. There is also a flat screen TV with a large choice of French channels and a mini bar (small and poorly stocked). One interesting point to note, the friends we were with that weekend stayed at the same hotel, in another room which has been designed by a local artist. Although they said it was not their taste, it was apparently very original, which was definitely not the case of ours, which looked utterly standard.
Check in was fast and efficient and the staff at the reception desk was nice and helpful. As we did not have breakfast at the hotel, I cannot comment much on the service. One point to note though. The hotel has only one elevator, which is absolutely minuscule and very slow. In the morning, you can sometimes literally wait for 5 minutes until it arrives. We ended up taking the stairs much of the time… Not very nice when you carry luggage!
We stayed with our carte Accor and had a very good deal, which is one of the main reasons we chose this hotel, along with its situation. One nice touch they offer is complementary magazines and newspapers for the guests, as well as free Wifi in all the rooms. We have stayed in 5 stars hotels which did not offer this! All in all, we were satisfied with the value offered by this hotel, and we might return.
Good choice for shoppers and first time visitors of Lyon, but don't expect anything charming!
- Also Known As:
- Mercure Lyon Beaux-Arts Hotel
- Mercure Lyon Beaux-Arts Hotel Lyon
- Mercure Lyon Beaux Arts
- Accor Lyon Beaux Arts
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a beautiful 19th century building in the Lyon style of architecture, this Art Deco hotel is located in the heart of the peninsular between the Rhone and Saone rivers (the Presqu'ile), at the beginning of streets dedicated to shopping and pedestrians.The tourist sites of Vieux Lyon (the old city) are 3 minutes away on foot. Public parking available 100 metres from the hotel. ... more less
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