Despite its remote out-of-town location, there is much to like about this Mercure. This seems to be a business-centric hotel that gets most of its clients from people visiting the companies in the immediate vicinity. Not many tourists will find their way unless they're en route to Grenoble and need an overnight stop. The staff were friendly and the restaurants acceptable (apart, this it, for the rubbery scrambled eggs served at breakfast). The bedrooms are newly refurbished (or was in my case) and very pleasant, as are the general facilities in the hotel. Good bed, good bathroom, and good working area were all appreciated. But my ability to work was dramatically affected by the very poor Wi-Fi service. Quite why this service feels it necessary to gather a lot of personal data before allowing a connection is a mystery (but you can feed it rubbish as no validation seems to be done). That initial irritation is followed up by the service dropping very quickly if your PC is inactive for any reason. I could cope with that, but I couldn't cope with the extremely poor throughput and overall network performance. This varied from time to time during the day and was worse (unusable) in the 5pm to 7pm period when lots of guests probably attempted to use the service to check email etc. I cannot understand why a business hotel, especially one that caters for lots of HP staff (visiting the facility across the road) cannot provide fast and reliable network connectivity. Despite the friendly staff, I won't be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Lyon L'Isle D'Abeau hotel boasts 189 air-conditioned rooms and is situated in a 10-acre tree-filled park, 15.5 Miles from Lyon and only 9.3 Miles from Lyon St-Exupery airport (and TGV train station). It features two restaurants, one bar, modular meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 people, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an Ikebana center (indoor and outdoor pools, body-building room, hammam, beauticians by appointment),and CCTV-monitored parking. ... more less
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