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“inexpensive but very basic”
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Hotel Central
Ranked #135 of 195 Hotels in Lyon
London
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“inexpensive but very basic”
Reviewed 17 October 2011

The hotel is conveniently located and relatively inexpensive, the rooms are quiet and clean (though extremely small), the breakfasts are excellent, and we found the staff to be polite and friendly.

However I could not say they were helpful. They were unable to assist with any of the problems I encountered, specifically:
1) room being too cold because of a hyperactive ventilator
2) inability to access internet
3) scrambled reception of all the English-language TV stations (except Russia Today)

The other main drawback was the smallness of the rooms. Ours was too tiny to contain any drawers or storage space, aside from a narrow closet for hanging a couple of jackets. And the bathroom was too tiny to contain anything other than a toliet and shower, separated by a curtain. (The sink and mirror were in the bedroom. This actually gets quite annoying.)

In addition, I wasn't happy with the way our reservation was handled. A few hours before our arrival (while on the Eurostar from London) I received an email from the hotel saying that our booking was not confirmed and would not be held past 6pm. This contradicted a confirmation email I had received several days earlier from Hotels.com. (This email had also said I would be charged for cancellation less than 48 hours in advance, which seems a little unfair given that the hotel waited until a few hours before arrival to say they would not hold my booking!) The explanation was simply that this was their policy.

If I ever return to Lyon, I will probably try the Ibis hotel next door, rather than returning to the Central Perrache.

Room Tip: Our room was very small and cold. In retrospect I should have insisted on seeing it before accepting...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2011

We enjoyed our three nights in this hotel. The location is quite central, the staff helpful and a good breakfast. Our room was nice and large and fairly quiet.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2011

My daughter (22) and me were in Lyon for 2 nights and we found that small hotel very cute and nice specially for the price. It was very simple, quite small, specially the room, but we had everything we needed . it was a bit hard to found in the beginning by car but after that, we park the car and did'nt use it for 2 days because we were very close to the metro station. Breakfast was nice, in a very cute area and the staff very polite and helpful. We were next to the famous Brasserie Georges and everything was easily accessible by metro.
we will go back there anytime

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Chicago
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2011

Positives
Really helpful and nice staff
Close to the Perrache station...not main station
Value...clean, safe, basic hotel
Close to both rivers
Nice continental breakfast
Within walking distance (about 1 mile to historic area)

Negatives
Limited parking spaces
Difficult to find via maps or gps
There is only one restaurant nearby which has dropped off in popularity
Neighborhood surrounding the hotel has a few closed storefront

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2011

Well situated, comfortable, friendly, clean, good breakfast and very reasonable price - what more could you ask?

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2011

Hotel Central is nothing fancy or grand, but the basics you need for one or two nights in Lyon where you stay most of the time outside of the hotel. It´s good to stay the night there, but not hang around in and enjoy the surroundings, which is what you can expect for a hotel which is so inexpensive. Free wi-fi.

Me and my friend got a standard double room, which was quite small, but clean and OK. No mini-bar or extravagance, just the bare necessities. The only real downside was the very small window, with a meager view out to the main road close by.

The staff is very friendly and forthcoming, giving advise on places to see and how to get there.

I thought the hotel would be right next to the main train station Part Dieu, but it's next to another train station. However, it is easy to access the city centre with the main shopping places and the old part of the town from the hotel.

To sum it up: Quite OK, but nothing fancy. Good bargain.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2011

We stayed in August for two nights in this hotel:

Location: Just next to Perrache station, from where you have tram and metro connections. Walking distance to Place Bellecour 5 - 10 min. and to the Old City 10 - 15 min. If you leave your windows closed, you don't particularly hear the traffic.

Service: Very friendly, open-minded and helpful staff. They were always in good mood, already in the morning.

Breakfast: Is served in the hotel's entry area, was small, but tasty. You will be served with croissants, bread, toast, eggs, cheese, meat, coffee, orange juice, butter, jam, yoghurt, flakes etc.

Rooms: Nothing fancy, but has everything you need. Free Wi-Fi, Flat Screen, A/C...

Parking: There are a couple of parking spaces just in front of the hotel which are free.

For a City Hostel, it is a very good deal. We paid EUR 63 for our double room, plus 9 EUR each for the breakfast. To recommend for everyone who doesn't need all the bits and peaces you pay for in other hotels.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Central
Address: 26 cours de Verdun Perrache, 69002, Lyon, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon > Perrache - Charlemagne
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #135 of 195 Hotels in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 34

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