It's a very nice Novotel with a great restaurant.
Well parking is hassle and chargeable. You travel a long way in an underground car park passing through two automatic doors.
There are concrete pillars everywhere! I bashed my car trying to avoid a different one.
The basement car park is incredibly hot, trolleys requiring a 1 Euro deposit are not around in great numbers, there are four narrow doors with extremely strong springs to get through, plus a lift, just to get to Reception! So by the time i got into a separate lift to take our luggage upstairs, went all the way down through the doors and lifts to take the trolley back and retrieve my 1 Euro, then went all the way back to my room, I was somewhat sticky and whacked to say the least! I'm glad we stayed two nights so I didn't have to do all that in reverse the following day!
The lift notice states you should be adequately dressed around the hotel i.e. not in swimming attire because you have to go through the restaurant to get to the smallish pool. But annoyingly, there's no changing area down there.
On the plus side:
The staff were friendly but the atmosphere wasn't quite as good as the other Novotels we stayed at.
The food was good and so was our room.
Also, the tramway system is very near the hotel for a convenient ride into the city.
The hotel looks and is clean and fresh. But I think it could have been designed with wider, luggage / trolley friendly doors without such strong springs. And maybe without the pool door access being straight through the restaurant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Novotel Lyon Gerland is a 3 star hotel close to the city centre of Lyon and the major transport routes. With 600 sqm of conference space, the hotel is an ideal venue for meetings, conferences and conventions for anywhere between 2 and 250 people. Whether on business or leisure, you can take advantage of our swimming pool, fitness room and terrace area. Our contemporary and convivial Novotel Cafe restaurant offers an original and varied menu. Undercover pay parking is also available at the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Lyon Gerland Hotel Lyon
- Lyon Novotel