We were surprised how expensive this place was compared to other Ibis we have used, but booked anyway as it was super convenient for the TGV station (our reason for the overnight say).
The downstairs is really well set out and pleasant. Both restaurant and bar are modern and inviting, we enjoyed a couple of drinks and the buffet dinner was good value for money. The staff was cheerful and provided good service.
The big problem was the room. We had 2 (cabin baggage sized) cases, a rucksack and a back pack and once installed we were unable to move around the room, get to the bathroom or get into bed without climbing over them. The bathroom was smaller than the one on the over night ferry we took to the Hook of Holland and the loo roll was nasty.
The bed is super short, to fit in the tiny room, and they have employed some kind of synthetic mattress cover that makes strange noises when you move. It was a hot night and they have no air conditioning and the window will only open a tiny crack. The upshot of this was the equivalent of trying to sleep in a sauna.
My husband went downstairs about 2am and fetched a pint of ice cubes and fashioned ice packs with the tiny bath towels provided. I dozed on and off for three hours under a wet towel.
I mentioned all this to the cheerful chap at check out, and he said sorry, but kept trying to get me to agree that we had had a good stay. Three times he pushed it and three times I refused to accept that it had been anything else but awful.
Maybe better in winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ibis Lyon Part Dieu Les Halles hotel is in the center of Lyon, opposite the Halles Paul Bocuse and a stone's throw from Lyon Part-Dieu (shopping center) and the auditorium. A 10 minute walk from the train station and 35 minutes from the airport on the Rhonexpress, the hotel is ideal for business, urban or cultural stays (Bellecour, Hotel de Ville and Old Lyons are 15 minutes away on the metro-tram). 216 Renovated rooms, round-the-clock reception, bar and ibis kitchen restaurant. Free WIFI. ... more less
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