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Belambra Clubs - Villemanzy
Ranked #13 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Lyon
pomfret, vt
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“not bad but not for everyone”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

I was a bit disappointed but mostly because I didn't pay attention to the fine print. I had a loft, which is a lot smaller than it looks in the pics. the staff is a bit surly, but i can't complain a lot- I'd assumed air conditioning...and it was a bit hot without it in July. but it's a great location off the path of most tourists, which was worth it to me. parking was fine and the place is easily accessible.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Stayed here for a week in June. The room was very comfortable and clean, and had a good view of the city and the park just outside. There is a minimal kitchen which I did not use, but can come in handy for some. The location is very good, in a lively neighbourhood and a few minutes walk up the hill from the metro.

The biggest problem is the network connection, which is among the worst I've seen. Frequently the WiFi routers will just not accept connections. Once connected, whether by WiFi or a cable, you need to enter randomly generated user id and password from reception, and some of the time the system complains of "too many connections". If you got past all this, you get a very slow connection, with some services blocked (e.g. ssh). The staff's only excuse was that they were full and demand was high. A hotel with 88 rooms can set up an internet connection that can accommodate 200 guests without crashing.

In the summer there can be noise from activities in the park, but only during the day. There is small gym, with the key in reception. Reasonable breakfast with pastries, cereal, fruit, juice and coffee. Reception is formally always open, but when I arrived I had to wait 15 minutes for anyone to show up.

Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We had booked into another property in Lyon which did not work out for a number of reasons.
We were in the main shopping centre in Lyon, looking at Booking.com and trying to obtain 2 nights accommodation at 4pm, for that evening. We were already aware that hotel rooms were limited and costs were higher than ususal. The availability at Residence was one of a few restricted choices we had, and it had a fridge which swung it for us.
We travelled there by metro and dragging the cases up the hill, after what had already been a very difficult day for us, was not the most pleasant of journeys. However, the building is beautiful, the views are stunning and the garden area outside the building looked appealing.
We were greeted at reception by a pleasant host who was expecting us. Unfortunately for him, he asked us how we were feeling. At that time, we were exhausted, angry, annoyed, frazzled and tired but explained that this had nothing to do with the hotel, but our experiences of the day!! He managed us very well, and explained the hotel facilities etc.
We were a little dismayed that it was leaning towards a hostel vs hotel, for the money we had paid for it but decided to visit Lyon with an open mind and forget our negative start to the break.
The room was pleasant, recently refurbed, clean, small but a beautiful large window provided views across the city. There were shutters, a big plus, for sound and light proofing. The fridge was good, but cooking facilities very basic. Bathroom was clean but towels again, very small and scratchy.
Housekeeping provided us with extra pillows and we were given wi fi codes for the room. We were also given a free map of the city at reception.
We later discovered there is a laundry which we used at 2E for wash and drying.
We paid 220E for 2 nights at extremely short notice and I would not want to pay more than that.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 9 June 2013 via mobile

When we arrived late at night, there was nobody in the reception and we had to wait for about 30'. The room was small and the bed was very small for a double one. The towels were used and dirty and we had to ask for a clean set.The room gets cleaned once a week and at your check out you are asked to take your garbage out.The staff was kind but their English were very poor. The breakfast was extremely poor and you are asked to pay 8€ for it!!! Nonetheless the location is OK but there are other hotels in the center offering more services with the same price.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

Clean room with good views and access to the Croix Russe district.

Quibbles were poor wi-fi performance which was remedied by asking the right staff member for a cable. The kitchen was poorly designed and lacked bench space. While promoted as a fully equipped kitchen it lacked things such as a grater, sink plug, scissors, dish cloth and washing up detergent. Dishwasher tablets were available free of charge from the reception.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Treviso, Italy
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Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

Very good locations, just a few steps from Lyon old town, and a metro station. Located in the very cool area called Croix Rousse. Perfect for who is driving to Lyon as they offer a free parking place. The staff was extremely kind and helpful and allowed us to leave the car in the parking place even after the check out allowing us to visit the city one more day before leaving.
The building is an ex military hospital recently transformed in a apart hotel. The rooms are good, clean, not big but ok for a few days stay. They are equipped with a small kitchen and a dining table. The bed is small (french style) but comfortable.
It's definitely not a luxury location but we were happy with our choice and would come back again for others weekend visits in lyon.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clemence_de_Belambra, Responsable relations clients at Belambra Clubs - Villemanzy, responded to this review, 16 January 2013
Hello,

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to read you. We will be delighted to greet you anew at Belambra.
See you soon

Sincerely
Clémence - Belambra Clubs
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Good location, convenient with the kitchen in the room.
You have to climb to the hotel, but there's a metro stop close enough (Croix Paquet).
I had to ask the reception for clean towels and the ventilation in the bathroom wasn't working.

Room Tip: Pretty noisy on the Rhone side due to traffic.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Belambra Clubs - Villemanzy
Address: 21 Montee Saint Sebastien, 69001, Lyon, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon > Griffon - Royale
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 55 Speciality Lodging in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Belambra Clubs - Villemanzy 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Do you want to spend your summer holidays in Lyon? Your accommodation in a charming hotel residence at the heart of the Lyon Croix Rousse district offers easy access to all the activities in the city which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Heritage sights, local cuisine, museums and walks.The residence is open all year round. ... more   less 
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