This hotel is actually a Mercure, although it doesn't advertise itself as such.
Two of the reasons we chose this hotel were that it was in walking distance (or a metro ride) from the restaurant where we planned to eat and it had a garage (according to the Michelin guide), unlike most of the hotels in the area. So when I checked in, I asked how to get to their garage. Have you reserved, I was asked? No, I didn’t know I had to. Well, you had better put it in public parking. (Horrified gasp) We have a new (extremely expensive car). We can’t put it in public parking. And the reply? Well, that’s where we put our cars. They’re in a separate section, but it’s public parking. Interesting!
By the way, to unload and load the car, we had to pull up on the sidewalk on the corner of the hotel. There is no ability to park in front of the hotel for unloading/loading.
Our room was very tiny and very dimly lit for the 173.30 Euros we were paying, including breakfast, but after all, as I was told when I arrived, I was checking in to the best hotel in Lyon!
There were no sheer curtains, so to have any privacy (our view was into a courtyard), we had to keep the heavy draperies closed, keeping the room even dimmer. There was no overhead light, just one small lamp over the desk, two bed lamps that must have had the equivalent of 25 watt bulbs in them, and two tiny spotlights on flexible stems for reading in bed. The comforter was very thick (probably) down and the mattress seemed to have the same down quilting on its top -- probably loved by some guests. We like a firm bed, and this one was fairly firm below the topping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal is an iconic establishment offering 72 rooms and suites, nestled in the heart of the city between the Rhone and Saone rivers. An exclusive address for travellers who enjoy the French art de vivre, discrete elegance and naturally courteous service. Feel at home in our Cote Cuisine dining room or in our Cote Bellecour lounge, for a civilised meal or beverage overlooking the Place Bellecour. (The Hotel is a member of the MGallery collection). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Lyon
- Accor Lyon