The hotel is perfectly located in Lyon's centre, close to great shopping streets and many restaurants. As it was recommended to pre-book car parking, we did so and it turned out to have been a very good tip - there is very limited stopping (let alone parking) space in front of the hotel. Also the other services were good, and staff was friendly and helpful.
Maybe we were simply unlucky, as some reviewers were very happy with their rooms, but the two Superior Royale double rooms we saw were not 5 star standard. The first room we were shown was on the 5th floor and had quite a low ceiling. The bathroom there was not very clean and run down, the toilet seat was even cracked! The second room was just beneath on the 4th floor, with only slightly better bathroom, and odd scratch marks on the wall in the entrance area. We didn't expect a very big room, but for 5 stars we would have expected slightly better standard.
For breakfast, we treated ourselves to the 5€ more expensive Sofitel breakfast just a short walk away. It was a perfect breakfast buffet, and the view from the top-floor restaurant in the Sofitel was definitely worth the little extra.
- 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