Stayed here for an overnight in Lyon in February 2012.
The location on Place Bellecour is really great with both rivers in easy walking distance. We drove in and parked our hire car in the very large car park under the square which was reasonably priced but hard to get into because of the one-way traffic system!
First impressions of the hotel from the outside are excellent:it is in a prime position and beautifully lit at night. Right from the front door the decor is traditional but very recently refurbished-a nice combination. The ground floor lounge with dog ornament theme was our favourite. The reception staff were pleasant and attentive although a little on the pretentious side.
Being a traditional property this hotel really scores on spacious bedroom size with high ceilings and tall windows which open. Again the room had recently been refurbished in traditional style-not all of it to our taste but it suits the property. The bed was a real plus-big and extremely comfortable. We were on the 3rd floor which got a little noisy from 5am with service vehicles outside doing early deliveries etc. The bathroom was clean and new but not luxurious-tiled rather than marble which was fine. The hotel has free and fast wifi.
There is a nice salon decorated in red on the 1st floor just up from the restaurant which served a really fine breakfast well up to the foodie standards of Lyon.
Overall, the combination of location and comfort mean that we'd definitely stay here again if in Lyon.
- 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:
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