Wanted a hotel that was a bit different from the normal chains and we definitely found that here. The decor of the public rooms and bedrooms was lovely, even down to the framed silk prints on the corridor walls and the silver fobs on the door key.
Staff we dealt with were hepful and welcoming and our room was beautiful - one set of windows and one set of french doors overlooking the square. Huge comfortable bed that was turned down nightly, with chocolates left one night, sweets the next. We were also given a tin of tea and free water.
Corridor lights are activated by movement, so come on as soon as you appear . The front door of the hotel , which opens onto Place Bellecour, is locked at night, which gives a feeling of extra security.
Had no problem finding the hotel. We drove in from Vichy, to the west, and had prebooked parking, as they do not have a car park that is actually at the hotel. We also walked down from Fourviere, the amphitheatre that sits atop of Lyon, at midnight, and felt perfectly safe doing so.(Summer concerts are held in the amphitheatre - we had tickets for Jamie Cullem and can truly say it was one of the best concerts we have ever been to)
All in all, lovely hotel in a great location.
- 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