We booked this hotel due to its location (virtually inside the train station - exit the back entrance and a quick right) since we arrived very early in the morning by train, and would be leaving early as well.
We were extremely pleased by the cleanliness and professionalism of the staff. The rooms were huge by French standards (our largest room in France by far), the bed was extremely comfortable, and we had absolutely no trouble with noise from the train station. We booked online and had an excellent price for this hotel, so the value was incredible.
A bit of a walk - an hour and a half or so - to Old Lyon (highly recommended), but was well worth it since it gave us a chance to wander some of the old farmers' markets along the way (we couldn't buy much since we were only traveling through, but the cheeses, wines and flowers here were spectacular - well worth a look even if you don't buy).
We hiked up to the church behind Vieux Lyon, then had a fantastic late lunch at a local bouchon. Was packed with locals, but we certainly had some strange looks when we told them we were vegetarian! We had the quenelles covered in cheese with a couple too many drinks of croix rousse (?). We almost missed lunch, since many of the authentic bouchons close quite early. We took the subway back, and it was clean and easy to navigate. Certainly most of the sights were on the other side of the river, but it was nice to be near the barge bars along the river in the evening.
Was great to get back to our well-equipped and comfortable hotel that evening. I would strongly recommend this hotel, especially for anyone arriving or departing the main train station.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next to the train station, The Mercure Lyon La Part-Dieu is located in the center of Lyon's business district, just a few steps from the historic heart of the city. Its location has direct access to both the airport and major road networks, making it ideal for business and leisure trips. Food served in the wine bar. The 323 sq.ft. (30 m2) soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms offer a warm welcome and relaxing atmosphere whether you are on your own or with your family. ... more less
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