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“Cute old style hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel du Simplon

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Hotel du Simplon
Ranked #54 of 193 Hotels in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
Toulouse
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
“Cute old style hotel”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Great location. Its about a 10minute walk to the station and 15 minute walk to the city centre. Big sized room and amazingly hot shower. Staff were friendly enough but it was easy to navigate around on your own.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

The hotel is located near the Place Carnot, not too far from the Perrache train station, some of the main shopping streets and about 1/2 mile south of Place Bellecour, one of the main squares and the location of the tourist office. The tram and metro stops are several blocks away. I had a car and appreciated the fact that the hotel was located just a few blocks off the A6/A7 autoroute and parking was available for 13 euros per day in a private secure garage 1 block east of the hotel. The room was small by American standards but there was still room to move around. There was adequate storage space for my clothes in a good sized closet and a nice-sized bathroom with shower. A desktop computer doubled as a TV. The TV worked fine but I could not get the internet to work on the computer. However, the hotel has free WiFi which worked fine on my tablet. The room is airconditioned. The windows also open, but my room faced the street and it could get a little noisy if the windows are open. A good breakfast buffet is available for an additional price. Hotel staff were courteous and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Delhi
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Before we go on to what made it a bad experience, let me tell you a few good things about the hotel -
1) It is a centrally located hotel;
2) The hotel is located close to the tramway, so travelling around the city is no problem
3) Some hotel staff are courteous;
4) The lobby is tastefully decorated.

Now for the bad part -
1) In the room I was first given, the air conditioner blew out warm air. When I asked them the reason for this, they said that they maintain the same temperature across all rooms during this month, and hence will not be able to change it. And that October, Lyon was not at all cold. After a lot of negotiation, I got a room that faced an open lot instead of the street as before. I was advised to leave the windows open if I wanted to stay in the room at a decent temperature.

2) The bathroom - so small that even kids will have a very bad time navigating their way about it. On top of that, it's made entirely of some plastic material, and looks very very cheap and contrasting to how tastefully their lobby is done.

I would suggest this place only if you are staying for one to two days, and are not going to stay in the room for a lot of time. But if you get a better hotel, go for it!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Brno
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2013

Hotel du Simplon has nice well equipped rooms, lovely staff, and amazing facilities to make one’s stay comfortable. High quality services offered at affordable price in this hotel surprised us a lot. Food is very well presented and cooked. Every meal had a large selection and I loved it.Staff is very friendly and at the same time professional too. During a business tour in the city, I stayed here for few days and would love to recommend it to my other friends.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Bainbridge Island, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We wanted to try a 2 or 3 star hotel to see what the difference was. Having seen 2 star hotels in the states we were hesitant but the Europeans we met use them all the time. Now I understand why. You may not get all the amenities, but the staff at du Simplon could not have been more pleasant or helpful. As with most 2 or 3 stars bring or expect to buy the non essential basics, fancy shampoo, shower cap, wash cloth. But the room was clean, water pressure good, pleanty of hot water, and close to Gare de Lyon,-Perrache. Easily in walking distance to the good restaurants and clubs. Good value. What we saved in hotel bills we happily were able to spend on food and drink.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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555 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We stayed at Hotel du Simplon for 5 nights. The room was clean and comfortable (if a little warm for our taste) and seems to have been recently refurbished. The WiFi was a little bit unpredictable, but it was free! Some comments about the small size of rooms seem unreasonable to us, French hotel rooms are rarely large and we’ve stayed in some that were much smaller (and more expensive).

Breakfasts were simple (cereals, pastries, breads, jam, yoghourts, dried fruit, etc.) but enjoyable. The lounge area, though small, was welcoming.

However, the best part was the staff. Attentive, pleasant and efficient. They responded brilliantly to our requests and questions and offered decent recommendations for places to eat too. We were impressed.
The only slight downside may be the hotel’s location, near to a major railway station; this puts it on the ‘edge’ a little and those unfamiliar with diverse communities might find it a little strange. However, it’s about 10 minutes’ walk from Place Bellecour and only 20 from the old town.
We’d happily stay here again and recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2013

Service on arrival was first class, staff were very helpful and welcoming, receptionist recommended a fantastic restaurant to eat and is was fab. The room was great,clean and comfortable. The only annoying thing in most of these hotels is no kettle!! Oh and small but that is France you learn to accept it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel du Simplon

Property: Hotel du Simplon
Address: 11 rue Duhamel, 69002, Lyon, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon > Carnot - Gailleton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Family Hotel in Lyon
#39 Business Hotel in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel du Simplon 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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