Hotel des Celestins is located between the Rhone and Soane Rivers near Place Bellecour, in an ideal location to explore Lyon by foot or public transport, or to simply shop. Staff were friendly and very helpful, both prior to arrival and during our stay. The staff are the best attribute of this hotel. Our 'Superior' room fitted the hotel's description in terms of space (but note rooms are small), facilities (comfortable bed) and outlook, but the walls and carpet were shabby through age and shoddy maintenance, rather than poor daily room service. From other Tripadvisor reviews it may be that some rooms have been refurbished, but our's had not, and it needed it. The original conversion to a hotel was not high quality, and time has taken its toll since then. The lift did not work one morning, the wi-fi was out for three days, and the shower fluctuated wildly between scalding hot and cold (reported three times but not fixed). Breakfast was good, and good value, although local cafes and boulangeries also offer excellent breakfast (try Francotte around the corner). The hotel entrance is a narrow hallway (shared by other building occupants) leading to a tiny lift and staircase. It is not particularly salubrious, or so it appeared to us when we met a young woman on the stairs one night who was dressed as if for window display in Amsterdam. The lift takes you to a narrow hallway that enters into a room that serves as hotel reception and breakfast area, that we felt was crowded on some of the mornings we ate there. The hotel has many good attributes, but if you value quality in room fittings and/or tasteful decor, and good maintenance, be prepared to pay more and go elsewhere nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of the city,between Place Bellecour & Place des JacobinsYou will be within walking distance ofThe old town & the nicest shops.The Célestins CarPark & Bellecour underground station: 50 yards away. Access by elevator 25.6 p X 45.3 p.Air-conditionned & Non Smoking Hotel, free wifi.Charming Boutique Hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Des Celestins Hotel