I planned to arrive in Lyon from Paris, to attend an opera in Lyon Opera House, and I chose this hotel due to its supposedly quiet location and relative proximity to the city center. While the former exceeded all expectations, the latter was not exactly the case.
I stayed in Les Hautes Bruyères at the end of April 2012, and overall was very pleased with it, although I found the place a bit expensive for what it provides. Next time in Lyon, I would stay in a hotel more close to the center. Yet again, the gardens of the place are so marvelous that one can image Louise Labé , a renaissance poetess from Lyon, could have a villa there where she would write her amorous poetry, inspired by the birds singing and luxurious tree leaves whispering. I offer here my prose regarding this wonderful place. My observations will start with good things about it:
1) The room La Pigeonnière was quite beautiful, styled in a country theme but very tastefully. The room was filled with pleasant decorative accessories like an old suitcase and a bird cage. The furniture was also very stylish, although not incredibly practical – there was no proper desk to put a computer and simply to write.
2) The bed was truly excellent, very comfortable, with a down blanket. It had a little canopy, which was a nice touch.
3) The heating in the room from the radiators was also excellent, and especially marvelous it was in the bathroom, where due to that warmth one can relax very well. I truly appreciated this very valuable touch of comfort.
4) The shower was great, and the toiletries were of the highest quality. I liked the bath robe, too.
5) The garden was absolutely splendid, the birds were singing, and there were some cute chicken of an interesting breed walking as pets. The hotel is located in a very exclusive neighborhood of private villas and castles, covered with lush greenery and flowers. It has a private gate with a code which lets your car in, the parking lot is private inside the garden but far enough not to hear much car noise in the house itself.
6) There was excellent WiFi connection in the room, both my Android phone and computer worked very well with it.
7) The personnel was friendly, they helped me with my bag. I also like the late check-out time (noon).
1) My only serious disappointment was with the ventilation in bathroom which was always working and could not be turned off at all. The noise was very annoying; even with the door shut the humming was heard in the room. The whole idea of staying in a place away from the city and in its own garden was to get quiet atmosphere in the room, but due to that noise it was not really totally quiet.
2) The hotel turned out to be further away from Lyon center by time than I originally thought – it took 45 min in rush hour; but only 15 min at night when roads were empty. Normally, although the distance is only 10 km to the center, it would still take considerable time because the roads are scarce and the traffic is quite heavy, which made this hotel not as ideal to see Lyon as I imagined.
3) The room was not soundproof and noise from inside the building can be heard – staff and guests coming, going, talking. The hotel is really a big manor with rooms, so you hear a lot of the others. I was alone, so it did not bother me much, but for a romantic couple the noise from other people could be distracting.
4) Breakfast was too expensive, in my opinion, considering the room cost. It was a nice gesture of the hostess to offer me a cup of coffee in the morning for free.
5) There was no little fridge/minibar in the room. I would think for that rate and being a country side hotel it would really be very valuable to have the minibar. There was also no coffee maker, while it would be nice to have a cup of tea in the evening in your room.
6) There is no elevator, although in a manor like this one would not expect it.
Overall the hotel is a marvelous place, but unfortunately it is too far from the city center. I fell in love with Lyon after Paris, however – the weather is infinitely better, no grey rain anymore, much warmer, with streets in Le Vieux Lyon filled with people having their lunch outside in numerous cafes and restaurants.
The whole medieval quarter St-Jean is exceedingly wonderful, I was elated to discover such an original place. Le Presqu'îlewas also an amazingly elegant district to see. Perhaps one would need more than one day stay in Les Hautes Bruyères to see Lyon center in all its glorious details.
All in all, I recommend the hotel as a comfortable and hospitable auberge, and Lyon as a city as an extremely safe and welcoming place, too. Everything practical ran perfect – the TGV from Paris, the car rental, the underground parking in Vieux Lyon, the funiculaire, and of course…the AMAZING boulangeries where absolutely excellent cakes could be tasted. Add to these its rich history ascending to Roman times, great museums, and it makes Lugdunum,a.k.a Lyon in modern language, a place to return for continuous exploration.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A deux pas du centre de LYON, cette demeure du XIXe est idéalement située dans un écrin de verdure.une piscine chauffée est à votre disposition.Le calme, l'authenticité, et l'élégance peuvent qualifier ce lieux plein d'histoire. Chacune des chambres et suites sonttournées vers le Jardin, et possèdent son propre univers. Toutes disposent du cable, d'écrans plats, et de connexionwifi gratuite.Un grand parking privée gratuit est à votre disposition.Cet établissement de charme est situé 8km du golf de la Tour de Salvagny. ... more less
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