We chose the Adagio Access Lyon to break our long car journey to the south of France. We’ve stayed in Adagio hotels before, and they work for us owing to us being a large family of husband and wife, and four children.
At this hotel we opted for a two floor apartment that could sleep 8, with three bedrooms, and a sofa bed in the ground floor living room. It was very large apartment, in what looks like a residential street.
Parking was very tight for our car (Hyundai i800), with available spaces being few (at the time we arrived), and as is generally the case with France, very narrow and short. Lots of Dutch cars in the car park... seems the entire Dutch nation must all head south in the summer months, as in some areas of the south of France there seemed to have more Dutch registration plates on the roads than native French ones :-) Very polite people, just amazing how many of them they are all heading south from such a small country. We arrived late after five hours in the car, all desperate to get some rest. Reception was just closing, but they had the key, and site map in an envelope waiting for us.
Some would call the apartments “sparse”, and yes they are basic, but they offer space in bucket loads, or the large apartment we had did.
The kitchen was well appointed, with hob, oven, fridge freezer, and dishwasher. We only stayed the one night, but having the kitchen is extremely handy for a family.
We had a toilet upstairs and downstairs. That said both wc’s didn’t have a basin for washing hands, not ideal really. I assume that the thinking was that you’d walk to either the kitchen sink, and shower room to wash hands. Not a major niggle, but not very hygienic. We have stayed in Adagio apartments where toilets have had a small corner basin.
We arrived in mid thirties temperatures, with lows of mid twenties overnight.. that said with no air-conditioning, it was a case of opening all the windows in the hope of a breeze. We knew that there was no ac on booking, so it wasn’t unexpected. Unfortunately for us we had a French Joss Stone wannabe next door, who wanted to strum away on her guitar and sing through the night. Obviously with the windows open, we were subject to all noises, chirping crickets/cicadas, and chirping singers. It does get extremely hot in the summer in this area of France it has to be said, and if you’re the sort of person who can’t sleep without aircon, perhaps you should consider another hotel.
Overall the hotel was exactly what we were expecting, and offered everything we needed. The apartment was relatively clean, and provided a place to rest, get clean, and eat in readiness for our next days car journey. Prices are good in comparison to us renting two hotel rooms at other places, and it’s like a home from home in modest comfort.
In terms of location it is well placed as a break in the journey to the south of France. Very close to the motorway, and easy to find providing you do your research first, as I always do, and find it on Google maps, then add to your satnav. One way or another you have to get through Lyon, but isn’t always easy, but the hotel for us gave us a good nights rest before we had to face the traffic of Lyon.
If we’re ever feeling crazy enough to drive to the Cote D’Azur again, I'm sure we’d use this hotel again.
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