This hostel was the only possible place to stay for a solo traveller on a budget within the entire city! Craziness. Thankfully I was driven to Lyon so I didn't have to trek the massive hike or take a very expensive cab (they're soooo expensive there!) Then there's also the massive HILL that it sits upon. However, in saying that there is an amazing view from the courtyard that overlooks the entirety of Lyon. On sunny days it's awesome. Sadly I only had one afternoon of sun with the remainder in rain. Each time you wanted to do anything in Lyon you had to remind yourself you had to walk back up the hill. It's definitely a trek when you have luggage or even groceries.
I cooked in the kitchen they provided, which is basically an annex from the reception. While this is good in case you leave your food and the pot overflows, it is cramped and there is no where to store your food. Thus of course some of mine was stolen as the bench top was the only place. The fridge was huge, thankfully.
There was no really place to lounge, just lots of tables and chairs (all uncomfortable) to serve breakfast. And if you want to stay there afterwards you're told to move upstairs to the similarly dull mezzanine.
Perhaps my time there was dismal because of the people there. They were all miserable (undoubtedly because of the rain) and their ages ranged vastly!! Some people who live in Lyon just stay there occasionally??? It was bizarre.
A massive pro was the laundry. It was only 3 euros in total to do both the washing and drying. And if it hadn't dried the reception would give you another coin to dry it again, free!
- Also Known As:
- Auberge De Jeunesse De Vieux Lyon Hotel
- Auberge De Jeunesse De Vieux Lyon Hotel Lyon