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College Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Place Saint Paul, 69005 Lyon, France (Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine)   |  
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Ranked #58 of 177 hotels in Lyon
France
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“Great location, small room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Le College is perfectly situated to explore Vieux Lyon & the Presqu'Ile. The decor is quirky and original and the rooms, whist small are perfectly adequate for a short stay. The bedding and towels are good quality and is was spotlessly clean. The staff are friendly & helpful. Free bottled water & soft drinks are available from refrigerators on each floor. There's free wifi and a lovely roof terrace. There are plenty of bars & restaurants nearby and there is some noise from the street as a result, but with the windows closed and the efficient air conditioning on we slept well even in a heatwave.

Room Tip: We had room 504 which looked over the roof terrace and from which we could see Fourviere Cathedral.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Stayed here on a business trip – so someone else chose it, but glad they did. Initial impressions were of slight dottiness – rules for pupils at the door, giant pencils next to reception desk and TV playing old black and white kids' TV – but what could have been a tacky 'theme' hotel turned out to be a delight.

Room was a surprise – looked like a white cell, with metal school lockers for wardrobes and school desk and chairs, and wad freezing as someone has cranked the A/C all the way down to very cold indeed. With some heat restored, much better: comfortable bed, good walk-in shower and free wi-fi.

Like the retro fridges full of soft drinks on every floor, even more impressed with the bar (next door but part of hotel) serving huge list of wines, excellent cheese and charcuterie, which looked like a good place to while away an afternoon. So we did.

Breakfast simple, but all you could want, and staff consistently friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again, this time for a break rather than a slightly hurried business trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The College is perfectly located for seeing the Old Town as everything is accessible on foot. We loved the decor of the hotel which captured the 'college' atmosphere with great humour and style. The rooms are simple but have everything you need. The rooms are small and vary in 'smallness'. We had enough room for our 2 night stay but our friends room which was the same grade as ours was configured differently and had some low beams which made the room more cramped. The shower rooms are spacious. Try and get a room on one of the top floors which have views.

The breakfast room is fun and everything from the fresh orange juice to the cheeses and fresh croissant and bread delicious.

The service was superlative from my first enquiry to checking out - all provided by Simon who really knows what the word 'service' means. Rarely have we met someone who has contributed so much to the enjoyment of staying in a hotel. If only he could be cloned the attitude of some of the shops and restaurants we visited during our stay left a lot to be desired!

We would definitely return and would try their other hotels.

Room Tip: High floors have better views and are quieter.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This hotel is little but unigue, everthing there is school related. I enjoyed especially a breakfest in class room (it was typical french - nutella, croissant, cheese, coffee meal). The room design was snow white (TV as well) with nice view on Fourviere. The location is real advantage if you come to Lyon to see Old Town and roman ruins.

Room Tip: Drinks in corridorrs are for free :)
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed in this unique hotel. Loved the decor and its fresh approach to style. It was very convenient to the sites of Vieux Lyon. We stayed on a weekend and agree that the Saturday night noise went on a bit longer than we would have liked. The sunday night experience was much quieter.

Breakfast was very nice but we thought the breakfast was included and probably wouldn't have paid $13.5 euros per person for what was provided. Next time would consider wandering to find a local bakery on one of our days. On-site breakfast was a great option though on the day we left since we had an early train to get and could enjoy eating something before beginning our travel.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the upper class room options and glad we did.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This hotel is convenient for seeing the old town of Lyon (as well as Presqu'ile), unfortunately this area is also very popular at night... we woke up every night due to screaming from the streets.

We hadr a spacious room on the 7th floor. It was modern and clean. However, the shower had no power, so showering took forever. We had breakfast every morning at the hotel; croissants and coffee (average). It must be said that alll the staff was very helpful.
All in all an slightly above average hotel (considering the price).

It is a pity about the noise, otherwise we would consider staying there again.

Room Tip: My guess is that rooms to the north are quieter
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed here for a family wedding last year. Great location right in the middle of old Lyon. Rooms are a little small but have good facilities and totally spotless. Staff were helpful and friendly enough and breakfast in the old school room was a real treat. Would certainly re-visit.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about College Hotel

Address: 5 Place Saint Paul, 69005 Lyon, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon > Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Luxury Hotel in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — College Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Le Collège has a great location in the heart of the old city, on a UNESCO-listed site. Have a unique stay in a hotel offering a traditional school-theme decoration concept. The Collège features bright rooms with a modern and sleek decoration. Each offers a flat-screen TV. Hotel Le Collège offers a bar, a meeting room and a terrace. Each is decorated so as to remind you of a traditional school. With a central location, Hotel Le Collège is the perfect choice for tourists visiting the many attractions of Lyons and business travellers visiting partners in the area. ... more   less 
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