This older hotel is located within easy walking distance to upscale shopping, and a longer walk to the old city. It is comfortable enough, but has some drawbacks, and is not what i would expect from a 4* hotel.
First, the WiFi is only available in the public reception and costs 7€ per 1/2 hour, and has a poor connection. The 3G service in the room worked well for my IPad, however.
The room was very warm and the heat not adjustable even when i changed the setting on the radiator. My room had a double door onto a tiny balcony, which i opened at night, but that let in all the street noise. The beds have heavy wool blankets between two sheets. The sheets were not fixed around the blanket, so they sometimes moved aside, leaving me uncomfortably in contact with the blanket.
The bathroom was new and clean, but the tub had only a half barrier to the room, making it likely that taking a shower would get the rest of the room wet. Though i followed the directions carefully, The safe in the closet jammed the second time i used it, making me late for a meeting while I waited for housekeeping to open it. I did not use it again.
The hotel has no restaurant of its own. Except for one small bistro across the street, the ones within just a few blocks seem to be pizza and sandwich type places. The room service menu was expensive, had only salads and one mystery dish (plat du jour) offered during limited hours. A long walk or taxi ride is required for more interesting lunch and dinner options.
The breakfast was the same each of the four days i was there: scrambled eggs and chopped hot dogs served warm, and a variety of cold foods, such as chopped fruit, yoghurt, cereal, bland cheese, baguettes and croissants, boiled eggs, etc. It was quite edible but not at all special.
The staff was friendly and helpful, more so than in other French hotels where I have stayed, but they had no control over the shortcomings of the property.
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- Also Known As:
- b4 Lyon Hotel Lyon
- Lyon Grand Hotel