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Hotel La Residence
Ranked #36 of 194 Hotels in Lyon
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
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131 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Really like this hotel”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Location was perfect, in a pedestrian street. Staff were very friendly. They gave us a restaurant recommandation Chabert et Fils, it was very good, one of the best meals in 3 weeks in France, Room was quiet, comfortable, modern decor, little balcony, very clean when we arrived, but daily cleaning could be improved (no vacuum, no bathroom cleaning). Reasonable rate. Easy walk to restaurants, shops, train station, metro., Vieux Lyon We stayed in a triple room and didn't have problem with the lock. Lyon is a beautiful city and we were very happy to visit it. We bought the 2 days pass (free access to museums and transportation) and it worth the price. I recommend this hotel without hesitation, it is a very good value.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Hotel La Residence is in a perfect location for exploring Lyon - in the centre of the shopping area, near a foot bridge to the old city, walking distance to museums, restaurants and cafes. Note: it is on a pedestrian-only street so vehicular access is limited (although my taxi gleefully ignored this). And it was moderately priced. Location and price - couldn't ask for more!

The La Residence is an older hotel with the charm and idiosyncrasies one can expect of such. My room was a spacious corner room with windows on two sides; my friend had a small room next door. The door lock system was, as some reviewers report, unique; however it wasn't rocket science and could be figured out easily. The front desk staff were very helpful and willing to advise on restaurants, museums and finding one's way around Lyon. They spoke excellent English and were patient with my fractured French - who could ask for anything more? The breakfast was the standard French hotel buffet breakfast which includes something for everyone - and the croissants were good! The room had central air conditioning and was thankfully cool during the heat wave.

The La Residence is not a luxury hotel. It provides all the usual amenities (soap, shampoo, shower gel, bar fridge, in-room safe, etc. etc.) but feels basic and comfortable rather than luxurious.

Would I stay here again - you bet! Of the hotels I stayed in during my 21 days in France, this was by far my favourite. I think that is because it lacked any pretension and was, as its name says, a residence for those of us away from home.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Good location. We parked our car in the garage arranged by hotel 20E as parking impossible on the street. Trying to get in our room proved to be our biggest challenge with the strangest locking system on the door we gave up in the end and asked the man on reception to show us how it worked. The room we had was big and suited our family of 4 with a double bed, 1 single and 1 bed that pulled out of a cupboard. The room looked newly decorated and very modern. Only fault tv and fridge didn't work but as we hadn't come away to watch tv didn't bother us. Lots of restaurants, bars and shops close by. Ideal stop over on way to South of France.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

There are so many improvements that can be made to this hotel, it is shame some aren't implemented.

The key system is ridiculous. There is no handle on the door, so you have to close it with the key which you have to insert, turn 90 degrees, then insert it again. To shut the door you have to reverse the process. My partner wanted to leave to go to the market without waking me up, but if he did this and left the key at reception, there was no way I could leave as you need the key to shut the door.

Rooms come with a bath or shower. We asked for one with a bath. It had a hand-held hairwashing attachment. Why did they not install a combined bath/shower like almost all other hotels?

The decor is very dated in style, but does not seem too worn. They need a better interior designer.

Saying all this, the room was not expensive, the location was fantastic and the air conditioning was good.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Italy
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

A comfortable place smack in the center of town, not easy to get to by car (it does have a nearby garage, though) and with rooms maybe a bit small. The reasonable rates compensate somewhat, although breakfast is a bit overpriced at 8€ (you can get excellent pastries and coffee across the road for about 3 € per person).
Within walking distance of all places of interst including the old town and the Croix Rousse quarter, it can be a reasonably priced option if you decide to stop in this very french and very nice city. Aim for the lower end of the price scale, as at over 100 € this hotel would be too expensive.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2013

I have stayed at La Residence for ten days at a time on three separate occasions. The hotel is in a great location just south of Bellecour, and there are many good restaurants and bars within a short walk. These are not luxury accommodations - the rooms tend to be small (and are highly variable in size), and the hotel has no pool, bar, or other amenities. However, the rooms are spotlessly clean and the staff are very accommodating. Given the price, the hotel offers an excellent value. Important note: as a result of its location on the Rue Victor Hugo, the hotel suffers from an extreme noise problem from the outside -- groups of people walk down the street shouting and singing late into the night, and the garbage trucks and construction vehicles arrive around 6:15 AM every weekday to start work. Most rooms face either the Rue Victor Hugo or Rue Sala, and to get a good night's sleep in those rooms, you will probably have to keep the windows closed and air conditioner on to drown out the outside noise.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The hotel was comfortable and clean and as already said it has a retro feel. The breakfast room was a bit of a scramble as there was not enough space and the supplies kept running out. The location was fine with onlt short strolls to the tourist attractions. Lyon was a pleasant surprise; we recommend it for a stopover en-route or for a weekend away.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Residence
Address: 18 rue Victor Hugo, 69002, Lyon, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 Business Hotel in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Residence 3*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 3-star hotel is located in the heart of downtown Lyon, a 5 -minute walk from Old Lyon , 150 meters from the Place Bellecour and 10 minutes from Confluence . Our central location allows you to discover all the attractions of Lyon life , both in terms of shopping, cultural tours or even the many restaurants making Lyon the capital of gastronomy. Our modern rooms with contemporary decor are equipped with flat - screen television, mini bar, air conditioning , hospitality tray with tea and coffee making facilities . A friendly and personal welcome awaits you and we will be happy to advise you throughout your stay to make you enjoy the charms of our beautiful city. ... more   less 
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