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“Brilliant location for visiting Vieux Lyon”
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College Hotel
Ranked #89 of 193 Hotels in Lyon
Fribourg, Switzerland
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250 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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“Brilliant location for visiting Vieux Lyon”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The location is just perfect if one's main focus is Vieux Lyon, since the 'school' is at the northern end of the main cobbled thoroughfare through the old town. The Collège is a haven to return to after a day spent exploring the tiny passageways known as 'traboules' that interconnect many of the old stone houses in this picturesque part of town. The breakfast is lavish: real OJ, a selection of yoghurts, cheese and ham, coffee & tea - served in slim vacuum flasks - and delicious French bread. Sitting at desks may not be everyone's idea of comfort, but it's fun. We had room 75 on the 7th floor. It's bright, well lit and offers fabulous views up to the Basilica and over the roofs of the old town. The bathroom also has a great view, but the oversized would fit it tricky to manoeuvre in it. The shower is excellent. It's not a luxury hotel, but then it doesn't claim to be one. The staff are helpful and friendly. It's certainly a place you'll think back to with affection if you can go along with the concept.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

It is an amusing idea - take a hotel and furnish it with old school memorabilia. Apart from the bedrooms which are tres chic. The reception desk is an old school vaulting horse - the reception area looks like a 50's senior common room. Just a delight. Fine terrace on the roof, excellent breakfast and a lovely touch - a fully stocked fridge on each floor with water and soft drinks for you to help yourself.
It is fun and the staff delightful. Only thing to be aware of is the lift - the buttons are arranged as on a phone - takes a few seconds to realise. There is parking and as it is in the old centre you can dump your car and walk or take one of the 4 metros, multiple trams or trolley buses to enjoy this lovely city.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Oxford, UK
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The College Hotel in Lyon is very interesting indeed. Lots of old school stuff and the breakfast room is kitted out in school style; coffe is even served in a little flask. Great breakfast, lots of lovely bread and cheese, cooked meats etc. I saw somebody with boiled eggs but I didn't know how to ask for them in French and there weren's any on the serving table.

The only problem with the hotel was that the lift was out of order and I was on the 6th floor! I was promised the lift would be fixed the next day but it wasn't. Two days of walking up and down six floors was very arduous and I'm fairly fit. Also, because this was an old school, the steps were concrete and steep and the light turned itself off half way up so I had to fumble along in the dark until I got to the next level to hit the button to turn the light on again.

My room was clean with lovely bed linen and the bathroom massive with a corner bath. Big windows opening out to a view over the square below.

Apart from the lift problem, this was a good hotel, right in the heart of Lyon and close to many restaurants and pavement cafes. Everything in walking distance.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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London
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Good price for an excellent location in Lyon. The rooms were definitely minimal but loved the decor in the foyer and the free softdrinks on each floor. Definitely great for a short stay in Lyon as you're in the heart of the old town with plenty of restaurants just there. Front desk staff were helpful and parking was easy to book into.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sedriano, Italy
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We choosed this hotel because of its position, in the very historic old city centre well known thanks to Unesco.
Our room was nice and all white (very particular and minimal); it was on the third floor and it was supposed to be one of the widest of the entire structure.. well it was not really so wide..All in all cleanliness was quite good. Views from the rooms were great and inspiring: all over the building and the hill of the Vieux Lyon.
We did not have breakfast here since we considered it was quite expensive, but we can suggest you the bakery that is 20meters on the right of the exit... fantastic yummy bread and sweets...
Let me tell you that hotel's staff wasn't always so helpful and amenable (more smiling would have been suiting us to feel well accepted... ) One point less for this last reason.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Morley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Nice beds, nice lobby, clean rooms, free drinks in the corridor, terrace, very very nice location !
Price is expensive for what it is ! You pay the good location of the hotel mainly ! Welcoming desk : nice but a bit slow (as is the elevator)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a no frills hotel. But it's perfectly located for a visit to Lyon. My husband and I were in-transit and found it a perfect stop.
It's clean, tidy, the staff friendly and the breakfast quirky and convenient.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: College Hotel
Address: 5 Place Saint Paul, 69005, Lyon, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon > Vieux Lyon - Quarantaine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Luxury Hotel in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — College Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 39
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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