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“BACK AT SCHOOL BUT FOR FUN” 4 of 5 bubbles
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College Hotel
Ranked #91 of 193 Hotels in Lyon
Milan, Italy
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119 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“BACK AT SCHOOL BUT FOR FUN”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

nice, tiny and comfortable hotel in the heart of Lyon! all furniture, accessories, colours , pictures, remind the class rooms and memories ! the rooms are little, all white coloured, but comfortable- the breakfast is just simple - it is in a very pedestrian area and also 10 mins walk from the Vieux Lyon!! The rate are not to cheap but it is worthwhile!

Room Tip: feeling to be in a classroom!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank margherita66_11
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Neusiedl am See, Austria
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195 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Well situated on the Old Town side of the Saône, but just a bridge to cross towards almost every interesting venues of the Downtown, this hotel offers quite small, but nice, comfy rooms, furbished with old classroom furnitures. Old looking modern, very simple and very friendly. Highly recommended for a Lyon visit with reasonable price. Not luxury, but everything is there to please you.
If you like to have an unusual design hotel for your stay, this is a good choice.

Room Tip: Try to have rooms on upper levels, with nice views of the Saint Jean Basilica.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank InnSi
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New York City, New York
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263 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We found the College hotel to be perfect for our stay in Lyon. An old renovated school with consistent school-theme throughout (lobby, hallways, and rooms), the hotel is unique and quirky in the best possible way.

Rooms are bright and clean and have the expected amenities (hair dryer, tv) although not luxurious (don't expect spa-quality products). There's a fridge on every floor full of Fred water, soda and juice which is truly a lovely touch.

The rooms in the upper price range are spacious with sizable bathrooms (especially for Europe). Views from the 6 floor were great!

We opted to eat at one if the two boulangeries just around the corner. Both very good and we were happy to have a delicious pastry and hot drink for under 2 euros per person rather than pay 13+€ to eat at the hotel.

By the way, on Saturday night, they light up all the windows with changing colored lights. When you close the curtains, it blocks out the light for the most part, but not entirely. Didn't have any trouble sleeping though. Most importantly, the room was really quiet.

Would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Susan L
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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

I just spent a girls weekend at this hotel and only have good things to say about it. I never quite understood the decor but it was pretty neat. It was a mix between an old classroom, a hospital and the movie 'the shining'. The hotel has a very cool bar, terrace and is in a fabulous location for exploring old town and the shopping areas crossing the river. They were especially helpful with giving us restaurant recommendations and making reservations. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in Lyon.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tmu201
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Hasselt, Belgium
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59 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Original design, fun atmosphere, nice breakfast and mostly artistic guests! Perfect starting point to discover this amazing city. Buy a nice bottle of wine and some local food and enjoy a picnic on the roof! Rooms are small but comfortable. Surprizing design and cosy lobby.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Luc T
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Fribourg, Switzerland
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244 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Room Tip: Ask nicely if you can have a room looking up to the Basilica.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kathleen M
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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600 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RobininBRISTOL
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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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