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This 5 star hotel is located on Rue de Boeuf, a small street of cobblestones in Vieux Lyon. The best part of the hotel is the service from the front staff to the staff that freshens the rooms. We had a wonderful experience with the concierge staff who organized reservations to the 2 most popular restaurants, arranged a private tour with Sophie, who was spectacular, handled all taxi requests. Built in a medieval and Renaissance group of houses, used once as a convent the interior design is magnificent. The Michelin starred restaurant deserves all its accolades. For design purposes the public spaces are dark infused with natural light which is fine but I would have preferred hotel rooms with much more light but that is a small quibble to a stay in luxury in Old Lyon
Ok so we travelled with friends and unsure of their budget we booked us both the lowest category room. Upon checking in and seeing how small it really was they requested to move and pay and were told hotel full! It’s very quirky but actually quite dangerous. The bed is on a mezzanine and the shower spills out water onto the polished wood no matter how hard you try so it is a bit of a trip hazard. The location is great and breakfast very good. Would stay again just would go bigger!
One would expect a 5 star hotel located at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site to be good. But nothing can adequately prepare you for the Cour Des Loges, which has to be one of the strangest and most enchanting hotels in Europe. Located on the Rue du Bœuf, a narrow cobbled street in Vieux Lyon, from the moment you pass through the first set of glass doors and walk up the dimly-lit entrance corridor into the main courtyard space, you feel like you are entering another world, somehow both more ancient and more modern than the one you have just left. In this main space you are surrounded on four sides by three levels of galleries, dating (as I understand) from the 16th-18th centuries, beneath a modern glass roof. In the centre you take breakfast in the mornings, and in the evening can dine, if you wish, at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Loges. The courtyard space is bathed in light during the day, but other parts of the hotel are in perpetual, deep shadow (to the contrast ancient/modern, you can add that of darkness/light). We stayed in one of the hotel's more unusual suites, an 'Atelier', set up on three open levels (living room – bath/wash area – bedroom), and laid out like an artist's workshop. It wasn't the most practical space: it was difficult to regulate the temperature between the three levels, and the only natural light was from two skylights that tended to be a source of considerable heat during the day (so we kept them closed). But the beautiful weirdness of it made up for those peculiarities: we thoroughly enjoyed being there for the uniqueness of the experience (there can't be many other hotel suites like it in the world). The hotel uses mirrors very cleverly throughout the property. This both increases the sense of space, and slightly destabilises your sense of where you are at any given moment, skewing your sense of distance and such like. When combined with everything else, the overall impression is quite dreamlike – like a Renaissance-era Alice in Wonderland, or something. We were first taken up to our room in the lift, but I would encourage any guests who are able to do so, sometime during their stay, to climb up through the hotel using the main staircase. This spirals upwards from the ground floor to the top, where the hotel has some lovely hanging gardens, which also contain several beehives, which produce honey for the kitchens. It is a tremendous way of traversing the hotel space. The bar was great, and mixed an excellent sazerac. I would also recommend the hotel's other, more relaxed restaurant, the Cafe Epicerie, which produces wonderful food at very good prices (particularly if you don't want to stretch to the prices at Les Loges). We will certainly look to stay here again.
This previous Jesuit college has been renovated and feels very Game of Thrones in a fun, sexy way! The beehives on the top are awesome and the dinner at the attached restaurant was just fantastic!! The staff friendly, helpful and funny---excellent! But the breakfast--WOW!! I tell you it was a work of art and so delicious I would try to fly back to Lyon just for the breakfast. Our room was modern yet with a medieval vibe. So cool. My boyfriend and I loved every minute in Lyon. So sorry about the terrible recent tragedy of the parcel bombing---:( What a tragedy to a gorgeous city with beautiful people--why?!!! Our prayers and hearts go out to you from Texas, USA Tanya and David
This hotel has, from my visit twenty-five or thirty years ago, stayed in my mind as my favorite in the world. It is completely unique, the staff is well-trained and pleasant, it is perfectly located. But here is the problem: I don’t think the rooms have been refurbished since my visit all those years ago. Chipped paint and furniture, poor air conditioning, erratic plumbing, uncomfortable and sagging sofa (seriously, you couldn’t sit in it), but the beds were fine. Though the staff was very nice and helpful, their upgrading us to a large suite (nothing else available) did not change my mind about the state of the rooms when we found some shabby things in the suite as well. With such high prices, you’d think they would keep their rooms up to five star standards - but they haven’t. What a shame. When I read that they have completely redone all their rooms and fixed their air conditioning and plumbing problems, I would be happy to return. But if they don’t want to spend their money on their hotel, why should I? Note: our first room, Les Ateliers, would have been very cute when it was first done up to resemble an artist’s studio, but now it just looks tired. The loft where the bed is located is horribly stuffy and did not improve after we had run the air conditioning for two hours - and the weather outside was 18 C/65 F! There was no outside window we could open either. We met another couple in the elevator who was also having problems with stuffiness and no air conditioning. When my husband took a shower in the open-to-the-loft bathroom, the water was alternately too hot then too cold and it made the already too hot loft more hot! That’s when I finally went down to Reception to tell them we couldn’t stay in that room. They accommodated us, but what about the next people to whom they give that room? They may just suffer in silence for their 380€ per night! We live most of the time in France so understand the challenges of maintaining these old buildings, but don’t charge almost 400€ a night for dated decor and uninhabitable stuffiness.
Value is the issue here for the price you pay. While the hotel’s location in the old town is great, the staff friendly and efficient, the rooms are dark and cramped and some have only baths not showers. We had booked a superior room on the strong recommendation of the hotel given we were staying for three nights, but that didn’t secure us a decent sized room with shower without complaint. We were kindly upgraded to a suite on day 2 which was spacious and had a shower, however it was still very dark as the window looked out at the building directly facing the hotel (it is the old town after all). Other downside was it was at the front of the hotel which we discovered meant you’re woken up at about 5.30/6 am with deliveries. So top tips if you do pay to stay here - ask for a spacious room with a shower overlooking the gardens at the back of the hotel and on the first or second level to ensure you’re not up on the 4th floor where things may be more cramped and ceilings lower. I suspect if you don’t arrive in trainers and don’t look too young, you may be given a decent room from the outset (?). All in not worth the money we paid.
This is one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed in. This is what I had pictured in my mind of a french hotel. Bed was super comfy in my high ceilinged red room. Food was outstanding at breakfast and service was perfect.
Have stayed there for one night. I usually stay at the Sofitel, but wanted to try this hotel I had heard some much about. The building is incredible, great architecture that takes you to a world apart, and the location is awesome. But honestly this is not a 5 star, and is not worth the price. Room and amenities are ok but nothing special, service is ok but nothing special. Haven’t tried the restaurant but was really disappointed by the bar: it could be an awesome place, with a special atmosphere, but it does not work: the music playlist is a joke, almost like tuned on some local radio, ruins everything. Too bad.
Lovely historic place but added to the charm. Our room was up the round stairs on a side round tower wing - so neat. Great location as in the old city and can walk to most places or take the public transit. Loved the daily surprise treats, a bath and a separate shower + robes. Very cool water spa that is with a visit to. Amazing staff & I would recommend this place to friends.
I travel 300 days of the year; stay in wonderful hotels, but this is one of the best hotels in the world. Wonderful building; design; food; and people. I love court yard. The old building, with the thick walls is my favourite. Go there.
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83.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1553 reviews