Hotel La Residence, Lyon
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honest value!from rosstucker
Ross Tucker, Toronto
Somewhat shabbyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Loved La Residencefrom JayBL
First of all, let me say that the La Residence is not a luxury hotel but if you want clean, more than adequate in amentities and size, air conditioned and a perfect location for almost anything and a very reasonable price, then this is the hotel for you. The only down side is if you have a car you have to park in a lot about 3 blocks away.
We spent the first 3 days walking Lyon, visiting the old city and eating. Then we rented a car and did day trips to the Beaujolais region, Annency and the Bourg en Bresse area.
There's a lot to see in Lyon but 3 days is more than adequate unless you want to eat and eat and eat. Take the cable car to the top of the mountain to catch the view. Also, take a guided walking tour given via the touirst information office located in Place Bellecour. It's about 2 blocks from the La Residence. There are some good museums too and don't miss the deportation museum if you're into that. The resturants are wonderful and easy to find. Common sense will keep you in the right direction. There are some big name chefs in Lyon and they all live up to their reputations, but the small resturants are very good , too. Caution, sausage there is not what we are used to.
The Beaujolais region is delightful and very similar to the California wine country but French. We just drove up to various wineries and were treated very friendly. Everyone tripped over themselves showing us their wineries and letting us sample the wines. Don't let anyone tell you that Beaujolais wines are all the same. Also, at the risk of herasy, the French were very friendly and we don't speak a word of French. We fell into a resturant in a small village along the way and had a great meal.
Annency, at the foot of the Alpes is beautiful and has a few fun tourist streets with good resturants. Most of the tourists, by the way, are French. Take a short boat ride on the lake, it is beautiful.
The Bourg en Bress region is very rural with many farms. We were interested in seeing and eating the famous blue footed chicken. We only saw a few but ate many. We stopped at Perouges for a delightful lunch. It is a quaint little, restored mid-evil village with a lot of artists, etc. The hotel resturant there is expensive for a lunch. Try the little pub type place across the square from the hotel. Don't miss George La Blanc's place in the village of Vonnas. It's in the middle of nowhere but it is wonderful and not to be missed. His Brasserie is really great and a fraction of the price of his main resturant.
We've visited France many times but this was the first trip to this region. I get the impression that this is mostly a French tourist area where foreigners don't usually get to. I'm glad we went and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to mix with the local people.
Above average room on the main streetfrom DaveJAustralia
The concierge we got on check in didn't seem to care about anything and was rude, hope they gave him the flick!
The one the next morning was much better so I'll let it slide.
Large room with fridge.
Free internet in the foyer, but you need a coupon.
Could certainly do a lot worse.
good hotel if you do not have a carfrom munhausen
The only dissapointment for me was the price for the parking. It was about 17 euros per day. And the parking is about 7 min. walk. It is just a regular payed parking garage.
Great Location, Great Valuefrom interactbiz
We'll stay in this hotel again and will definitely return to Lyon. It's a good gateway to central France with interesting destinations in all directions.
Recommended - without hesitationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We didn't ask specifically for a renovated bathroom but were given one anyway. It was gleaming - very clean.
The beds didn't look like the photos on the hotel's website, I actually thought the whole place looked better in real life.
We were in Lyon for four nights in total and had arranged to stay at another hotel called the Hotel D'Azur for the first two evenings. That was cheaper (2*) but we preferred the overall experience at the Residence.
Other good points:
-Convenient for Perrache station - we came by coach from the airport as we flew with a budget airline and the hotel was very easy to find, under 10 minutes walk, safe area.
-Good mattresses and pillows.
-Double glazing to keep out street noises.
-Pharmacies, grocers, sandwich shops, pavement cafes, tourist information centre, etc all very close by.
-Cordial and professional staff at reception, always with warm smiles; however, the night receptionist wasn't very friendly. I didn't really mind, I just noted it.
-Free high-speed internet terminal in lobby.
-If I had to list something I might say that I wish breakfast was included in the hotel tariff rather than being a separate charge. But I can see that many guests may prefer breakfast to be optional, and this isn't a strong complaint anyway.
-Shower made the bathroom floor very wet and slippery, our bathmat was completely soaked through yet the puddle on the floor remained.
I would recommend this hotel. It wasn't an amazing bargain or anything but it seemed to be a well-run hotel and we very much enjoyed coming back to it at the end of a day of sightseeing!
And Lyon itself...
-We spent five days there in total and it was too much. We thought perhaps three would have suited us better - we'd have used our time more efficiently rather than just going to one museum each day.
-Bouchons (traditional Lyonnaise restaurants) were good. We ate out for lunch for five days and had large meals - around 20 euros for three-course set meals. Paul Bocuse's Le Nord was our favourite. We also went to La Meurniere, Cafe des Federations, Brasserie Georges, and Le Petit Glouton. The last one of these was the least distinctive and I'd probably skip it, with hindsight. If you're sick of sausages, trip and potatoes, there were also a lot of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Japanese restaurants.
difficult to faultfrom phman
Third stay at this hotel.from B.SOLL
Excellent Value in Central Lyonfrom Eurotravelfan
Breakfast in the breakfast room was quite good with the usual selection of cereal, rolls, fruits, juices and hot drinks. There is also a Brioche Doree across the street which offers a "morning tonic" of juice, hot drink and two pastries for about 3.20E.
Downtown Lyon is convenient with excellent shopping and museums. It is very pedestrian friendly. The new metro and tram can take you farther afield.
While not luxurious, the value at the Hotel La Residence is exceptional and I would definitely stay there again.
Top Local Tips for Lyon
Le Pain Quotidien Lyon side street Quaint Great restaurant for salads, quiche and authentic French country experience. On 13-14 rue des 4 Chapeaux, norh of Bellecour metro, 1 or 2 blocks off pedestrian walkway (one block up from Body Shop on Herriot street). Many locals there, quaint country French setting. Salads made us stop in our tracks adn head in.... beautiful. Owner is lively and enthusiastic. Large table for 14 and small tables inside and out. Well worth looking up on a map to find it!
Make time for Lyon! Lyon was a more attractive spot than I had expected and I wished I had been able to spend more time there. Vieux Lyon is great, and there also is an aquarium on the outskirts. It is not as hectic as Paris, but an interesting city in its own right.
Entertainment Try and see a show at the Theatre Romains during Nuits de Fourviere
Other names for Hotel La Residence
- la residence lyon
- la residence hotel
- Address: 18 rue Victor Hugo - Lyon - 69002 - France
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