Hotel Carlton Lyon – MGallery By Sofitel
What We Love
- Lovely 19th-century Haussmann-style exterior but shiny and new inside; it was renovated in 2013
- Attentive service complements the hotel’s retro charm
- Double-glazed windows ensure a good night’s sleep, even on the lively Place de la République
What To Know
- Only one antique (albeit lovely) elevator services all four floors
- The spa's tiny treatment room fits just one guest at a time, so it's best to book ahead
- No in-house restaurant, but room service can be ordered from Le Centre by Georges, and there are tons of options close by
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
La Vie en Rouge. The Art Deco lobby of this former 19th-century petit palace is dominated by vibrant shades of red. Arched doorways, magnificently painted mural ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, plush velvet chairs, stained glass windows and an authentic 1930s gilded cage elevator create a sense of decadent grandeur. Add impeccable service and an elegant bar to the mix, and it’s as if you’ve just stepped into a bygone era.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms range from a cozy 194 square feet (Double Room) to 301 square feet (Carlton Room). Comfy beds sit alongside Louis Vuitton–inspired wardrobes, a work desk and period-style chairs, and the Carlton’s signature red is used liberally in each room. Bathrooms feature oversize round Deco mirrors and are stocked with Cinq Mondes toiletries. In place of a Do Not Disturb sign, you can opt for a more mellow “Silence. I’m still dreaming” door hanger.
Although there’s no restaurant on-site, you can order room service from the adjacent Le Centre by Georges, an excellent brasserie from Michelin-starred chef George Blanc, until 11 p.m. The menu is predominantly meat-based (beef is a specialty), but inventive fish and pasta dishes are also on offer. The buffet breakfast is served in a wood-paneled, stained-glassed lounge, and the intimately lit champagne bar serves signature cocktails (try the fruity Carlton) and hosts weekly musical performances. The tiny spa has a hammam and offers treatments using Cinq Mondes products.
In the Area
Sandwiched between the Saône and Rhone rivers, Place de la Républic is a bustling hub of shops and eateries. Close by, the regal Place des Terreaux is home to the majestic 19th-century Bartholdi fountain, City Hall and the Fine Arts Museum — one of the largest art collections in Europe. A brisk 10-minute walk to the St. Jean district offers a wonderland of Renaissance architecture and medieval traboules (passageways particular to this part of France). Changing gears, visit the neighboring Museum of Miniatures and Cinema for an entertaining look at movie magic.
How to Get There
This is one of the best hotels that we have enjoyed during our travels. We had a really special corner room that had beautiful views of the pedestrian mall below. The room was really large with a good sitting area in front of the bed. The staff of the hotel were superb and really helped with recommendations of the best places to eat in town. The location could not be better, right on the pedestrian street and within walking distance of all the interesting sights of the city. Although we had a new city to explore, the room was so delightful that we enjoyed spending more time relaxing in the hotel. I highly, highly recommend this hotel as the place to stay in Lyon.
Spent 8 days in Lyon at the Hotel Carlton and had a fabulous trip. Although the hotel room was on the small side and a bit dark, the location made up for it. Easy access to everything via metro, tram, walking etc. Right in the center of Lyon! Also, the hotel staff was amazing. Loic, Stephanie and Claire couldn't do enough to make certain we saw everything Lyon had to offer. Kudos to an outstanding staff.
This very pleasant place with great location city center downtown
Staff were very friendly in all areas specially the resturnte
I really enjoyed this very quitq old style hotel
Rooms are cleaned and quite
Excellent choice for relaxation