Hotel Le Royal Lyon MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Located on Place Bellecour, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest pedestrian square in Europe
- Free in-room mineral water, coffee and tea
- The rustic breakfast spread features an abundance of fresh, local and homemade delicacies
- Afternoon tea at the Asian-inspired Côté Bellecour bar; pick from 10 artisanal teas
What To Know
- Book at least two weeks in advance for a table at l’Institut restaurant; it's closed Sundays and Mondays
- Leave the car at home; parking costs an additional $29 per day
- Standard Rooms are for single travelers
- Some rooms and corridors will be undergoing renovations from late March through October 2014
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Pierre-Yves Rochon, the creative mastermind behind the opulent George V in Paris, is responsible for the interior design of both the hotel and the restaurant, two aesthetically pleasing but vastly different spaces. At first glance everything about Le Royal suggests a sophisticated French residence: The blue reception area features traditional Lyonnais prints on the walls and textiles; the lounge is decorated with plush sofas, paintings over the fireplace and antique furnishings. A closer look reveals whimsical touches including a beautifully crafted Guignol puppet, cushions with prints of dogs dressed in military uniform and porcelain fish and fowl. It’s refined French elegance with a twist.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms are decorated in either marine blue or regal red, with matching textiles, silks and linens (by high-end designers such as Pierre Frey and Ralph Lauren). Modern furnishings come courtesy of Ligne Roset. All suites offer sumptuous panoramic views of Place Bellecour, the Fourvière Basilica and the Rhone River. Bathrooms feature a mélange of old and new fixtures; some come with either a shower or a bath, some with both. Indulgent amenities include Fragonard toiletries, comfy robes and slippers, and a Malongo coffee/tea maker, and the nightly turn-down service includes decadent chocolate treats and the following day’s weather report written on a quirky postcard.
Lauded chef Paul Bocuse’s recently opened l’Institut restaurant is a sleek contemporary space with an open kitchen, wine bottle–lined walls and red leather seating, and serves a menu inspired by fresh, seasonal local produce. The intimate Côté Bellecour bar pays tribute to Lyon’s silk production history. Asian silk tapestries, vibrant red velvet chairs and objets d’art provide an exotic backdrop for afternoon tea (served 1 to 6 p.m.) or classic cocktails (11 a.m. to midnight). The Côté Cuisine breakfast room epitomizes the spirit of home cooking. Fresh-baked breads, cakes, cereals, cold cuts, cheese and homemade yogurts are displayed on a kitchen countertop or in wooden cupboards; tuck into the impressive spread atop a tapestry-covered chair surrounded by Gallic rooster ornaments.
In the Area
Its prime location makes Place Bellecour perfect for observing the locals at play or an excellent starting point for your own Lyonnaise adventures. Just one block away, traditional bouchons (bistros) abound on the postcard-pretty Rue des Marronniers. Try La Mere Jean or Le Comptoir des Marronniers for a good selection of hearty rustic dishes (sausages, potatoes au gratin, cheese) served with regional wine. Find clothing, jewelry and assorted knickknacks on lively Rue de la Républic, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare. For a culture fix, the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts features both permanent and temporary collections of fabrics, costumes and furnishings from antiquity to the 19th century.
How to Get There
Very good location
Room is not very big, but ok for 2.
Good service - room house keeping 2 times a day. Left us a note with the weather info for tomorrow.
Responsive - We had a problem with the sink. Called reception, and it was fixed very fast, in 10 minutes.
Although it was an overnight stay, we were really impressed with this hotel in the short time we spent there. The staff were very friendly and welcoming - we had forgotten to book a parking space in advance but they had valet service organised when we arrived + we asked, at short notice, to have a table at the Paul Bocuse restaurant and, although it was fully booked, they also managed to find us a table. Thank goodness, as this was a highlight of the stay - first class service and fabulous food - would really recommend guests eat there! We also had a "nightcap" in the bar which had some very interesting cocktails and a cosy ambience. The rooms were nicely appointed with a large walk-in shower and a very comfortable bed! It was a really cold night but the room was cosy and warm.
Stayed in this hotel for almost a week during a business trip to Lyon.
Facing the bellecour place, the location of this hotel was so convenient. Metro station (line A and D) was right at the corner. Plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping places nearby. For tourists, the Lyon's old town (vieux lyon) and main shopping area were also close - about 10 ~ 15 mins walk.
The hotel was in a 100+ years old building but was very well maintained, without the unpleasant 'old house' feeling/smell - if you have been stay in some hotels in SF downtown, you know what I'm talking about. The interior of the hotel was cosy and elegant. Beautiful wallpapers and decorations gave the hotel some warm home feeling. Sitting in the common living area you'll feel like you are in a comfortable living room of a friend's house, instead of a cold/commercial hotel. Free wifi was provided with a good coverage over the entire hotel, even to the next door restaurant (l'institu, which apparently was also run by the same company and definitely worth a try!)
The room was not very big but again, nice and cosy. The bed was so comfortable. Despite of closing to the busy place bellecour, there's NO street noise in the room at all! The bathroom has separate toilet area. The water pressure was good. However as the shower was over the bathtub, and there's no bath curtain only a half glass shade, the water could easily got spilled to the floor. Meanwhile I noticed some damage in the wallpapers also chips on the wardrobe's mirror. The later one could lead to potential injury.
Breakfast was delicious. Might not have as many choices as you might have in other big hotels but had all key elements you need. Egg station chef cooked tasty omelette. The breakfast room had some cute decorations and made the atmosphere very relax and comfortable.
Services were good in general. The hotel was run by the Paul Bocuse's hotel/restaurant school so apparently some of the staff are trainees/students. However, regardless you were served by a hospitality veteran or a green trainee, you could tell that they were genuinely want to help you and make your stay comfortable. I do have one compliant on the housekeeping though. There's one day I left hotel a bit late (around 10 am) and returned early (around 2 pm), and found my room hasn't been made. Talked to the lobby staff and he quickly called the housekeepers to fix it.
In summary, Hotel Le Royal Lyon was an excellent hotel, cosy, warm and convenient. I gave a 4 instead of 5 stars review due to the issues related to the room and housekeeping. Having said that, I would be happy to stay in this hotel again for my next visit to Lyon.
Well located good service but rooms and corridors dark. Cozy sitting room next to the lobby, good breakfast but not cheap. Nice bar and efficient room service. V close to the metro station and short walk to the old town and outdoor market
Metro station just in front of the hotel
5 minutes walk to place de republique (pedestrian with lot of shops and cafe)
Supermarket just infront of the hotel
Many cafes surrounded
Bellecour just infront of the hotel