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.
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Small beautiful hotel worthy 5 stars
Great service and a breakfast to remember
Rooms have great view from the balcony to place Bellecourt and vieux Lyon
This was my 5th stay or so and will come back for sure!
This hotel is unusual in that it is part of the Paul Bocuse institute, and thus there are many students employed in various capacities, from hospitality to the dining room. We found that they were earnest and professional, and went to great lengths to get it right. The hotel is in an excellent central location, occupying one corner of the large Place Bellecour on Presqu'ile and right across the bridge from Vieux Lyon. There are many cafes and restaurants near the hotel, and hotel staff are happy to make reservations for you. On the first floor is L'Institut restaurant, again run by the Bocuse Institute, which has excellent food. Reservations are recommended, as the place is popular, and I've reviewed it separately. The hotel has a comfy bar that is nice for decompressing after travel. The people at the desk are helpful and speak English. We had superior rooms, which were quiet, spacious, and had a view of the Place Bellecour. The bathrooms too were spacious and well-appointed. Highly recommend this hotel.
The hotel is very nice and the staff very friendly. My issue was the shower. The water pressure was so poor that it was difficult to even get water to make up and out of the spout. What made matter worse is once enough pressure was achieved, the water temperature fluctuated during the shower. While this is never acceptable, it is particularly disappointing given the price point of the hotel.
We had asked, and given, a room facing Place Bellecour, and thus for five days we had the pleasure to enjoy from our small balcony an almost unlimited view of Vieux Lyon! The room, although not very big, was very comfortable and nicely decorated. Actually, the whole (boutique) hotel, in all its places and corners is decorated with such a high quality and very sensitive taste. The personel were very helpful and polite.
Lovely hotel with all you would need for a relaxing stay. Rooms good, very obliging staff throughout, excellent breakfast and a central location close to the metro station and the tourist office. A bit pricey but it doesn't have 5 stars!