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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
VIP helpful staff
Best candies on reception
My best hotel of the year
I miss you and we’ll come back
Extremely comfortable bed
Everything is just perfect
We stayed in this hotel for one night prior to our Uniworld River Cruise. It is a beautiful hotel located next to the Chef Paul Bocuse Institute (cooking school/restaurant). The location is great and near great restaurants. We ate lunch at another Paul Bocuse restaurant, Le Sud, recommended by the hotel staff. It was the best meal of our 10 day trip. We booked the Circular Junior Suit with a panoramic view of Lyon. What a unique, beautiful, posh room. I highly recommend this hotel.
My husband and I arrived at the hotel very ill with swollen glands and painful sore throats. Our first request was for a doctor. Within two hours, a French doctor arrived at our hotel room to examine us and prescribed medicines for our recovery. The kind hotel staff organized the pick up and delivery of our prescriptions, as we were too ill to go anywhere. Our room was very comfortable and overlooked Bellecour Square. It was our first visit to Lyon. My husband had prepared a list of restaurants we wanted to enjoy. Sadly, we had to use room service instead. Of course, room service provided good food, just not what we wanted to be doing in Lyon! The hotel staff was so kind and helpful throughout our stay. The hotel is wonderfully located and has a charming breakfast room that we were able to manage on our last morning in Lyon. Unfortunately, we were unable to appreciate all that Lyon offers, but we hope to return. When we do, we definitely will stay at Le Royal.