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Lyon: Hotel la Residence

18, rue Victor Hugo, Phone:

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Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #3151

When: July 2011

Clean and comfortable hotel, reasonably priced. Convenient location on a pedestrian street near Place Bellecour.

My daughter and I stayed three nights at Hotel la Residence, based on the recommendation of a fellow Slow Traveler.

The hotel is located on the Presqu'Óle, an island between two rivers in the center of Lyon. Rue Victor Hugo is a pedestrian shopping street, and the hotel is located just a block or two off Place Bellecour, a huge square where the tourist office is located.

Hotel la Residence is a three-star hotel with 67 rooms, fairly simple but clean and comfortable. It's very reasonably priced at E88 a night for a double. Our room was a good size, quiet, with a nice bathroom. We overlooked a back courtyard where people in neighboring buildings seemed to park their cars. It was fine. Two nice features were air conditioning (especially in late July) and WIFI.

We chose not to have the 8 euro breakfast at the hotel and ate at a little chain place just down the street (Brioche Doree), 3.50 euro a person for a hot drink, juice and pastry. (The croissants were just fine.)

Surprisingly, there are really not dinner restaurant options on the Rue Victor Hugo (though my daughter loved all the shops). However, nearby, just a block behind the Place Bellecour, is Rue des Marronniers, a little "restaurant row" street lined with all sorts of options. It's also just a short walk across the river to Vieux Lyon.

The front desk staff was friendly and helpful and does speak English. We were able to leave our bags for several hours after our check-out time.

This was our first visit to Lyon and won't be our last. And we'll definitely plan to stay at Hotel la Residence again.

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