Choosing where to stay in Lyon can be tricky if you don’t know the city well. If you’re planning a 1- or 2-night stopover, it’s worth staying in the heart of Vieux Lyon where the UNESCO-certified medieval streets will be on your doorstep. However, you should be aware of high prices and narrow streets with some street noise—rooms facing internal courtyards are quietest. Hotels in the nearby 2nd district across the Bonaparte bridge from Vieux Lyon are more reasonably priced; the most sought after hotels overlook elegant, open squares such as place Bellecour or place des Célestins. For the sake of older visitors or those with heavy suitcases, we’ve noted hotels that don’t have an elevator.
Since opening in summer 2013, Mama Shelter at 13 rue Domer ([tel] 04-78-02-58-00; www.mamashelter.com; Métro: Jean Macé) has been a trendy place to stay for beautiful young things who don’t mind the not-so-central location. Check out the hip furnishings by Philippe Starck. Rates start at 119€ per night.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.