Features like meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, and excellent access to public transportation helped these five properties earn our vote for the best business hotels in Rhone-Alpes, France.
Located in Lyon's business district in the 3rd Arrondissement, the 108-room Mercure Lyon La Part Dieu is an upscale hotel that offers chic, modern decor and easy access to public transportation thanks to being across from the Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu train station. All of the rooms are spacious and contemporary in style, with large bathrooms, air-conditioning, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. There are a stylish on-site restaurant and wine bar with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus 24-hour room service. Wi-Fi is free throughout (there is a guest computer in the lobby with a printer), and laundry and dry-cleaning services are available.
Even the meeting rooms at this luxurious historic hotel have Old World decor, with wood-beamed ceilings and hand-painted murals. Located in Lyon’s historic center, the 60-room Cour Des Loges is within walking distance of attractions and surrounded by restaurants, plus it has two restaurants of its own, including the Michelin-starred Les Loges. The 60 guest rooms, while a bit dark, have striking antique decor with paintings and beautiful woodwork. (Note that some rooms have lofted bathrooms.) Cour Des Loges also features a well-regarded concierge staff, an indoor pool, a spa, and a small rooftop garden where guests can relax with a bottle of wine.
Renovated in 2013, Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery Collection has retained beautiful details from its 1894 building, such as stained-glass windows, intricate ceiling work, wrought-iron railings, and a cage-style elevator. The hotel's 80 air-conditioned rooms vary in size (some are small) and include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and coffeemakers. Food and drink options include Le Bar du Carlton and 24-hour room service that delivers meals from a nearby restaurant straight to guests’ rooms. For business travelers, there are two fully equipped meeting rooms, and Wi-Fi is free throughout. Off-site valet parking is provided for a fee.
Hotel La Residence is a basic but comfortable mid-range hotel located on the corner of a pedestrian shopping street in central Lyon. Its 67 rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and free Wi-Fi (there is also a guest computer with free Wi-Fi in the lobby). The decor of the public spaces, like the hallways and breakfast room, is somewhat dated but generally tidy and clean. Overall, the hotel lacks personality, but it scores marks with guests for cleanliness and its location within walking distance of tourist sights.
This budget property serves primarily long-term residents and business travelers with its 127 spacious studios and apartments with kitchenettes. Service is basic, with limited hours for reception and rooms cleaned once a week. Its location by the Gare de Lyon-Vaise train station and metro is convenient to the city center, but the rooms, which don’t have air-conditioning, can be noisy, and decor is spartan and a little worn.