Where to stay in Lyon, France

Boasting an exceptional gastronomic scene, some of the best universities in Europe and an extremely rich cultural and architectural heritage, Lyon in France should in no way be underestimated as a trip destination. While many French and European travellers visit the city for work or to study, others coming from Asia, Africa, Australia and the United States are attracted by the brunches and fine wine of the Lyonnaise cuisine, the street art in the city centre, its Fine Arts Museum –considered one of the largest art galleries in the country- or the popular Parc de la Tête d’or and the Jardin Botanique de Lyon. In this post, we will help you plan your trip as well as recommend some of the best B&Bs, guest houses, hostels and budget hotels in Lyon.

Getting from Lyon airport to the city centre

Since it is located 470 kilometres away from Paris where the rivers Saône and Rhône meet, unless you are catching a train from the French capital, it is advisable to fly into Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport (LYS), thus being able to reach central Lyon in less than half an hour by Lyon Express Tram upon landing. This service, which runs regularly throughout the day all year round –including Sundays and holidays-, links the airport to Lyon Part-Dieu railway station, one of the most important transportation hubs in the region.

Accommodation in Lyon, France

During your stay in France, you may choose from different types of accommodation such as hostels, guest houses and hotels in Lyon, depending on the purpose of your trip, the number of people travelling with you and the kind of amenities you wish to enjoy while abroad. See our recommendations below, which have been sorted out and grouped together by category.

Bed and breakfast accommodation to stay at during your trip to Lyon

If you like to find a home away from home wherever you go, you will be happy to find out that the bed and breakfast-style accommodation in France reunites every characteristic of a self-catering lodging where you will enjoy privacy, independence and all the amenities required so that you won’t miss the warm meals and comfort of your own house. The Loge Du Vieux bed and breakfast in Lyon provides guest with airport transfers and is conveniently situated about 500 metres from the centre; besides, it offers standard, studio, superior and executive apartments that can accommodate from 3 to 8 adult guests and feature kitchens with appliances and private bathroom. Another good option is Le Jardin de Beauvoir, a 19th century house offering nice garden views in Lyon’s old town, which caters to travellers’ needs with daily continental breakfast, nearby dining outlets and free WiFi.

Find a hotel in Lyon, France

Should you prefer conventional hotels by internationally-renowned hospitality chains, we have some 3 and 4-star suggestions for your stay in central Lyon, namely the Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon (4 stars), which lies 300 metres from Part-Dieu train station featuring WiFi all throughout and a fitness centre; the Novotel Lyon Confluence (4 stars), affording spectacular panoramic river views and serving a daily breakfast buffet that can be included in the nightly rate per guest and, finally, the Kyriad Lyon Centre – Perrache, a 3-star hotel in Lyon located only 230 metres away from the Lyon-Perrace railway station and a short drive away from the Museum of Fine Arts, which also has a library and a gym on site.

Hostels or cheap hotels in Lyon

The concept of hostel with shared dormitories and showers is rare in this part of France, however, you will find a selection of cheap hotels in Lyon’s city centre -rated 1 or 2 stars- where you can get an economy guest room covering all your basic needs and, in most cases, entitling you to enjoy a private bathroom and hot breakfast every morning. Furthermore, thanks to their exceptional location in the downtown, you will save a considerable amount of money, just like you would do by staying in a backpackers hostel in Lyon. Three examples of this sort of accommodation are the Hotel Vaubecour, the Hotel de Bretagne and the Elysée hotel in Lyon, France.

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Hotels near Gare du Nord train station in Paris

Regarded as one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world and the busiest one in Europe, Gare du Nord or Paris-Nord is located in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital, a lively district where travellers may roam the streets in search of local shops and charming cafés, visit the Baccarat Crystal Museum and the Saint Pierre Marché market or have a short commute to the Sacré-Coeur, the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre Museum.

The reason why this train station in Paris is one of the major transport hubs in Europe as well as the main gateway into the city for visitors from across the world is that, aside from welcoming passengers aboard trains coming from Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Dortmund and Essen –to name but a few destinations of origin- and those commuting by Eurostar high-speed trains from London St Pancras station, it also receives thousands of travellers who transfer to this point after landing in Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airport thanks to the RER B direct rail services.

Stay near Gare du Nord on your trip to Paris, France

What is more, Gare du Nord station boasts excellent connections to areas of interest in all the other districts in Paris by metro, even when this ground transportation means often requires changing trains to reach landmarks such as the Tour Eiffel and the Champs Elysees. Notwithstanding that, and due to the fact that most travellers see public transport in Paris as inexpensive and highly effective, staying in a hotel near Gare du Nord railway station in Paris seems like a good idea, particularly for those who enter the city by Eurostar train or through either Orly or Charles de Gaulle airport.

Recommended hotels close to Paris Nord station in France

The Richmond hotel near Gare du Nord train station

This 2-star accommodation not only is located right opposite the railway station, but also offers airport transfers for a nominal fee. All of their single, twin, double, triple and family rooms are en suite and feature private bathroom with shower, a work desk, a wardrobe and satellite TV, thus catering to the needs of tourists and business travellers alike while aiming at providing a cosy and affordable stay in a privileged location. After enjoying a daily complimentary breakfast buffet including a variety of continental options, guests staying at this hotel close to Gare du Nord can easily commute to Paris’ main landmarks by metro, bus or train.

Libertel Gare Du Nord Suede hotel in Paris

This 3-star accommodation lies 200 metres from the main train station in Paris, and offers guests free WiFi internet and a front desk providing service around the clock. Its comfort and VIP rooms may accommodate solo travellers, couples, groups of friends and families, and feature accessible private bathrooms, coffee amenities, flat-screen TV, air conditioning and hair dryer. Extras such as laundry, ironing, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes are available for a small surcharge. Also, before going out to explore the city, this hotel in Paris gives you the chance to enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast in the dining hall.

3-star hotel near Gare du Nord station: the Avalon

The Avalon hotel in France is only 4 minutes on foot away from Paris Nord railway station, although confirmed guests may request airport pick-up and drop-off service if they deem it convenient. Its well-appointed rooms are soundproofed in order to allow for high-quality sleep and include a mini fridge, coffee amenities and private bathroom. Every morning, a varied buffet-style breakfast is served on site. Reservations may be made in different modalities according to the specific travel needs of your trip: there are business rooms, economy rates, family units and apartments in this hotel close to Gare du Nord train station. Furthermore, the reception stays open 24 hours and provides assistance and info on city tours, day trips, cinema and theatre tickets and admission to many Paris museums.

Hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Are you looking for a bit more luxurious stay in the capital of France? Some people would rather find accommodation in a central location, putting aside the convenience of having a main transportation hub within walking distance. If you are one of them or are planning a romantic getaway or honeymoon trip to Paris, you are advised to take a look at our recommended hotels near the Eiffel Tower.

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