Cour des Loges Hotel in Lyon, France

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Updated: August 15, 2020

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Cour des Loges – Glamour and history in a spectacular Renaissance mansion.

Cour des Loges is all drama, historic beauty, and sophistication. The property transports you to the fifteenth century – a set of four Renaissance townhouses wrapped around a dramatic central court (the ‘cour’), now with a glass roof high above. In fact, the hotel treads a delicate line between this historic feel and modern, five-star comforts. There are plenty of the latter – from the staff (including three ‘Clefs d’Or’ concierges) offering impeccable service, to the Pure Altitude Spa, with its treatment rooms, saunas, counter-current pool, and hanging gardens on the roof. The rooms are lovingly and individually designed, with rich colors and period furnishings. Even the most compact rooms are gorgeous, with bathtubs built into alcoves and beds up on the mezzanine level. Dramatic touches include painted headboards, frescoes, wooden-beamed ceilings, and canopied beds. Two restaurants, including Michelin-starred Les Loges, and an atmospheric vaulted bar are on-site.

Cour des Loges – Location

  • Address: 6 Rue du Bœuf, 5th arr., 69005 Lyon, France.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Vieux Lyon–Cathédrale St Jean is a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) away.
  • Area: Delightful location on a cobbled street in the heart of the Vieux Lyon district (Old Lyon), where you are immersed in Renaissance surroundings. Easy access to the hill of Fourvière with its ancient sites and panoramic views. Close to the picturesque River Saône and bridges to the shopping and sights of central Presqu’île; bohemian Croix Rousse is a little further north. Great food is within easy reach. 6 minutes (0.3 mile) from the closest metro and the 2 funiculars to the top of the hill.
  • How to Get There: From Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, take the Rhônexpress tram shuttle; book your ticket online for a small discount. From the end of the line at Lyon Part-Dieu, take the C3 bus from Thiers-Lafayette to Gare Saint Paul, then walk for 5 minutes (0.2 mile). Lyon Part-Dieu is the main train station; from here, you can also take Métro B to Saxe-Gambetta, then switch to the D to Vieux Lyon, a 6-minute walk away. From Lyon Perrache train station, take the #31 bus, which travels along the River Saône, stopping at Romain Rolland, 2 minutes (0.1 mile) from the hotel.
  • Handy to: Vieux Lyon, River Saône, Opéra de Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Cour des Loges – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests tend to be couples in their mid-30s and up, looking for a hotel to celebrate a special occasion. It’s also popular for weddings and honeymoons. Families with children can be accommodated. Bar is 18+.
  • View: The nicest views are of the tranquil gardens. Other rooms look out over the narrow streets of Vieux Lyon or the hotel courtyard.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: Dry cleaning and ironing services are available (additional charge).
  • Parking: Valet parking to a nearby private location is available for €35 per night (reservation is required).
  • Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  • Extras: Concierge and 24-hour reception desk. Minibar, bathrobes, and free toiletries by Pure Altitude in the room. Complimentary soft drinks, such as iced tea, are available at reception. Peaceful hanging gardens, including the hotel’s own honey-producing beehives. Check the website for special offers: a romantic package includes champagne and mignardises from the chef, and a relaxation package offers a welcome cocktail and free spa treatment.
  • When to Book: Book 3-4 months in advance for the summer high season, plus holidays such as Easter and Christmas/New Year.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +334 7277 4444
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: courdesloges.com

Cour des Loges – Amenities

  • Pool: Small but stylish indoor pool where you can swim against the current, under a glass roof.
  • Spa: Luxurious Pure Altitude spa by the pool, looking out onto the gardens, with 2 treatments room. There are also saunas, a hammam, jacuzzi, relaxation room, and sensory showers.
  • Fitness Center: Small, with a couple of machines and free weights.
  • For Disabled Guests: A couple of rooms on the ground floor have been modified with handrails in the bathroom, and there is step-free access from the street. However, the elevator does not reach all rooms, and the old building with narrow passageways and many steps make the hotel not suitable for those with severe mobility issues.
  • For Families: Children under 3 stay for free in a crib, and for over 3s, extra beds are available at a charge of €50 per night. Babysitting service available at extra charge.
  • Activities: Cooking classes, demonstrations, and private dinners in the Petite Loge with Michelin-starred chef Anthony Bonnet (from €85 per guest), food and wine tastings for groups, and cigar selection from the hotel’s humidor. The concierges will help to advise on and organize activities for you in the city.
  • Other Facilities: Pets are allowed. Charges apply.

Cour des Loges – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Les Loges – Gastronomic restaurant for dramatic fine dining. Enjoy bold yet refined Michelin-starred cuisine by chef Anthony Bonnet – think a starter of black truffle, onion cream, and veal sweetbreads – served in the glass-roofed Florentine courtyard. With candles on the tables and lights drawing a warm glow from the ocher walls, the location is magical. Serves dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 7:30-9:15pm and Sunday lunch 12:30-2pm. Reservation required. $$$-$$$$. • Café Épicerie – A chic bistro for a more relaxed meal, but still with an emphasis on quality seasonal produce. There is a pretty shaded terrace for the summer. Open for lunch 12–2:15pm and 7:30–10pm for dinner 7 days a week, a rarity in Lyon. $$-$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: A refined atmosphere, like a gentleman’s club, with low lighting and a vaulted ceiling. Take the opportunity to sample a wine from Cour des Loges’ own vineyard, or perhaps a cigar in the cigar room. Open from 4pm till the last guest leaves.
  • Breakfast: The gourmet breakfast spread can be included in the room rate, otherwise it’s €29 per person (€14 for under 12s). Served daily in the main courtyard, 7:30-10:30am, or in your room until 12pm. Expect delicacies like sheep’s milk yogurt and cheeses from La Bergerie des Molières, fresh fruits and vegetables, seasonal compotes from La Ferme de l’Abbé Rozier, home-baked madeleines and praline brioches (a Lyonnais classic), crêpes, and honey from the hotel’s own bees.
  • Room Service: 24-hour room service is available from Café Épicerie, serving a cold menu outside restaurant hours.

Cour des Loges – Rooms

  • Room Types: Small Duplex (petite mezzanine) • Classic Double • Double • Superior Double • Deluxe King • Duplex Suite (Atelier) • Piazzetta • Junior Suite • Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The Cour des Loges is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The 4 Piazzettas are grand, romantic corner rooms looking out onto the Place du Petit Collège, unusually bright for this old building, with king beds set on platforms. The 2 Duplex Suites are also very special, on 3 levels, decorated to resemble a painter’s and a photographer’s ateliers respectively.
  • For Families: The 4 Suites come with separate living rooms and can be made up to sleep 4, while the Junior Suites with the sitting areas (which can be curtained off) can accommodate 3 people. The 2 Duplex Suites or Ateliers will sleep 2 adults and 2 children, though be aware the bath is open-plan. Finally, it is also possible to request interconnecting rooms, and cots or extra beds are available on request, though do check in advance how many the room will accommodate.

Cour des Loges – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Lyon district, with the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste 4 minutes (0.2 mile) away. Long stairs, which tempt energetic visitors, snake up the hill of Fourvière, including to the nearby Montée des Chazeaux. These join the Montée Saint-Barthélémy, which slopes all the way up the hill to the Roman theaters and the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière (0.6 mile, 17-minute walk), and offers sweeping views of the whole city. 3 minutes (0.1 mile) to the east is the River Saône. Cross the bridge to the Presqu’île and you’ll find the shopping district in 7 minutes. The Musée des Beaux Arts and the Opéra are just over 10 minutes to the north, while Place Bellecour is 13 minutes (0.6 mile) to the south. Venture north along the Saône to the ‘pentes’ (slopes) of Croix Rousse to find fantastic food, cafés, and art. The nearest metro is Vieux Lyon, 6 minutes (0.3 mile) away.
  • Metro and Bus: Lyon has good public transport, including metro, buses, trams, and funiculars. Consider getting the Lyon City Card which covers unlimited trips as well as free/discounted entry to lots of attractions. The metro connects with the airport shuttle, Rhônexpress, at Lyon Part-Dieu and Vaulx-en-Velin la Soie. From Vieux Lyon (0.3 mile, 6 minutes from the hotel), 2 funiculars can take you up the hill to Fourvière and St Just, saving you a walk. You can also access the city by bus, including Lyon Part-Dieu (C3 bus from the Gare Saint Paul stop – 0.2 mile, 5-minute walk) and Lyon Perrache station (#31 bus from the Passerelle Palais Justice stop, just across the river – 0.4 mile, 8-minute walk).
  • Vaporetto: This ferry takes you south from the Saint Paul-Hôtel de Ville stop, on the river just 6 minutes away (0.3 mile), to Bellecour or the huge Confluence Shopping and Leisure Centre, which runs the service. Also included in the Lyon City Card.
  • Vélo’v: City bikes for hire are big here, and cycling down either river, it’s easy to see why. Pick one up from one of 350 docks, choose a plan that suits you, and drop it off when you want. Just avoid the cobbled inner streets of Vieux Lyon and the steep hills of Fourvière and Croix Rousse (unless you’re feeling very athletic). Special offers apply for Lyon City Card holders. The nearest docks are at Rue De La Baleine (150m, 2-minute walk) and Quai Romain Rolland (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk).
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: A taxi from Lyon St-Exupéry Airport to the hotel will take around 45 minutes (24 miles) and cost €50-60. One from Lyon Part-Dieu station will take around 20 minutes (3 miles) and cost around €18-30. An Uber is cheaper for short rides, at €55-70 from the airport and €10-14 from Lyon Part-Dieu.

Cour des Loges – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Walking Tours: The tourist office runs a variety of quality walking tours in English. Several focus on Vieux Lyon, its traboules or secret passageways, and Lyon as a gastronomic center. Prices start at €7 for a 1-hour tour and go up to €70 for a 4-hour food tour. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile)

Best Nearby Restaurants

    No chance of going hungry here – Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, with a unique culinary tradition centered on bouchons – small, friendly bistros serving hearty food. Be adventurous – they serve all parts of the animal here, head to hooves. There’s also an extraordinary concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. Do check opening hours and be aware that many bars and restaurants are shut on Sundays and Mondays.

  • Les Terrasses de Lyon – In the dreamy Villa Florentine hotel sits this Michelin-starred restaurant. Enjoy classical French cooking, a great wine list, elegant surroundings, and gorgeous views of the city from the shaded terrace on the hill. Lunch starts at a decent €39 for 2 courses or €49 for 3 courses. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Daniel et Denise – Expect fantastic versions of hearty Lyonnais bouchon classics such as tablier sapeur (breaded tripe) and pan-fried calf’s liver, and an award-winning pâté en croûte (duck foie gras and veal sweetbread pie). No wonder the owner Joseph Viola holds the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Chef of the Year 2004). 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the Vieux Lyon branch on Rue Tramassac.
  • PraiRiaL – Chef Gaétan Gentil promises ‘gastronomy without inhibitions’, built on organic produce, especially vegetables, modern techniques, and constant creativity, which has earned him a Michelin star. The venue is contemporary and chic, with greenery on the walls. There are several menu options, so you can go for lunch from €35 to a lavish dinner option at €94 (including wine). 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Cinq Mains – Neo-bistro serving beautiful looking modern French cuisine. On a sunny day, opt for the outdoor seating with views of the river. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • L’Atelier des Augustins – Chef Nicolas Guilloton has cooked at French embassies in London and Mali. Now he’s established himself in this simple, chic space in Lyon, offering an inventive French cuisine that is influenced not only by his travels, but also by local, seasonal produce. The menu is short, high quality, and changes regularly. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Le Potager des Halles – Creative, seasonal food with some global influences takes the stage here, across from the famous Fresque des Lyonnais. The vibe is cozy and relaxed, with a cute balcony upstairs. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Le Bouchon des Filles – The women who run this wooden-beamed spot are worthy inheritors of the legacy of Lyon’s famous female chefs, the ‘mères’, and have been recognized by the Michelin guide. Here, Lyonnais classics are served with a lighter touch, and the service is warm and friendly. Try the stew of tender pig’s cheeks and the soufflé topped with green Chartreuse. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Le Musée – Friendly, authentic bouchon, with closely-packed tables and plenty of atmosphere. Wait for the chef to come and discuss the menu with you. This varies frequently but may feature such delights as chicken cooked in vinegar and sausage with pistachios in a homemade brioche. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • La Meunière – Here, the classic bouchon lyonnaise gets a bit of an update by Olivier Canal and Franck Delhoum, but not too much. The traditional dishes and generous portions are there, and there’s even a machon (lyonnais breakfast) at 9am – a hot dish, cheeses, and ‘un pot’ (460ml) of wine for €25. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • La Bijouterie – A quiet little gem, this place is relaxed and unpretentious. The menu shines with thoughtful Asian fusion and is utterly delicious. A set lunch of 3 dim-sum ‘jewels’, a soup, and a rice dish is superb value at €20-26, while the Discovery Menu at dinner is a grander €57. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Les Fleurs du Malt – Vaulted beer cellar bar by the River Saône. The beer selection comes from around the world and the atmosphere is lively, with rock music playing in the back room. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Café 203 – Trendy bar/restaurant that is always popular. There’s a pretty terrace, while the interior is all dramatic exposed stone and wooden beams. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile) to the Vieux Lyon branch.
  • Soda Bar – Just across the Saône is this permanently cool and popular spot, with a serious cocktail list. You can sip an original Soda creation while being watched over by photos of Sinatra and other music legends. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Brooklyn Bar – Come for a warm welcome, laid back atmosphere, and tasty cocktails – if you can’t decide, get the bartender to create something for you. Happy hour is until 9:30pm, with all cocktails at €7.50. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • L’Antiquaire – This bar features delicious original cocktails, an Art Deco style, and plenty of buzz. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • La Cave d’à Côté – Intimate bar/wine shop in an 18th-century wine cellar, hidden down a tiny alleyway in the Presqu’île. The wine list is big on regional varieties – Côtes-du-Rhônes and Beaujolais – and even a Beaujolais Blanc from the owner’s own vineyard. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • La Crafterie – Craft beer shop/bar, which is the ideal place to head to if you want a change from the abundant wine Lyon is rightly known for. Check out the selection of over 500 bottled beers from around the world, and the craft beers they currently have on tap, available for you to take away in a 1L or 2L growler. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Johnny’s Kitchen – You may be surprised to find an Irish pub in Vieux Lyon, but it works. There are Irish beers and ciders on offer, tasty pub food, and live music every weekend. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Le Vin des Vivants – ‘Wine of the Living’ specializes in organic wines and offers a cute bar for customers to enjoy them. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • L’Harmonie des Vins – Charming bar in 17th-century stone where you can taste over 300 wines, accompanied by cheeses or a charcuterie platter. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Puzzle Café – Friendly, chic, and modern place in the Presqu’île, serving carefully crafted coffees from beans sourced from the best roasters in Europe. You can even take your coffee knowledge to new heights by signing up for a workshop here. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Boulangerie Saint Vincent – There are plenty of artisan bakeries (and chocolatiers and cheese shops) in Lyon, but this tiny organic place on the river still stands out. The cakes are delightful, the bread divine, and there’s a good range of gluten-free items. There’s also usually a line out the door. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Slake Coffee House – Specialty coffee, nourishing food, and home-baked pastries. The watchword is freshness, from the local ingredients to the locally roasted beans. There’s also a brunch on Sundays. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • La Boîte à Café – Tiny, but oh so good, La Boîte serves specialty coffees, including locally roasted Mokxa coffee, great pastries, and Sunday brunch. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Brochier Soieries – Lyon’s history as a center of the silk trade is still alive here. The Brochier family has been in the trade since 1890, and still proudly weaves and prints arty scarves and ties in France, mainly in Lyon. 1-minute walk (50m).
  • René Nardone – A Lyon institution with over 100 years of history. Delightful ice cream and a lovely riverside terrace. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • High Street and Designer shopping – Head to the Presqu’île, on the other side of the Saône, for easy access to some great shopping stretching south toward Place Bellecour. Find designers on Rue de Brest and the parallel Rue du Président Édouard Herriot, and more accessible fashion along Rue de la République, including the grand department store, Printemps. Start at Rue de Brest, 7 minutes (0.3 mile) away.
  • Chocolaterie Bel – Philippe Bel is a star of the chocolate world and a winner of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Master Chocolatier) in 2004. Here you can buy his amazing creations, which the chocolatiers make themselves from raw cacao of different origins. Great for gifts. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Fripesketchup – A vintage clothes store with the elegance of a designer one. A fun place to browse and grab a stylish find at a decent price. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Unico Artisan Glacier – Everything is made on the spot (you can watch the glaciers in the kitchen) and includes more-than-tempting ice cream sandwiches and magnums. Unico is committed to working with local producers and only seasonal raw materials, so the menu changes constantly and includes adventurous flavors like mushroom or matcha ice cream. 14-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Le Village des Créateurs pop-up at Grand Hotel-Dieu – Bohemian Croix Rousse is a mecca for artisans and designers, and this arcade of workshops showcases that fact beautifully. The neighboring concept boutique VDC/B sells a selection from the designers, mainly clothing and accessories. VDC supports a young community of 80 designers in the region, so you can add your support by shopping here. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Nearby Attractions

  • Vieux Lyon – Exploring the UNESCO-protected medieval and Renaissance old town is a must, whether you book a tour or go by yourself. It’s crowded, but a feast of Italian colors, where you can have fun finding traboules, secret passages mainly constructed by silk weavers to transport their goods. Highlights include the Maison des Avocats (House of Lawyers) on rue de la Bombarde, the Maison Thomassin on Place du Change, and the Tour Rose (pink tower) with its traboule at 16 rue du Bœuf. Starts right outside the hotel.
  • Musées Gadagne – Two museums in one 16th-century mansion. Discover the history of the city, including its silk-weaving, printing, and cinematic past. The adjoining collection is of the global art of puppetry, including Lyon’s famous Guignol. 1-minute walk (75m).
  • Musée Cinéma et Miniature – A unique, quirky space dedicated to 2 kinds of art – painstaking, lifelike miniatures and the artists of cinema before the digital age. The collection of sets, costumes, and props is unique in Europe, and includes highlights like the Alien and Gizmo himself from Gremlins. It’s all housed in the gorgeous Maison des Avocats. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste – At the center of Vieux Lyon stands its medieval cathedral, which evolved from 1180 to 1480. Inside the main attraction is a rare 16th-century astronomical clock. Guided tours are on offer every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. Be aware that parts of the interior are under restoration (planned to finish in 2022). Across the Place Saint-Jean is the cathedral’s treasury museum. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Street art – You can find more than 100 elaborate and charming ‘murs peints’ or frescos around the city, mainly designed by the company CitéCréation. There is a cluster around the banks of the Saône which is easy to get to from the old town, including: the ‘Fresque des Lyonnais’ (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk), featuring famous sons from the Roman Emperor Claudius to the Lumière brothers; ‘La bibliothèque de la cité’ (the city library) which turns a townhouse into a giant library with books by Lyonnais writers (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk); and the ‘Fresque de la Cour des Loges’, which depicts the glorious courtyard of the nearby hotel as a stage set (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk).
  • Musée de l’Imprimerie – Celebrate Lyon’s history as a printing center at this engaging museum, where you can trace how the trade has evolved from the 15th century to the present. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts – Aptly named the ‘little Louvre’, this museum holds the best French collection of art and sculpture outside Paris, spanning from the ancient world to today. Opt for a free audio guide to really enjoy your visit. The building itself is a gorgeous 17th-century abbey. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Opéra de Lyon – Lyon’s opera house is a dramatic combination of neoclassical columns and a modern glass-domed roof, added in 1993. A friendly public space, surrounded by cafes, it is home to an award-winning opera and ballet company with reasonably priced shows. In June and July, the Péristyle festival holds free concerts under the arches of the building, accompanied by themed food and a bar. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Lugdunum Musée et Théâtres Romains – Before there was Lyon, there was Roman Lugdunum, founded in 43 BC. Travel back in time at this exceptional museum, built gracefully into the hillside, and discover life in the ancient Roman city. There’s also a kids’ area. Just outside the window are the restored Roman theaters, the oldest in France, and the smaller Odeon. The theater is back in use, hosting the Nuits de Fourvière festival in summer. 15-minute walk (0.5 mile) uphill, or a less taxing 15 minutes taking funicular F2 from Vieux Lyon.
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière – Lyon’s most iconic landmark, shining white on the hill since the 19th century, is equally beautiful inside, with its mosaics in blue and gold. The panoramic view of the city from the terrace is another big draw. There’s even a tour of the rooftops of Fourvière (free with the Lyon City Card) from the basilica’s own roof. 17-minute walk (0.6 mile) uphill, or a less taxing 13 minutes taking funicular F2 from Vieux Lyon.

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Cour des Loges – The Hotel

The hotel is in a set of 4 Renaissance townhouses.

Cour des Loges is located in the heart of Vieux Lyon in a set of 4 Renaissance townhouses on the narrow Rue du Boeuf.

The Small Duplex has a ship cabin vibe.

Inside a Small Duplex or petite mezzanine room. This one has a ship-cabin feel, with its wooden floor, stairs to the bed, and bath and toilet downstairs.

There is an open bathtub in the room.

The surprisingly large bath in this Small Duplex is tucked neatly into an alcove downstairs. Baths open to the room are a frequent feature at Cour des Loges.

The bedroom is cozy and romantic.

The bedroom area in this Small Duplex is dimly-lit, romantic, and on the mezzanine level with a low French ceiling.

The toilet is separate.

The separate toilet is downstairs, tucked next to the door.

Classic Rooms have handcrafted headboards.

Classic Rooms are a bit more spacious at 25m², with dreamy handcrafted headboards.

The bathroom has a bathtub and an ornate mirror.

The bathroom in this Classic Room, with its bath and ornate mirror, is just to the left of the bed and can be curtained off. The toilet is again separate.

Some Classic Rooms connect directly to the rooftop.

Some Classic Rooms have direct access to the hotel’s rooftop garden.

Room decor is unique and beautiful.

Room décor is individual and often sumptuous; here the bedroom area on a mezzanine boasts lovely frescoes.

The Piazzetta rooms are big and bright.

One of 4 Piazzetta rooms – a plush, romantic corner suite with a king bed set on a platform, sitting and dining areas, and a magnificent French ceiling. The room is bright with 5 windows looking out onto the Place du Petit Collège.

Corridors overlook the central courtyard.

Corridors on all levels open out into the beautiful central courtyard of the hotel.

The gym is very small.

The fitness center by the spa is small, offering a couple of machines and free weights.

The roof has a beautiful hanging garden.

The hanging gardens on the roof are pretty and restful, and home to the hotel’s own bees. They feel a world away from the bustle of Vieux Lyon below.

The rooftop offers a great view.

View of Vieux Lyon from the hanging garden.

Petite Loge offers cooking classes and private dinners.

Petite Loge is a kitchen and dining area for taking part in cooking classes or private dinners with chef Anthony Bonnet.

The hotel has a well-stocked wine cellar.

The cellar is well-stocked, including with wine from the hotel’s own vineyard.

Restaurant Les Loges is extremely romantic.

Gastronomic Restaurant Les Loges takes over the magical central court in the evenings. Breakfast is served here each morning.

The bar has a cigar room.

The bar is vaulted and atmospheric, with a cigar room, and is open till late.

Café Épicerie has beautiful outdoor seating.

Café Épicerie next door offers a chic bistro-style dining option and a pretty terrace on the square.

The hotel is in the heart of Renaissance Vieux Lyon.

Turn left out of the hotel and find yourself in the heart of Renaissance Vieux Lyon, looking across Place du Petit Collège to the Musées Gadagne, a city museum and puppetry collection in one building.

A huge mural is above René Nardone's ice cream parlor.

Nearby is the famed local ice cream parlor of René Nardone and above it, one of the best examples of street art in the area, the ‘Fresque de la Cour des Loges’.

Pont de la Feuillée features amazing views and a vaporetto stop.

Continue north on Quai Bondy and you come to Pont de la Feuillée, with fantastic views across to the Croix Rousse district. Just beyond the bridge is the vaporetto stop. The service takes you south down the Saône to Bellecour and the Confluence Shopping and Leisure Centre.

Boulangerie Saint Vincent is a great artisanal bakery.

Across the river, on Passerelle Saint-Vincent is Boulangerie Saint Vincent, the best local artisanal bakery you could ask for.

L’Atelier des Augustins serves inventive French cuisine.

Inventive French cuisine can be found at L’Atelier des Augustins on Rue des Augustins.

Fromagerie B.O.F. sells excellent cheese.

Find superb cheeses at Fromagerie B.O.F. de la Martinière. Next door is the delightful Asian fusion restaurant, La Bijouterie.

Halles de la Martinière sells organic groceries.

Les Halles de la Martinière is great for organic groceries and eating out in its buzzing food court.

Soda Bar's cocktails are superb.

Soda Bar serves seriously cool cocktails.

Le Potager des Halles serves a creative French menu.

Next door is Le Potager des Halles with its cute interior and creative French food.

Le Bouchon des Filles specializes in Lyonnais classics.

Le Bouchon des Filles is renowned for Lyonnais classics done with a lighter touch.

Le Vin des Vivants sells organic wine.

Le Vin des Vivants is a cute organic wine shop/bar along Rue Fernand Rey.

Unico Artisan Glacier is famous for its ice cream.

Unico Artisan Glacier is one of the best ice cream makers in Lyon.

Village des Créateurs showcases works of local designers.

Village des Créateurs is a unique venture that shows off wares by young local designers.

La Boîte à Café serves specialty coffee.

Stop at La Boîte à Café for specialty coffee.

Musée des Beaux-Arts has a great collection.

Musée des Beaux-Arts is Lyon’s ‘little Louvre’ and a treasure-house of art.

Free concerts are held under the Opéra de Lyon in the summer.

The Opéra de Lyon stands dramatically on its friendly square close by. In the summer, check out free concerts under the arches.

L’Harmonie des Vins has a striking pink exterior.

L’Harmonie des Vins is a lovely wine bar on Rue Neuve.

La Meunière is a revered bouchon.

Next door is revered bouchon La Meunière.

Printemps is a grand department store on Rue de la République.

Rue de la République is one of the main streets in the central shopping district. Return here for high street fashion, including the grand department store, Printemps.

Brochier Soieries sells arty scarves and ties.

Head to Brochier Soieries, one of many artisan shops and studios in Vieux Lyon, for arty scarves and ties, traces of Lyon’s silk trade.

Musée Cinéma et Miniature is a must-visit.

Musée Cinéma et Miniature is a unique collection in the Maison des Avocats.

Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste is an imposing medieval structure.

The imposing medieval Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste is nearby.

Cinq Mains bistro offers river views.

Cinq Mains is a cool neo-bistro with river views along Quai Fulchiron.

The F1 funicular can be caught at the Vieux Lyon metro station.

Retrace your route to find the Métro station Vieux Lyon just south of Place Saint-Jean. From here, you can get the F1 funicular (one of 2) up to the top of Fourvière hill.

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is an iconic structure.

Opposite the funicular station is the iconic Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, which crowns the hill.

The basilica's terrace offers fantastic views.

The city views from the terrace outside Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière are simply magnifique.

The Roman theater is awe-inspiring.

Nearby is the awe-inspiring Lugdunum Musée et Théâtres Romains – a huge Roman theater and adjoining museum of Lyon’s ancient past carved into the hill.

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