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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

In a former 1930s school, this fun, classroom-themed four-star hotel puts you smack bang in Old Lyon, within walking distance of Renaissance-era streets and the city’s famed traboules (covered passageways).

Nods to the building’s past ­– from monumental crayons at reception to the desk dining tables in the breakfast room – fill the place.

Many rooms offer stunning views over Old Lyon, the Presqu’ile and the hilltop Fourviere basilica, a mere quick funicular ride away.

At night, the building’s exterior comes alive with dancing illuminations, making the terrace bar a theatrical spot for a pre-bed cocktail.

Surrounding area

The hotel puts you right in the pastel-painted Old Town, within walking distance of its museums, Renaissance mansions and traboules (passageways), yet blissfully away from the touristy bustle.

Cross the Saone River on nearby Pont de la Feuillee (bridge) and you’re in chic Presqu’Ile, home to high-end shops and restaurants.

Or brave the steep, cobbled staircases up the Fourviere hillside to unearth Lyon’s Roman history.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Vieux (Old) Lyon

Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France[0.4 miles]

Lyon’s historic and most beautiful quarter, notably filled with fine 16th-century French Renaissance mansions. An insight into how the city thrived in the Renaissance.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Fourviere Hill

Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France[0.6 miles]

The Fourviere hillside offers panoramic city views, a huge 19th-century basilica, two exceptional Roman theatres, and illuminating insights into Lyon’s Roman past.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Close up of a ceramic puppet exhibit in the museum

Gadagne Museum

Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France[0.2 miles]

Housed in Vieux Lyon’s grandest mansion, this small museum is actually two museums: the Museum of Lyon History, which traces the history of the city since medieval times, and the World Puppet Museum, with over 2,000 puppets collected over centuries.

Best for ages: 4+ | £5

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Museum of miniatures in french city Lyon. Glass showcase of the museum with action figures in

Miniatures & Cinema Museum

Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France[0.4 miles]

A must for film buffs: Artist Dan Ohlmann showcases 120 miniature scenes and hundreds of film props to reveal the way special effects are made in the world’s leading film studios.

Best for ages: 4+ | £8

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Close up of the cathedral front facade

Saint-Jean Cathedral

Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France[0.5 miles]

Henri IV married Marie de Medicis in this stunning medieval cathedral, famed for its 16th-century astronomical clock and one the world’s largest 17th-century bells, rung up to 15 times a year.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Signs hanging from a row of shops in a narrow street

Village des Createurs

Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France[0.6 miles]

The go-to spot for shopaholics, this covered passage at the foot of Croix-Rousse houses Lyon’s edgiest fashion and interior design boutiques, plus a hand full of arty pop-up stores.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Auberge-Rhone-Alpes, France

The gastronomic capital of France, if not the world, is not just a foodie hotspot. With UNESCO-protected architecture and awe-inspiring Roman ruins, its one for history lovers too..

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