Lyon is not that big, and transportation is convenient. But the 15 minutes you'd spend on a tram is much more pleasant to spend on sightseeing. Which area of Lyon is best to stay in for tourists? It directly depends on your plans.
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If you are going to devote your time mainly to sightseeing — and there are numerous attractions worth seeing — then it is better to settle in the city center. These are the counties of Terreaux and Fourviere. The most prestigious hotels are located in the Old Town (Vieux Lyon), which belongs to the 5th arrondissement of Fourvière.
If you decide to take a break after long walks, you will always find a cozy place to eat. Terreaux is known for its many restaurants, cafes, and bars.
The Presqu'ile district is comfortably located in the area between the Saone and Rhone rivers. It is considered the center of fashion and social life in Lyon. It is worth paying attention to for those who prefer more lively places, and especially it will delight lovers of shopping.
Here you'll find the so-called "golden square" (Carre d'Or), where about 70 luxury stores and boutiques of world famous brands are located. And just a couple of steps away from there is Republic Street (Place de la Republique), where trade is no less lively, but prices are much lower.
For nature lovers
If you prefer quieter and more peaceful areas, then you'd do well to stay in the Brotteaux district and enjoy a very picturesque landscape. You'll have the opportunity to leisurely wander in the huge and incredibly interesting botanical garden or in the Tete d'Or park, as well as look at the predators in the zoo, in their huge open-air enclosures.
For those in a hurry
Part-Dieu, the area near the station of the same name, is considered the business center of the city. There is also a large shopping center with two and a half hundred shops and dozens of restaurants and cafes. If you don't have a lot of time at your disposal, it is convenient to book a hotel near the train station for a quick tram ride to the airport.
For party people
Gerland County combines sports, industrial and scientific facilities. Young and active people will love this area, because here, on the quai Augagneur, the nightlife does not stop. Local clubs and bars are located in rather original places: specially adapted barges.
Dangers of Lyon
Lyon is a modern European city and security is at a very high level. By adhering to basic rules, you and your property will not be at risk.
The most trouble you're likely to encounter is the difficulty in finding an available hotel room.
Lyon is visited by many tourists and businessmen every day, so if you want to stay in the city center, it is better to book a room in advance. And if you decide to visit the city during the Festival of Light in December, then get ready for a battle for hotel rooms. It is better to book 3-4 months before the festival itself to ensure that you'll have a place to stay.
Lyon is an expensive city. There are almost no hostels here. The best hotel deals sell out quickly, so be sure to book online as soon as you know the dates for your trip.
Good Lyon hotels for different budgets
5 stars. Tourists' rating: 9.0.
The hotel is located in Old Lyon in a 17th century monastery. It offers a beautiful view of the city from the Fourvière hill, as well as excellent service. All the most ancient sights are within walking distance.
Prices start from 220 euros.
Hôtel Carlton Lyon
4 stars. Tourists' rating: 9.0.
This hotel is in the heart of the Presqu'ile district, 5 minutes from Place Bellecour and the metro station.
Prices start from 180 euros.
Mercure Lyon Center Beaux-Arts
3 stars. Tourists' rating: 8.7.
Great location in Presqu'ile, 5 minutes to metro station, parking 200 m.
Prices start from 90 euros.
2 stars. Tourists' rating: 8.5.
It is important to note that all floors can be reached by lift, and the rooms have air conditioning and wifi. This is not always the case for hotels in this category.
Prices start from 60 euros.
Hostel. Tourists' rating: 8.5.
Located five minutes from the metro station in the Terreaux area, there is a possibility of accommodation in a room for two, four, six and 10 people.
Prices start from 23 euros.
Enjoy your stay in Lyon!