Monday, June 16, 2008

Grand Hotel des Terreaux - recommended!!

I chose the Grand Hotel des Terreaux in Lyon at a special rate of €72 offered by It had received a very good rating from previous guests (average 8,5/10), and the site described it as:

"This venerable former mansion in Terreaux neighbourhood has preserved a rich heritage featuring , among other things, stones from on old local church in the swimming pool and on 18th century staircase. A coaching inn in the 19th century, it became in the 20th an elegant hotel gleaming with marble and precious woods." (Venere)

Who could resist living in such a hotel, and was it true? Well, the glam-factor was a little lower than expected, but I was very satisfied with what Grand Hotel des Terreaux had to offer me as a guest, and Enjoy Food & Travel do recommend it to those of you travelling to Lyon.

Location BBBBB

The Grand Hotel des Terrreaux is located in Rue de Lanterne in the historic Terreaux district at the east bank of the river Saone. Rue de Lanterne itself, is a narrow ancient passage, as most of the streets in historic Lyon.

It is easy to get there. Take the bus service to its end destination, Lyon Perrache, enter metro line A direction Vaulx-en-Velin, and leave at Hôtel de Ville / Louis Pradel (5th stop). From here the hotel is within easy walking distance. I found the area very charming with many bars, restaurants and shop in the area, e.g. at the nearby Place des Terreaux.

Service: BBBBB

The previous guests that reviewed the service had been extremely pleased, and so was I. Nice, polite, and a service minded staff at the reception and in the breakfast room.

Hygienic standard: BBBBB-

The room and the ground floor area was very well maintained and cleaned. The carpets in the corridors of the 5th floor, where I stayed, were however both dirty and run down, and they do need to be renovated.


The rooms had newly been decorated in different individual styles. My room was small, but well organized. Delicately decorated in a cream colour with new carpets and furniture in what I would call a Provencal style, with a small oak desk and matching dresser. It faced the enclosed back yard and you could safely go to sleep without being disturbed by either traffic noise or people.

The only thing sorely missed was a good air conditioning system, as I had to sleep with my windows closed during my stay, as I am highly allergic to mosquito bites. The hotel was, however, in the process of providing this extra facility to its guests, and it may be working when you plan to stay there.

Bathroom: BBBB

The bathroom was tiny, but had been renovated to a high standard, delicately tiled. The room was however very small and not practical to use for the largest of you.

Breakfast: BBBBB

The breakfast was not included, and the hotel charged €13 for a breakfast buffet. For this sum you were certainly offered a very good and decent breakfast. The staff offered freshly made coffee or tea in a pot as you arrived in the breakfast room.

The only thing missing from the buffet, that I am used to, was bacon and scrambled eggs, but there were so much else to choose from. There were a larger selection of cheese that I am used to, fresh bread, jam, boiled and cured ham and salami, cereals, sweet pastry, and much more. I personally fell for the mini-flutes served, freshly from the “boulanger” crispy, with good butter and cheese. The buffet certainly offered a breakfast for those of you that plan to roam the narrow city streets of Lyon until the urge for lunch hit well past noon.

Facilities: BBBBB

The hotel had its own swimming pool, newly renovated and adjacent to the breakfast room. It was open from 1 PM until 10PM. It was small but apparently newly redecorated.

The hotel did have a small charming bar in the reception area, and the staff was more than willing to serve you refreshments during your stay. Grand Hotel des Terreaux did not have a restaurant, but there were a large number of restaurants in the neighbourhood, so it was not missed.

Price: BBBBB

Definitely worth the price. €70 a night is a bargain price!!

Rating the Grand Hotel des Terraux experience: BBBBB- (4,87 points)

A bargain at a very good price. I will certainly return here at my next visit, and Enjoy Food & Travel recommends the hotel as a good place to stay in Lyon.

Grand Hotel des Terreaux
16 Rue de Lanterne
69001 Lyon
Phone: +33 (0)4 78 27 04 10
Fax: +33 (0)4 78 27 97 75

See location of hotel on my map of Lyon here on Enjoy Food & Travel

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