Accommodation in Lyon, generally, is very well priced. We were looking for somewhere to stay with kitchen facilities – i.e: An apartment. We found a very well priced place just near the university at Sans Souci. Lagrange ApartHotel Lyon Lumiere.
Located just a 10 minute metro ride from the central attractions and bustling bouchons, Sans Souci is the hub for students in Lyon. It is also one of the more residential areas of the city. This is ideal if you have a peaceful stay in mind.
The city centre is also walkable from the hotel if the mood takes you. We inadvertently ended up on a drunken stagger back to the hotel during our stay following a multiple course extravaganza at Daniel et Denise. Around an hour it took us from the very centre of town. However, in a sober state, the walk should only take around 20-30 minutes.
As we entered the hotel to check in, the staff on the reception were very welcoming and spoke very good English. There is a vending machine in the lobby area and just to the left of the machine is an exit out to the courtyard. Due to the apartments being self-service, this is where the bins are located for you to throw out your rubbish.
A quick ride up in the lift to the first floor and we were into our apartment. The apartments here are huge! The open plan kitchen and lounge seem to go on forever. The bedroom and bathroom are also a good size but strangely, as in many ApartHotels in France, the toilet and the sink are in separate rooms.
Wifi in the rooms is well above average. In fact, We wouldn’t have minded staying a lot longer than four nights. We comfortably edited and uploaded to YouTube, finished off website duties and caught up with emails effortlessly. This is a huge plus for anyone coming to stay with work to do.
The kitchen facilities are also worth a mention. With Lyon holding the unofficial title of The Gastronomic Belly of France’, this is a town to go food shopping. We cooked numerous dishes throughout the week and had ample space and equipment to do them with. A hob, quality pans, utensils, a fridge and freezer plus chopping boards are all provided. You will need to provide your own washing up liquid.
Amenities nearby are plentiful. An amazing sandwich shop sits a little under 100 yards away at Baguettes, Sandwiches & Tradition. Just opposite is a supermarket that is well stocked, including that all-important washing up liquid. Dining options close by include the superb Restaurant Marguerite by Lyon culinary legend Paul Bocuse.
The hotel also has a spa with a sauna, pool and hot tub. This comes at a surcharge during your stay. With the amount of things crammed into our itinerary throughout our time in Lyon, we sadly didn’t get a chance to check out these facilities.
Overall, for the price of £268 for four nights, this was money well spent. Lyon is a fantastic city and boasts, in our opinion, the best food in France. Having a base like Lagrange ApartHotel Lyon Lumiere makes your stay in the city a very relaxed and happy one.
Nearest Metro: Sans Souci