The former capital of the Gauls with its authentic old town, located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, is an endless attraction for visitors. Lyon has also become justifiably proud of its reputation for its gastronmomic heritage. Les Collectionneurs offer a selection of charming establishments to stay or to dine during a romantic weekend or a family holiday in the centre of Lyon or the surrounding area.
Served by Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, the city of Lyon is easily accessible by plane but also by train. Located just two hours travel from Paris, the city of the Gauls is a perfect destination for a city break at any time of year The district of Saint-Jean offers enormous cultural wealth as it dates partly to mediaeval times and partly to the Renaissance and is listed a UNESCO world heritage site. This area charms with its narrow paved streets, the huge cathedral and quirky museums such as the Gadagne museum with its hanging gardens or the Museum of Miniatures and Cinema, since Lyon, the home town of the Frères Lumière, is the capital of cinema. Lose yourself in the "traboules", the picturesque passageways that wind their way to the Croix Rousse district. The funicular up to the top of Fourvière offers a wide vista over the whole town including the antique ruins of the theatre of ancient Lugdunum with the Alps and Mont Blanc in the background.
Then it's time to drop back down to the peninsula and stroll around the Place des Terreaux, dominated by the Bartholdi fountain, before taking the pedestrian Victor Hugo street to discover the Palais de la Bourse, listed as a historical landmark and finally the Lyon opera house with its impressive glass canopy. The architecture of Lyon takes a more futuristic turn in the Confluence district where the tower of metal and glass created by Les Ateliers Jean-Nouvel and dubbed Ycone rises to the sky a stone's throw from the Confluence museum of natural history. On fine days, the Tête d'Or park is the perfect spot for a breath of fresh air and an outing with the children. Close by, the Paul Bocuse market halls are a treat for gourmet tastebuds.
Having arrived at the Lyon Perrache train station, what better way to explore Lyon than to stay right in the town centre, in the heart of the old town? La Place Bellecour in the 2nd arrondissement marks the dead centre of Lyon. Known for being the largest pedestrianised square in Europe, this vast esplanade offers a breathtaking view of Notre Dame de Fourvière. Close to Lyon Part-Dieu train station by metro or bus, the square leads to the popular and lively district of la Guillotière and it's just a quick walk over the bridge over the Saône to immerse yourself in the streets of old Lyon.
For a getaway with friends or a romantic break, travellers can treat themselves to a night or three in a beautiful, characterful hotel. Les Collectionneurs recommends only the most charming establishments with spacious, comfortable, well-equipped rooms. These hotels radiate wramth and cosiness. A convivial environment providing every modern comfort, beautiful bedding, a fully equipped bathroom, flat-screen television and free WiFi access. Most of these establishments in Lyon also offer a babysitting service upon request and accept pets. Luggage drop, laundry and valet service add further touches of ease to your stay.
These charming hotels with their own firm identities are sure to pleasantly surprise. The elegance of the rooms and suites and the hospitality of the Lyonnais hoteliers will leave lasting memories. Pleasure begins in the morning with with the breakfast buffet offering seasonal local produce.
From the quays on the Saône to the innumerable quaint streets and alleyways, wandering around Lyon is sheer pleasure. But it's a treat to wander off and lose yourself in the greenery of the mountains of the Lyonnais, the Pilat regional nature reserve or vineyards of the Beaujolais. To make the very most of this region, we recommend that you stop over in Lyon or the surrounding area. The establishments selected by les Collectionneurs in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpesare bursting with authentic charm and unique character.
Travellers looking for peace and quiet can lay down their hats in a 19th Century villa nestled in leafy grounds and, on fine days, savour the pleasure of an outdoor swimming pool. Some establishments offer a holiday highlight to their guests in the form of cookery courses with a passionate chef in a hotel located in a beautiful 17th-century residence.
Lyonnnaise gastronomy is an institution. In the 1930s Lyon was known as the "capital of gastronomy". Even at that time, it incarnated a generous and unpretentious cuisine. These are all features that can be detected in the typical dishes served in the "bouchons" (small local restaurants) - dishes such as "tablier de sapeur", "mâchon" and "grattons".
Ever since then all the culinary professions have supported this heritage with a gastronomic tradition of great quality. With more than one thousand tables dedicated to food lovers, Lyon boasts one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per inhabitant in France. Les Collectionneurs has selected a range of establishments known for the passion of their restaurateurs for honouring the produce of the region. Remaining faithful to Lyonnaise culinary traditions, these gastronomic artisans are boundless in their enthusiasm to innovate. To experience the unique culinary talents of the restaurateurs of Lyon, food lovers can book a room in a hotel to prolong the pleasure of their stay.
To allow the restaurateurs and hoteliers of our community to once again share special moments with you, and welcome you under the best possible conditions in their establishments, specific COVID-19 health measures have been adopted along with additional measures to best adapt these policies to their unique type of operations. For details of the health policies implemented, please contact the particular establishment directly.
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