Where to Stay in Lyon: 8 Best Areas for Hotels

In this blog, I will help you to find Where to stay in Lyon first time (for families and couples), the best areas and arrondissements to stay in Lyon (include map and video), best hotels in Lyon for all budgets (including the hotel where I stayed), and safest places to stay in Lyon.

Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Lyon, the Capital of Lights is the 3rd largest city and the second-largest urban area in all of France. With a history dating back to the Roman era, it is a destination that has history and culture on offer in abundance, making it an ideal destination for all kinds of visitors.

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Where to stay in Lyon first time?

The best areas to stay in Lyon for tourists and first-time visitors are La Presqu’lle, Vieux Lyon, Fourviere, Confluence, Perrache. These are popular and safe neighborhoods, offering a wide variety of attractions and amenities.

La Presqu’lle is the overall best arrondissement for first-time visitors due to its center location and proximity to major attractions like the Place des Terreaux, Hôtel de Ville, and Musee des Beaux Arts. Staying here offers easy access to many sights, restaurants, bars, and shops.

In addition to La Presqu’lle, other popular neighborhoods are Vieux-Lyon, Fourviere, and La Croix Rousse. Vieux-Lyon, the old town, is best base for those focus in history in their trip as it has an incredible number of historical attractions to be discovered.

Meanwhile, Fourviere is home to a collection of Roman ruins unmatched by anything in the city. La Croix Rousse offers a unique insight into the long and storied history of Lyon’s silk merchants.

Perhaps you are simply traveling on a budget or want to stay in a newer, more up-and-coming neighborhood. That could make choices like Perrache or Confluence your ideal destination.

And if you wondering how long to stay in Lyon, I would recommend making your first trip to Lyon a long weekend, around three days or so. That should give you ample time to see top tourist attractions and enjoy the diverse range of traditional Lyonnais dishes.

Where did I stay in Lyon?

When I visited Lyon, I stayed for 3 nights in La Presqu’Ile at the 3-star Bayard Bellecour. The hotel has a prime location in the heart of the town, between the two rivers. Easy access to the metro and bus stops. I had a comfortable room and an excellent breakfast with lots of choices.

💖 Best Area for first-timers:La Presqu’lle
💎 Best luxury hotel:Hotel Le Royal Lyon – MGallery
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux-Arts
💰 Best budget hotel:Hôtel Vaubecour

Map of areas and neighborhoods in Lyon:

Where to Stay in Lyon Map of 8 Best Areas & neighborhoods
Where to Stay in Lyon Map of 8 Best Areas & neighborhoods

So, which arrondissement to stay in Lyon, I’m going to show you the 8 best areas to stay in Lyon for tourists and first-time travelers. I will go over what each one has to offer, why I have included it, and what could make it the ideal place for you.

Best areas to stay in Lyon for tourists & first-timers are:

1. La Presqu’lle

La Presqu’lle, best area to stay in Lyon first time visitors

La Presqu’ile is the best overall area to stay in Lyon for first-time travelers due to its prime location and excellent connection to transportation. Located at the center of the city, La Presqu’ile is packed with top attractions, high-end shopping, pedestrianized streets, and accommodations.

La Presqu’lle literally translates to “The Peninsula” and is the heart of Lyon and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stretching from the foot of the Croix Rousse hill to the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, it is bordered by Perrache station and the Confluence to the south and Pentes de la Croix-Rousse to the north.

La Presqu’lle contains both the 1st and 2nd arrondissements, as well as part of the 4th and the city hall. The 1st arr is the nightlife district where you can find the Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Comédie and Opera Nouvel. The 2nd arrondissement is a commercial and shopping district that is home to the Lyon-Perrache station and Place Bellecour.

Filled with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, department stores, luxury shops, and cultural institutions, as well as banks and government buildings, it is an ideal location for visitors, whether you are traveling on business or simply looking to have an enjoyable vacation, relaxing and soaking up some culture.

Highlights attractions stretch from the north of Place des Terreaux to the south of Place Bellecour. In the center of Place des Terreaux is the 19th-century Fountain de Bartholdi, designed by Auguste Bartholdi, the father of the Statue of Liberty in New York. it’s the meeting point of young people for various bars and restaurants.

In the 2nd district, Place Bellecour is the largest pedestrian square in Europe. This famous square is a start point of four major streets:

  • rue de la République, the main shopping street, which leads you to Hôtel de Ville and the Opera.
  • rue Victor Hugo and rue du Plat take you to Perrache
  • rue du Président Édouard Herriot, offers many of luxury shops all the way to the Place des Terreaux.

You can see examples of surgical instruments and pharmacy items from the past in the Hotel Dieu Hospital on the Rhone river bank. It was built in the 12th century and renewed in the 17th century.

Iconic, historical locations are abundant in this part of the city, with the most prominent being the Church Of St Nizier. Originally built in the 6th-century, it wasn’t fully completed until the 16th when the spires that tower over the city were completed.

To 1st arrondissement, you will find the Hotel De Ville, the city’s 17th-century city hall, located between two stunning squares, Place Des Terreaux and Place De La Comedie.

Nearby, the Lyon’s Opera House, the Opera Nouvel is named after Jean Nouvel, who redesigned the building, with the facade and the foyer remain of the original building, and adding a large steel and glass barrel-shaped roof.

There is the Saint Pierre Palace, which was built in the 17th-century as a royal Benedictine abbey. It now houses the Musée des Beaux-arts (Museum Of Fine Arts) and features a public garden, decorated by the works of famous sculptors.

There are even a number of historic theatres, museums, and major cultural centers, all connected by a maze of picturesque, historic streets. When you combine these historical and cultural offerings with the traditional tourist luxuries and business facilities, it makes La Presqu’lle perhaps the most well-rounded destination in all of Lyon.

La Presqu’lle offers a wide range of accommodation options that suit all budgets from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels.

Stay in La Presqu’lle if you are first-time tourists; you are interested in the history of the city, you want to enjoy a great range of shops, bars, and restaurants, you are traveling on business, you want to visit some of Lyon’s most iconic locations.

Best places to stay in Lyon in La Presqu’Ile for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Hotel Le Royal Lyon – MGallery, 5-star family-friendly hotel, one of the best places to stay in Lyon for first-time visitiors, located in central Lyon, right next to Bellecour station, within walking distance from Old Town, Fine Arts Museum, and Perrache. The location is excellent, near the shopping area and close to cafes and restaurants.

mid-range ($$): Mercure Lyon Centre Beaux-Arts, a popular 4-star hotel in Lyon City Center, offering easy access to all the main sights in Lyon including Bellecour Square, Lyon old town, and Bellecour Station. It’s also close to a lot of nice bars and restaurants.

budget ($): Hôtel Vaubecour, great 2-star hotel, one of the best places to stay in Lyon on a budget, located in the heart of Lyon, on the 2nd floor of the building accessed via a lift. It has family rooms, and is only a few steps from Lyon Perrache Train Station.

If you are already settled with your accommodations, I suggest reading 24 Best things to do in Lyon to know more about what are the best things to do and see in Lyon for your next trip!

2. Vieux Lyon (Old Town)

Vieux Lyon (Old Town), where to stay in Lyon for sightseeing

Vieux Lyon, the Old Town section of the city, is located in the 5th arrondissement on the west bank of the Saône river. It makes up Lyon’s largest medieval and Renaissance district and is one of the most extensive in all of Europe.

Lyon Old Town split up across the 3 parishes of Saint-Paul in the northern Old Town, Saint-Jean in Old Town center, and Saint-Georges in southern Old Town. 

Vieux Lyon is the best area to stay in Lyon for sightseeing because it is home to many medieval and Renaissance buildings, museums, and churches. It was the first place in France to be protected under the Malraux law, which aims to protect the country’s cultural sites, as well as being designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

The district is famed for its stunning collection of churches and cathedrals, demonstrating the deep religious history of the city. The Cathedral Of Saint-Jean, Saint Paul Church, and St Georges Church are the focal points of their respective parishes, while a number of smaller but equally beautiful offerings lay in the area around them.

St-Jean Cathedral is the beginning point of Rue St Jean, the most famous religious site of the Lyon. It held important events such as the mass in honor of the royal wedding between Henri IV and Marie de Médicis in 1600, Councils in 1245, the coronation of Pope Jean XXII in 1316.

The end of Rue St Jean is the Loge du Change, which was Lyon’s stock exchange and turned into a protestant worship house and gained the name of Temple du Change. From the square, Rue Lainerie and Rue Juiverie both take to the St Paul subdistrict.

You can hike up or take the funicular to the top of the Fourvière hill, where you can find historic attractions and remains of the Roman city such as the most iconic monument, Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière, Gier Aqueducts, Gallo-Roman Amphitheaters, and Roman bathhouses.

A number of delightful cafes and traditional restaurants are found throughout the area, providing plenty of places to fill up on local fare.

Meanwhile, a number of museums, such as the Lyon Historical Museum, Gadagne Museums that show the Renaissance era and the puppetry art of the city, the Movies and Miniature Museum, and the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation.

There are also historical buildings, stunning narrow cobbled streets, silk shops, local food specialties, vintage stores, and locations to buy unique souvenirs that will allow you to remain enthralled and purchase keepsakes for both yourself and your friends and family, ensuring this is an incredible experience you remember for years to come.

A popular spot for tourists, due to the history and culture on offer, guest houses or boutique hotels are routinely located in buildings from the middle ages, featuring stunning gothic architecture. This allows you to immerse yourself in the culture of the location.

Stay in the Old town if you are interested in the history and culture; you enjoy museums, you are a fan of traditional architecture; you want to stay in a hotel built in the middle ages.

Best Places to stay in Lyon in Old Town for first-time visitors:

Luxury ($$$): Cour des Loges Lyon, a member of Radisson Individuals, 5-star hotel located within walking distance from Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral. It has a swimming pool, rooftop garden, valet parking, sauna, hammam. There is an onsite Michelin star restaurant Les Loges has, bistro Café-Epicerie, and La Petite Loge, where you can take cooking classes, wine tasting, and private dinners with the chef.

Mid-range ($$): MiHotel Tour Rose, family-friendly accommodation, conveniently located in the 5th arr, offering air-conditioned rooms with facilities such as a wardrobe, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Budget ($): La Loge Du Vieux Lyon, great bed and breakfast to stay in the heart of Lyon on a budget, featuring self-catering accommodation in a historical building. The apartment has a flat-screen TV and a fully-equipped kitchen.

3. Fourviere

Fourviere, where to stay in Lyon for Roman history buffs

Fourviere is a district located immediately to the west of the old town, located on a hill rising from the River Saone. It was originally settled as the Roman town of Lugdunum in 43 B.C and, as such, features a vast collection of Roman ruins. 

Roman baths, a Roman theatre, and a Roman Odeon can all be seen in different states of ruin, ideal for those who want to experience a very different side to the city’s history.

The Nuits de Fourvière festival is held in this Roman theatre from 1 June to 30 July each year. It is an incredibly special thing to witness for those lucky enough to be visiting at the times they are taking place.

Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière, or Lugdunum, is where visitors learn about the legacy of the area. it is housed in a building that was designed by Bernard Zehrfuss and was inaugurated in 1975.

Its Roman history isn’t the only attraction that makes Fourviere a popular destination though. La Tour Metallique (The Metallic Tower) is perhaps the most iconic feature of the region, which is a structure that was built to rival the Eiffel Tower.

It features an incredibly similar style to its more famous counterpart, while actually being higher at its summit, which is the highest point in Lyon, due to its location atop a hill.

On the top of “the hill which prays” stands the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière with its Romanesque, Gothic, and Byzantine architecture.

It was built between 1872 and 1884, and delicate to the Virgin Mary who saved Lyon from the Black Death. Each year on December 8, Lyon celebrates the Festival of Lights to thank the Virgin for saving the city.

It’s recommended to take a funicular railway to the top and walk down to enjoy the scenery without quite the strain on your legs.

All of this combines to make Fourviere part of the city’s UNESCO world heritage site, as well as an exciting and diverse place for tourists to visit.

Fourviere offers cheaper accommodations compared with Vieux Lyon. You can find plenty of choices of accommodations, from guest houses to apart-hotels.

Stay in Fourviere if you are interested in Lyon’s Roman history; you want to see a structure built to rival the Eiffel Tower; you are attending the Festival Of Lights; you want to ride on the world’s oldest funicular railways.

Best Places to stay in Lyon in Fourvière for the first time:

Luxury ($$$): Villa Maïa, 5-star hotel located on Fourvière Hill in Lyon, offering panoramic views over the city. It has an indoor heated swimming pool, a hot tub, a steam room and a fitness room. You can enjoy the meal at the 1 star restaurant Michelin Têtedoie nearby.

Mid-range ($$): Fourvière Hôtel, 4-star popular family-friendly hotel, located on Fourvière Hill above Lyon Old Town. Its onsite Restaurant Les Téléphones serves bistronomic cuisine overlooking the cloisters. You can enjoy drinks at Le KFE or follow the traboule passageway to a glass of wine at the Les Collections.

Budget ($): Le Jardin de Beauvoir, great B&B in the Old Lyon in a 19th-century house, and is surrounded by a flowered garden with orchard. It has soundproofed family rooms that come with a coffee machine and a private bathroom with free toiletries and hairdryer.

4. La Croix Rousse

La Croix Rousse, where to stay in Lyon for silk lovers

La Croix Rousse is a hill that stands over 250 meters tall and takes its name, which means “the red cross”, from a reddish-brown stone cross that was erected upon it in the 16th-century.

The neighborhood is divided into two separate regions, with Pentes de la Croix-Rousse, or the slopes, lying in the 1st arrondissement, while the peak of the hill, Le Plateau, lies within the 4th arrondissement. 

It is known throughout the city as la colline qui travaille, meaning “the hill that works”, due to its contrast to our previous destination, Fourviere, and its nickname la colline qui prie, “the hill that prays”.

The area received its first major developments in the 18th-century when the silk workshops and the Canuts (silk workers) who worked in them moved out of the city centre. As such, a vast majority of the buildings that are found there today bear the signs of this industry.

Tall structures with large, vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden rafters and a greater internal height than will be found elsewhere in the city were originally constructed to provide ample working room for the silk looms housed within them.

A network of covered walkways, known as traboules, can also be seen throughout the district, which was used for transporting silk between the buildings while being sheltered from the rain.

In recent years, the area has become bohemian, gentrified, and developed a vibrant cultural scene. This makes it a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy a combination of its unique history, stunning views, and the plethora of enjoyable entertainment options that can be found within its boundaries.

In the bohemian district of Les Pentes, you can find bars and clubs, cafes, and music venues on Rue Sainte Catherine and Croix-Paquet; for the best restaurant scene, visit the areas around Rue Royale in the east and Rue de la Martinière in the west; for artist shop and boutiques, visit the Village des Créateurs and Montée de la Grande-Côte;

The les pentes is a maze of secret passageways with a bohemian atmosphere. It is where you can find the famous food market Marché de la Croix-Rousse on Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse for the food market; Rue de Belfort and Rue du Mail for restaurants, cafes, and bars

Lyon is also known as the City of Murals. In the La Croix Rousse neighborhood, art lovers will want to check out the Mur des Canuts, famous painted murals in the trompe-l’oeil style (trick the eye).

If you love silk history, head to the Maison des Canuts museum, or Silk Workers’ House, to learn more about the silk industry.

You can also find the Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules which is the oldest Roman Amphitheatre of Gaul. And the statue of Joseph Marie Jacquard, who invented the Jacquard Loom in 1801 can be found in its main square.

You can visit by taking the funicular to the top and then walking down to the center to enjoy the views of the city.

Accommodations in Pentes de la Croix-Rousse are mostly guesthouses, and more affordable than the city center.

Stay in La Croix Rousse if you are interested in the history of the city’s silk workers, you seek a thriving cultural scene, you enjoy stunning views, you want to visit the location of one of France’s first worker uprisings

Best Places to stay in Lyon in La Croix Rousse:

budget ($): Hotel Saint Vincent, 3-star budget-friendly hotel, located within walking distance from numerous restaurants and bars, as well as attractions such as the Lyon National Opera, the River Saône, and Lyon’s Museum of Fine Arts. It has newspapers, luggage storage facilities and a 24-hour front desk.

mid-range ($$): Hôtel Lyon Métropole, 4-star hotel, located on the banks of the Saone River, offering a relaxing experience. You can take Bus number 40 stops in front of the hotel to get direct access to the city centre. It is also close to a public bike rental station and Cuire Metro Station.

5. Confluence

Confluence, a modern and trendy place to stay in Lyon

Confluence is located in the 2nd arrondissement, and owes its name to its location, as this is where the Rhone and Saone rivers converge.

Once the industrial section of the city, featuring numerous factories, prisons, and even the city’s main port, it has gradually been transformed and urbanized, starting in the late 20th-century.

Gone are the stream of vehicles transporting industrial materials around and in their place are stunning new buildings, many of which have been designed by some of the world’s leading designers and architects.

It’s well-served by public transport with Perrache train station, with its national and regional lines. It has a direct link to Part-Dieu Station and St-Exupéry Airport through the Rhône-Express trams.

Perhaps the best such example of this is the Musee des Confluences. A stunning Deconstructivist building, designed to resemble a floating cloud of steel and glass as a nod to the region’s past, it is a museum housing exhibit on nature, science, anthropology and arts and crafts.

You can have a walking tour around this neighborhood stop at Musée des Confluences Lyon, quirky office buildings Orange Cube, Euro News Building, Shopping Center Pôle de Commerces et de Loisirs de Confluence, Pont des Arts, and Various Riverfront Housing Complexes.

In addition, to stand out attractions like this, it has also helped the city to expand out to the river by providing shops, restaurants, hotels, homes, and offices.

Confluences also has a great nightlife with many bars along the river Saône, especially around the Marché Gare and Le Sucre for big music venues and clubs.

In turn, this has brought tourists, locals, and new residents alike into the area, spending money, taking up residence, and breathing new life into what was once a drab, uninviting part of the city.

Stay in Confluences if you plan to visit the Musee Des Confluences, you enjoy beautiful river views, you want to stay in a newer, more up-and-coming neighborhood.

Best Places to Stay in Lyon in Confluence:

budget ($): MOB HOTEL Lyon Confluence, 3-star family-friendly hotel, located within walking distance from Musée des Confluences, Musée des Confluences Tram Stop, and a shopping centre. It has a terrace, on-site restaurant, and an Italian organic self-service canteen.

mid-range ($$): Aparthotel Adagio Lyon Patio Confluence, 4-star accommodation that has family rooms, located in Lyon’s 2nd arrondissement, short walk from Lyon-Perrache Train Station and Perrache Metro Station. Also offers easy access to Sainte-Blandine Tram Stop, Confluence shopping centre, and Confluences Museum.

mid-range ($$): Novotel Lyon Confluence, 4-star hotel, located in the centre of Lyon on the banks of the Saône River. It is close to the Vaporetto Station, the A6 and A7 motorways, Confluence Commercial Centre, and Lyon Perrache Train Station.

6. Perrache

Perrache, where to stay in Lyon on budget
Gare de Lyon-Perrache

The quarter of Perrache is located in the 2nd arrondissement, south of Le Presqu’lle and upstream of Confluence, between the Rhone and the Saone. An area that has been largely neglected through the years, it has earned the nickname “derriere les voutes”, which means “behind the vaults”.

However, in recent years it has become the focus of a redevelopment effort, with money being poured in to try and modernize the area, in order to bring in both residents and tourists. As such, it is a location that can offer incredibly affordable rates on accommodation, so is ideal for those traveling on a budget.

Even better is the fact that it is also the home of the Lyon-Perrache train, tram and metro station. Once the largest and busiest station in Lyon, it has lost that distinction in recent years but remains a busy and popular hub for public transport. That means you can enjoy the lower prices on offer in the area and still have quick and easy access to the more popular parts of the city.

Stay in Perrache if you are traveling on a budget and need more affordable accommodation, you are traveling by train, you want to stay in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

Best places to stay in Lyon in Perrache for first-timers:

mid-range ($$): Aparthotel Adagio Lyon Patio Confluence, great 4-star hotel, located in Lyon’s 2nd arrondissement, short walk from Sainte-Blandine Tram Stop, Lyon-Perrache Train Station, and Perrache Metro Station. It has family rooms, cold sweet and savoury buffet breakfast, as well as a laundry room with a washing machine, a tumble dryer and ironing facilities.

budget ($): MEININGER Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot, good value accommodation in Lyon, short walk from Musée de la Resistance, featuring a bar, private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace.

budget ($): ibis Lyon Centre Perrache, 3-star family-friendly hotel, one of the best places to stay in Lyon for budget-concious travelers, located in Lyon city centre, within 5-minute walk from Place Bellecour. Perrache train station, bus and tram stops are located a 2-minute walk away.

7. Brotteau

Brotteau, where to stay in Lyon for foodies

Les Brotteaux is a quarter in the 6th arrondissement of the city, situated between the Rhone River and the city’s main railway track. Also known as the Morand quarter on occasion, it began being urbanised in the late 18th-century by renowned architect Jean-Antoine Morand Jouffrey, with many of the buildings displaying his distinctive style.

Some of the more notable examples of his work in the region include the Gare Des Brotteaux, an old railway station that has been out of service since 1983, the Palais De Flore and the Boulevard Des Belges.

For true fans, there is also the Parking Morand, a site dedicated to his life and works. You then have a number of buildings, houses and mansions, sporting a 1930’s Art Deco style, dotted around the area, offering a little diversity to the architecture.

Beyond the historical architecture of the buildings, perhaps the main thing that draws visitors to the area is its reputation as one of Lyon’s gastronomical hotspots. From traditional bouchons which are restaurants that serve typical lyonnais cuisine, to other European delights.

It features a large number of renowned restaurants, perhaps the most notable of which being Le Splendid, owned by esteemed chef Georges Blanc. It is even the home of La Brasserie Des Brotteaux, an establishment built on honoring Lyon’s culinary traditions.

Nearby, within easy walking distance from the Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu, you can find the Les Halles Paul Bocuse, an indoor food market of the gastronomic capital of France. Named after the master chef Paul Bocuse, here you will find some of the best of Lyonnaise Cuisine.

With the range of restaurants offering both local and international cuisines, it makes it a must-visit location for anyone wanting to sample the best food the city has to offer. Check out 5 Michelin-starred places like the modern Peruvian Miraflores and the traditional Pierre Orsi.

Apart from Lyonnaise Cuisine, families and children can relax at the Parc de la Tête d’Or, the largest urban park in France. Here, you can find a Lyon Zoo, boating lake, botanical gardens, miniature railway, pony rides, walking, jogging, or bicycling trails.

Stay in Brotteaux if you want to dine in some of the city’s finest restaurants, you are a fan of Jean-Antoine Morand Jouffrey, you want to experience some of Lyon’s culinary traditions.

Best places to stay in Lyon in Brotteaux:

budget ($): Ibis Budget Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu, 2-star budget-friendly hotel, located in the 3rd district in central Lyon, within easy walk from Part-Dieu Train Station, offering soundproofed guest rooms with a flat-screen TV.

mid-range ($$): Mercure Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu, 4-star family-friendly hotel, located in the business district of Lyon, short walk from Gare de Part-Dieu TGV Train station, and Gare Part-Dieu-Vivier Merle Metro Station, offering links to Lyon’s Old Town. You’ll also have easy access to The Rhone Express Tramway stops with links to Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport.

mid-range ($$): Warwick Reine Astrid – Lyon, 4-star kid-friendly hotel, located opposite Tête d’Or Park, and close to the Cité Internationale and the city centre. It is 10-minute walk from Massena metro station, making it easy to explore Lyon.

8. Guillotiere

Guillotiere, where to stay in Lyon for nightlife
Hotel Carlton Lyon in Guillotiere

If you are looking for vibrant nightlife, the young, multicultural, and studenty neighborhood of Guillotiere is a good choice. It is full of trendy bars, clubs, and concert venues.

Guillotiere is located on the east bank of the Rhône, mostly in the 7th arrondissement but also stretches into the 3rd arrondissement.

Known for featuring one of the most diverse mixes of people from both social and ethnic backgrounds that you will find anywhere in the city, the range of attractions on offer for tourists tends to be equally well rounded and appealing to a wide range of visitors.

For the history buffs out there, attractions such as the 15th-century Castle Of La Motte (Château de la Motte), the stunning 19th-century Notre-Dame Saint Louis church and the Cemeteries Of La Guillotiere will provide days of entertainment, taking in their beautiful exteriors and uncovering the secrets that they hold.

Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation or CHRD is a French Resistance in WWII.

For walking and cycling, check out the Berges du Rhône, along the river, and the Piscine du Rhône with attractive outdoor pools with slides and fountains.

For those whose gastronomy plays a central part of their vacation, the Chinatown area provides a range of shops and restaurants unlike anything else you will find in the city.

Here you can also find an interesting Musée & Institut Lumière, where the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, invented the Cinématographe and made history by making the first film in 1895.

Even if you want a simple and relaxing trip, the station provides fabulous transport links to get you around, while the array of shops and traditional dining options ensure you will have everything you need right at your fingertips.

Best described as a melting pot of history, culture, and entertainment, this may be the best destination for those who don’t have anything specific they want to see during their stay and merely want to sample a little bit of everything that Lyon has to offer.

Stay in Guillotiere if you want to stay in a culturally and ethnically diverse location, you want to visit the Chinatown area of the city, you want to experience a little bit of everything that Lyon has to offer.

Best places to stay in Lyon in Guillotière:

budget ($): Mama Shelter Lyon, 3-star hotel, located in the 7th arr., within walking distance from Jean-Macé Metro Station, which leads directly to Stade de Gerland and Lyon-Part-Dieu Train Station. It has family rooms and 24-hour front desk.

budget ($): Résidence Ôtelia Affaires & Bien-être, budget-friendly accommodation, located close to T2 Route de Vienne tram stop and T4 Jet d’Eau – Mendès France tram stop. It has rooms come with a kitchenette.

luxury ($$$): InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu, an IHG hotel, 5-star hotel, located in 2nd arr, close to Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, Fourviere Roman Theatre and Part-Dieu Train Station..

🎬 You can watch full video about the best areas in Lyon in my youtube channel.

Where Should I Stay In Lyon? 

My best suggestions for those who are still undecided would be to stay in the heart of the city, in either La Presqu’lle or arrondissements 1, 2, and 4, as these provide the most bang for your buck and have plenty of other attractions located close by.

Which Arrondissement To Stay In Lyon? 

The 3 arrondissements located between the city’s two rivers, arrondissements 1, 2 and 4, as the ideal place to start. With ease of access to one another and featuring many of Lyon’s most famous attractions, they are the most likely to please visitors who are coming to the city without any specific plan in mind.

Where To Stay In Lyon For One Night?

La Presqu’lle is the best area to stay in Lyon for a single night. Featuring a plethora of attractions, bars, shops, and restaurants, as well as being at the heart of the city, it gives you the greatest ability to maximize your time and fit in as much as possible.

Where To Stay In Lyon Near The Airport?  

The airport is actually located well outside of the traditional city limits, 20-minute drive to the outskirts of the city, If staying near the airport is your priority, I would recommend staying at the beautiful, 4-star hotel NH Lyon Airport.

Where to stay in Lyon with family?

Some of the best areas to stay in Lyon with kids are Presqu’île, Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), and Part-Dieu. These neighborhoods provide plenty of family-friendly accommodations and activities for children of all ages.

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In conclusion, La Presqu’lle, Vieux Lyon, Fourviere, La Croix Rousse, Confluence, Perrache, Brotteau, and Guillotiere are some of the best places to stay in Lyon for tourists and first-time travelers. They offer a wide range of accommodations for all budget travelers to stay and explore the city!

Overall, La Presqu’ile is the best area to stay in Lyon for the first time due to its prime location, proximity to iconic attractions, and easy access to transportation. If you stay here, you will be located within walking distance to many sights, restaurants, bars, and shops.

By this point, you should all have worked out the best part of the city to stay in, in order to meet your own personal needs. Now all that’s left is for you to go and get things booked, so you can get prepared to jet off and start experiencing it all for yourself.

About Author: Linda Smith

I'm Linda Smith, the Hotel Expert, an experienced travel blogger who passionate about traveling. I'm here to share with you all my travel experiences and tips. I cover a wide range of travel topics, specializing in sharing information about the best areas, neighborhoods, and hotels in each city. I hope all these things will make your travel easier.

2 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Lyon: 8 Best Areas for Hotels”

  1. Thank you for giving your time offering information for those who are not familiar with the city. It helped a lot.

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