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An increasing number of people are discovering Lyon, a beautiful city in the southern half of France. Most of us arrive by train at Lyon Part-Dieu, the city's main arrivals station.
And if we're spending the night, we need a place to stay nearby.
No time to read through everything? Then here's my favorite hotel near Lyon Part-Dieu station.
The Lyon Part-Dieu station is not in the center of town.
The city's attractions are just a few stops on the tram or the metro, but when you're loaded with luggage or in a hurry, you might want to walk off the train and into your room.
The district around the main train station – Part-Dieu – isn't everyone's favorite but it does have a lot going for it:
8 Best hotels near Lyon train station
There's no dearth of hotels near Lyon Part-Dieu, so I've narrowed it down to eight for you. Here's my choice of hotels: they're all highly rated, and most (not all!) have a buffet breakfast, free wi-fi, and some even have a fitness room.
50 Rue de la Villette, Lyon, France
This is a contemporary, practical hotel, designed for your convenient night's sleep near the train station, not a romantic getaway.
It has all the amenities you'll need, such as private parking spaces, a wine bar, a French restaurant and a pretty varied breakfast. And the guest rooms are on the large side by French standards.
Since it's sandwiched between tram lines and railway tracks, you might expect some noise but no, the hotel is quite silent and you'll get a good night's sleep.
The one exception is the reception area, where you can hear the street noise each time the sliding doors open (check out the red lion plastic sculptures on either side of the entrance to welcome you!)
If you arrive from the airport with the Rhonexpress, cross all the tramway tracks and look left – you'll see the building. The location couldn't be any better.
If you arrive by train, leave the train station through the "Villette" exit, and turn right. Walk about a block and you're there.
The hotel is a leisurely 20-minute walk from Parc de la Tête d'Or, a beautiful green space in Lyon. The area also has direct access to the rest of the city by metro, so it is easy to reach the center of Lyon and see the highlights of the city.
This is the best place to stay if you want to be right next to the railway station to catch that very early train.
17 Rue Professeur Weill, Lyon, France
This 32-room boutique hotel is my favorite place to stay around Lyon Part-Dieu and its surrounding area. The staff is lovely, and it's quirky, something I love in my hotels.
There is no "lobby" as such, only a reception desk flanked by a small "salon" which feels like a living room, fake fireplace and all. It's eclectic, and it's fun, with a bit of modern here, a bit of Belle Epoque there.
A wonderful feature is the terrace right behind the reception desk, if you want to relax with a coffee or a drink.
The Edmond W has another advantage: while it's close to the Part-Dieu station, it's actually located in the neighborhood of Brotteaux next door, a residential area filled with amenities. La Part-Dieu business district, on the other hand, empties out at night and is not that pleasant. In Brotteaux, you'll be able to stroll around and enjoy your evenings – and you're still only a few minutes' walk from the station.
Don't expect much from the outside, though – it's a modernized old building and the modernization efforts haven't quite worked. But it shouldn't matter. I don't go to a hotel to gaze at its façade. What counts – rooms, beds, ambiance, staff, style – is all there as soon as you walk inside.
Take the Boulevard des Brotteaux a block from the train station (leave the station through the main entrance, "Sortie Béraudier–Centre Ville"). This is a good time to use your local GPS.
Walk along the boulevard for less than 10 minutes before getting to the hotel. It's located about 700m/760yds from the train station, so not far at all, but not across the street, either.
The hotel is on a quiet side street, so despite the bustle of all the nearby restaurants (including some Michelin-starred ones) and shops, it'll be quiet at night.
29 Rue de Bonnel, Lyon, France
This modern 4-star property has been recently renovated and the bright, spacious rooms show it. For me, it's always a strong selling point when I find a Nespresso machine with pods in the room...
Something you won't find in many hotels in central Lyon is the indoor pool, a rarity (and if you want to work out, there's a – small – exercise room with machines right next to the swimming pool).
The furniture is modern but the public areas have a plush feel to them, deep colors and comfortable seating areas.
The Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette is about 900m (about half a mile) from Lyon Part-Dieu train station, or about a 15-minute walk, so it's not as close to the station as some of the others I've listed.
That in itself is an advantage, however: it may be further from the train station, but that brings it closer to some of Lyon's main attractions, especially those on the Presqu'île, the "Peninsula", such as the Place Bellecour and the Tourist Office.
129 rue Servient, Lyon, France
The Radisson Blu is probably one of the most unusual hotels in Lyon. In a city known for its ancient history and its (mostly) low-rise architecture, this hotel sits atop an office building, the Tour Part-Dieu.
In Lyon the building is affectionately known as "Le Crayon", or The Pencil. It's obvious why... (it's the one on the right).
You'll check in on the 32nd floor, and then go to your room above that. The stunning circular atrium will grab your attention for a minute, soaring as it does to the top of the pencil point in perfect geometry, a sort of giant circular courtyard.
The one absolute strength of this hotel is its 360° views of the city. Because of its round shape, different rooms have different views (my favorite is the view over Old Lyon and the hills beyond).
The rooms are modern (comfy beds!) but relatively compact (not small, just cozy). This is France, after all, where huge hotel rooms are reserved for the periphery or for five-star luxury.
The restaurant also has a panoramic view, so if height is an experience you enjoy, this is the hotel for you. If on the other hand you suffer from vertigo... Lyon has plenty of low-rises too.
The 245-room Radisson Blu is just 200m from the Part-Dieu train station, and it's an easy walk – IF you arrive during shopping hours (approximately 9:30am-8pm), because you can walk right through the Westfield La Part-Dieu shopping center, across the street from the railway station. La Part-Dieu mall, by the way, is Europe's largest urban mall.
Outside those hours, from 5am to 9:30pm, you can walk through a brand new passageway located right next to the library ("Bibliothèque") to the left of the shopping center. Look for the "Porte Gare Part-Dieu" and walk through to the other side.
75 avenue Félix Faure, 69003 Lyon France
I don't personally know this hotel but it gets good reviews and cropped up while I was doing my research. It's worth investigating if you're looking for a budget-friendly option in Lyon (an expensive city for hotels) AND if you're not traveling at the height of summer (it can provide you with a fan but has no air conditioning).
Contrary to many of the buildings in the area, this is a period house that I'm guessing must date back to the 1920s or 1930s, so perhaps more of an authentic feel to it than the more modern, streamlined hotels.
There is private parking on the premises (at a cost) in case you've come by car or have a rental.
Felix d'Ort does get excellent reviews, both for staff and "look and feel", but also for the price. I will probably try it sometime soon.
Felix d'Ort is a 15-minute walk from the train station, or two hops on the C7 bus, so it's not right next door, but not far either. This may not be the trendiest part of town, but if you're looking for a safe, decent place to stay that won't break the bank, this does seem to fit the bill.
63 Rue de la Villette, Lyon, France
This studio apartment is right behind the train station, which at night isn't the best area in town (nor is it the worst, mind you). The apartment is perfectly secure, with a code to enter from the street. I didn't visit the interior, but I did watch as people entered.
It was recently renovated, and those who stayed here confirm you'll find everything you need for a comfortable stay, including a small kitchenette and a washing machine.
It even has a balcony for those early-morning coffee moments.
This is ideal if you're looking for an apartment rather than a hotel room.
It's across the street from the Villette exit of the train station, barely a 5-minute stroll. Ideal if you want to be near the station, yet at the same time right next to public transportation to visit the rest of Lyon.
49 Cours Gambetta, Lyon, France
This is a large and spacious apartment that is beautifully decorated and perfect for families or a group of friends.
It has three bedrooms and plenty of room, a relative rarity in Lyon. The kitchen is fully equipped so you can cook full meals during your stay.
It is not, however, right near the train station. It's not quite walking distance (with heavy luggage) but it's a few minutes' drive cab or Uber ride (or metro). If I include it here, it's because this type of rental isn't common, and it's perfectly accessible from the train station.
This centrally located apartment is perfect for being in between the Lyon Part Dieu train station and the main sites of Lyon.
The Lyon train station is around a 15-20 minute walk from the apartment or can be reached by metro, almost door-to-door.
The neighborhood is an ideal area for exploring Lyon and is surrounded by restaurants and shops.
28 Cours de Verdun Perrache, Lyon, France
As I mentioned earlier, Lyon has several train stations.
Lyon Perrache used to be the main Lyon train station, but is now less important, with many trains ending their journey at Part-Dieu rather than continuing the extra 3km to Perrache.
While smaller with fewer trains, Perrache also happens to be more central and closer to the Presqu'ile and to Old Lyon.
So if you'd rather be in that part of town, try the Ibis Lyon Centre Perrache, a 3-star hotel located in a stylish art-deco building in central Lyon. The hotel features 123 renovated rooms and has paid private parking available.
The Ibis is located just 260m from Perrache station, and five minutes from Place Bellecour in the Presqu'ile neighborhood. You'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants around here, including the famous Brasserie Georges, so this is a good choice if you want to be closer to the centre of Lyon.
Please note that many trains to Lyon do not go all the way to Perrache and stop at Part-Dieu. So if you choose this hotel, make sure Perrache is the station your train leaves from.
Lyon is experiencing an ever-increasing number of visitors. Many come for business, but once they discover the city, they return!
Even if you only have one day in Lyon, make sure you at least make it to Old Lyon (the Vieux Lyon) and take the time to experience Lyonnaise cuisine in one of the city's famed bouchons, or local eateries.