Hotels in Lyon

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How can I find hotels in Lyon?

The third-largest city in France and a vital communications link since Roman days, Lyon today is designed for city breaks. Select a hotel in Lyon with eDreams and you'll have a wealth of urban exploring to enjoy on your doorstep. Although large, Lyon manages to retain a village feel with nine distinct arrondissements or districts. Central to the city is the Place des Terreaux where people meet up for alfresco drinks and dining. Nearby, in a 17th-century abbey, is the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and the Basilica de Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Also, soak up Lyon's Roman past and explore the history of its silk-weaving and printing industries. Then, if you've time to escape the city, a beautiful natural landscape is also on the doorstep. If you want to stay in this elegant city use eDreams easy-to-navigate filters to search for your perfect hotel in Lyon.

What can I see in Lyon?

When you find cheap hotels in the Old Town of Lyon or Vieux Lyon, you're staying in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend an hour or two wandering the splendid interior of the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. This has been hosting major events such as the crowning of popes and royal weddings since the 13th-century. Near the cathedral is the Loge du Change. Originally the stock exchange, it was converted into a Protestant Church and for a while was called the Temple du Change. Much of Vieux Lyon is intersected by traboules or secret passageways that cut through buildings, courtyards and stairways. Built to provide shortcuts for workers to reach the River Saône, these can be explored on guided tours. A standout landmark of Lyon both literally and figuratively is the Basilica de Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Much newer than the cathedral, this was constructed in the late 19th-century with architecture inspired by the Roman, Gothic and Byzantine. Next to the basilica is the Tour Métallique, Lyon's answer to the Eiffel Tower. Also on the Fourvière Hill is the Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre, the Roman bathhouses and the Gier Aqueducts - all excellent sites for lovers of history. 

Where to stay in Lyon?

Lyon's distinct arrondissements each have their own personality and community life. Within each one, neighbours know each other and shopkeepers know the orders of their regular customers. While much of Lyon's history is found in the 5th arrondissement, the 2nd arrondissement is considered the city's true heart and it is here that you will find pedestrianised streets lined with shops, cafes and museums. Much of it is incorporated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and if you book a hotel here, you'll get a feel of life as a Lyonnais local. In the 2nd arrondissement, as well as good value hotel deals, you will come across the Place Bellecour, Europe's largest pedestrianised square. This district was once home to an ancient Roman temple which is now the site of St Nizier Church. Place des Jacobins has Victorian-style fountains and townhouses and is one of the most photogenic spots in the city while Rue Mercière is the traditional home of Lyon's printing trade. This is represented in the Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication. Probably the most iconic site in this district is the Hôtel Dieu. This served as a hospital for nearly 600 years, only closing its doors in 2010. Many Lyonnais residents were born there. Now it contains a luxury hotel and a shopping and entertainment complex.

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