Hotel Cour Des Loges

Staying at this 5 star hotel is a little like going to bed in a Renaissance painting. Many of the rooms and suites have bed-heads and walls decorated with historic murals, and there’s a generous opulence in the jewelled tones and polished floors that recalls some 15th century palace welcoming a deputation of noblemen. But they might have been taken aback by the spa, with its swimming pool, Turkish bath and the Philippe Starck designed bathrooms.

Despite its modern charms, the hotel dates back in parts to the 14th century. The courtyard lobby, surrounded by the loggia, is a spectacular example of Renaissance architectural style, and the building is connected by stone staircases and open walkways, which contributes to the sense that someone in an embroidered doublet is about to dismount his horse. Luckily, the hotel isn’t in thrall to its own history- there are two excellent restaurants, Les Loges and Café-Epicerie, a beautifully-stocked wine cellar, and the atmosphere that only the best hotels create, of being entirely cosseted, with every modern amenity subtly made available, despite the great antiquity of the building. It is one of those places where there genuinely is nothing to worry about.

website & bookings 6 Rue Du Boeuf 69005 Lyon Vieux Lyon Private parking is possible on site (reservation in advance) and costs EUR 35 per day.

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Bouchons : Brasseries & Restaurants Lyonnais [French] - Matthieu Flory.


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The Essential Jean Michel Jarre (from Lyon)

Short Stories - Franck Avitabile (from Lyon)

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