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Cour des Loges 4.5

Lyon, Rhone, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Pros

  • Luxurious boutique hotel housed in several historic buildings
  • In Lyon’s historic center, surrounded by restaurants and attractions
  • Romantic rooms with individual, artistic decor
  • Two restaurants, including one with a Michelin star, and an atmospheric bar
  • Beautiful enclosed courtyard with a glass ceiling
  • Indoor pool in a space with arched ceilings
  • On-site spa with hot tub and sauna 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout  

Cons

  • Room decor is dark
  • Lots of staircases and some duplex rooms can be a challenge for some
  • Some bathtubs are in the bedrooms and might pose privacy issues
  • Restaurant not open every day

Bottom Line

Housed in a series of restored buildings from the 14th- to 17th-centuries, the luxury Cour Des Loges is a historic hotel with atmospheric interiors that mix Old World style with contemporary pieces. The centerpiece is a stunning courtyard with a glass ceiling. The 60 guest rooms, while a bit dark, have striking antique decor with paintings and beautiful woodwork. Some of the rooms have bedrooms and bathrooms on separate levels, so guests who are not comfortable with that should make sure to book single-floor rooms. Located in Lyon’s historic center, the hotel is within walking distance of attractions and surrounded by restaurants, plus it has two restaurants of its own, including the Michelin-starred Les Loges. There’s also an indoor pool, spa, and a well-regarded concierge staff. The collection of buildings and staircases might not be the best choice for less mobile travelers, but is worth the splurge for those who love historic charm. Travelers might want to compare rates with the nearby La Tour Rose, which also has stylish rooms and an upscale restaurant.

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Scene

Luxurious historic property with a mix of Old World style and modern decor

The historic structures that make up Cour Des Loges are joined by winding staircases and passageways called traboules that are common in Lyon. The hotel is decorated in an Italian Renaissance style, with some modern decor in the bar and other common areas. Its central courtyard, which houses the Les Loges restaurant, is flooded with light from a glass ceiling and surrounded by arched walkways, while the bar is dimly lit and atmospheric, with arched ceilings and illuminated shelves. Even the meeting rooms have Old World decor, with wood-beamed ceilings and hand-painted murals. There’s also a small rooftop garden where guests can relax with a bottle of wine.

Location

In the old part of Lyon, surrounded by restaurants and museums

Cour Des Loges sits in the heart of Lyon’s old town, surrounded by quaint, cobblestone, pedestrian-only streets, with many shops and restaurants nearby. Access by car in this tourist-heavy area is limited, and guests must call the hotel before arriving. The hotel is around the corner from the Musee Miniature et Cinema, a charming museum with miniature settings and movie props. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière and a 12-minute walk over the Saône river to the Musée des Beaux Arts. The Lyon St Exupéry Airport is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Charles de Gaulle Airport, outside Paris, is a full four and a half hours away by car or a little over an hour by plane.

Rooms

Atmospheric rooms with artistic, antique decor

The hotel’s 60 rooms are atmospheric and individually decorated. Many have wood-beamed ceilings and come with such features as hand-carved wooden headboards, antique armoires, velvety fabrics, and fine artwork, though some guests complain that decor is dark, and rooms are dimly lit. Some rooms have fireplaces and gardens. Some of the rooms are quite small, like the Small Mezzanine rooms, which have loft bedrooms with access to the rest of the room via a staircase. Suites offer the most space and have separate living rooms. Bathrooms are outfitted with a mix of gleaming modern and old-fashioned fixtures, though bathtubs in the bedrooms in certain units can pose privacy issues for some. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, minibars, robes and slippers, safes, and hairdryers.

Features

Michelin-starred restaurant, indoor pool and spa, and a helpful concierge staff  

The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Loges, serves fine food in an elegant courtyard setting, but it's not open every day. Café-Épicerie is a bistro-style restaurant that also sells oils, vinegars, and other condiments (and is open seven days a week). There’s an atmospheric, dimly lit bar and a separate smoker’s lounge. The indoor pool is lit up by glowing green lights and housed in a space with arched ceilings. The spa offers a variety of treatments and has a wooden hot tub in a glass-walled room, along with a sauna, steam room, sensory showers, and a relaxation room, plus there's a small fitness center. The concierge staff can provide sightseeing advice and restaurant bookings. Meeting rooms with antique decor are available to rent, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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Address

Entree 468 2 rue du Boeuf, Lyon 69005, France