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Hotel Gatsby by HappyCulture 3.0

Lyon, Rhone, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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Pros

  • Stylish hotel with fun and quirky retro decor 
  • Located near the Eurexpo convention center 
  • Comfortable guest rooms with coffeemakers and L’Occitane toiletries
  • Full-service restaurant offers regional cuisine and seasonal menus
  • Bar with lots of fun games, including a bowling alley
  • Spacious outdoor pool with a covered patio and table games
  • Computer workstation and meeting space for up to 180 people
  • Concierge and room service, plus valet dry cleaning and laundry
  • Airport shuttles (for an extra fee) 
  • Free on-site parking 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 

Cons

  • In an isolated industrial complex well outside city center
  • Some guest rooms have drab decor 
  • No in-room mini-fridges or safes
  • Breakfast is not included in the room rates
  • The fitness center is small and sparsely equipped

Bottom Line

The mid-range Hotel Gatsby by HappyCulture is a solid choice for travelers attending events at the nearby Eurexpo center or passing through Lyon’s two airports. Located in an industrial area well outside Lyon's city center, the contemporary business hotel has a quirky Roaring Twenties theme, and highlights include a full restaurant, outdoor pool, and bar and lounge with video games and a bowling alley. The hotel also has a fitness center, but it’s sparsely equipped. The property's 102 guest rooms are comfortable, but decor is a mixed bag, ranging from modern and stylish to contemporary and a bit drab. All units come with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi, but mini-fridges are missing. Travelers looking for a stay with a decent gym plus a sauna can check rates at the nearby Hotel ParKest. 

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A contemporary business hotel with a fun and quirky Roaring Twenties theme

Hotel Gatsby by HappyCulture is primarily a business hotel for travelers attending events at the nearby Eurexpo convention center. It’s a stylish and relatively quiet place with a Roaring Twenties theme, and midcentury modern touches to balance out the otherwise glitzy decor. A pair of black-and-white area rugs define two lounge areas in the attractive lobby, with navy velour sofas, distressed leather armchairs, and open shelving with hardcover books. The Gatsby restaurant has outdoor seating and is equally hip, with a bar holding a roulette wheel, and there's even a one-lane bowling alley with neon bowling balls for blowing off steam after a day of meetings.

Location

In an industrial area a short drive from the Eurexpo center and Lyon-Bron Airport

The hotel is located in an industrial area, roughly a three-minute drive to the Eurexpo convention center center. A few restaurants are within five minutes on foot, but there's little else within walking distance except for a few other other hotels. Lyon-Bron Airport is also three minutes by car, and Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport is roughly a 15-minute drive. It's only a seven-minute drive to the small town of Genas, and roughly 25 minutes by car to reach Lyon's city center. 

Rooms

A mix of styles, from modern to bland decor, with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers 

Some of the guest rooms at Hotel Gatsby by HappyCulture have a contemporary chain-hotel look, whereas others are more modern and stylish. Decor ranges from bland white walls and linens, brown-patterned carpet, and solid beige drapes to attractive units that have higher-quality wooden furniture and bright orange accents.  

All rooms benefit from high ceilings and large windows that let in cheerful natural light. Larger rooms and suites are available, including Family Rooms with twin beds separated from double beds by sliding privacy doors. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and free bottled water and Wi-Fi, but mini-fridges and safes are missing. Suites add Nespresso machines. Bathrooms are basic and spacious enough, with laminate wood vanities, shower/tub combos, magnifying mirrors, and L’Occitane toiletries. The rooms are relatively quiet, but views of the surrounding industrial area are unremarkable. 

Features

Full-service restaurant/bar, pool, fitness center, and games galore, but small gym 

Hotel Gatsby by HappyCulture offers an attractive amenities packages that makes for a comfortable stay. The Gatsby Restaurant has outdoor seating and serves a daily hot breakfast buffet for an extra charge. Lunch and dinner menus are seasonal, and dishes are made with local produce. The bar and lounge is full of fun things to do, including a roulette wheel, pool table, and a one-lane bowling alley, and there's foosball and ping pong tables under a covered patio next to the hotel's spacious outdoor pool. There's also a fitness area on-site, but it's cramped and sparsely equipped with just three pieces of cardio equipment – a treadmill, elliptical, and stationary bicycle. Other amenities include a business center with two computers and a printer, eight meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 180 people, valet dry cleaning and laundry, concierge and room service, and free on-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel runs an airport shuttle for a reasonable additional fee, and pets are welcome with a surcharge and some restrictions.

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Address

36 Rue des Freres Lumiere, Chassieu, Lyon 69680, France

Also Known As

  • Gatsby Hotel & Restaurant