Lyon Accommodations in City Centre
Lyon accommodation. Cheaper last minute deals for budget and 4 or 5 star hotels and apartments for rent located in the city center. Best rates and huge discounts for accommodations in Presqu'île and Old Town or Vieux Lyon France !
Lyon City Centre is located around the Presqu'île district between the Saône river and Rhône River. Presqu'île is the real heart of the city, on the left side across the Saône river lies the Old Town or Vieux Lyon, on the right side across the Rhône River lies Part-Dieu, the main business district and train station, and the Brotteaux district, which is next to the Tête d'Or park.
You can find many excellent and great value hotels and self catering apartments right in the heart of Lyon city centre. Accommodations along the banks of the Saône and Rhône rivers, and within walking distance of Lyon’s pedestrian shopping area. Look for hotels and apartment rentals with free parking, free WiFi internet access, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, etc..
Presqu'île or Downtown - Old Town
Lyon City Centre is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical city center is shadowed by the Fourvière hill, dominated by Notre-Dame de Fourvière basilica, and Croix-Rousse hill.
Since 1998 the UNESCO listed the old neighborhoods of Lyon, The Saint-Jean and the Croix-Rousse areas, as a World Heritage site, such as Venice, Florence, and Carthage. At the time, it was the largest urban region declared as a World Heritage Site. From Fourvière, the Old Lyon, and the slopes of La Croix Rousse to the Peninsula, this site encompasses more than one thousand acres.
The city of Lyon France is famous for its world-renowned gastronomy. The city is also known for its famous light festival 'Fete des Lumieres' which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, that earned Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.
Lyon's main tourist districts
Presqu'île lies between the two rivers and is the most central part of the city of Lyon France. The 1st and 2nd arrondissements of the city (as well as the southern part of the 4th) are located here, along with the Hôtel de Ville or city hall. Many hotels, apartments, cafés, restaurants, luxury shops, department stores, banks, government buildings, and cultural institutions can be found in the Presqu'île district of Lyon.
Vieux Lyon or Old Lyon lies in the 5th arrondissement and is the largest Renaissance district of the city center. Vieux Lyon is located at the foot of the Fourvière hill along the right bank of the Saône river.
Fourvière hill can be found immediately west of the Viex or Old part of Lyon. It is known primarily for the Catholic Basilica of Fourvière and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins of a Roman Theatre, Roman Baths and an odéon are also located here.
La Croix-Rousse district is the home of Lyon's silk industry since the sixteenth century, and particularly famous for its slopes classified World Heritage by Unesco.
The Brotteaux district lies in the 6th arrondissement of Lyon and is situated between the Rhône and the track railway which leads to the Gare de la Part-Dieu. It hosts a large number of renowned restaurants. The beautiful Tête d'Or park can be found here.
There is a huge choice of hotels, cheaper hostels and self catering apartments around Lyon's main tourists areas. Accommodation is within easy reach of the city's main sights, main squares and landmarks.
Main squares located in Lyon City Centre, France
Place Ampère -- central city pedestrian square in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon France. In the centre stands a statue of André-Marie Ampère.
Place Bellecour -- large city centre squareto the north of the Ainay district. It's the third biggest square of France, behind the place des Quinconces in Bordeaux and the place de la Concorde in Paris. In the middle is an equestrian statue of Louis XIV. Many hotels and self catering places to stay can be found within easy walking distance of the square.
Place Carnot -- plaza set in the Perrache quarter of Lyon, near Perrache railway station. The Statue of the République can be found on the square.
Place des Célestines -- situated in the 2nd arrondissement in the zone classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The most notable monument of the square is the Théâtre des Célestins.
Place Benoît-Crépu -- central square in Vieux Lyon.
Place des Jacobins -- located in the center of the 2nd arrondissement, and surrounded by many historical buildings and hotels.
Place Saint-Jean -- square in front of the Roman Catholic cathedral of Saint-Jean in the 5th arrondissement.
Place Antonin-Poncet -- central Lyon square in the Bellecour quarter, Presqu'île district.
Place de la République -- square located in the Bellecour quarter, directly connected with the rue Jean de Tournes, the rue Stella, the rue du Président Carnot, and the rue Childebert.
Place des Terreaux -- picturesque square in central Lyon on the Presqu'île at the foot of the hill of La Croix-Rousse in the 1st arrondissement. The square is surrounded by the City Hall and the Palais Saint-Pierre and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.
Cheap overnight stay
Grand Hotel Mercure Chateau Perrache - ( Central Lyon City Centre Hotel )
This Art Nouveau building is located in the centre of Lyon, close to the TGV railway station and 2 km from La Place Bellecour.
Best Western Saphir Lyon - ( Hotel located near the city centre of Lyon France)
Located in the 9th district, the Best Western Saphir Lyon (formely Tulip Inn) is only one metro station away of the Historic City center.
Citea Lyon - ( Hotel situated in the Lyon City Centre in France Europe )
Citea Lyon is located in city centre ( 8th district) of Lyon (near the main hall) which is the biggest city of France after Paris.