Best area to stay in Lyon

Where is the best area to stay in Lyon?

The best area to stay in Lyon is the city centre, from where you can access many of the city´s important areas on foot. It is also easily accessible from the airport, by taking the Rhone Express which links with the metro. Another advantage of being in this area is not having to depend on public transport to get around, although if you do need to use it to get to areas outside of the centre, there are good bus and metro connections running from here.


Just a stone’s throw away from the River Saône, Lyon centre offers a large variety of small restaurants where you can taste many culinary delights. It is also full of cafés and shops selling the best and most exclusive clothing brands. The area´s hotel offering is more than abundant, with many different options for varying budgets.


Among many attractions available in Lyon´s city centre, you will find the famous Théâtre des Célestins, the Cathédrale de Lyon, the Place Bellcour, the Place Des Jacobins, and the Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourviere. The amazing Vieux Lyon district is also just a few minutes away on foot, which is the city´s oldest district, and the largest and most important renaissance district in Eastern France.

Hotel   Avg price
Hotel Elysée
92 Rue du Président Edouard Herriot
124€ - 148$
Hotel   Avg price
Hotel des Celestins
4 Rue des Archers
107€ - 127$
Hôtel Des Artistes
8 Rue Gaspard André
114€ - 136$
Hotel   Avg price
Globe Et Cecil
21, Rue Gasparin
144€ - 171$
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery by Sofitel
4 Rue Jussieu, 02
166€ - 198$
Hotel   Avg price
Sofitel Lyon Bellecour
20 Quai Dr Gailleton
182€ - 217$


On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Lyon, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.


If you were interested in finding out where to stay in Lyon, you may also be interested in knowing where to stay in Paris or where to stay in Nice.

The city centre, the best area to stay in Lyon

City Centre LyonLyon’s city centre, known as Presqu'île, offers elements of history, culture, restaurants, shopping, and authentic character making it the best place to stay in town. This neighbourhood is a strip of land between the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lyon is split into nine arrondissements (numbered neighbourhoods) - Presqu'île lies between the 2nd and 5th arrondissements.


This area is serviced by metro stations Bellecour and Hotel de Ville.The historical city centre of Lyon, known as Saint Jean, is a short walk across the bridge of the Saône in the 5th arrondissement. On the opposite side of the Presqu'île peninsula, in the 2nd arrondissement, lies the Les Berges du Rhone, a 5km pathway along the banks of the Rhone River. Les Berges du Rhone is the perfect place for a scenic stroll.


The city centre gives prime access to Saint Jean Cathedral, the Gadagne Museum, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Place Bellecour, the city aquarium, Place des Jacobins, and the Lyon Cathedral. This neighbourhood is also an ideal spot for shopping, with luxury designers, boutiques, and the famous Printemps French department store. For restaurants, Rue Mercière and Rue des Marronniers offer numerous traditional options. The nearby area of Le Vieux Lyon offers picturesque and quaint French scenes, complete with narrow streets, boulangeries and bouchon restaurants.



Hotels in Lyon City Centre




Other neighbourhoods to stay in Lyon


The 3rd Arrondissement


The 3rd ArrondissementThe 3rd Arrondissement is a lovely alternative area to stay in Lyon if you want to live like the locals. This neighbourhood borders the Rhone River, which is anchored with boats and barges housing bars, cafes, and little shops. The nightlife is alive and buzzing along the Rhone.


You will also find, La Part Dieu, a major indoor shopping centre situated across from the La Part Dieu traIn station, with stores from international brands. Foodie paradise may be found at Les Halles de Lyon a food market featuring unique and tasty items from top local producers and chefs. The north end of this neighbourhood borders Parc de la Tête d'or, an expansive lovely 19th century garden.


Recommended hotels in the area: Radisson blue and Ibis budget Lyon Centre



Hotels in the 3rd Arrondissement




The 1st Arrondissement


The 1st ArrondissementThe 1st Arrondissement is also a nice area to stay. Located just north of the city centre on the Presqu'ile peninsula, the 1st Arrondissement holds the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts and Opéra Nouvel. You will also find Passage Thiaffait, a historical traboule (hidden alleyway), for beautiful shops and cafes. This area, often referred to as Terreaux, is serviced by Hotel de Ville and Croix-Paquet metro stations.



Hotels in the 1st Arrondissement