Hotel Review: Hotel Le Royal Lyon

The Hotel Le Royal Lyon is one of the more historic luxury hotels in the French metropolis. The property is very well located and belongs to the MGallery Collection by Accorhotels. In this extensive hotel review, we’ll explain what to expect of the hotel!

If you are looking for hotels with a great location and a certain level of luxury in Lyon, the Hotel Le Royal will most likely be in your focus. The property is located at Place Bellecour in the immediate city center.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Junior Suite
  • Month of Stay: May

I really loved the location as you’re close to most attractions, basically next to both rivers and still in a somewhat historic and backlaid area. I can hardly imagine a better area to stay at in Lyon!

Junior Suite at the Hotel Le Royal Lyon

Thanks to a special suite offer from Accorhotels, I ended up directly booking a Junior Suite at the Hotel Le Royal Lyon, which came with free breakfast. The suite itself had two rooms, starting with a small living room after the entrance area.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Junior Suite Living Room

It was easy to see that the hotel must have been renovated some time ago, while keeping its historic character. The living room of the Junior Suite has a couch, a television, a coffee table and a rather tiny working desk with a chair.

There’s also another small desk in the entrace area, where the coffee machine is located, which is something you don’t even find in properties like the Le Bristol Paris or the InterContinental Paris Le Grand.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Junior Suite Living Room

The bedroom of the Junior Suite isn’t much bigger and basically only features a wardrobe and a King Bed facing a flat-screen television. The bed is very comfortable though and I slept very well.

Another great aspect of the suite at the Hotel Le Royal Lyon is the nice view of the square.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Junior Suite View

It’s a bid odd that the suite comes with two full bathrooms. The entrance area has a bathroom with a shower-tub combo, a sink and a toilet.

The main bathroom is located off the bedroom and comes with a bathtub, a toilet and a sink.

I would have actually preferred one really great bathroom and an additional toilet, but having two bathrooms is still quite nice. In general, I thought that the room offers a nice balance of historic character and modern comfort.

Breakfast at the Hotel Le Royal Lyon

Speaking of character, the breakfast at the Hotel Le Royal Lyon is exactly what you’d expect of a boutique hotel. The spread isn’t big, but it’s really beautifully presented.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Breakfast

The choice of items is decent between the typical continental items like cheese, a bread selection, cold cuts and a couple more things like vegetables, hard boiled eggs, yogurt and cake.

In addition to the buffet, you can also order fresh egg dishes from the menu.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Breakfast

While the pictures might already speak for themselves, the quality of everything I tried was really good, making this one of the highest quality breakfasts I had over thirty different hotel stays in France.

Welcome Drink & Room Service at the Hotel Le Royal Lyon

I’ve stayed at oh so many Accorhotels and even MGallery hotels (e.g. the Hotel Royal Hoi An or the Hotel Molitor Paris), but it was until here that I not only got a welcome drink, but also a small snack with it (I’m not accepting nuts as a ‘snack’).

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Welcome Drink

The wine as such and the atmosphere in the little bar of the hotel are a real winner as well.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Welcome Drink

Speaking of unique, the room service order for a croque monsieur ended up looking like this.

Hotel Le Royal Lyon Room Service

Neither did I order a salad nor a banana or bread, but all was not only complimentary, but also presented really beautifully. The food was great, too!

Overall impressions of the Hotel Le Royal Lyon

The Hotel Le Royal Lyon doesn’t offer a gym or a pool, which is something I miss. Nevertheless, I’d return in a heartbeat as this hotel has a lot of character, offers nicely appointed rooms and just gets the details right. From a good breakfast to an incredible room service order, this property is just very well managed and I can just recommend giving the experience a try!

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