Explore a city that offers more than 2,000 years of history! Discover the hidden treasures of the Croix Rousse, the jewels of the religious architecture and the secrets of its urban planning through the centuries, as well as its gastronomy, shops and breathtaking landscapes. Lyon is the perfect place for a family weekend, a couple’s getaway or a business trip.
Hôtel Lyon Métropole is located in the fourth arrondissement, on the banks of the Saône River, close to many points of interest.
What to do
around Hôtel Lyon Métropole
The Croix Rousse quarter
A village in the city centre, Croix Rousse is full of places to explore, restaurants to test and shops to visit. Once the historic Canut (silk weaver) district in the early 19th century, today Croix Rousse is a lovely place for a stroll. Several tours are organised by the tourist office so you can discover the hilltop or the slopes which are home to many traboules (typical Lyon passageways that enable you to move from one street to another through a building’s alley).
The Old Lyon District
Old Lyon’s medieval district is located at the foot of Fourvière hill. A unique example of Italian-influenced architecture with pink buildings and internal courtyards with balconies, the neighbourhood is only open to pedestrians. It contains a large number of outstanding buildings such, as the Cathédral Saint John, the Temple du Change, the former Palais de Justice… as well as traboules, artisanal shops and bouchons (typical Lyon restaurants).
Basilique de Fourvière
Basilique de Fourvière dominates the summit of Fourvière hill, a key part of Lyon’s identity. Located where the first Christian communities settled, the neo-Byzantine style basilica was built from 1872 to 1884. The building, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is adorned with a virgin in gold at its peak. The basilica’s complex includes the building, as well as the Chapel of St. Thomas and the statue of the Virgin, a panoramic esplanade, the Rosary garden and the archdiocese of Lyon.
Located only 10 minutes from Hôtel Lyon Métropole, Lyon’s city centre has countless surprises in store for visitors: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, the opera house, churches and museums, and pedestrian streets bustling with life. Visitors venturing as far as the confluence will discover a more modern side of the city, with recent architectural projects such as the Musée des Confluences and the shopping centre of the same name.
Parc de la Tête d’Or
A botanical and zoological park stretching out over 117 ha, Parc de la Tête d’Or is considered the ‘green lung’ of the city by locals. Admission is free, and families like it for its animals brought in from all over the world, its playgrounds and its puppet theatre; botany lovers enjoy its wide variety of rare plants, its rose garden and its tropical greenhouses; athletes use it to go running; and everyone else enjoys its immense stretches of grass and strolls in the shade of hundred-year-old trees.
Halles Paul Bocuse
Lyon’s famed indoor market is filled with local gastronomic specialities: cheeses, delicatessen meats, sweets, quenelles and other dishes can be tasted and purchased from expert craftsmen. Halles Paul Bocuse is also home to several restaurants.