Hotels, inns, gîtes d'étapes (hikers' way stations), and chambres d'hôte (bed-and-breakfasts) run the gamut from grand luxe to spartanly rustic in this multifaceted region embracing ultraurban chic in Lyon as well as ski huts in the Alps. Lyon accommodations range from guest rooms with panoramic views high in the hilltop Croix Rousse district to chic hotels in Vieux Lyon. The Alps,
of course, are well furnished with top hotels, especially in Grenoble and the time-honored ski resorts such as Chamonix and Megève. Many hotels expect you to have at least your evening meal there, especially in summer; in winter they up the ante and hope travelers will take all three meals.
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