Fodor's Expert Review Villa Florentine

25–27 montée St-Barthélémy, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 69005, France Fodor's Choice

Perched high above the Vieille Ville (old city) atop the Fourvière Hill, this pristine hotel was once a 17th-century convent; glowing in its ocher-yellow exterior, it has vaulted ceilings, lovely terraces, and marvelous views, seen to best advantage from the Terrasses de Lyon restaurant. With a newly expanded glassed-in winter garden (every table now has a view over Lyon) and tomato-red salons, this excellent eatery offers an exciting nouvelle cuisine menu. Throughout, in time-warp fashion, 17th-century Italianate architectural details are contrasted with the latest in bright postmodern Italian furnishings. The clientele tends to be travelers seeking peace and quiet. Breakfast is extra.

PROS

  • panoramic location above the Saône
  • wonderful restaurant
  • good access to Vieux Lyon

CONS

  • a hot climb up to the hotel in summer
  • tricky access by car
  • somewhat removed from the action

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Design
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 04–72–56–56–56

HOTEL DETAILS

29 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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