The Travel Book – Hotel Carlton Lyon – MGallery By Sofitel, Lyon, France

You are heading to Lyon, you want somewhere to stay that’s central but also gives you home comforts away from all the business – well look no more and why not stay at The Hotel Carlton M by Sofitel.

The hotel is located in Rue Jussieu and is a few minutes tram drive away from the airport tram and about a 30 minute walk if you want a mini adventure. It is also situated a short walk away from the old town of Lyon and near the metro stop of Cordeliers Bourse.

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When you enter the hotel you are welcomed by very friendly staff and bright pink sweets on the front desk – do not be alarmed these bright pink things are a local delicacy and if you walk around Lyon you will see them everywhere.

The lift that takes you up to the floors is slow as it is a very busy hotel so in use a lot however if you get a chance to use it and you fancy waiting it is worth it as it is an old fashioned 1920s style lift with a seat in and it is great to see and experience.

The hotel has a downstairs bar which is absolutely stunning (if you look at the ceiling you will be blown away by the beautiful art work of it) however the hotel does not have a restaurant, there are many places to eat however around the hotel, however you may have a bit of problem on a Sunday finding somewhere to grab some food. If this happens there is room service that you can purchase for a reasonable price.

The rooms are beautiful in this hotel and the styles of the rooms are very in tone with the 19th Century style building. The rooms are decorated in bold colours however these really suit the whole layout and really makes the rooms feel warm and welcoming – like a big hug. When you first arrive at the hotel you may be concerned that there will be a noise factor in the room as it is situated on a town square – this is not a problem, even if you are the lightest sleeper. The room is has so much double glazing they are silent, I was so surprised to open the balcony doors ( oh yes some of the rooms have balconies) and to hear the noise outside that it was blocking out. Out of all the hotels that I have stayed in that is one thing that is the best I have ever witnessed.

Another thing I found highly impressive is the breakfast, it may not have a restaurant but the small room upstairs where they serve breakfast has one of the best selections on offer that I have ever seen in a hotel before. Everything is fresh, everything like the juices is homemade and it is above and beyond. Well worth everything.

If you are staying in Lyon anytime soon, stay in this hotel. It is in a great location, the rooms are lovely and above all everyone that works there is so friendly.

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