The hotel surprises with its residential atmosphere. At the reception, a gigantic pot of pencils sets the scene, with the slates no longer covered with multiplication tables but with the cocktail of the day. The living rooms are transformed into study rooms, with walls lined with books and leather sofas shiny with aged patinas. The breakfast buffet awaits you in the dining hall, and fortunately the menu is much more attractive than memories of your school canteens might suggest. There's no bell to announce the gourmet recess at the bar-cafeteria, the Bar à Gones, but you are invited to savour its regional ‘Goneries', a collection of revisited Lyonnais gourmet canapés, without moderation.
The atmosphere, drawn from the pristine white rooms, is minimalist, almost like a private boarding school. As a bonus, some of the rooms offer a splendid view on Fourvière Hill and its Basilica.
Extra points for the huge retro-fridges on all floors, filled with free drinks!
Le Collège Hôtel
5, place Saint-Paul
+33 (0)4 72 10 05 05
Rooms: from 79 EUR