Lyon is an excellent weekend trip from Switzerland and we loved every minute of our stay at the Warwick Reine Astrid hotel.
We were lucky enough to be staying in one of their newly refurbished Suite Privilège with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and fabulous living area with a stylish sofa and dining area. On our first night, we ate in the hotel restaurant and the children were happy with their homemade nuggets. Jean and I really enjoyed our meals and they even prepared a puree for Elio which was wonderful.
Breakfast is a real treat and the children LOVED the pancake machine which is something we hadn’t seen before. They spent quite a while filling their plates :-). There is a good selection of hot and cold dishes so we felt well prepared for the day ahead.
With on-site parking and an excellent location (see map at the end of the article) situated right next to the tête d’or park with its lake, gardens, zoo and plenty of fun activities for children, the hotel is a really great base to explore the city. If you havent visited Lyon before, there are plenty of guided group tours to try. We joined one which explored the impressive Grand Hôtel-Dieu and learned a lot about its history while discovering the beautiful architecture, and on the second day we did a fascinating tour of the old town including some of its hidden passageways and historical landmarks.
Of course you can’t visit Lyon without trying a bouchon which is the name for the traditional Lyonnaise restaurants. We visited Chez Louloutte and loved the atmosphere and the delicious food. The children cleaned their plates and again, the restaurant were able to prepare a dish for Elio too so everyone was happy.
We decided to spend the evening at the hotel since Elio was tired so the hotel helped us to find a caterer and we ordered some food to eat in the apartment followed by a film. It was so nice to have the space and facilities to be able to do that and we were really happy to have some extra time to enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
Without exception, every member of staff we met was incredibly friendly and helpful and we were made to feel really welcome from the moment we arrived.
A few other things you could try in the area include (make sure you get a Lyon City Card which gives you access to 23 museums and unlimited access to public transport):
Warwick Reine Astrid - Lyon
24, Boulevard des Belges - 69006 Lyon, France
+(33) 04 72 82 18 00
Lyon Office de Tourisme