It was because of the good reviews about the staff on tripadvisor which made me decide that I should book this hotel for the whole duration of my stay in Lyon. They were all correct, the receptionist who checked me in was a very nice Tunisian guy. The owner who works during the day at the reception was also very nice, chatty and friendly. I spent quite some time chatting with both of them everytime I come to the hotel after a day’s adventure. We have crossed the boundaries of the normal pleasantries and somehow I have connected with them in a more personal level. English is not a problem by the way, both speaks perfect English which actually came to me as a surprise because they spoke the language clearly. I always feel bad whenever I had to ask someone to repeat themselves because I should be the one to adjust since I am the intruder but for the Hotel Du Dauphine staff, you wouldn’t need to do that.
It’s a two star property in an old French building which is part of the UNESCO Heritage Site. Having said all of that, you really can’t expect a grand hotel which was actually fine with me. You see, any place which is declared to be a UNESCO Heritage Site is well-protected. They cannot in any way alter the facade of the building, not even to paint it without seeking permission first from UNESCO, well not that the outside of the hotel lacks maintenance, no. It’s just that the hotel itself has an old feel to it. They do not have elevators, so thank goodness they gave me a room at the third floor only which was still quite a hike. The rooms look a little creepy, at least to me because I’m weird like that, with high ceilings and an odd green wall paint. The toilet and shower room was ok though, it was of decent size but I will later find out that the shower only had two temperature settings: hot-like-hell and cold-like-the-north-pole. It also had a funny smell when I first entered it.
My room had a full size window which I think is quite dangerous specially for drunk people as it had no railings. I have a good street view though:
I usually spend about 5-10 minutes looking out through that window and minding other people’s business because I’m nosy. :p Although my room was on the street side, it wasn’t noisy at all even if I spent all of my nights there with the windows open to let in some fresh air. The wifi in the hotel was fast and the connection was superb. They offer free wifi for their guests and the wifi can also be used inside your rooms. So yay for me!
The location of the hotel is also fantastic! The Perrache train station, one of Lyon’s main stations, is right across the road. Literally just a stone’s throw away. The Rue Victor Hugo is also nearby, about 3 minutes walk, it’s a street full of restaurants and shops. Place Bellecour is a mere 10 minutes walk from the hotel, just as soon as you’ve reached the other end of Rue Victor Hugo. From there, all the other tourist spots can be reached.
You should not mistake Hotel Du Dauphine with Hotel du Dauphin, they are not the same and is not owned by the same person. I know because I asked. LOL. The former had 4 star rating on tripadvisor whereas the latter only had 3 and a half stars. :p If you are going to Lyon and would like to stay in a central hotel with friendly staff and a not so bad room, you may visit their website here so you won’t get confused – Hotel du Dauphine. Maybe you can book the room with a bath, I learned later on that it’s a better room than the one that I stayed in.
P.S. I wasn’t able to take photos of my room as the angle of my bed was quite odd. Lol.