Historical Lyon

Lyon, Capital of Gaul, has a rich historical heritage for you to discover. With a range of public transport at your fingertips, Hotelo is ideally situated for you to explore the whole city, visit famous landmarks and discover everything that Lyon has to offer.

The Hotelo hotel is located on Lyon's presqu'île or peninsula, the very heart of the city between the Saône and Rhône rivers. The presqu'île is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the majority of Lyon's landmarks amidst its majestic, Renaissance or Haussmann-style streets. The Hôtel-Dieu, Céléstins Theatre and Lyon Opera House are all just a stone's throw away. Next to City Hall on Place des Terreaux, only a 25-minute walk from the Hotelo hotel, is the remarkable Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Fine Arts Museum) with its impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and other artworks from ancient times right up to the present day.
And just a short walk from our hotel, you will find Place Carnot with its play area for children and a variety of markets. Then just a little further on, the famous Place Bellecour - the unmissable focal point of Lyon. Place Bellecour is the third largest public square in France and Europe's largest pedestrian square. It is the perfect place for a stroll to see the statues of Louis XIV and The Little Prince. It is also home to the Tourist Information Office and a number of bars and cafés. Its central location make it a significant meeting place, close to City Hall, the Opera House and the golden mile shopping district, as well as a number of traditional restaurants.


Right on our doorstep:

Vieux-Lyon is an area filled with important historical and architectural heritage and renaissance-style buildings with a hint of Italian influence. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has numerous places of interest that you can visit, including the Guignol Puppet Museum, Saint-Georges Church and Saint-Jean Cathedral, La Villa Florentine, La Tour Rose with its spectacular inner courtyard, the Miniatures Museum and the famous 'Traboules' or secret alleyways. There are also a number of 'Bouchons Lyonnais', typical Lyon restaurants offering you the chance to discover a whole range of local specialities, such as sugared almond tart or traditional Lyon sausage.


To the south of Presqu'île:

Lyon's newest quarter: La Confluence is a sustainable development, with eco-friendly buildings, where leisure is key. There is a marina with its Vaporetto shuttle ferries along the River Saône, the new shopping centre and the brand new Musée des Confluences. It is also a centre for culture with concerts and exhibitions at La Sucrière venue for arts and events.
The Musée de Confluences, with its modern architecture, tells the story of our planet, humanity and society through a vast collection of over 2 million objects housed in an area of almost 22,000m² from prehistory to the present day.

To the north of Presqu'île:

On the hill overlooking Lyon centre stands Croix-Rousse (the so-called 'hill that works'), with its many cultural features, including the 'Trois Gaules' amphitheatre, the 'Traboules' (secret alleyways) and 'canut' apartments, typical buildings with high-ceilinged rooms and wooden beams where the silk looms were housed. This quarter is famous for its sloping streets and small village atmosphere on the plateau above.



Lyon, gourmet food capital of France


Paul Bocuse :

Paul Bocuse is the head of several establishments throughout Lyon. He has retained his 3 Michelin stars since 1965 and was named Best Chef of the 20th Century by the Gault et Millau gastronomy guide.  Lyon offers an extensive range of gastronomic experiences, from Michelin-starred restaurants to typical 'Bouchons' restaurants serving local specialities or even traditional brasseries, such as the famous Brasserie Georges.


Bouchons Lyonnais':

These traditional Lyon restaurants serve local specialities in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. An absolute must for a typical Lyonnais dining experience. Try the sausages in brioche with pistachio nuts, cured meats, 'gratons' (pork scratchings), 'quenelles' (dumpling), Dauphinois potato gratin, 'Cervelle des Canuts' (cream cheese with onions and herbs) or Saint-Marcellin cheese. And for dessert? What about the sugared-almond tart or some 'bugnes' pastries.



There are so many local wines to choose from, for example the famous Beaujolais (including Beaujolais Nouveau) or the Grands Crus of the Côtes du Rhône, such as Hermitage, Saint Joseph or Condrieu.