This hotel is a real surprise with its residential atmosphere. At the reception, a gigantic pot of pencils sets the scene, with the blackboards no longer covered with multiplication tables but with the cocktail of the day. The classrooms are transformed into lounges, with walls lined with books and shiny distressed leather sofas. 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 break time at the cafeteria bar, the Baràgones, but you are invited to savour its regional 'Goneries', a collection of twists on classic Lyonnais gourmet canapés to your heart's delight.
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 of 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 99 EUR