My flight back to Asia departs out of Lyon and having been here before, I decided to stay near Part Dieu which is where the airport train stops. This gave me easy access to and from the airport, and it is also suitable for skiers looking to take the train to the French Alps or travellers heading to Paris via the TGV.
Arrived at the hotel after a 6-7 minute walk from the Part Dieu train station. Hotel is easy to find at night being the only cylindrical skyscraper around though signage to the hotel is not very clear from the train station. Check in is conducted on the 32nd floor. On the ground floor there was a concierge and bell desk but there was no one at near midnight when I arrived.
Late check in at night meant I was served immediately though the agent was a bit clueless and she told me breakfast was included. Furthermore she mentioned breakfast would be served from 6:30am till 10:30am at the Celest Bar and Restaurant across from the reception. I was told my room had been upgraded but it would be nice to request for rooms with the last 2 numbers ranging from xx17 to xx27.
Room No: 3622 Category: Premium Room – Panoramic Old Town View
Room was a bit of a walk from the 2 elevators that is used for guests but the hotel only occupies floor 33-41 of this skyscraper and there is a nice atrium in the middle.
The modern room was comfortable upon entry even if it was as spacious as some hotel rooms. Fresh and plush carpets was nice to step on and that reinforced more of my positive view of this hotel.
A King-sized bed that was more than enough for one sits in the middle of the room with small round bedside tables on each side of the bed. However these round tables are somewhat small and one of them is occupied by the in-room telephone. However the modern refresh of the rooms meant power outlets by the bed makes it easy to charge your mobile phones.
There was no console below the TV due to the lack of space, with the TV being wall-mounted. Below the TV, there is actually a panel that can be opened to become a luggage stand. I thought it was a neat design but it feels a bit flimsy compared to a normal luggage stand. A small desk faces the window since this is supposed to be the panoramic room. There was plenty of power and connectivity outlets beside the desk and it comes with a basic wooden-backed chair.
There was another armchair and a coffee table by the window for lounging.
The closet can be found next to the bed though it was somewhat small since the middle section contains a Nespresso coffee machine with glasses and some snacks. The left compartment holds the in-room safe and the fridge with only the right compartment being for clothing.
On the desk there was already a welcome letter with a bottle of lemonade soda and a small box of candies that was given to guests. In addition Radisson members gets free bottled water that was placed by the bedside. This was another nice touch by the hotel since arriving late at night, I had access to drinking water.
Arriving late also meant the bed was already turned down for me and slippers and a cloth was placed beside the bed. This service was indicative of the premium level of lodging here.
While the bedroom was slightly small compared to usual, the bathroom was a decent size and has sliding doors that saves space. A modern finish inside the bathroom made this room very nice indeed with a large countertop to place your toiletries.
A fixed coloured glass partition provided the space for the walk-in shower and it featured an overhead rain shower with a sleek handheld shower head. The new fittings in the bathroom made the space very user-friendly.
Amenities provided were of a generic corporate brand and the scent is fairly light so as to have mass appeal. It is neither good nor bad.
As it was dark outside when I first arrived, there was not a good view. However on the last day, the blue skies meant there was a real panoramic view of the old town and the cathedral from the room. Do note however that the windows are not the cleanest and it is prone to fogging up during the winter months so guests might have to wait until sunny weather for a nice view.
While the room could have been more spacious, the neat design and comfortable furnishings made it a very nice place to stay for the night. This stay follows upon some of the other Radisson Blu hotels such as the ones in Oslo and Gothenburg, which have very nice rooms as well!
Breakfast at Celest Restaurant and Bar
For the included breakfast, it was served in the Celest Restaurant & Bar located on the 32nd floor which is the same as the reception/check-in desk. Being located high up in the skyscraper, the window seats have a panoramic view of the old town and it is worth it to be seated by the window on a clear day.
While a buffet was offered here, the selections are not as great as one might expect. Continental selections like cereals, milk, yogurt are present. There was cheese and cold cuts as well, but the variety is limited.
There was freshly cut vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes along with bowls of fruit cocktails. Amongst the whole fruits selections, apples, pears and bananas makes the usual suspects but I was surprised to find lychees which is uncommon outside of Asia.
More substantial breakfast selections on the buffet was the mini casserole of poached eggs that was a nice way of presenting eggs that is pre-made.
There was also bacon and sausages though the bacon served in Europe just aren’t as good as those in North America.
But the croissants and pastries selection in breakfast here was definitely superior. And in France, baguettes was offered amongst other breakfast rolls in the buffet.
In the beverage section of the buffet, there was actually an extensive selection, with an espresso machine being standard. Cookies was placed next to the machine which makes a lot of sense.
There was sachets of tea placed in a neat drawer compartment with a large hot water dispenser. Finally, the nicest part was the juicer that guests could use to make freshly squeezed orange juice. Sure, it might take a bit of time but I really prefer fresh orange juice to the packaged version so it was great to find it in this hotel’s breakfast offering.
Breakfast in the hotel was average for a city hotel and the quality of the food was quite good but I would certainly have liked more options. As a complimentary breakfast, it fits the bill, but if I were to pay for it, I might as well walked across to the shopping mall and dine in a nicer bistro with a more filling meal.
Fitness Centre and Other Facilities
Guests looking to work-out during their stay in this hotel can do so at the fitness centre located outside of the hotel premises. This is somewhat inconvenient and the facility is also open to the public as it is operated by a third party. This also means there are fixed operating hours for the fitness centre.
Aside from that there was a concierge desk and luggage storage for guests located on the ground floor.
Meanwhile most of the public lounging space is found on the 32nd floor lobby and anchored by the Celest Restaurant & Bar which is a nice place to hang out before and after dinner for drinks.
The biggest attraction for me staying at the hotel is the view out of this tall skyscraper complex. Being a modern building, there are some nice architectural details incorporated in the design of the atrium as well. This makes it worthwhile to visit the hotel if you are a fan of architecture.
During check out, it took a long time as there was the breakfast charge that needs to be taken off and the agent could not find my deposit slip. Apparently, the agent who checked me in was mistaken and it was a huge mess. Eventually the mistake took about 15 minutes before I went on my way, which is a bit longer than I expected. Other than that, the rest of my stay in the hotel was nothing out of the ordinary and I had been able to check out slightly later than 12:30pm but it was not possible to extend my stay longer than that.
When I visit Lyon in the future, I am inclined to stay here again since the proximity to the train station and its location next to a tram stop and the large shopping mall made it convenient. I was able to take the tram to and from the old town easily and it was easy to access the train to the airport as well. For this stay, I redeemed Radisson points, with paid rates being around EUR110 which is reasonable for the nice renovations done on the room.