Looking for great, charming hotel recommendations near Gare de Lyon train station
How near do you have to be? In other words, how early is your train? "near Gare de Lyon" and "charming" don't go hand in hand ;-)
I know plenty of hotels in the area but none would fit "great" or "charming".
You have answered my question, Thank you! In the early planning stages for a trip over Thanksgiving 2021 a few days in Paris and the remainder in Lyon. Thought if the area was not to gritty it would shave off some travel time.
We have only stayed in the Rue Cler so will be researching another area.
Again, thank you!
A few years ago (2015?), we stayed at the ibis Paris Gare de Lyon Ledru Rollin 12ème because it was an easy walk to the Gare de Lyon for our train the next morning. I thought the neighborhood was fine, we had no problems finding a place to eat or walking to the station. Our room was bigger than expected, and the included breakfast was surprisingly good.
It isn't gritty. It isn't charming. It is day to day regular Paris. No Grandes Hotels. The Holiday Inn Bastille is just down the street and our room had a distant view of the lit-up Eiffel Tower and a good breakfast. 5 or 10 minute walk. Not charming or great, but I'd return if, like most of the time I take trains from the Gare de Lyon, I was on an early train to Nice.
The Ibis similar, without the view. And the Mercure. You can't get much closer to the station than the Mercure. I've in the past (I have nothing to do with Trip Advisor now) left decent reviews about all three.
Exactly, the area is rather charmless but perfectly fine! If you do end up staying there, be sure to see colorful rue Crémieux. It looks better on Instagram than in real life but still worth a quick look.
And if you decide against it but still want to be near-ish the station, then maybe look for a hotel in the Marais around Saint Paul / Place des Vosges, it is 2 stops away on the metro.
Since you are going to Lyon, you don't need to take a very early train - journey time is only 2 hours and those early trains tend to be popular for business travel, so they can get more expensive.
Hotel Jeanne d'Arc in the Marais is a 4 minute walk from the Saint Paul Metro Stop then 8 minutes on the Metro. It's comfortable, not fancy and may not have air conditioning if that's important for the time of year that you'll be there. We like the neighborhood. Lots of restaurants nearby.
Paris Palym Hotel - located across the street from the train station on rue Emile-Gilbert. I’ve stayed a few times when I needed to catch a train.
We stayed in a charming hotel in the Marais. It was 4 minutes from the Saint-Paul Metro stop. Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais. We loved the vibe of Le Marais.
I'll write pretty the same thing I wrote the last time I read a request for a suggestion for a hotel near Gare de Lyon for a traveler spending a few days in Paris who is planning to catch a train at Gare de Lyon: I would not stay near meaning within a 5 to 10-minute walk of Gare de Lyon just to save 30 minutes of travel time on departure day, especially if I was looking for charming. I'd pick someplace more central so that I could have a more charming experience during whatever number of days I planned to spend in Paris. That being said, what is your budget and what do you mean by near? A 10-minute walk, a 10-minute taxi ride, etc. Having no 1dea about your budget or just how close you want to be, let me toss out Hotel les Tournelles. Even during rush hour, it is about a 20-minute bus or car ride to the station and a 25-minute walk and roughly a 10-minute trip by metro. Here is a link to a cite that I used to use to identify hotels near metro stations that could help you identify some choices near Gare de Lyon or a metro station on a direct line to the station: https://www.cybevasion.fr/hotels-paris-metro-lpmetro.html.
Thanks Everyone for your replies and confirmation that staying next to the station is not the best option (as my gut told me). Appreciate all the suggestions of charming hotels in a variety of areas around $200 US per night. All appreciated!
Thanks Balso about the tip on train times to LYON, cost, etc. Very helpful!
We love the Hotel des Grands Hommes, and the Hotel Les Dames du Pantheon. Both are in Place du Pantheon. They are charming boutique hotels, right next door to each other, and are run by the same group. The location is wonderful. We actually just stayed at Les Dames this week. Grands Hommes looks a bit more typically Parisian whereas Les Dames is a bit more modern in appearance. Other than that they are very similar - and really quite lovely. I think either would have a room around your $200 budget, but if you can spare a bit more, the rooms with views and/or balconies overlooking the Pantheon are worth it. Enjoy your trip!
Thanks Heather! Appreciate your personal recommendation and recent experience!