This bright, spacious studio on the top floor of a well-maintained building offers free phone, free high-speed internet and free cable TV (including CNN and BBC World) . Entirely remodeled in 2009, the studio offers a magnificent view of the city, with light streaming through a wall of windows opening onto a wide balcony. Tastefully furnished and decorated with original art. Full kitchen with breakfast bar facing the view. Leather armchairs, Persian rug and a sofa in daytime use. Easily deployed comfortable queen-size futon by night. Built-in armoire for bedding and personal effects. Bright bathroom has over-sized shower, vanity sink, storage cabinets and a clothes washer. On a quiet, leafy street, with all shops and services a few steps away, including a twice-weekly open-air market , the celebrated Halles de Lyon, and the largest shopping center in the region. Close to metro, tram, buses, train station. Please note the 4-night minimum rental.
Things To Do: Tourist brochures and city/transit maps are provided, as well as a restaurant guide. Complete tourist information is available at the Office du Tourisme located on historic Place Bellecour (accessible by metro or about 15-min walk across the Rhone).
For listings of current events, movies, music, and museums, pick up free weekly tabloids available in many nearby shops. Be sure to visit these excellent websites for more photos and information: www.lyon.fr and www.en.lyon-france.com
Public transportation: The studio is fully served by all forms of public transportation, all within walking distances: Gare SNCF La Part-Dieu (access to TGV and all other national and international trains). Transports en Commun de Lyon (TCL): Metro Line B; Tramway Line 1; various bus lines, including #4 to Cite Internationale/Parc de la Tete d'Or, and #99 to St Jean cathedral/Old Lyon by way of the city center (Presqu'ile). Tickets are valid on all 3 TCL transports and sold at all metro and tram stations.
In addition, there is a Velo'v station close by, the almost-free bicycle rental system pioneered in Lyon and now used in Paris and other cities.
I was born, raised and educated in Lyon. I now live in the western United States but return to Lyon as often as I can to keep in touch with family and friends. I love this beautiful city.
I inherited the studio from my parents. Although the building is 'younger' than me, it is located in the heart of the neighborhood where I grew up. My old high school (lycee) is two blocks away. From the balcony, one can see the church where I made my first holy communion and the city hall where I was married (many years ago).
Besides the super-convenient location of the studio near everything in Lyon, what makes my heart rejoice upon opening the front door is the incredible view of the rooftops and monuments, and the sense of space and freedom standing on the balcony -- in the center of the city and yet near the sky.