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“Not recommended”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Berlioz

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Hotel Berlioz
Ranked #139 of 193 Hotels in Lyon
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21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Not recommended”
Reviewed 4 March 2011

The Berlioz is located in a rather seedy part of Lyon just south of the very rundown SNCF Perrache station. It is really worth paying a bit more and staying on the other (northern side) which gets gradually better as you approach the Bellecour Place. If you need to be near a mainline rail station, Part-Dieu is much better.

The Berlioz is quite dark and depressing, and the service was very ordinary. My room was painfully small even by European standards, and had a notice with all the things you were forbidden to do, which didn't make it feel a very friendly place to be. There was noise from the street outside, and a tissue shoved into a hole where the door handle connecting to another room had been...

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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  • Service
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

Perfect location with tram stop to Lyon Part Dieu station right outside (20 mins) and Lyon Perrache local station and metro station 5 mins walk away.
Staff incredibly helpful - speak good English if needed or will be patient / helpful / apppreciative when you try French.
Rooms rather small and the shower cubicles built for nobody larger than a small stick insect. Friend advised me to soap up before getting in so that one 'slides past the door obstacle'! That more or less worked!
No foreign language satellite tv - not even BBC world or CNN so tv useless if you don't speak any French!
Wifi somewhat unreliable I gathered from other guests I spoke with, and the pc for use in Reception the slowest I've ever encountered! If trying to use Facebook or email, you may find it tells you there's a problem with the certificate. Ignore that and say 'Continue anyway' before entering your passwords. I got totally locked out of fb and had to go to internet cafe near St Andre tram stop - lots near there - to get it unblocked. Think it may be because hotel has Orange connection fb tends to block them.
Word of warning - the rooms above ground floor level seem to slope to one side quite steeply which can mean that the beds also slope quite noticeably. That gave me quite a bad back because I was always walking or lying on a slope. Sounds silly but it is uncomfortable if you stay for 12 nights like I did! Still, it's in an old building so to be expected... The lift is also the tiniest I've ever seen and would only just take me and my suitcase if I sort of half sat on it. It's very claustrophobic and I feared getting stuck in it ...
Breakfast is ok but at 8 Euros, you can find better options out and about just through and beyond Perrache station.
Loved Lyon itself and travelled around the area a lot ,as far as Vienne, Le Puy en Velay, Annecy, Dijon, Grenoble and Chambery easily on trains from Part Dieu station. Well worth getting a combined transport ticket - E4.70 per day to get unlimited use of all city transport - Weekly option also available at about E48 I think. The open top bus tour from Place Bellcour is also a superb option and excellent value.
Will definitely go back and base myself there again as I didn't really scratch the surface of all there is to see and do. Fabulous shopping too!
Brilliant city! Superb transport! Great budget hotel option but don't expect mod cons or anything more than good clean basic - it was spotless.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

Clean room, comfortable bed, lovely breakfast well worth the 8 euros,but best of all the staff here are charming, helpful and polite. The first night we parked our Vauxhall Meriva at the front door. Later a receptionist guided us to a free parking place close by.
Four days not enough.
I'd give it 10 out of 10.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2009

Conveniently located for travel purposes - beside the bus and train stations. Acceptable budget hotel for short stay in Lyon.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Chicago
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2008

My sister and I stayed here for a night. No real issues, but definitely and little dingy. Service wasn't particularly amazing either, but hey, this is France. Of more concern, however, was the overall sketchiness of the area. I'd definitely recommend staying north of the train station if you can afford to. Convenient location though.

  • Stayed August 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 September 2007

I also had an issue with price of booking. I booked in Nov 06 through a booking website and arrived in Sep 07 being told that an email had been sent and price had changed. Price was more than DOUBLE and email was sent only 24 hours before check-in, which I didn't see and in any case is too late to change to alternative accommodation, especially during Rugby World Cup.

It was a shame as the location is in a good location, walking distance to train/bus/train and old town. Reception staff were friendly and did all they could to alleviate the issue but we did still end up paying double original confirmed price - a little more notice of price increase would have been appreciated.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Late change to room price
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2007

We had a very bad experience with this Hotel who after we had booked, confirmed and paid our deposit through a reputable hotel booking site proptly told us they had decided to increase the price. Not just by a little bit but they DOUBLED THE PRICE!!!

This was competly unacceptable as we were on a budget and staying for 3 nights but we had no recourse and it was too late to book alternative accommodation.

DO NOT STAY HERE. Unless you are happy with them increasing DOUBLING the price after you have made the booking and paid the deposit.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — That they double the price after you have booked and paid your deposit
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Berlioz
Address: 12 cours Charlemagne, 69002, Lyon, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Rhone > Lyon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #139 of 193 Hotels in Lyon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Berlioz 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Berlioz is located in Lyon, a 15-minute walk from Place Bellecour and Old Town Lyon. Its rooms are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.A breakfast buffet is served daily in the dining area that offers a view of the grounds or in the comfort of your guest room.The reception is open 24/7 and a covered parking lot is located just 110 yards from the Berlioz Nn Lyon.Berlioz Nn Lyon is situated just 55 yards from the Perrache TGV station, a taxi stand and a car rental agency. It is also a short walk to the trams and subway stations. ... more   less 
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