Small but comfortable
Reviewed 11 February, 2020
The hotel is located right in the centre of Lyon, walking distance to all major sights. Easy check in and out, English speaking staff. Stayed for 4 nights in a single room and although the room was somewhat small, there was a bigger single bed, not just the regular one, with a comfortable matress. It seems that the room was renovated recently, especially the bathroom (very modern and clean).
Reviewed 7 November, 2018
Very centrally located indeed, only a few steps from the Metro Station!!! Friendly staff, clean beds and cosy decorations!!! The juliet balcony was a plus!!! Great local French accomodation!!! Recommended when travelling within a budget!!!
Centrally placed two star hotel.
Reviewed 16 June, 2018
Very friendly welcome and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The hotel is very conveniently placed in the centre of the city and therefore close to all attractions. Our room was a fairly good size, though the breakfast room was a bit of a squash!
Reviewed 21 June, 2017
We are actually currently staying in this hotel, it will be our second time tonight. While the location is great, there is no air conditioning and only a small fan. It happens to be 96 degrees (31 Celsius) this week so as you may guess, we aren't the happiest. I've talked to the front desk twice and they offer no help. We have had to leave our room because we are sweating so much. I asked to talk to the manager and we were told she wouldn't be there until tomorrow and there was no phone number or any way to contact her, shocker. Don't bother staying here, there are plenty of hotels around that have the same plus of location near Place Bellecour.
Well-located hotel; we had a spacious room with a balcony; no parking facilities and no advice given on fees; tiny lift
Reviewed 14 November, 2016
My family and I stayed in 2 rooms for 2 nights at this hotel. My wife and my baby stayed in one room, while my mother-in-law and brother-in-law stayed in another. Lyon was the last stop on our 10-day road trip around France. We had stayed mostly in ibis hotels due to their predictability, but I found that the ibis hotels in Lyon were not conveniently located. I wanted to be within walking distance to Vieux Lyon and the more modern shopping areas. Hotel du Dauphin is very well-located, just steps away from Place Bellecour, and a 15-minute walk to Vieux Lyon.
Having driven to Lyon, one downside of this hotel is that it does not have its own parking facilities. There is a garage beneath Place Bellecour, but it is pricey. The 24-hour rate is EUR 31.80 (as of Nov. 2016). Even coming from the Netherlands where parking tariffs are much higher than those in France, this was still steep. I eventually transferred my car to the Q-Park next to Gare Perrache. The female receptionist at Hotel du Dauphin, however, could not provide any advice on parking rates, and instead referred me to the tourist office. The tourist office was closed, however, as we had arrived on 01 November, a local holiday. I came across Q-Park through some online research, and found that if you book ahead, the 24-hour rate is EUR 15. The garage is some distance away, being 2 metro stops away.
It is also rather awkward traveling by car to this hotel, as the street it's on is a pedestrianized shopping street. The receptionist said that we could park in front of the hotel to unload and load our belongings, as this was tolerated. Large trucks make deliveries in the morning, however, so it was a hairy experience when one very large truck squeezed past my car as we were loading our baggage on the morning of our departure.
My family and I were first rather dismayed by the exterior of the hotel, as it is rather drab. The lift is tiny, such that we had to fold our stroller in order to transport it up to the hotel lobby. The lift can only fit one person and at most 2 pieces of cabin bagggae. Large, check-in baggage will occupy the entire lift, and you will just have to climb up the stairs and meet the lift once it's made it up. Our baggage required several trips. The lift only goes up to the hotel lobby, and the rooms can only be accessed by stairs.
The staff were kind enough to look after our stroller so that we didn't have to bring it up to our rooms, and the receptionist brought the rest of our belongings to our rooms.
The room that my wife and my baby stayed was lovely - it was a large room with a faux fireplace, and a wonderful balcony overlooking the pedestrianized shopping street, Rue de la Republique. My in-laws' room did not have a balcony, and was smaller, but it was also pleasant. There was a water kettle and some coffee and tea sachets, which are not provided at ibis hotels. Indeed, we even had to bring our own water kettle to the ibis hotels in order to sterilize my baby's milk bottles! It was also nice to have a small vanity kit with cotton buds provided, as this was also lacking at ibis hotels.
We did not have breakfast at this hotel. We had opted for buffet breakfast at all our previous stops, as there weren't any nearby cafes where we could have breakfast. We were pleased to note that there was a Brioche Dorée and McDonald's close to this hotel. We ended up having breakfast at McDonald's, which conveniently has its own lift so we did not have any problems with a stroller.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel due to its location and pleasant rooms. I understand from the other reviews, however, that we have been fortunate with our rooms as it appears most of the rooms are quite small. The staff should also be in a position to advise on parking tariffs. We were also very disappointed with the receptionist's recommendation for a bouchon - Le Laurencin (see my separate review). She also was unaware of La Musee, a bouchon that has received very high reviews here on Tripadvisor.