On arrival the hotel reception was unmanned and the door was locked. The 24 hour booking in machine was not in service and the note on the door confirmed that the reception should have been open from 7am to 11pm that day. We arrived around 3.30pm and had already booked and paid for a room. After constant ringing of the doorbell to the reception we decided to ring the "emergency number" as we needed access our our room. This was of course a French mobile number which was answered by the person who no doubt should have been sat on reception but instead was in her living quarters. We booked in and got access to our room. Following that all was OK. We werent too happy about the location as we found ourselves next to the local chemical works and the notices in the streets around were all indicating which way to run if there was an alarm at the works! Room and hotel were as expected but the restaurant had a no choice 3 course standard menu for the Saturday night we stayed - unless of course you were French, when we noticed another couple were offered a variation to the menu on their request, which we didnt think was very fair! All in all a disappointing experience with Campanile.
We chose this hotel because of its location - easy access to the village of Charly, to motorway and to Lyon itself. The room was a decent size, although we did choose a 'superior' double room. In all respects it was better than the room we stayed in earlier this year at the Hotel Premiere Classe Tassin, north of Lyon. The shower worked well, the aircon seemed to work, the car park was large and locked at night. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel so cannot comment on that. The only negative point about our stay, and it wasn't really a huge problem, was the smokers who congregate outside the entrances and chat to each other, although to be fair, they didn't stay very late.
With the Port de Lyon and railroads, South Lyon has retained an industrial character at its edges. The slaughterhouse-turned-concert-venue Halle Tony Garnier seats up to 5,500 people. Visitors to the Guillotière Nouveau Cemetery will find it notable for its circular layout. A walkway starting in Gerland Park stretches over 7 km north along the course of the Rhône river.
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