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Hotel Campanile Saint Etienne Centre - Villars
Hotel Campanile Saint Etienne Centre - Villars

Rue de l'Artisanat, Villars 42390

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (198 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Musee d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne and Musee des Beaux-Arts. …

£42
Hôtel Restaurant Eclosion
Hôtel Restaurant Eclosion
0.3 mi from Loire

Situated in Saint-Paul en Jarez, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Maison du Passementier, bourg medieval de Riverie, and …

£62
Kyriad Lyon Centre - Perrache
Kyriad Lyon Centre - Perrache
17.4 mi from Loire
3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (182 reviews)

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of the Resistance and Textile Museum. Bellecou …

£50
Hôtel des Savoies Lyon Perrache
Hôtel des Savoies Lyon Perrache
17.5 mi from Loire
3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (67 reviews)

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Textile Museum and Bellecour Square. St. Jean …

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Hôtel Bayard Bellecour
Hôtel Bayard Bellecour
18 mi from Loire
3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is steps from Statue of Louis XIV and Bellecour Square. Textile Museum and St. Jean …

£63
Hôtel des Artistes
Hôtel des Artistes
18.1 mi from Loire
3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (742 reviews)

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theatre des Celestins and Bellecour Square. St. Jean …

£80
Villa Florentine
Villa Florentine
18.2 mi from Loire
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (159 reviews)

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musées Gadagne and St. Jean Cathedral. …

£166
Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône
Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône
18.2 mi from Loire
3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (396 reviews)

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Lyon II and Bellecour Square. Textile …

£47
Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
Hotel Silky by HappyCulture
18.4 mi from Loire
4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (81 reviews)

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musée de l'Imprimerie, Lyon City Hall, and Lyon Museu …

£77
Le Phenix Hotel
Le Phenix Hotel
18.5 mi from Loire
3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (459 reviews)

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quai de Bondy Vaporetto Stop, Terreaux Squar …

£60

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Pocket Guide: Loire

Not to be confused with the Loire Valley further west, the Loire department is set just west of Lyon along the southern reaches of the Loire River and near its source. This largely rural region is a tranquil corner of central France, a patchwork of farmland, peaceful villages and, the further south you go, gently rolling hills that eventually lead to the mountains and ridges of the Massif Central.

Explore Loire’s main city, St-Etienne, a former industrial centre which has been revitalised by cutting-edge modern architecture and fascinating museums. It’s also home to some of Le Corbusier’s most audacious architectural creations.

Where to Stay in Loire

Have St-Etienne’s attractions on your doorstep when you stay in a Loire hotel in the department’s capital. Or you could choose a hotel near St-Etienne’s airport. Not far away is the forming mining town of Villars, where you can choose from a good selection of contemporary hotels a short distance from the airport.

Things to Do in Loire

Discover rejuvenated St-Etienne – the capital’s former industrial buildings have been given a vibrant new lease of life. Check out the sleek Cité du Design, a massive exhibition hall based in an old arms factory, and learn about the role played by mining in the city’s fortunes at the Mining Museum. If you’re a fan of modern art, visit more than 19,000 exhibits at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Take a trip to the extraordinary cultural complex created by Le Corbusier at Firminy-Vert. Built in the early 1960s, its daring design has made it on to the UNESCO list of historical sites. To go back further in the past, stroll through the Renaissance rooms of the Château de Bouthéon, which also has an animal park and a botanical garden.

Make the most of the River Loire by taking a boat cruise along the Gorges de la Loire. If you want to go under your own steam, head to the picturesque village of St-Victor-sur-Loire where you can rent kayaks, learn how to sail and even go windsurfing down a wide expanse of the river. If you’re a hiker or cyclist, explore the vast network of trails and hills of the Pilat Regional Natural Park.

Where to Eat in Loire

St-Etienne has restaurants to suit every budget, with many featuring the hearty cuisine of central France as well as rich Savoyard cheese dishes. If you want a good introduction to local food, drop into one of the lively cafes near St-Etienne’s food market which specialise in regional cooking. Linger over a delicious meal in one of the riverside restaurants overlooking the Gorges de la Loire.

Getting around Loire

St-Etienne has its own airport, but the airport at Lyon is a relatively short distance away and offers a greater range of flights all year round. Further west, there’s also an airport in Clermont-Ferrand, which is on the western side of the Livardois-Forez Regional Natural Park. The French SNCF railway network calls at St-Etienne and Villars, and getting around by car is straightforward thanks to the A72 and A89 motorways.

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