As a financial center, Lyon has fewer empty beds during the work week than on the weekends. Fall is actually the busiest season; it’s easier and cheaper to find a place in the summer, but making reservations is still a good idea. Budget hotels cluster east of place Carnot, near Perrache. Prices rise as you approach place Bellecour, but there are less expensive options north of place des Terreaux.
Hotel St-Vincent, 9 r. Pareille, ler (04 78 27 22 56; fax 04 78 30 92 87). Just off quai St-Vincent, north of passerelle St-Vincent. Friendly owners rent simple, elegant rooms within short distances of nightlife. Breakfast â‚¬6. Singles with shower â‚¬31; doubles â‚¬38-48; triples â‚¬50-53. MCV.
Hotel de Paris, 16 r. de la Platiere, ler ( 04 78 28 00 95; fax 04 78 39 57 64). Bursting with color and character, with rooms ranging from the classic to the futuristic. Breakfast â‚¬6.50. Singles â‚¬42; doubles â‚¬49-75; triples â‚¬78. AmExMCV. O
Auberge de Jeunesse (HI), 41-45 montee du Chemin Neuf (04 78 15 05 50). M: Vieux Lyon. Take the funicular from Vieux Lyon to Minimes, walk down the stairs and go left down the hill for 5min. Gorgeous views from the terrasse and a lively bar. Sheets â‚¬2.70. Laundry â‚¬4.50. Internet â‚¬2.25 per 15min. Dorms â‚¬13. Members only. O
Hotel d’Ainay, 14 r. des Remparts d’Ainay, 2erne (04 78 42 43 42; fax 04 72 77 51 90). M: Ampere-Victor Hugo. Basic, sunny rooms. Breakfast â‚¬4. Shower â‚¬2.50. Reception 6am-10pm. Singles â‚¬24-27, with shower â‚¬33-38; doubles â‚¬2834-39. MCV.
Hotel Iris, 36 r. de I’Arbre Sec ( 04 78 39 93 80; fax 04 72 00 89 91), is a cozy spot filled with return customers thanks to the sunny breakfst room and friendly owner. Breakfast â‚¬5.50. Singles â‚¬29-40; doubles â‚¬32-50. MCV.
Hotel Vaubecour, 28 r. Vaubecour, 2ime (04 78 37 44 91; fax 04 78 42 90 17). Good budget spot somewhat strangely hidden away on the 3rd floor of an antique building. Breakfast â‚¬4. Reception 7am-10pm. Singles from â‚¬23; doubles from â‚¬26; triples and quads from â‚¬55. MCV.
Grand H6tel des Terreaux, 16 r. Lanterne, ler (04 78 27 04 10; fax 04 78 27 97 75). Hot spot for a splurge, with tastefully decorated, plush chambers, huge bathrooms, and terry robes. Buffet breakfast â‚¬8.50. Singles â‚¬73-125; doubles â‚¬82-125; triples â‚¬92-136. AmExMCV.
Hotel du Dauphine, 3 r. Duhamel, 2Â£me (04 78 37 24 19; fax 04 78 92 81 52). Plain, comfortable rooms with showers. English-speaking staff. Breakfast â‚¬4.20. Check-out 11:30am. Singles â‚¬23-43; doubles â‚¬36.50-45; triples and quads â‚¬54-56. MCV.
Hotel St-Pierre des Terreaux, 8 r. Paul Chenavard, ler ( 04 78 28 24 61; fax 04 72 00 21 07). M: Hotel de Ville. This cheery, often-crowded hotel is well-situated. All rooms have baths or showers. Breakfast â‚¬5.50. Reserve 10 days ahead. Singles â‚¬30-39; doubles â‚¬40-43; triples â‚¬54. MCV. â‚¬
Camping Dardilly, 10km from Lyon in a suburb (04 78 35 64 55). From the Hotel de Ville, take bus #19 (dir.: Ecully-Dardilly) to Parc d’Affaires. Pool, TV, and restaurant. Reception 8am-10pm. Electricity â‚¬3. â‚¬3 per person; â‚¬6 per tent; car free. MCV. O