TD chose Chateau Perrache because of it’s central location. It’s literally in the center of Lyon as you can see in this cool map that we had in our headboard.
We arrived at around 9pm from our place in Switzerland which is about 15mins outside of Geneva. We first parked in their temporary parking to unload our luggage & pay for our 3 days of parking. It’s cheaper to pre-pay in the hotel than pay for parking on-site. The hotel gave us a card to get in and out of Q-Park Gare Perrache.
Then we drove over to the Q-Park Gare Perrache secure parking area to leave our car and then walked back to the hotel to check-in.
I love the high ceilings and Art Nouveau details of the reception area
Finally going to our room after a long day!
The Privilege room is perfect for our family of 3 & DiploDog. The entryway has a large closet & enough space for our luggage. It also has a door to the toilet.
We chose this hotel for its historical details that you cannot find in newer hotels, but being in an older building means there will be quirks like in our Altbau in Berlin. So we are used to this. Toilet with no sink, no problem!
Here DiploBaby is coming from the toilet on the left doorway and about to run to the shower room with sink on the right doorway. We requested for an extra bed for him, which is in the middle.
The main bed was so nice and HUGE and the beddings were very comfortable.
Across was the non-functioning but gorgeous fireplace, TV with desk & Nespresso, a minibar with small refrigerator & kettle.
There are huge windows that really highlight how high the ceilings are. It really made me miss our place in Berlin which because it’s an Altbau (more than 100 years old) had really high ceilings & massive windows too. I’m so glad we booked this hotel.
They gave each of us bathrobes & slippers.
I liked how firm and fluffy the pillows were. In most hotels pillows just go flat when you lie on them.
COFFEE & MINIBAR
Because we were in a privilege room the mini bar was free. I think we actually asked if the soft drinks can be changed to sparkling water since we try to avoid empty calories.
Since it’s pandemic times still I wonder if that’s why the coffee cups are disposable.
For those who prefer instant, these Segafredo coffees are still pretty good. I like the white electric kettle.
The cool thing is the coffee cups had covers so it keeps the cup clean & less chance of mess when drinking from it.
They also had a little welcome activity for our little one which he loved, some candy & a little welcome to the Festival of Lights.
The bathroom is spacious & bright which I liked very much.
This is what they provided in the bathroom.
Massive windows cannot be opened but they had a little draft. We didn’t mind because the towel holder/heating in the bathroom was good. The rainshower was very nice and the minimalist shower still had a place for our own toiletries.
What I did to prevent us from getting cold was place a handtowel on the bottom of the window. Problem solvrf! Easy peasy! I liked that there were hooks for our clothes and/or bathrobes.
The extra bed was leaning a little bit towards the back. I was thinking of sleeping on it but the slight angle was giving me the feeling of falling. Thankfully DiploBaby didn’t mind at all so he got this bed.
They provide a blowdryer but it’s important to note that it cannot be used in the bathroom because of a voltage situation. It can be used inside the room. I brought my own and used it in the desk underneath the TV.
Chateau Perrache is even better in the daylight.
I loved so many of the design details in the room, especially the white ones like these white and wood speakers. The view from the window is pretty but has a highway underneath. The soundproofing of the double glass windows was pretty good.
For size reference, you can see how tall the windows are. They were balcony doors before.
Whenever we stay in hotels, there is a small extra charge for dogs. They did not provide a dog bed but we always come with a little blanket that we fold up & makes DiploDog feel snug.
Outside the hotel, there is a place to walk our little cute furball.
CHATEAU PERRACHE HISTORY
The Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre Château Perrache, originally Hôtel Terminus, then Pullman Perrache, then Château Perrache, is a hotel of the AccorHotels group built in 1906. It is located on cours de Verdun in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. The hotel was used as the headquarters for the Gestapo in Lyon during the Second World War. It is the eponym of the Marcel Ophüls film Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie about the Gestapo in Lyon.– WIKIPEDIA
It’s quite incredible how they have kept the architectural details of the building. So beautiful.
Behind the hotel is the Gare or train station and this parking for car rental companies like Avis and Sixt.
I think we got very good value for our money on peak season (Festival of Lights weekend). Sometimes when we want to maximize our time in a place we do pay for late check out so we can go around and then use our own bathroom before driving home.
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