France's second city and gastronomic capital, Lyon is the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region which has the 6th highest GDP in Europe and is a very important business destination. In 2016, the city even won the title of ‘Europe's Leading City Break Destination’ at the World Travel Awards. With so much on offer here, it's easy to see why you should book a hotel in Lyon.
What is there to see in Lyon?
Sitting at the confluence of two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, Lyon is a much-admired UNESCO World Heritage site. The old cobbled streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Town) are still lined with original Renaissance buildings and medieval 'traboules', old passageways used by silk weavers to transport their goods. A particular highlight in town is the majestic Fourviere Cathedral, high on a hill and reachable by foot or funicular, offering panoramic views across the city. A short walk from the cathedral is a stunning Roman amphitheatre, which is open to public and still hosts events during the city's many festivals. Next to the amphitheatre you'll find a museum detailing the city's past, all the way back to its first pre-Roman inhabitants.
Where can I do business?
The Part-Dieu area of Lyon is the chief business district, and is home to many major national and international companies. Industries that are seeing growth in Lyon include software development and biotechnology, whilst the well-established tourism sector continues to thrive. The Part-Dieu area of the city is also its transport hub, with most major European cities being only a few hours away by TGV train. The Palais des congrès de Lyon, based in the modern Cité Internationale, hosts key business fairs throughout the year.
What can I reach from my hotel in Lyon?
Lyon is renowned for its traditional eateries known as "bouchons", as well as the chef Paul Bocuse who has many restaurants in the city. You'll also find over a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants in the city and the surrounding area. Head to Le Sud, one Bocuse's more recently opened restaurants, for exceptional Mediterranean-influenced fare.
Lyon is situated next to two wine-growing regions, the Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône, and as such has many wine bars serving great local wines. For something memorable, book an organised tour to one of the vineyards, and toast a successful week of meetings.