The InterContinental alights in Lyon

The hotel’s 144 rooms and suites will occupy the newly restored Hôtel Dieu, one of France’s oldest hospital buildings

The InterContinental Lyon, housed in Lyon’s historic Hôtel Dieu, skilfully blends period and contemporary features
The InterContinental Lyon, housed in Lyon’s historic Hôtel Dieu, skilfully blends period and contemporary features | Image: Studio Jean Philippe Nuel

Lyon: come for the food, stay for the history – more than 2,000 very interesting years of it, in fact, from the Romans (who founded it in 43 BC as one of the capitals of Gaul) through to the French Revolution and thence into modern culinary legend, via Paul Bocuse and, latterly, Daniel Boulud. Later this year, the InterContinental Hotels Group is set to alight here inside a historic complex with spectacularly good bones: the newly restored 42,000sq m Hôtel Dieu, which is among the oldest hospital buildings in France and is spread along one bank of the central Presqu’île quarter that marks the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Along with multiple cafés, galleries and boutiques, it will be home to the InterCon’s 144 rooms and suites (ihg.com; from about £260), in which original 17th- and 18th-century ceiling beams and flagstone pavements mix with slick contemporary furniture and touch technology. (The mezzanine suites, with their tall windows and loft-like sitting rooms, will be the ones to book.)

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