A cheap hotel in Croix-Rousse: a hidden village in the heart of Lyon

A cheap hotel in Croix-Rousse: a hidden village in the heart of Lyon

Climb the slops of Croix-Rousse
Croix-Rousse is admired for its village atmosphere and is one of Lyon’s most lively and authentic areas. Choose a cheap hotel near Croix-Rousse to discover a district which can be explored on foot. The ibis Perrache and La Part-Dieu hotels are ideally located for access to lots of different public transport options.
Croix-Rousse plateau
The Croix-Rousse district sloping down the hill of the same name was largely built in the early 19th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is characterised by the tall windows of its buildings, which were designed for the silk weaving industry. Its steep little streets sometimes become steps and lead into traboules, passageways across buildings made to make it easier to move around. Starting out on Place des Terreaux, it’s lovely to walk these unpretentious streets with their cafés, restaurants and artists’ studios.
Reach the top of Croix-Rousse hill from your cheap hotel in Lyon. The plateau has a notably village-like atmosphere. There is a certain art de vivre practiced in this little pocket within the city. Its square hosts a market much loved among residents and visitors alike. As you stroll, make sure you stop to take in the fresco depicting silk workers (or ‘canuts’). This is Lyon’s most famous mural and is a gigantic work of trompe-l’œil artistry representing life in the district. You might also choose to stop by at the Maison de Canuts or the Soierie Vivante association to learn more about silk weaving and discover the history of the weavers who have shaped the district.
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