I arrived in Lyon by train mid-afternoon on a warm end of the summer day. My large luggage and I decided to opt for a taxi to Cour des Loges, because hashtag-humid. I was glad I opted for a taxi as the location of the property is in the old town with narrow cobble stone streets. Immediately upon entering the old town I started imagining the streets in its medieval glory – there’s something so charming and intriguing about the old cities in Europe.
The front of Cour des Loges, in the middle of Lyon Old Town. Photo Credit: Cour des Loges / G. Picout, MPM, A. Rico, ME Brouet & DR
Upon pulling up to Cour des Loges, a Maisons & Hotels Sibuet property I knew I was in for a treat. The property was smack dab in the middle of the old town which the entirety of is an UNESCO World Heritage site – including Cour des Loges itself. When walking through the double doors into the lobby area I began imagining the stories the walls would tell, if they could talk.
The first views you see after walking into Cour des Loges
The doors to Cour des Loges open automatically, welcoming you into a romantically lit hallway which opens up to an enclosed courtyard with a glass ceiling five stories above. The hotel bar and lounge area is to the left of the long hallway where you enter the property from. I was given a property tour and was informed that at one time Cour de Lodges had been four individual buildings with the courtyard in the middle (where the breakfast/dinner is now served).
Looking down from the fourth floor into the courtyard area where breakfast and dinner is served.
The Cour des Loges bar. Photo credit: Cour des Loges / G. Picout, MPM, A. Rico, ME Brouet & DR
One of the many intimate seating options in the lounge area. Photo credit: Cour des Loges / G. Picout, MPM, A. Rico, ME Brouet & DR
There are 60 guestrooms and suites at Cour des Loges, and all of them (in line with the entirety of the property) are unique in their construction, design and are all individually decorated and furnished. Some of the rooms are a duplex with a loft bed and others, like mine, come with a fabulous bathtub in the middle of the room.
My lavish room (and super comfortable king size bed).
The amenities in the room included a mini-bar, plush robes, slippers and Pure Altitude body products – created with edelweiss flowers from the alps and which is made by the Cour des Loges mother brand – Maisons & Hotels Sibuet. The scent of the amenities was delightful – airy and fresh but not overbearingly floral.
The Pure Altitude products are also the scent of the products used in the Cour des Loges spa. The spa was the epitome of luxury with an indoor pool lined with gorgeous white marble and lit with colored lighting for ambiance. There was also one of the most unique jacuzzi’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of relaxing in housed in the spa. What I loved most about the jacuzzi was the glass ceiling above it – adding to the relaxation, surrounded by lush vines and greenery. I also enjoyed the sauna and steam room in the spa – which is great for relieving the physical stress of long term travel.
The steps leading down into the pool.
The luxurious lap pool with a few seating options for relaxation.
The jacuzzi in its glass housing surrounded by its own gardens.
The spa products aren’t the only thing that was native to the Sibuet brand. I had the pleasure of dining at Epicure – a Michelin rated restaurant right in the property at Cour des Loges. Served with the meal was Domaine de Marie – a wine brand produced by the family that owns the property. The Blanc (white) wine by Domaine de Marie was so delicious. It was fruity yet not too sweet (sweet is not something I’m particularly a fan of).
My delicious wine from the outdoor seating area at Epicure.
For my dinner I started with escargot – because, after all, I was in France. I loved that they served the escargot already out of the shell as I sometimes have difficulty getting a grip on the shell to get the escargot out. My guest started with a salad (that was huge by any standards – let alone Europe standards). For dinner I had perfectly prepared lamb (still pink but warm all the way through) while my guest enjoyed the vegetarian option of vegetables plated perfectly with cheese. Both of our meals were paired with a heaping serving of the creamiest mashed potatoes I’ve ever had in my life, topped with fresh chives. For dessert we shared a cream of pistachio topped with a dark chocolate mousse – it was so delicious that I had it ordered up for room service on my last night staying at the property. * insert monkey covering its eyes emoji *
From top left clockwise: escargot, vegetarian eggplant with cheese, the pistachio-dark chocolate mousse and my perfectly prepared lamb.
Dining at Cour des Loges, fluid with the rest of my stay, was a true treat. From Epicure, which has truly earned its Michelin Star, to the breakfast buffet and even the room service breakfast card I filled out on my last night, placing it on my door to have breakfast delivered to my room the next morning.
The breakfast buffet spread in the courtyard was a foodies dream! Photo credit: Cour des Loges / G. Picout, MPM, A. Rico, ME Brouet & DR
My extremely hearty room service breakfast.
What set Cour des Lodges apart was not only the Renaissance design and décor, that took you back in time (without sacrificing modern amenities and luxuries) but also the attention to minor details that sometimes go overlooked. The concierge was so informative, extremely helpful and even quite humorous! Quality service from someone who loves what they do is rare nowadays, even in five star accommodations. Another detail that I loved was the gardens. Due to the unique structure of the property there is no ‘backyard’ or ground level outdoor space. A rooftop garden was added to the property to offer guests a tranquil outdoor space. Multiple seating options including lounges, benches and even a few tables and chairs were surrounded by lush vines and aromatic lavender plants.
Some of the secluded, tranquil areas on the rooftop.
The entryway to the gardens of the Cour des Loges rooftop.
All in all, I can’t imagine my stay at Cour des Loges being any greater than it was, unless, of course my stay had been extended! The history of the property combined with the unique design, fabulous dining options and lavish amenities make for an amazing experience in Lyon and I highly suggest adding Cour des Lodges to the top of your list when planning your trip to Lyon.
*Disclaimer: I was hosted as a guest at Cour des Loges, however, my opinions remain my own.