Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Lyon France (2023 Updated)

Is France anLyon one of the prime locations for LGBT people to travel? Yes, it is considered one of the most friendly gay city in Europe. From restaurants, bars, sauna and gay friendly hotels Lyon has all it needs for a great holiday in France and beyond.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in France have been among some of the most advanced in the world. France has frequently been named one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world.Recent polls have indicated that a majority of the French people support same-sex marriage and in 2013,another poll indicated that 77% of the French population believed homosexuality should be accepted by society, one of the highest in the 39 countries polled.Paris has been named by many publications as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, with Le MaraisQuartier Pigalle and Bois de Boulogne being said to have a thriving LGBT community and nightlife.

The Lyon gay scene is arguably the most animated and entertaining in France (behind Paris) with a bunch of gay bars, nightclubs, saunas and sex-clubs near the city center of the Presqu’île, on top of major gay parties as well as a strong culture.
Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its center reflects 2,000 years of history from the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux (Old) Lyon, to the modern Confluence district on Presqu’île peninsula. Traboules, covered passageways between buildings, connect Vieux Lyon and La Croix-Rousse hill.

Top attractions to visit in Lyon?

The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.



1. Grand Hotel des Terreaux 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon

Grand Hotel des Terreaux
Grand Hotel des Terreaux

Grand Hotel des Terreaux is located on Lyon’s Presqu’île and offers an indoor relaxation pool and rooms with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Set in a 19th century building in historical center of Lyon, between the Rhône and the Saône rivers, this hotel is 350 m from Hôtel de Ville Metro Station and is located 200 m from Place des Terreaux.

All rooms are individually decorated. They are serviced by a lift and include a unique decoration and a private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub.

The hotel serves a buffet breakfast, which guests can enjoy in the dining room, or in their room upon request. The Grand Hôtel des Terreaux also has a bar where guests can relax with a drink in the evening.

In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, LE GRAND HOTEL DES TERREAUX is one of Lyon’s oldest hotels. It combines the atmosphere of an old-fashioned 19th century town house with a daringly modern, innovative design. Every detail shows the personality of this place which is brought to life by the passion of its staff and the soul of its Guests.

This lovely hotel enjoys a prime location on the peninsula, not far from the Lyon Opera House and the Théatre des Célestins, just on the edge of the historic centre of Lyon with its many bistro-style restaurants (known locally as ‘bouchons’), and a stone’s throw from the Place des Terreaux and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. As you will see from our guest book, we have had the privilege of welcoming a number of very famous guests.

The location of the hotel is superb , you can see lyon by foot!

Situated in the centre of the city, close to the museum of beaux arts, close to restaurants and cafes, and only 3 minutes walk to the old town. The shopping streets are only 2 minutes walk and major sights 5 to 20 min walk. Also the 6th apartment of lyon, very classy , parisien and not touristy is only 15 min walk.
Big rooms ,clean , many amenities and breakfast good with baguettes and croissants.
Wi fi good for videos too. Definitely a hotel you must shortlist it.


As we are getting on in age, this hotel proved to be a gem, out the door, turn left and voila “patisserie traboules” for a fantastic take away breakfast and out the door turn right, 10 m. turn right 20 m. place de Terreaux and hey presto find a seat and look at the fountain and eat breakfast. The hotel was very nice, staff extremely helpful, english spoken, room clean and the bed very comfortable. The pool was small but very nice and the ambiance fantastic.

Public transport only around the corner, maybe 150 m. to the metro, stop Hotel de Ville, (10 to 15 min. to old town), and 5 minute stroll to the old town. As Lyon city centre is very flat, it was very easy to get around on foot. Public transport ticket can be purchased at the tourist office in place Bellecour, don’t waste your time going to the TCL office in the same place as you will be waiting for at least and hour.

Stayed at the Grand Hotel des Terreaux for three nights on my first time in Lyon. Excellent location in a small quiet street just a short walk from the Place des Terreaux. Easy walking distance to the old town across the Saone, Place Bellecour, the main shopping area around Rue de la Republique and some great restaurants and bars on Rue Merciere. There’s also a little Carrefour supermarket just around the corner. Small reception with an adjoining bar, the lift is tiny, two people in and you are squeezed together. Hotel is very tastefully decorated, I was in room 408 which was a bit on the smallish size and had a view across to some apartments. But it was clean, comfortable and nicely furnished, the bathroom was surprisingly larger than expected, again very clean and modern. The shower did take awhile to warm up but otherwise absolutely fine. WiFi excellent service.

The young ladies on reception were brilliant, very polite and friendly, speak excellent English and are a real credit to the hotel. Breakfast room very nice with a cavern theme, situated next to the famous grotto pool. Personally I never smelt any chlorine when I was at breakfast. Nice buffet selection especially enjoyed trying some of the local cheeses. One negative aspect here is you have to ask the staff for a coffee or tea, I’m used to being asked and it made breakfast seem a little bit less personal.

To reach the hotel from the airport I took the Rhône Express tram to Vaulx en Velin La Soie then the metro to Hotel de Ville it’s about a 5 minute walk then to the hotel. Certainly cheaper than taking a taxi.

Would certainly stay at the Grand Hotel des Terreaux again and recommend the hotel to friends and family.

How much does a room costs at Grand Hotel des Terreaux ?

Prices start 191$/night for Standard Double Room.  The Superior Double Room is  254$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This more spacious double room features a queen-sized bed.

Where to book online – Grand Hotel des Terreaux – Gay Friendly Hotels Lyonyou can find the best hotels deals in Lyon during Fête des Lumières which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Lyon on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

2. Collège Hôtel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon France

Collège Hôtel
Collège Hôtel

Located in the Old Town in central Lyon, Collège Hôtel has an original school-theme décor. There is a drinking water fountain provided on the ground floor. Free WiFi access is provided.

Each air-conditioned room features a flat-screen TV and full-length lockers for storage. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer. Some rooms have a balcony and panoramic views of the city.

Guests can enjoy a drink on the hotel’s terrace. A buffet breakfast is served in the dining room, which features original classroom-style furniture.

Hotel Le Collège has a great location in the heart of the old city, on a UNESCO-listed site. Have a unique stay in a hotel offering a traditional school-theme decoration concept. The Collège features bright rooms with a modern and sleek decoration. Each offers a flat-screen TV. Hotel Le Collège offers a bar, a meeting room and a terrace. Each is decorated so as to remind you of a traditional school. With a central location, Hotel Le Collège is the perfect choice for tourists visiting the many attractions of Lyons and business travellers visiting partners in the area.

he hotel is in an old school, with many features still prominent. It gives the hotel an “old school” (pardon the pun) feeling. Staff is very friendly and extremely attentive.

We were booked in the Premier Cycle rooms (the cheaper ones). Although not large, the rooms were big enough. And very clean. The bed was really comfortable and we slept really well, the airco worked well (which was nice as it was pretty hot). The bathroom was good size with an excellent shower (and good pressure). All in all a great sleeping experience.

Breakfast also really good (booked online and got it for free). Simple but tasty.

The hotel is very centrally located and walking distance from all major sights. And it is located in the old part of town with lots of restaurants on the hotel’s doorstep (without any noise in the rooms). Finally, the hotel has its own garage (Eur 25) so very convenient (although there are plenty parking garages around).

The hotel has a great terrace on the second floor, where you can order drinks or even have your breakfast.

Purposefully hardening back to earlier times, of junior high school days and friends, games and books, with “lockers” in one’s room, the College Hotel in Vieille Lyon is actually rather charming. Best of all is its location, a short walking distance from restaurants, shops, and sights. The rooms are pleasant but small, with limited storage. Decor is rather starkly white and simple, again like a boarding school one just moved in to and didn’t “personalize” yet.

The coffee pot isn’t a coffee pot at all, but it is an electric kettle, with a couple small packets of instant coffee and tea not always replenished when the room is made up. Breakfast is available downstairs, in a lovely room off the lobby, and there is a terrace where you can sit and eat if you buy a take-out for lunch or dinner. Courteous staff are always happy to assist.

The location is what really sells this hotel. The rest is fairly average.

I stayed for two nights in the College Hotel in Lyon. The location is absolutely amazing, right at the top of the Old Town, and other parts of the city are easily accessible by metro or walking (although I took a taxi to and from the train station so I wouldn’t have to change metro lines).

I booked a “postgraduate” room on the 7th floor, which had plenty of space and some character elements (timber beams). The bed was very comfortable and the air conditioning very effective – a welcome addition during the June heatwave!

I didn’t make use of the breakfast, nor the second floor terrace where on the first day of my stay they were serving afternoon crepes! But I would still highly recommend the hotel.

Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon
Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon

How much does a room costs at Collège Hôtel ?

Prices start 154$/night for Double Room – Under Graduate. The Double Room – Post Graduate
is  216$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features an LCD TV and a private bathroom with a bathtub. Some rooms include a balcony offering a panoramic view of the old town while others have a private terrace.

Where to book online – Collège Hôtel – Gay Friendly Hotels Lyonyou can find the best hotels deals in Lyon during Fête des Lumières which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Lyon on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Lyon

Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu
Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu

The Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu is located in central Lyon, 300 m from Massena Metro Station and a 10-minute walk from the Lyon Part-Dieu Train Station. It offers a free high-speed WiFi available throughout the property.

Each room has a reversible heating and air-conditioning system, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and a welcome tray. The private bathrooms have free toiletries, a hairdryer and a shower. Certain rooms have views of a courtyard.

Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu serves a daily continental buffet breakfast with sweet and savoury options. Guests can help themselves to the coffee machine, biscuits, pastries and bottled water in the lounge.

Oodles of charm, 3-star luxury, unmatched tranquillity and a journey back in time in the centre of Lyon, welcome to the Edmond W. Hotel. The Belle Epoque atmosphere and the quaint cabinet of curiosities style décor contrast with mad Lyon life and ensure you enjoy a peaceful stay where you can relax and unwind. Make the most of the hotel’s ideal location to stroll through the neighbourhood or take the nearby public transport to visit the city’s many tourist and gastronomic attractions that cannot be missed.

The 32 luxury comfort rooms are perfect for couples, families, groups or business travellers all year round, and include everything you need to put your feet up and feel at home. Edmond’s hospitality is legendary! The entire hotel team will be on hand throughout your stay to ensure your experience is enjoyable as possible.

Excellent little Hotel,walking distance from the station,Metro station 5 mins. Easy reach of Bellecour and centre. Nice comfortable room very good breakfast.great friendly pleasant staff.
Nice area, many bars restaurants and shops nearby,but quite late at night.

Just right for a visit to Lyon.

I chose it for the following reasons: It offered early check-in, was located close to the Parc de la Tete d’Or (ideal for runners) and to Part-Dieu station and had a kettle in the room. The hotel entrance/lobby is simple and unimpressive however the rooms are very attractive, clean, comfortable and well-equipped. The bed was extremely comfortable. The best feature of the room was the roll shutter. I was able to fully darken the room in mid-day and catch up on my sleep.

The hotel is on a very quiet street in a pleasant location with plenty of restaurants close by. My first room had air conditioning, the second one did not.

The location is great very quite and nice neighborhood, the staff is amazing super friendly also with my big doggy 🙂 Super clean and comfy room we will definitely be back.

PERFECT location, easily walkable to old town, very accommodating staff who helped us with secure storage for our bikes. Many lovely restaurants and bars in the neighbouring streets but still very quiet at night. Close proximity to supermarkets, shops, restaurants, cafes etc. Free parking in the city in August which is a bonus!

Wonderful neighbourhood with so many restaurant options. Great hosting and staff. The room was a bit small but we used only for sleeping so no problem. The room and bathroom were very clean.

Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon
Gay Friendly Hotels Lyon

How much does a room costs at Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu ?

Prices start 172$/night for Double Room. The Superior Double Room is  199$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

– A free glass of wine – A box of chocolates – A Marshall Bluetooth music speaker.

Where to book online – Hôtel Edmond W Lyon Part-Dieu – Gay Friendly Hotels Lyonyou can find the best hotels deals in Lyon during Fête des Lumières which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Lyon on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.