Hotel Carlton

Hotel in Lyon

This vintage hotel tempts with soundproofed rooms done up in brilliant reds, lovingly restored with period furniture, mouldings and wallpaper. Options range from 15-sq-m 'Cocoon' units to circular 40-sq-m corner suites, many overlooking pedestrianised place de la République. A sauna, spa and sumptuous breakfast featuring traditional Lyonnais specialities add to the appeal.

Rates fluctuate wildly – check the website for the best deals.