Not a tourist trap...and that's a good thing
Posted Oct 4, 2012
My partner and I stayed at the Hotel de la Croix Rousse for two nights. Arriving by train at Gare de la Part-Dieu, it was a bit of a challenge getting from the station to the hotel via public transportation, and required a short bus trip and then a change to the Metro. If you are looking to hang out with a bunch of American tourists, this hotel is not for you. After time in Paris and Nice rubbing elbows (and other parts) with a lot of other tourists, the Hotel de la Croix Rousse and the Croix Rousse district were a delightful change. We felt like we were staying in a typical Lyonnaise neighborhood, not in a tourist trap.
The hotel staff were pleasant and efficient, but clearly more comfortable speaking in French than English. "Traveler's French," is fine but if you speak no French, you might want to choose a hotel that caters more to English speakers.