One of the main reasons why people flock to Lyon is to marvel at its Medieval and Renaissance architecture. If this sounds like you, then consider staying in The Vaubecour, a UNESCO-listed building that dates back to 1890. This Airbnb is tucked away on the fourth floor (there’s a lift available) and the wood flooring and chimney give a sense of its history. Located just 100 metres (328 feet) from the Saône River in the Ainay district of Lyon, the Peninsula, St. John’s Cathedral and the Basilica of Fourvière are all within walking distance. The Vaubecour is also close to some of the best restaurants in the area, such as Saint Georges, Têtedoie and Le Bistrot d’Abel. Or, for home-cooked food, try the host’s brunch, which is made with delicious local products and includes freshly squeezed fruit juices and homemade jam.
This Airbnb might be slightly more expensive than other places on this list, but that’s because there’s luxury at every turn. The flat is situated in the trendiest corner of Lyon, the Cordeliers neighbourhood in the 2nd arrondissement, and is located near notable monuments like the Église Saint-Bonaventure and the Palais de la Bourse. The aesthetic elegance of this sleek, modern space has been featured in the glossy pages of a range of French design magazines and even on French TV. The apartment is ideal for couples looking to treat themselves and to discover the best of what the city has to offer. There is one bedroom and an American kitchen with a bar where you can enjoy a romantic cocktail before heading out to explore the Cordeliers district further.
Why stick to dry land in Lyon when there are houseboats on offer? If you’re looking for a quirky place to stay, then this unusual Airbnb is a great choice. Known as the Friponne barge, one of its most unique features is its hanging gardens. The houseboat is perfect for nature lovers, with brilliant views across the verdant expanse of woodland that encircles the river. The woodwork and sailing relics dotted throughout this small floating studio, across its surprisingly spacious two levels, lend the space an enchanting individuality. It’s located conveniently close to the Perrache train station and to Old Lyon, a spectacularly rare find at a very reasonable price.
Lyon might be the third-largest city in France and bustling with tourists, but this cosy Airbnb offers something more akin to a countryside escape, at least in terms of its architecture. The high ceilings, rough stonework and wooden beams offer clues into its fascinating heritage. The building was where canuts (Lyonnais silk workers primarily found in the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood) worked in the 19th century but has since been transformed into today’s duplex apartment. Flooded with natural light thanks to two large windows, this space can accommodate up to four guests.