Best youth hostels in Lyon/France
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Best youth hostels in Lyon/France

Do you fancy French cities and would like to visit Lyon? What are you saying that your stay doesn’t need to stay a fortune!? If you read further, you will find the list of the best youth hostels Lyon in France offers! You can choose from family hostels, party hostels, designed hostels, all very close to the city center. Each of them offering great service and does not cost much. Read further to find out more about the best youth hostels in Lyon! Not sure what to do in Lyon? Check this blog post and have a great itinerary prepared for your stay! And if you don’t have enough of France, you can also check our blog post about the best beach hostels in Nice.

Lyon is the third-largest city and second-largest urban area of France. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône, about 470 km (292 mi) south of Paris, 320 km (199 mi) north of Marseille, and 56 km (35 mi) northeast of Saint-Étienne. Inhabitants of the city are called Lyonnais.

Lyon had a population of appr. 515 thousand. It is the capital of the Metropolis of Lyon and the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The city is recognized for its cuisine and gastronomy, and historical and architectural landmarks; part of it is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lyon was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk. Lyon played a significant role in the history of cinema: it is where Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph. It is also known for its light festival, the Fête des Lumières, which begins every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.

Best youth hostels in Lyon/France

Economically, Lyon is a major center for banking, as well as for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games, and in recent years has fostered a growing local start-up sector. Lyon hosts the international headquarters of Interpol, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Euronews. According to the Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute, Lyon is considered a Beta city, as of 2018. It ranked second in France and 40th globally in Mercer’s 2019 liveability rankings.

Lyon has a humid subtropical climate, bordering on an oceanic climate, due to the higher average temperature being around 22 °C. But in modified classifications, France’s third-largest city has an oceanic climate. The mean temperature in Lyon in the coldest month is 3.2 °C (37.8 °F) in January and in the warmest month in July is 22 °C (71.6 °F).

The Historic Site of Lyon was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. In its designation, UNESCO cited the “exceptional testimony to the continuity of urban settlement over more than two millennia on a site of great commercial and strategic significance.” The specific regions comprising the Historic Site include the Roman district and Fourvière, the Renaissance district (Vieux Lyon), the silk district (slopes of Croix-Rousse), and the Presqu’île, which features architecture from the 12th century to modern times.

Both Vieux Lyon and the slopes of Croix-Rousse are known for their narrow passageways (named traboules) that pass through buildings and link streets on either side. The first examples of traboules are thought to have been built in Lyon in the 4th century. The traboules allowed the inhabitants to get from their homes to the Saône quickly and allowed the canuts on the Croix-Rousse hill to get from their workshops to the textile merchants at the foot of the hill.

Best youth hostels in Lyon/France

Lyon has a long and chronicled culinary arts tradition. The noted food critic Curnonsky referred to the city as “the gastronomic capital of the world”, a claim repeated by later writers such as Bill Buford. Renowned 3-star Michelin chefs such as Marie Bourgeoi and Eugénie Brazier developed Lyonnaise cuisine into a national phenomenon favored by the French elite; a tradition which Paul Bocuse later turned into a worldwide success.

The Bouchon is a traditional Lyonnais restaurant that serves local fare such as sausages, duck pâté, or roast pork, along with local wines. Two of France’s best known wine-growing regions are located near the city: the Beaujolais region to the north and the Côtes du Rhône region to the south.

Another Lyon tradition is a type of brunch food called “mâchons”, made of local charcuterie and usually accompanied by Beaujolais red wine. Mâchons were the customary meal of the canuts, the city’s silk workers, who ate a late-morning meal after they finished their shifts in the factories.

Other traditional local dishes include coq au vin; quenelle; gras double; salade lyonnaise (lettuce with bacon, croûtons and a poached egg); and the sausage-based rosette lyonnaise and andouillette. Popular local confections include marron glacé and coussin de Lyon. “Cervelle de canut” (literally, “silk worker’s brains”) is a cheese spread/dip made of a base of Fromage blanc, seasoned with chopped herbs, shallots, salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar. More recently, the french tacos were invented in Lyon suburbs in the early 2000s and are now worldwide famous.

Read to see the best hostel properties in Lyon? We are here for you to help you choose the best youth hostel Lyon in France offers. Just be kindly aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 MEININGER Lyon Centre Berthelot

8.6 on Booking.com    9.2 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 80 USD Dorms from 20 USD

Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

MEININGER Lyon Centre Berthelot is the place to stay for modern, clean, and affordable accommodation. It is based in a highly attractive central location which allows every guest to explore the city of Lyon with ease that truly enhances their whole trip.

Because it is such a stress-free journey from the hotel to all the best landmarks, guests can maximize the fun they have at these glorious locations rather than wasting time commuting. 

There are 169 rooms in the hotel and 590 beds across 7 floors accessible by 3 lifts. The rooms are a mix of single, double, multi-bed rooms and dormitories and there is a diverse range of guests staying in this property- backpackers, business travelers, families, and groups. Meininger Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

The interior design of the hotel was inspired by both this festival and the Lumière brothers who are considered the founders of cinema! The rooms come fully fitted with all the amenities these guests need to have a great stay. This includes linen, bedding, toiletries, WC and showers, flat-screen TVs, and key card security access to ensure you have peace of mind.

Beyond the rooms, you must take advantage of our other guest services. There is a lounge with a bar, guest kitchen, and a game zone for those who love some competitive fun!

Pros and Cons of Meininger Lyon Centre Berthelot

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Children friendly
  • Packed lunches (for a fee)
  • Pet friendly (for a fee)
  • Parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Towels not included (in dorms only)
  • Breakfast not included

#2 Le Flâneur Guesthouse

8.4 on Booking.com    8.8 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 21 USD

Le Flâneur Guesthouse

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Le Flâneur Guesthouse is situated in Lyon. Guests can enjoy the on-site snack bar and have access to a meeting room free of charge. There is a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen, a living room, and a shop at the property. Guests have access to board games, books, video games, and two computers with free internet access.

The dormitory rooms are fitted with a private or shared bathroom. Each bed has access to a private, secure locker with a padlock, a wall socket, and an individual light.

Le Flâneur Guesthouse

The property is just a 5-minute walk from Saxe Metro Station which provides direct access to Lyon Old Town and Part Dieu in 15 minutes’. A number of bars, cafes, and shops can be found less than 100 m from Le Flâneur Guesthouse.

Pros and Cons of Le Flâneur Guesthouse

Pros

  • Female-only dorms available
  • Great value for money
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Free city tour
  • Activities organized
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar and Café available
  • Mini-market available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Street parking

Cons

  • Towels not included
  • Breakfast not included

#3 SLO Living Hostel

8.3 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 76 USD Dorms from 30 USD

SLO Living Hostel

Featuring a terrace, SLO Living Hostel is located in Lyon, 1 km from Place Bellecour, and 1.5 km from Lyon’s Old Town. A 24-hour reception and free WiFi access is available. Guests have also access to a shared kitchen and a lounge area. The property also offers a bar with local beers and wines and a snack bar. Guests can leave luggage in a storage area and use a communal computer.

The guestrooms and dormitories offer private or shared bathroom facilities and some rooms also feature views of the garden. Bed linen is included. An all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast is available at an extra charge, which includes bread, jams, croissants, cereal, fruit juice, and hot drinks. Further meals are available upon request.

SLO Living Hostel

Guided tours and activities can be organized on-site. Part-Dieu Train Station is 1.5 km away and Lyon – Saint Exupery Airport is 20 km away. Public parking is available near the property.

Pros and Cons of SLO Living Hostel

Pros

  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar and Café available
  • Meals available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Bicycle Hire

Cons

  • Towels not included
  • Breakfast not included

#4 Away Hostel & Coffee Shop

8.5 on Booking.com    8.6 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 77 USD Dorms from 27 USD

Away Hostel & Coffee Shop

Situated in a 19th-century building in Lyon, Away Hostel & Coffee Shop is located a 6-minute walk from Place des Terreaux and a minute-walk away from the nearest metro station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Away Hostel & Coffee Shop offers mixed dormitories with single-gender bathrooms, equipped with hairdryers and toiletries. There are also rooms equipped with Nespresso machines, towels, bed linen and free toiletries.

Away Hostel & Coffee Shop

In the coffee shop, guests can buy snacks and a takeaway menu is available. Guests have shared access to a kitchen and secure luggage storage. A laundry service is available onsite.

Daily activities such a city tours and yoga classes are organized onsite. Lyon – Saint Exupery Airport is 28 km from the property.

Pros and Cons of Away Hostel & Coffee Shop

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Restaurant and Bar available
  • Meals available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Bicycle Hire

Cons

  • Towels not included
  • Breakfast not included

#5 Alter’hostel

8.3 on Booking.com    8.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 22 USD

Alter'hostel

When you open the door of Alter’s hostel, you feel immediately the natural light from the glass roof. At the front desk, someone will welcome you with a smile and will explain to you why we are not a hostel like the others. Guests often say “we feel like home”.

And they like useful shared kitchen, green vibes, events when you’ll meet local people and more activities (rental kayaks and bikes, DIY workshops, volunteering in local organizations, radio to share experiences….). Each bed are equipped with a curtain to give you your own space, a light, a table bed, plugs. Dorms are also large and luminous.

Alter'hostel

For your security, we provide free lockers and free luggage room. In case you don’t have your padlock, you can get one in exchange of a 10€ deposit.

Pros and Cons of Alter'hostel

Pros

  • Female-only dorms available
  • Restaurant and Bar available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Activities organized
  • Yoga classes
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Bicycle hire
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Towels not included
  • Breakfast not included
  • Farer from the city center

#6 ho36 Hostel

7.9 on Booking.com    8.1 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 62 USD Dorms from 28 USD

ho36 hostel

ho36 Hostel property is located in Lyon, a 15-minute walk from Place Bellecour. Guillotière metro stop is 350 m from the hostel, which provides direct access to both Part Dieu and Perrache train stations in 10 minutes. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

The property offers hotel rooms as well as beds in a dormitory. It features a shared lounge with sofas, books, and a shared dining room with refrigerators and microwaves. There is also a restaurant and bar.

ho36 hostel

Opera National de Lyon an Musee des Beaux-Arts are 1.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Lyon – Saint Exupery Airport, 19 km from Ho36 Hostels.

Pros and Cons of ho36 Hostel

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Great location near city centre
  • Restaurant and Bar available
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Family rooms
  • Public parking (for a fee)

Cons

  • Towels not included
  • Breakfast not included

 

5 Comments

  • Nic Castle

    What a great site, being able to find information about hostels in various cities around the world. Being able to find good hostels is essential. I have been to some which are pretty bad. I just wish I had this information when I was younger. Then again the experiences I have had were great.

  • Cameron

    Hello, 

    This was a really interesting and informative article. 

    The photographs were an excellent touch as was the list of pros and cons for each hostel. 

    You’ve clearly done a lot of work on this article and my hat comes off to you. 

    I would love to visit Lyon in the future when travelling becomes easier so will be following your recommendations on accommodation. 

    Are there bakeries near any of the hostels where you could buy fresh bread for breakfast?

    Best wishes, 

    Cameron

  • Antonio

    Hi

    I really like how you put the city  and its hostels into context with each other. As they say there is no point going to a hostel, if the city your visit has nothing to offer. I got to admit the information you supply for Lyon was very interesting, covering all the important information  that a tourist will need to know. I think that you have provided enough  for a young person to make an informed decision, as often you feel that you are not getting value for money. I am glad you have enclosed all the advantages and disadvantages, especially if the include towels or not, and more important  if they include breakfast or not  only if I was younger.

    Thanks

    Antonio

  • Grace

    I had a random comment request from WA and so glad you popped up!

    I loved your blog, I drove through Lyon two weeks ago and was struck at how beautiful the city is and I would love to go back and visit, especially after reading your detailed blog!

    Do you visit each place you write about or do you do extensive research online.  The information was detailed and very interesting.

    I enjoy reading about places to travel, its my favourite thing to do!  I’ve signed up to your email as I would love to learn more!

  • Thabo Khoza

    Thank you a lot for this guide.
    I am actually planning on going to live in Europe and I will firstly need a room for a few months.
    I have been looking at going to lyon for a while.
    I am glad I saw your post because now I know I can be able get some of these best places especially Meininger Lyon Centre Berthelotlooks good.

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