InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu
The opening of InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu comes after an extensive four-year restoration of one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the former hospital (‘Hôtel Dieu’).
The renovation of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu complex is the largest private transformation of a historic monument carried out in France to date.
InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu forms part of the Grand Hôtel Dieu and was reimagined by renowned interior designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel.
Nuel focused on maintaining the original beauty and architecture of the building whilst offering a contemporary, understated luxury design which is rooted in the history of Lyon and the building itself.
Lyon was once the capital of the European silk industry, playing a central role in the Silk Road trade between east and west. This led to a booming local silk industry which is still an important part of the city’s culture today.
The city is also famed for its floral art which was an early source of inspiration for the local silk industry – a key design theme of the hotel.
Prestigious Lyonnais silk creator Verel de Belval, a subsidiary of the Hermès group, has designed custom silk prints which can be seen throughout the rooms and public areas in silk screen panels, cushions and soft furnishings.
These rich fabrics perfectly contrast with the original architectural features of the building, such as stone floors, plastered walls and timber ceilings.
The ‘monastic yet sophisticated’ design was inspired by the historical use of the building – as the city’s hospital for more than 800 years – combined with the desire to create a destination for global travellers.
The hotel’s restaurant, Epona, extends along the hotel’s front façade and opens on to an interior courtyard and garden. Head Chef Mathieu Charrois will offer world-class Lyonnaise dishes with a modern twist. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the hotel’s main restaurant will be a destination in itself.
Of the 34 suites at the hotel, the 150 sqm Presidential suite is the largest suite in Lyon. It follows a similar modern luxury design, decorated in powder pink tones and elegant floral motifs.
From the living room of the Presidential suite, guests can enjoy a unique view in to the grand dome, overlooking the stunning space from the suite’s own private balconies.
The most emblematic of the 144 rooms at InterContinental Lyon – Hôtel-Dieu are the 28 Duplex suites, which feature huge vertical windows with views on to the Rhône river, maintaining the grandeur and façade of the original building.
In the Duplex suites guests enter from the mezzanine floor to take in the river view at first glance before heading down the stairs to the bathroom and bedroom.
Le Dôme Bar is nestled in the heart of the hotel within the grand dome, one of the most breath-taking features of InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu.
Originally housing a chapel, today the dome is a space where hotel guests and locals can come together under its 32m high ceiling. Originally designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, architect of the Pantheon in Paris, Soufflot was called away during the project and he never saw the dome finished.
The dome has since been named in his honour as the ‘Soufflot Dome’.
Photography: Eric Cuvillier