Pavillon de la Rotonde is situated on the outskirts of Lyon. It has a very handy train stop nearby so you can get a train into central Lyon in twenty minutes. We had a really great room and a really lovely meal in the Michelin-starred restaurant, but it’s not a charming hotel at all! You need to get your head around the fact that this 5-star hotel is attached to a casino and then it makes a bit more sense! It has eight deluxe rooms and eight junior suites and a complimentary spa area. The reception area is decidedly dull, but as soon as you enter your room, it’s spacious with a large comfortable bed, generous seating area with sofa and chairs, an outside balcony, and a huge bathroom with tub and shower. The staff had laid out a bed for Barnaby and bowls on crisp linen, with water in one already. It really was lovely and we had a very comfortable night there.
The Restaurant – One Michelin Star
You have to leave the hotel and walk just fifty metres to the casino to get to the starred restaurant. Dogs aren’t allowed to join you however. The entrance to the casino is a bit uninspiring but the restaurant is upstairs, out of the way. First impressions… bling! Lots of sparkle and a huge centre decoration featuring silver cascading teapots! The service was attentive and once I’d tasted the divine cheese amuse bouche, I felt confident dinner was going to be good, which it was! We went for the Inspiration menu, which basically meant it was the chef’s choice as to what we had. I had freshwater bass served in a fabulous buerre blanc sauce and Anthony had venison which he said was lovely. I can’t remember what we had for dessert, but we came away with a little box of petit fours as we just couldn’t eat another thing.
There are grounds outside the hotel/casino where you can easily take your pup for a morning and evening walk, but you’ll need to head further afield for a longer one.
- Fridge for Barnaby’s food
- Espresso machine
For more information on the hotel visit: https://www.pavillon-rotonde.com/en/