IHG has opened one of its most beautiful hotels,
following an extensive four-year restoration of one of Lyon’s most
iconic buildings.

The renovation of the Grand Hôtel Dieu complex
is the largest private transformation of an historic monument
carried out in France to date.

The 178-room InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu forms part of
the Grand Hôtel Dieu and was reimagined by renowned interior
designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel. His focus was 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. This ‘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.

Tom Rowntree, Vice President, Global Luxury
Brands at IHG, said, “InterContinental is
known for transforming heritage buildings into stunning properties
whilst maintaining their historic spirit, and InterContinental
Lyon – Hotel Dieu is a perfect example of that. This new opening
marks the sixth in the remarkable InterContinental portfolio in
France which includes the likes of Carlton Cannes, Marseille –
Hotel Dieu and Paris Le Grand. Lyon is full of sophistication,
culture and a rich history, making it a perfect fit for
InterContinental as we pioneer in new luxury destinations
worldwide.”

Le Dôme Bar is nestled in the heart of the hotel
within the grand dome, one of the most breathtaking 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’.

Le Dôme bar is open for all-day drinks and light
bites. Traditional, local products are a key focus for the
signature cocktails and Le Dôme offers a fresh twist on the famous
pink praline, a traditional Lyon confectionery, combining it with
vodka, pink champagne and lemon for a unique cocktail.

In addition to
a restaurant, Club Lounge, 1,500 sqm of flexible event space, the InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu
features a spa, hammam and 24-hour gym.

Standard rooms at InterContinental Lyon – Hotel
Dieu start from £250.

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