One of France’s most buzzed-about hotel projects will soon open in the country’s gourmet capital, Lyon. The Grand Hôtel-Dieu is one of the largest buildings on Lyon’s presqu’île, the peninsula situated between the the Saône and Rhone rivers running through the city. A historic monument, the Hôtel-Dieu was a hospital of great significance, with foundations dating to the year 1184. Since 2010, it’s been undergoing a large transformation to house a five-star hotel, a museum, and the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, a major tourist attraction dedicated to French gastronomy. (There will also be office and retail space, and the building’s interior courtyards will be open to the public.)
The latest news is that the InterContinental Lyon-Hotel Dieu will officially open its doors in the first week of June. Jean-Philippe Nuel, the sought-after designer behind projects like the Molitor in Paris, Ponant cruise ships, and the InterContinental Marseille, will bring style and creativity to the interiors, which comprise 114 rooms and 30 suites. Note that the Presidential Suite will have views overlooking the Grand Dôme, the symbolic and architectural heart of the Hôtel-Dieu, soaring 85 feet high.
Facilities will include a bar in the Grand Dôme, a restaurant with a leafy outside terrace, a Club Lounge, and a large conference center covering 1325 square meters (more than 14,200 square feet). The official website for Lyon Tourism declares that the InterContinental Lyon will be a city showcase, becoming “the new residence of contemporary art de vivre.”