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Property entrance
Twin Room | View from room
Breakfast and dinner served, French cuisine
Shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, towels

Overview of initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône

initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône

2.0 star property
Suburban hotel with restaurant, near Musee Paul Dini
7.4 out of 10 Good
7.4/10 Good

471 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
365, Avenue Theodore Braun, Villefranche-sur-Saone, Rhone, 69400
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Terrace
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • TV in a common area
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Blackout curtains

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Lyon (LYS-Saint-Exupery) - 34 min drive
  • Anse Station - 8 min drive
  • Saint-Georges-de-Reneins Station - 10 min drive
  • Villefranche-sur-Saône Station - 22 min walk


  • McDonald's - 8 min walk
  • L'Endroit - 2 min drive
  • Georges Blanc - 17 min walk
  • Boulangerie ange - 6 min walk
  • V and B Villefranche-sur-Saône - 14 min walk

About this property

initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône

Initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône is a great choice for a stay in Villefranche-sur-Saone. Guests looking for a bite to eat can visit Restaurant Balladins, which serves French cuisine and is open for breakfast and dinner. Other highlights include a bar/lounge, a snack bar/deli and a terrace. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and location.


English, French, German, Portuguese

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 50 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 11:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open Monday - Friday (7:00 AM - 10:00 PM) and Saturday - Sunday (7:30 AM - 10:00 PM)
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Reception hours are 5-9 PM on Sundays and public holidays.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 2 children (12 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only, 2 per room)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Specific rooms only*


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No stag or hen parties

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) 7 AM–9:30 AM on weekdays and 7:30 AM–10 AM on weekends
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)
  • Children's menu


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Multilingual staff


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1989
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Grab bar near toilet

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 80-cm flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Restaurant Balladins – This restaurant specialises in French cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 0.70 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately EUR 8 for adults and EUR 5 for children

Renovations and closures

The following facilities are closed seasonally each year. They will be closed from 6 August to 21 August:
  • Dining venue
The following facilities are closed on Sunday:
  • Restaurant

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for EUR 5 per day


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of EUR 5 per pet, per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-out is available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.


This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag and hen parties.
Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.
Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 1000 owing to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information on the booking confirmation.

Also known as

Balladins LYON
Hôtel Balladins LYON
Hôtel balladins Lyon Villefranche-sur-Saône
balladins Lyon Villefranche-sur-Saône Villefranche-sur-Saone
balladins Lyon Villefranche-sur-Saône
Hôtel ballans Lyon Villefranc
initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône Hotel

Frequently asked questions

Does initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône?
This property confirms that guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Furthermore, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône?
Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room. There's a charge of EUR 5 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône and nearby?
Recommended spots to visit include Musee Paul Dini (1.5 mi) and Claude Bernard Museum (6.6 mi), along with Golf Club du Beaujolais (6.7 mi) and Touro Parc (16.2 mi).
Are there restaurants at or near initial by balladins Lyon / Villefranche-sur-Saône?
Yes, Restaurant Balladins offers French cuisine.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

On arrival our booking couldn’t be found, there seemed to be a problem. We had to change rooms because every time the toilet flushed there was water on the floor. The carpet was wet from another time. We were put into another room without any problems. It was great to be able to have a meal at the hotel. Lovely staff especially our waitress
Amanda, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Good location for a night on a return ski trip. Economical.
1-night trip with friends
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Very helpful staff. I would get a specific location before travelling as my taxi driver couldn’t find it. At reception they were wonderful.
1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

We had two rooms: one was fine, the other one had a strong smell of mould -- really not nice. We asked to change room but we were told the hotel was full. The staff apologised, but it felt a gesture would have been appropriate. Empty shower gel dispenser too. Otherwise the hotel is by no means luxurious, but we kew that and that is fine.
1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Good value for stop over
It was an easy Hotel to reach on the way to the Alps. A good cheap stop over. Staff friendly and room small, but clean. We decided to walk into the town as we didn't want the buffet dinner. This took us about 40 minutes to walk, but was good after a day sitting in the car.
Linda, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Good hotel for short stay
The staff are very friendly and helpful. The room was adequate, clean but a little tired. The breakfast was plentiful and with a good variety. The buffet dinner food was also very good with a reasonable variety. The hotel location is on the main route through Villfranche and easy to find but is in the industrial area so don't expect pretty grounds to walk in. However it is 30 mins walk to the banks of the river Soane.
Daffodil, 2-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Stopover hotel
Uncertain at first as on industrial estate but friendly informal hotel with comfy bed. Evening meal not brilliant!
karen, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Basic room, had everything you need except a kettl
A nice relaxing stay, we did what we had to do in villfranche, the hotel staff were very helpful ie. Taxis and directions 😊
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8/10 Very good

Great just off motorway
Staff very nice as was the evening meal very busy they worked hard. Thankyou.
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8/10 Very good

Good standard for overnight stay.
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