Home to some of the greatest Roman ruins in Eastern France, if not the entirety of Europe, the small town of Vienne remains something of a secret when it comes to travelling through the region, though once you’ve visited you’ll be puzzled as to why. Home to a selection of stunning vistas, not to mention some of the best-preserved Ancient sites from some two millennia ago, Vienne is the perfect destination for a long and lazy weekend. Here’s your guide to the best Vienne hotels, including where to stay and an accommodation guide for every budget!
Introducing Vienne, the hidden gem of Eastern France
If you’re reading the name ‘Vienne,’ then you might well be confused as ‘Vienne’ is actually the name for ‘Vienna’ (the capital city of Austria) in French. In a rather more confusing turn of events, during Roman times, Vienne in France would have been known as Vienna while the Vienna in Austria would have been known as Vindobona…
So now that we’ve got that cleared up, here’s a little glimpse as to what’s in store for you should you opt to visit: first up, there’s a myriad of Roman ruins to explore, including a former amphitheatre turned open-air performance space and one of the best-preserved Roman temples outside of Rome, that of the Temple d’Auguste et Livie.
Other things to do in Vienne include heading just across the river to the Musée Gallo-Romain-en-Gal, sampling the local cuisine at one of the many eateries spread across the city, and hiking up to one of the many vantage points above the valley where Vienne is to be found. Last but not least, for fans of ecclesiastical architecture, Vienne cathedral is a can’t miss!
Best Vienne Hotels and accommodation
First up, it’s worth noting that there is little by way of accommodation when it comes to places to stay in Vienne, and so if you’re looking for a wider selection to suit every budget, then you’d be better suited heading to the nearby city of Lyon and looking for hotels there. After all, Lyon is one of the largest cities in the region and is just a short train ride away from Vienne. Otherwise, read on for the best places to stay in Vienne based on location and web-reviews…
For those who are in search of a luxury stay on the fringes of the city, La Pyramide is a four-star hotel just a short walk from the city centre. Offering free WiFi, two restaurants, and parking on-site, other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, and a guest garden and art-deco style communal area. Of all the Vienne hotels, La Pyramide also happens to be the highest rated.
Appartement 2 Pièces Neuf
If you wish to stay in the very heart of Vienne (i.e. in the heart of all the action), then this apartment is less than 100 metres from the Roman theatre! Other amenities of this self-catering accommodation include parking, free WiFi, a kitchen equipped with a coffee machine, stovetop, and fridge, and a cosy living area.
Gite au chat bûcheron
A countryside retreat that’s several kilometres from the city of Vienne itself (meaning that a car is preferable if you wish to stay at this accommodation- check the best car rental prices here), the well-reviewed Gite au chat bûcheron is a holiday home equipped with everything you could possibly want. After all, the site boasts a swimming pool, a kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, and frige, and there’s free parking and free WiFi on site.
Last but not least… Book an apartment on Air BnB
For those who are looking to explore the delights of Beaune from a more local’s perspective, you may well want to consider booking an apartment on Air BnB. After all, booking Beaune accommodation this way means that you can book yourself into a place that allows you to cook for yourself and host a larger group (such as a family travelling together). New to Air BnB? Sign up with this link to give you credit towards your first stay!