My Italy Trip Recap (and My Favorite Rewards Redemptions)

I recently got back from a ten-day trip in Italy with my husband, my best friend, and her husband. It was my bestie’s 40th birthday and they have never been to Italy before. We wanted to see the popular sights, but we also wanted to drink limoncello, do a lot of people watching, and have a ton of fun.

We definitely accomplished our goals, starting our trip in Rome and ending in Venice. While we mostly paid in cash (especially for food and entertainment), I did use points and miles to stretch our travel budget further. Here are some of my favorite redemptions we made to get to Italy and enjoy the scenery while we were there.

We cashed in 57,500 American AAdvantage miles to fly Business class from Indianapolis-Rome.

We forked over some extra miles to fly Business class for the overnight flight to Italy, hoping we could get some sleep. I don’t think I slept more than a few hours, but I know I was infinitely more comfortable flight 8+ hours in a lie-flat seat versus roughing it in economy. The food was good (I had bourbon salmon and a side salad along with dessert) and I watched a few movies before crashing until breakfast was served. I would 10/10 redeem American miles to fly Business class again.

We booked an Amalfi Coast boat tour from Rome.

We also booked a boat trip to the Amalfi Coast from Rome, mostly because we didn’t have enough time in our itinerary to spend a few nights there. The tour, booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards with a company called Walks of Italy, took us to Positano for a few hours, to the small town of Amalfi, and to an organic lemon farm high up on the seaside cliffs. This tour was around 13,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person, and it was totally worth it!

We toured the Colosseum.

Although we’ve toured the Colosseum in Rome a few times already, we thought our friends would enjoy hearing the backstory of such an iconic monument. We cashed in 15,901 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for the four of us to tour the Colosseum with a guide, including entrance through the Gladiator’s Gate. I thought this tour was well worth it, as it also included skip-the-line entry into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

We did an electric bike tour through Tuscany.

I absolutely loved the electric bike tour we took through the hills of Tuscany. This tour set us back around 6,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person, and it took us through the hills of Fiesole, to an organic farm, and through the city streets of Florence. The tour also included a wine and appetizer tasting at the end, and it was one of the highlights of our trip!

Have you ever cashed in points to get to Italy? When?

 

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10 ways I saved on my trip to Nice, France

Blue sky, blue sea, and palm trees — it’s easy to see why Nice is such a favorite with visitors.

But its popularity can make it expensive, especially when you consider its proximity to notoriously pricey places such as Monaco and Cannes.

However, with a bit of planning, it is possible to keep your trip on a tight budget. Follow these simple tips to enjoy a taste of the French Riviera without the big price tag.

Related: Stay cheap at our favorite budget hotels in Nice


10 Budget tips for visiting Nice, France

Looking to save a few euros on your French Riviera getaway? Here are 10 ways I saved on my trip.

1. Avoid peak season

May through August is peak season in the south of France, especially August when most of Europe is on vacation. By visiting in September, I took advantage of big savings on my airfare and accommodations but still enjoyed the gorgeous weather. It was also a lot less busy than it would have been had I visited the previous month.

Can’t make it in September? Mid-March to April is also a good time to consider a trip.

Related: When should you book hotels for the best rates?

Lou Souleou

The lovely view from Lou Souleou Bed & Breakfast. Photo: Booking.com

2. Book a hotel in a central location

I made life a lot easier, as well as cheaper, by picking out a budget hotel in a good location. Lou Souleou Bed and Breakfast was easy to get to using the airport bus and overlooked the picturesque Promenade des Anglais, where you can find many other budget hotel choices. It was also ideally placed for Cours Saleya and Vieux Nice. That meant that within Nice itself, I didn’t need to take public transport anywhere. I also had the bonus of discovering streets and vistas at my own pace that would have been inaccessible by public transport anyway.

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Hotel Breakfast

The breakfast spread at Lou Souleou can keep you going all day long! Photo: Booking.com

3. Make the most of the free hotel breakfast

Many hotels offer complimentary breakfast — a great way to fuel up for the day ahead. At Lou Souleou, I could pick from fresh bread, homemade crepes, fruit salad, cereals, and yogurt, with a selection of jams, coffee, and orange juice. Meaning it was a long time before I needed to think about splashing out for food again!

Related: Nice hotels under $100 per night

4. Take a free walking tour

I’m a big fan of walking tours to get your head around a place, and in Nice, I took the free tour offered by the Riveria Bar Crawl company. It was a great way of ticking off some of the sights, as well as picking up some insider tips and hints.

Nice Picnic

Grab a couple of beach chairs for the ultimate picnic spot in Nice. Photo: Anastasia S

5. Use the markets and have a picnic

Eating out could quickly become pricey in Nice. But it’s easy to pick up food for picnics at markets and supermarkets. I enjoyed delicious fresh food from the outdoor market Cours Saleya and supplemented it with pieces from the supermarkets. These are surprisingly plentiful — there’s a large Monoprix on the main avenue Jean Medecin, for example.

What’s more is that Nice is brilliant for picnic spots — enjoy your meal on one of the famous blue chairs overlooking the beach or on the beach itself. You can also have a picnic with the picturesque views from the Parc du Chateau.

Nice Socca

A shop making socca, a local specialty and popular street food in Nice. Photo: Passion Leica

6. Enjoy Nice’s street food

Another way to refuel on a budget is to take advantage of Nice’s street food. Pissaladière — a tart/pizza topped with anchovies, olives, and onions — was a great way to fill an empty stomach. I also enjoyed socca — a chickpea flour-based pancake. You can pick up a plate for only €3 from Chez Rene Socca in the Old Town.

7. Invest in a museum pass

The region’s link to modern art was one of the reasons I wanted to visit the south of France, and destinations such as the Matisse Museum were high up on my to-do list. I made a significant saving by investing in a 7-day Musées de Nice pass for €20, allowing me access to 13 museums. With the entrance to the Matisse Museum alone costing €10, this worked out as a great value.

Nice Beaches

Relaxing on one of Nice’s beautiful beaches. Photo: Frances Ambler

8. Avoid private beaches

You could enjoy Nice’s beaches from the comfort of a sun lounger, but it would cost you up to €20 a day. On the other hand, the public beaches are completely free — you just need to come prepared for the pebbles! Many hotels and hostels loan out inflatable mattresses for the beach. I also found that by taking a short train ride, I found much quieter public beaches, including the luxury of a sand beach near Antibes!

Nice Bus

The buses in and around Nice are an easy and cheap way to see the region. Photo: Hans Porochelt

9. Explore the area by public transport

Public transport along the Côte d’Azur is a real bargain, with bus fares at a flat rate of just €1.50 within the region and train tickets not exceeding more than €10. That makes more expensive destinations such as Monaco and Cannes accessible for day trips. It also opens up lesser-visited parts of the coastline for exploration.

One of the favorite days of my trip was when I took the train to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (€4) and walked the path along the coastline to picturesque Menton. From there, I even walked onto Italy — before taking the train back for just €9.

Related: Cheapo day trips from Nice

10. Enjoying the free entertainment!

I could have rushed around ticking off the “must-dos”, but I really enjoyed allowing myself to take in the sights and sounds of Nice itself. From the skaters, runners and street performers to the atmospheric twists and turns of Vieux Nice, there was more than plenty to soak up for free — making for a relaxing visit, as well as a cheap one!

Have you been to Nice? Tell us your favorite things to do in the comments.

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Beating the heat in Rome: 4 beaches accessible by train for €10 or less

Rome gets hot and crowded in the summer, and after a few days of walking around the city and seeing the sights, you’re likely to need some rest.

Why not cool down and relax at one of the nearby beaches? There are several beaches within an hour of Rome by public transport, and they all cost less than €10 to reach.

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The best beaches near Rome

Sun, sand and the sparkling Mediterranean offer the perfect break from Vatican lines and Colosseum tours. Here are four favorites beaches close to Rome:

Anzio

The turquoise water and golden sand beaches of Anzio are some of the prettiest near Rome, and also the cleanest, as you can tell from their Blue Flag designation. The colorful port is packed with great seafood restaurants, and the entire place holds an old fishing-town atmosphere.

You can’t go anywhere in Italy without running into something of historical significance, and Anzio is no different. It was first used as the base for Coriolanus’s rebellion against Rome, and later as a vacation spot for emperors, who built theaters and luxurious villas. More recently, and the reason it probably sounds familiar, it was where British and US forces landed in 1944 to liberate Rome from German occupation. You can visit the 77-acre American Cemetary where nearly 8,000 Americans are buried.

Getting there: Anzio is about an hour south of Rome on a regional train from Termini, and a ticket will only cost you €3.

Hotels: Search more than 30 places to stay in Anzio

Santa Marinella

Only a quick train ride away, Santa Marinella is a historic beach area north of Rome. Photo: rbirnardo

Santa Marinella

A convenient and beautiful beach, Santa Marinella is only an hour north of Rome and has been a bathing resort since the days of the Roman Empire. The light sand is soft and the water is clear, and there are both free and private beaches. The small resort town also has good seafood restaurants and a few bars and shops.

Getting there: Best of all, it’s only €4.60 on the regional trains leaving from Termini, Rome’s main station.

Hotels: Search more than 50 accommodations in Santa Marinella

Ostia

Beach cabanas along Ostia Lido, the closest stretch of sand near Rome. Photo: Inge Knoff

Ostia

Ostia Lido isn’t the most beautiful beach near Rome, but it’s the closest and does the trick when you’re in need of sand and sun. The dark sand beaches are split into public and private areas, and for about €10 on the private beaches you get a chair, umbrella, and towel. If you brought your own towel and don’t mind crowds, find yourself a spot in the free public areas.

Getting there: Take the Metro Line B from the Piramide stop in Rome, then take the Ostia-Lido train toward Cristoforo Colombo. You use the same ticket for both. You’ll get off at either the Ostia Lido Centro stop or Ostia Stella Polare.

One of the best parts of Ostia Lido is its proximity to the ancient Roman ruins at Ostia Antica. To visit, get off two stops before Ostia Lido Centro.

Related: The Roman ruins at Ostia Antica, Italy’s best kept secret.

Sperlonga

Getting to Sperlonga takes a little time, but the payoff is worth it with views like this. Photo: inno68

Sperlonga

Sperlonga is the most picturesque beach near Rome, but a bit of a hike. The whitewashed town is perched on a cliff over the sea, and the clear waters of the Blue Flag beach stretch below. The charming, narrow streets hold many shops, restaurants, and cafes, and the sandy beaches are exceptionally clean. Since ancient Roman times, Sperlonga has been a holiday favorite, and you can visit the old villa of Emperor Tiberius.

Getting there: Reaching Sperlonga is a bit of a commitment, but it’s worth it. Take a regional train from Rome’s Termini station to the Fondi-Sperlonga stop, about an hour away, then take the bus from outside the station to the beach, about half an hour. You can also take a taxi from the train station.

Hotels: Browse more than 100 properties in Sperlonga

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Here’s Why You Should Use Airline Miles for One-Way Flights

Recently, a reader reached out to me for some advice on an upcoming trip to Europe with his wife. They had amassed a massive stash of Chase Ultimate Rewards points — 425,000 to be exact — but they couldn’t decide exactly how to book their trip. They knew they wanted to start their journey in Prague, but they weren’t sure where they wanted to end up. They also weren’t exactly sure when they wanted to leave, but they worried about the prospect of booking a one-way flight without a plan for the ride home.

First off, I told them that they had it made. They had plenty of miles to do what they wanted, and it was no big deal to wait to book the flight home. With so much flexibility in their travel plans, they could easily search for award space for the flight home once they arrive in Prague and make plans from there. I quickly learned this couple wasn’t too sure about transferring their points to airline partners. From my understanding, they planned to book each of their one-way flights through the Chase travel portal.

This was a mistake, I said, because using airline partners would leave them much better off. Here’s why:

One-way flights can be exorbitantly expensive, especially at the last minute.

First off, one-way flights can be crazy expensive when you pay in cash. That may not matter to you when you’re booking with airline miles and only paying airline taxes and fees, but it represents a wasteful way to use flexible points when your award fare is tied to the price of your flight.

Case in point: I looked for some examples to show the reader how much more value he could get with miles and found plenty of award availability from Newark and JFK (his closest airports) for 30,000 miles one-way. However, for the exact same dates in May, similar flights started at $767 in economy — or 51,180 Chase Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Why spend more flights than you need to for the exact same flight?

Frequent flyer programs typically make booking one-ways a breeze.

Also note that most frequent flyer programs make booking one-ways a breeze, but that’s especially true with programs that still offer award charts like American AAdvantage. There’s simply no reason to book a round-trip with the same frequent flyer program if you can get a better deal on either leg with different programs.

Having flexible points means you can compare airline programs before you transfer and book.

When you build your award stash in a flexible program like Chase Ultimate Rewards, you have even more options at your disposal. The reader in question here could easily transfer points to United MileagePlus at a 1:1 ratio to pay for his departure, but he could consider availability on Air France/Flying Blue, British Airways, and other airlines for his flight home. With so much flexibility on a departure destination and dates, this scenario would make it easy to save a lot of points. After all, you can frequently find one-way flights from many European cities to the U.S. on Air France/Flying Blue for 25,000 miles one-way or less.

What’s the bottom line?

If you plan to book one-ways for your next trip, consider using airline miles over flexible travel points. You may score your flights for a lot fewer points overall, and you could end up with flights you like better to boot.

Of course, it always pays to compare all your options, whether that means using miles or booking directly through a portal. I recently booked one-way flights on Air Portugal from Rome to Chicago through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal because I got a better deal than if I had paid with miles. You never know what kind of deals you will discover unless you take time to look.

Do you use airline miles for one-way flights? Why or why not?

 

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All the Ways I Used Points for Our Italy Trip in April

As I write this blog post, I should really be packing for the next family trip a much-anticipated journey to Italy for nine days. I haven’t been to Italy since last summer when we spent a week in Padua, Bologna, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. It’s also been almost two years since I’ve spent time in my favorite Italian cities of Rome and Florence. We’re mostly hitting the “highlights” of Italy on this trip even though we’ve visited many times. The friends we’re traveling with have never been to Europe much less Italy, so we’re taking them to some of our favorite spots.

Fortunately, we paid for a ton of our trip with rewards. Here are all the different ways I cashed in points for this trip:

We paid for our flights with airline miles.

We paid for our round-trip flights to Italy with frequent flyer miles from two different programs. We opted to fly Business class for our overnight flights to Rome, which meant cashing in 57,500 American AAdvantage miles each to fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, then from Charlotte to the eternal city.

For our flights home, we cashed in 25,000 Air France/Flying Blue miles per person after transferring them from my Chase Sapphire Reserve account.

I booked excursions with rewards points.

I paid for several of our day trips and guided tours with Chase Ultimate Rewards points, including:

  • Guided tour of Colosseum in Rome: 3,975 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person
  • Guided day trip to Sienna, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni from Florence: 7,022 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person
  • Tuscany Electric Bike Ride Tour: 5,200 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person
  • Amalfi Coast Boat trip from Rome: 13,300 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person

I covered our hotel in Venice with points.

While we booked Airbnbs with two bedrooms for most of our trip, I cashed in 11,900 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per room for two rooms at Hotel Arlecchino in Venice, Italy. We’ve actually stayed here before, and it’s pretty close to the train station. We’re also only spending one night in Venice, so we don’t need a kitchen or the extra living space rental condos offer.

I even booked an airport pickup with rewards.

Finally, I cashed in 5,184 Chase Ultimate Rewards points for private airport pickup in a luxury van upon our arrival at FCO. You can take trains from Fiumicino Airport if you want, but I prefer to avoid public transportation when I am hauling my suitcase around.

I learned that lesson the hard way during a very treacherous journey with two kids and six suitcases from the airport in Madrid, Spain to our rental condo. It was a nightmare lugging our bags up and down stairs through the train stations after a night with almost no sleep, and I vowed to never do that to myself again.

With that being said, I would prefer not to pay for a pricey taxi from the airport when I can use rewards and get it for free instead!

The bottom line

While I use rewards to pay for a lot of our trips, I never travel for free. There are always things I pay for — even if I cash in a ton of points and miles.

Personally, I think it works best to use rewards to stretch your travel budget and book “extras” you wouldn’t necessarily want to pay for. Thanks to points and miles, we can all travel further from home and see the world at prices we can afford.

How have you cashed in your rewards lately? Have any big trips coming up?

 

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6 Unexpected Expenses to Expect for Your Round-the-World Travel Budget

unexpected expenses round-the-world travel

  So you’ve read your copy of The World’s Cheapest Destinations, read the books from Rolf Potts and Nomadic Matt, you’ve priced your tickets out on the Indie RTW Flight Planner, and you’ve been following a dozen bloggers doling out advice on traveling the world for cheap. You’ve been saving like mad and you’re ready […]

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Pictures of the Week: Gloomy Business Trip to Hong Kong AND SOME NOODLES

I didn’t do a picture of the week last week because I hadn’t taken any pictures of note in the past week. This week I have. Click through because you love pictures of note!

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Traveling While Broke: A Good Idea or Financially Irresponsible?

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a post on a Facebook group dedicated to travel. A young woman explained that she was recently laid off from her job and was considering canceling a trip she had booked well in advance. She didn’t have trip insurance, so she would forego the $500 she’d spent on airfare. She also explained that she had gone on another trip post-layoff and did not enjoy it precisely because of her financial situation. This got me thinking, is it a good idea to travel while broke, like some bloggers encourage, or is it financially irresponsible?

The pros of traveling while broke

I got into points and miles in order to cover travel expenses while broke and fresh out of college. Even though I worked full time, I still only ended up with $200 at the end of every month. Most of that went towards student loans, so as you can imagine, I had very little disposable income. So how did it feel to travel with very little in my pocket? It actually wasn’t so bad. On a month-long trip, I took $200 along. I didn’t waste money on things I didn’t need, pointless tchotchkes that were tossed away, and focused on spending my budget on experiences that provided the most value (monetary and sentimentally).

Was traveling while broke ultimately good for me? Absolutely. Every time I left on a trip, I came back refreshed. It took me out of my otherwise miserable, depressed mindset. I felt much more at ease and like all of my hard, unappreciated, underpaid work wasn’t a complete waste. And because most of my travel and even dining expenses were covered with points and miles, I ended up actually saving money that would have gone towards gas, groceries’ and dining if I had stayed home. Traveling during this time really helped me feel less restricted and ultimately gave me the inspiration that led me to launch my blog, start a lucrative side hustle as a travel writer, and become happier and more financially stable.

The cons of traveling while broke

Of course, if you’re completely unemployed, you probably don’t have the advantage of a paycheck or the tools to help save money by traveling. Taking odd jobs abroad (i.e. house sitting, working on a farm, etc.) to afford travel isn’t for everyone. If you’re a highly educated person who’s made significant advancements in your career, it might feel like a step down and a less-than-ideal compromise to be able to travel the world.

In these situations, it’s probably best to focus on long-term solutions rather than acquire debt or make an unpleasant situation worse. In the case of the woman who shared her story with that Facebook group, she was looking at losing $500 she had spent on airfare but didn’t want to incur additional travel expenses she couldn’t afford. The value of traveling wasn’t greater than the money she’d save by staying home.

I’ve traveled while broke and I’ve done it post-student loan debt. What I discovered was that when things were bad, travel had a healing effect on me. But now that things are great, I’m so content in my daily life that I don’t need to travel as much anymore. I’m perfectly happy spending a week off just lounging around at home (like I recently did). The important thing is to make responsible decisions that improve your situation, both mentally and financially.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s smart to travel while broke or do you find it financially irresponsible?

 

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Best budget hotels in Lyon, France

Often called the gastronomical capital of France and the birthplace of cinema, Lyon is a dream destination for those who love food, wine, medieval- and Renaissance-era architecture, art and, of course, cinema.

Luckily for our fellow Cheapos, all of this excitement can be enjoyed affordably, because there are plenty of cheap hotels in Lyon to choose from. But not all budget hotels are made equal, which is why we have narrowed down the overwhelming list to options that are charming and either centrally located in the heart of the action or conveniently placed near public transit to get you around the city in no time.

Want more options? Click to search for all budget hotel options in Lyon.

Planning a trip around France? Check out our favorite budget hotels in Aix-en-Provence, AvignonBordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Paris, and Strasbourg.

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Which Lyon neighborhood should I stay in?

Before we dive into some of the top budget hotels across the city, it is important to know which of the most popular neighborhoods sound the most appealing to you.

Presqu’île

This area between the Rhône and Saône Rivers to the north of Perrache contains many of the city’s main tourist sights, including the Beaux-Arts Museum and the Opera House, as well as the Carré d’Or shopping district. You can easily walk from here to the Old City. The Presqu’ile is home to many of our budget hotel options and makes a great home base.

Part-Dieu

East of the Rhône River, this neighborhood is named for the Part-Dieu train station. The area is home to the city’s commercial district, but also sights like the Lumière Institute and the famed covered market Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse. While it can be a bit far to walk to other parts of the city, Part-Dieu is well serviced by public transport, and let’s face it: hotel options here tend to be cheaper.

Vieux Lyon

Home to sights like the Roman theaters and the St. Jean Cathedral, the central hilly neighborhood of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) is the heart of touristed Lyon. Explore the passageways of the Old City on the banks of the river or the neighborhood’s several parks. From here, it’s easy to walk to Presqu’île and the Croix Rousse. Of course, budget hotel options are scarce here, as this really is the most heavily visited part of the city.


Top cheap hotels in Lyon, France

Here are our favorite affordable accommodations with convenient locations in the center of the city or near public transit.

patterned sofa in a hotel lounge

One of many fun lounge spaces at Le Flâneur Guesthouse.

Le Flâneur Guesthouse

Neighborhood: Part-Dieu
Beds from $21

If you love to meet new people on your travels, a hostel is the way to go. Not to mention the savings! At Le Flâneur Guesthouse, you’ll find a communal spirit and a list of amenities that you won’t find at most hotels. Each bed has access to a private locker (and lock!), lamp and electric socket, and both private or shared bathrooms are offered.

There is something for everyone here: video games, patios, books, gardens, a shared kitchen, board games, indoor and outdoor play areas, lounges, an on-site cafe, free Wi-Fi and computers with free internet access.

The guesthouse is a 15-minute metro ride to Old Lyon, with the metro just a few minutes away from the hotel by foot. Meet new people and save money by booking at Le Flâneur Guesthouse.

outdoor patio with beanbag chairs, a hammock and string lights

A playful outdoor space at SLO Living Hostel.

SLO Living Hostel

Neighborhood: Part-Dieu
Rooms from $78

With an on-site bar serving local beers and wines, a communal kitchen and lounge and bright, sparkling-clean guestrooms, the SLO Living Hostel is a great pick for budget travelers. Rooms, whether private or shared, follow a minimalist design scheme.

Ask ahead of booking for a room with garden views, and you can also talk with the staff about arranging guided tours and activities. The center of Lyon (and the action!) is less than a mile from the hostel. Get a great deal at SLO Living Hostel.

brown and orange hotel room

Comfort Suite Rive Gauche Lyon Centre is conveniently located near public transit.

Comfort Suite Rive Gauche Lyon Centre

Neighborhood: Part-Dieu
Rooms from $89

Whether you are traveling in a group or would just like a little more elbow room, this Comfort Suite just might be the way to go. The one-star hotel offers studios and duplex apartments that fit up to five people comfortably for low rates. The train station and the popular Place Bellecour are less than a mile from the hotel.

In addition to private kitchenettes for whipping up simple meals, you’ll also enjoy air conditioning, private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and more. Breakfast is also served for an additional fee. Enjoy a stay in a private studio or duplex at Comfort Suite Rive Gauche Lyon Centre.

white hotel room with patterned curtain

Rooms at B&B Hôtel LYON Centre Perrache Berthelot are modern and minimalist.

B&B Hôtel LYON Centre Perrache Berthelot

Neighborhood: Part-Dieu
Rooms from $92

Sleek, minimalist style is prevalent here at the three-star B&B Hôtel LYON Centre Perrache Berthelot, which is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk to public transit. Rooms feature white, gray and tan color schemes with funky optical illusions painted at the head of the beds.

Rooms in this newly built structure are air-conditioned with private bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and free Wi-Fi. A continental breakfast spread is available for a small fee. Book a budget stay at B&B Hôtel LYON Centre Perrache Berthelot.

dark hotel room

A large double room with en suite at ho36 Hostel.

ho36 Hostel

Neighborhood: Part-Dieu
Rooms from $93

At ho36 Hostel, you can find accommodations to fit your needs, whether you just need a bed, prefer a private room or want a family room. No matter the option, prices stay low year-round at this one-star hotel. Plus, Place Bellecour is only a 15-minute walk away.

You’ll find standard amenities, like free Wi-Fi and toiletries, as well as some interesting offerings, like access to washing machines and electric blankets. There’s a shared kitchen as well as an on-site restaurant and bar. Nearby, there is easy access to public transit. Find the room to fit your needs at ho36 Hostel.

green and brown hotel room

Rooms at Première Classe Lyon Centre Gare Part Dieu are vibrant.

Première Classe Lyon Centre Gare Part Dieu

Neighborhood: Part-Dieu
Rooms from $93

Just steps from the metro, the two-star Première Classe Lyon Centre Gare Part Dieu offers en suite rooms only a short stroll from public transit and shopping. Rooms feature standard hotel fare: desks, televisions and free Wi-Fi.

Most guestrooms offer views of the city and all can be accessed via elevator. A buffet breakfast is available for a small fee. Book a budget-friendly stay at Première Classe Lyon Centre Gare Part Dieu.

beige hotel room

Rooms at Hotel Saint Vincent are attractive and spotless.

Hotel Saint Vincent

Neighborhood: Presqu’ile
Rooms from $95

The two-star Hotel Saint Vincent offers chic accommodations just a short walk from the River Saône, Lyon National Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts. As if the location isn’t enough, rooms are spic and span and outfitted with attractive, modern furnishings and decor.

The contemporary room design contrasts many of the main areas, which feature stone walls and wood furnishings. We especially love the exposed wood ceiling beams throughout. Amenities include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. Breakfast is simple but cheap.

Grab a stylish room at Hotel Saint Vincent.

views of Lyon from hotel balcony

A sunny dining spot at Hotel du Théatre.

Hotel du Théatre

Neighborhood: Presqu’ile
Rooms from $102

With even superior rooms hovering around $100 a night in the high season, the two-star Hotel du Théatre is a favorite spot for Cheapos. Rooms are simple; each is adorned in grays and beiges with basic wood furnishings. But there is no shortage of amenities, from flat-screen televisions to en suites to free Wi-Fi.

Some of the rooms in this 19th-century building have views of Place des Célestins — we highly recommend asking ahead to take advantage of these famous theater views. Breakfast is available for a reasonable price and offers continental options such as pastries and jams. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops in the neighborhood. The Opera House is only about a half of a mile away.

Find affordable rooms at Hotel du Théatre

red hotel room with patterned wallpaper

A stunning room at Bayard Bellecour.

Bayard Bellecour

Neighborhood: Presqu’ile
Rooms from $120

Rooms at the three-star Bayard Bellecour are quite stunning, with each one different from the next. You’ll find floral, striped or damask wallpaper, fireplaces and even ornate canopies draped over the head of the bed.

Bathrooms are private, and rooms also feature flat-screen televisions. Some rooms even have views of the city. Breakfast offers pastries, meats and cheeses, but can be a bit pricey. Don’t be afraid to wander outside to a nearby cafe or restaurant! You’ll also have quick access to the metro and less than a 20-minute walk to the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

Find a unique room just for you at Bayard Bellecour.

blue and yellow hotel room

Rooms at Hotel Des Remparts Perrache are sunny and bright.

Hotel Des Remparts Perrache

Neighborhood: Presqu’ile
Rooms from $127

The welcoming rooms at the three-star Hotel Des Remparts Perrache are bright and cheerful, and the staff matches this spirited vibe. Rooms are bright blue and yellow (this color scheme is also found in the sunny common spaces) or coral and beige with contemporary furnishings and design.

Rooms overlook the city square below or the private courtyard. You’ll find all the comforts of home here, and breakfast — available for a fee — includes meats, cheeses, crepes, pastries and hot dishes. To get around the city, you’ll also be just a few steps from the train and the metro.

Get more information on staying at Hotel Des Remparts Perrache.

aerial view of Lyon from a hotel balcony

Youth Hostel Lyon offers unbeatable views of the city.

Youth Hostel Lyon

Neighborhood: Vieux Lyon
Beds from $21

Looking for a super cheapo option in Vieux Lyon? We recommend checking out Youth Hostel Lyon, a youth hostel that is welcoming to guests of all ages. You’ll find a bed for as low as $21 a night right in the action of Old Lyon.

Many of the city’s major sites are just a 10-minute-or-less walk away, and there are incredible views from the hostel. Learn more about the ultra-cheapo Youth Hostel Lyon.

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