King of the hill

VILLA MAÏA, LYON

Wallpaper - - Travel - Lau­ren Ho

French real es­tate group Maïa’s five-star de­but in the ho­tel busi­ness is lo­cated atop Lyon’s Fourvière Hill in a for­mer hos­pi­tal that now houses a four-storey build­ing de­signed by Jean-michel Wil­motte. French in­te­rior de­signer Jac­ques Granges has used neu­tral oat­meal tones with ac­cents of colour, in­spired by pho­to­graphs by Charles Maze that hang above the bed. Ex­pan­sive win­dows re­veal views of clut­tered rooftops backed by the dis­tant surge of Mont Blanc, and land­scaped gar­dens by Louis Benech, an evoca­tive tableau best en­joyed from the heated in­door pool. Mean­while, the tan­gle of cob­ble­stone streets and the hodge­podge of Gothic and Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­ture of the city’s old town is just a ten-minute stroll away.

8 Rue du Pro­fesseur Pierre Mar­ion, tel: 33.4 7816 0101, villa-maia.com. Rates: from €545

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