InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu, France
Hôtel-Dieu, which in French translates to hostel of God, was the name given to the original hospitals in cities across France. The Hôtel-Dieu in Lyon operated as a hospital for more than eight centuries before eventually closing in 2010. Since then, this landmark in the Presqu'ile neighbourhood has undergone a complete renovation. The historic complex is now home to a collection of high-end restaurants, boutiques and a yoga studio and spa, but it came to completion earlier this year with the launch of Intercontinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu. This grand hotel spans the building’s 360-metre river-facing façade, with interiors combining the site’s original architecture with modern design. The jewel in the crown is Le Dome Bar, which now hosts guests in the space beneath Hôtel-Dieu’s soaring Soufflot dome.