It’s astonishingly peaceful up on the third floor of this late 1600s building, updated in the mid 1800s; the history gets a page in Wikipedia. It originally housed the Hotel de Milan, whose architect Mazzini decorated the courtyard in decorative style; for years, tourists would flock to visit. Now you can peer down from your eyrie: a privileged view of a dark, dusty treasure. Nicolas, who also lives in the building, meets and greets – so hop in the lift or hike your way up to the top floor to be rewarded with a trio of studios in the bohemian heart of Lyon. Tiny, but flooded with light, each has been decorated in whites and greys, with numerous warm quirky touches, and fabulous sand-blasted timbers. All three can be rented on their own or together, each ideal for a couple. A decorative glass roof was added in the early 1900s as protection for the wraparound gallery you share; shuffle out here with a beer. Situated next to Place des Terreaux, with the Musée des Beaux Arts, the Opéra and the old quarter the shortest of strolls, and a great Japanese restaurant across the street, you could hardly be more enjoyably placed.