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Inside the €110-a-night Fourviere hotel in Lyon at the heart of the Women’s World Cup spy-gate scandal which saw USA officials check out facilities at England hotel while Lionesses trained
This is the five-star hotel at the centre of a Women’s World Cup spying storm where it was revealed that two United States officials have been scouting out where Phil Neville’s England team have been staying.
The Lionesses booked themselves in for a short stay at the Fourviere Hotel in heart of Lyon ahead of their semi-final with the United States on Tuesday evening.
The hotel, which was built in 1854, is located 15 miles away from the Lyon Olympic Stadium where the last-four encounter will be played with it being deemed the perfect place to set up camp for Steph Houghton and Co.
The England Women’s team are currently staying at the Fourviere Hotel in the centre of Lyon
The four-star hotel includes a heated pool which is located in scenic surroundings
Formerly an old convent, the hotel was originally built in 1854 and is just outside the city centre
There are 75 air-conditioned modern rooms spread over three levels at the hotel
The grand building, which was originally an old convent, has maintained it’s religious foundations throughout before it was rebuilt and redesigned as unique place to stay.
A night at this luxurious hotel can set guests back €110 a night which will include access to their heated pool, bar and spa.
Guests will also have access to the Fourviere’s ‘wellness area’ which includes an ‘ice fountain’ and ‘thematic showers’.
The grand building has maintained it’s religious foundations throughout
Guests can be wined and dined at the Fourviere Hotel’s bistronomic restaurant
Spread over three floors, the 75 air-conditioned rooms and suites also feature a son or daughter of Lyon at their door who tell the story of the city through the characters that have shaped it.
Travellers will also have access to the hotel’s bistronomic restaurant with it’s menu designed by by chef Damien Montereau.
Guests can expected to pay €55-a-head for a three-course meal along with a €46 bottle of wine to share.
England will also have access to ‘Le Grenier’ – a small conference room where Neville and his team can prepare tactically for their semi-final encounter.
Most guests are given a stunning view of Lyon’s city centre which is a short drive away
A night at this luxurious and unique hotel can set guests back €110 a night
Neville has access to ‘Le Grenier’ – a small conference room where he can prepare his team
TWO-NIGHT STAY AT THE FOURVIERE HOTEL
Two-night stay in August: €288
With breakfast included: €368
Restaurant menu (average price)
Main (Meat, fish or vegetarian): €28
Bottle of wine: €65
While the England squad continue to get comfortable in the latest surroundings, it was revealed on Sunday night that two American officials, including the operations manager, were given a tour of the hotel while Neville and his players were at training.
Neville said on Sunday that it was breach of ‘etiquette’ and that he would expect his opposite number Jill Ellis to instigate an investigation.
‘The only thing I would say is that it’s not something I would want my team ops person to do,’ said Neville, who declared he had no injury worries ahead of the semi-final.
Phil Neville was indignant after the United States sent officials into England’s hotel
Neville says the United States’ actions won’t give them an unfair advantage ahead of the game
‘I’m happy with my team hotel and I hope they are enjoying their hotel. It’s not something we would have done, sending someone around to (the opponents) hotel and I’m sure they will be dealing with it.
‘It doesn’t give them an unfair advantage. It has no bearing on the game. I thought it was quite funny. I was thinking “What are they are doing”. But it’s not etiquette is it? It’s not something my team would be doing.’
England remain unsure if the Americans saw anything that had been left in meeting rooms and feel that their opponents could have planned their mission months ago.