Review written by Sophie Couard, August 25, 2015.
Located in the city centre of Lyon, close to the Tête d'Or park in the heart of the Cité Internationale, the Casino Le Pharaon opens every day from 10am to 4am. The establishment offers a pleasant atmosphere that was inspired by ancient Egypt, and you can see a Sphinx, hieroglyphs and frescoes. You can read the rest of this review, and learn more about this place, which has been since 2002 in the top 15 of the largest casinos in France in terms of turnover.
258 slots, 8 table games and 6 poker tables
We will start our review about the Casino Le Pharaon in Lyon by talking about the game selection first.
The slot machines
The Pharaonic surroundings show the most beautiful decors of ancient Egypt in the games room. It is accessible every day from 10am to 4am, and you can find 258 slot games from €0.02 up to €2. Among them are:
- Video Poker,
- video slots with 5 reels,
- mechanical slot machines with 3 reels.
Some games also give you the chance to try to win the famous Megapot, the progressive network jackpot of the Partouche group. At the time of writing this, this jackpot was the third largest won in France, and it reached a whooping €2.5 million!
The table games
The establishment also offers a great selection of table games in the same room as the slot machines. The table games are available from 8.30pm until 4am. You can play:
- 3 tables with English Roulette starting from €5 minimum stakes,
- 2 tables with Boule 2000 with stakes starting from €2,
- 2 tables with Blackjack with minimum stakes of €10,
- 1 table with Bataille (Casino War) with stakes starting from €5.
You can also enjoy an electronic Roulette with an automatic launcher. The game allows up to 15 players to bet directly without a croupier being present.
The Casino Le Pharaon in Lyon also gives you the chance to play against other players directly in the poker room, which is open every night from 8.30pm until 4am. Available games are:
- 5 tables with Texas Hold'em,
- 1 table Omaha poker.
The buy-in is €200 and blinds are 5/5.
Keep in mind that according to the regulations in France, the games room is reserved exclusively for adults, and only if they are not excluded from gambling. Before entering the property, you will have to present a valid ID.
Only one restaurant
In addition to the game selection that is large enough to please most players, the establishment also offers a restaurant called La Vallée des Rois (Valley of the Kings). The restaurant is open daily from 12pm to 2pm and 7.30pm to 10.30pm, and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Menu items are priced starting from €14.50.
As the restaurant is also situated inside the games room, access is limited to persons aged over 18, as mentioned in the above casino admission regulations.
The casino from the Partouche group does not offer any accommodation, but the Hilton and the Hotel de la Cité (Concorde) are located a few hundred meters away. In the heart of Lyon, in the old town, you can also find two prestigious establishments: the Cour des Loges and the Villa Florentine, both starting from €200 per night.
Conveniently located and easily accessible
The Cité Internationale is located in a newer area of ??the city of Lyon, between the Rhône and the park Tête d'Or. It occupies the space of the former Fair of Lyon. The tertiary centre offers culture and tourism, among them:
- a congress centre,
- the international headquarters of Interpol,
- conference centres,
- the Museum of Modern Art,
- an auditorium,
- a casino.
The casino is conveniently located on 70 Quai Charles de Gaulle, in a very active area which brings together different services. It is also very well served and easily accessible.
To access by train, the nearest train station is Gare de la Part Dieux. By bus, you have to get off at the stop for the Museum of Modern Art:
- C1 Gare de la Part Dieu – Cité Internationale,
- C4 Jean Macé – Cité Internationale,
- C5 Bellecour – Rilleux.
If you come by car, keep in mind that the property does not offer parking. You can use the public car park P1 of the Cité Internationale.
A decor in Vegas style, but deficits with friendliness
At the end of this review of the Casino Le Pharaon in Lyon we want to talk a little more about the general atmosphere at the casino.
The casino is located in the basement of the Hilton Hotel. The casino does not really look like much from the outside, apart from two imitations of Egyptian statues that are guarding the entrance. However, once you go inside, you will feel almost like you are in Las Vegas, as the interior is classic and as you would expect it, with a pleasant Egyptian touch of course. The famous Luxor Hotel in Nevada comes to mind.
Unfortunately, it may be a little too tacky for some people, as the Pharaoh is not as classy as some of the other establishments at the Côte d'Azur, the Normandy or at the Atlantic coast.
When you enter the casino, you might be a little surprised that there is no smile or friendly greeting from the staff welcoming you. Once you go into the games room, the first thing that you might notice is the very strong musty smell, and the attempt to cloak it with aggressive and cheap perfume, that can even give you a headache. You might also find that it is relatively noisy and that the general cleanliness is not what you would expect from a casino in such a big city. There have also been complaints about the toilets not being very clean.
In addition, the property seems to be poorly attended. The customers do not really seem to like this location. You will probably notice a sharp contrast between the casino and the hotel. It should also be said that many customers do not respect the dress code for this type of place, and they often visit wearing baseball caps and casual wear. It must also be said that many retirees visit the casino, and that this means that the average age of the customers is relatively high.
Despite its relatively large size, the Pharaoh seems rather small inside, as it is often quite cramped with many people. This means that it is sometimes a little difficult to find a free slot machine to play at.
In short, the image is not all good. Nevertheless, we would like to put things into perspective. Even though the staff as a whole are not particularly pleasant, it is also the case that some employees are very cheerful, courteous and friendly. Similarly, some days we were welcomed in a very polite manner. As it is the same everywhere else, everything depends on the people who work the day of your visit.
In conclusion, we can say that the Casino Le Pharaon of the Partouche group has a good location, in the centre of the Cité Internationale.
Unfortunately, the management seems a little too indifferent on this site to make more efforts to attract players. A little more effort with hospitality and cleanliness would be particularly welcome.
However, you should not let this put you off from visiting the casino. It offers a pleasant design that reminds of the theme of the famous casino in Las Vegas. Also, there are many games available, and you can not only play more than 250 slot machines and electronic Roulette, but also table games La Boule and Casino War. In short, despite some small deficits, this establishment has undeniable strengths.
Casino Le Pharaon in Lyon – 70 quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon.
Access by bus: Stop "Musée d'Art Contemporain"
- Bus C1 : Line "Gare de la Part Dieu" - "Cité Internationale"
- Bus C4 : Line "Jean Macé" - "Cité Internationale"
- Bus C5 : Line "Bellecour" - "Rilleux"
Access by train : Nearest train station is "Gare de la Part Dieu"
Slot machines: every day from 10am to 4am.
Table games: every day from 8.30pm to 4am.