The iMac in each room is pre-loaded with movies, Skype, and a guide to the city
The bar is hopping most nights with guests and locals, and there’s live music many nights
What To Know
Breakfast is served buffet-style but costs extra
There's no fitness center
Parking on site
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Philippe Starck-designed hotel full of color, cocktails, and company
High-energy whimsy can walk a fine line between cloying and cool, but Mama Shelter Lyon—one of a handful of “Mama” hotels—nails it. The signature Starck design means exposed concrete and chalkboard ceilings, while the roof of the bar sports a series of brightly colored rubber swimming rings and rooms come with cartoon masks. It’s all part of the fun: this hotel is about having a good time and being social and will suit solitary travelers looking for new friends, couples ready to party, and groups of pals traveling together. While rooms are sorted by size (from the compact “Small Mama” to “XXL Mama,” which can sleep three or four guests) none are enormous—all the more reason to spend more time schmoozing on the outdoor terrace (an ideal gathering place for a post-sightseeing aperitif) or dining on roast chicken, spare ribs, and eggplant “caviar” at the hotel restaurant. The menu is the work of Guy Savoy, Michelin-starred chef extraordinaire, and the all-you-can-eat weekend barbecue is an efficient hangover cure if you’ve downed too many lychee-liqueur-laced cocktails the night before.
In the Area
While the hotel sits on a snug street in bustling Jean Macé, the main sights and the city center are a good hike or a metro ride away from the 7th arrondissement (the closest metro stop is just three minutes’ walk, though). The Musée Des Beaux-Arts, one of the largest art museums in Europe, is a 40-minute walk from the hotel, and the excellent Galerie le Réverbère, which shows excellent contemporary photography, is just a few minutes north of that and makes a great add-on to an afternoon gazing at Old Masters and armories. Lyon also has a couple of must-visits for foodies: Chokola, a chocolate shop that’s more than half experimental laboratory, is a fabulous indulgence, and Charcuterie Sibilia, a butcher shop bursting with traditional Lyon bites like saveloy (seasoned sausages) and quenelles (a type of mousse cake).