Mama Shelter Lyon
What We Love
- Staff are energetic and friendly
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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).
How to Get There
We visited as part of Visa world cup competition winners prize for a few days stay. We found all the staff to be helpful and friendly. Hotel had a young vibe and although we are in our 50s we feel young at heart so we loved the vibe. It was very busy with lots of nationalities. Staff appeared to speak a few languages . The hotel has quite an industrial feel and we loved it , loads of polished concrete walls and ceilings. also quite a lot of wee funky touches like masks and toiletries . We had several gifts in room including wine and other Visa touches. We also attended a hospitality event on rooftop. This was a stunning venue with a great view and a suntrap. We were given a good selection of drinks and also good buffet selection. The rooftop is a bit small but groups were staggered by Visa to allow us to enjoy it. Bar and restaurant area is very busy ( there is also an outside dining area ) and a bit pricey and we didn`t eat dinner as it was a bit too European for our palette . We did however have breakfast and this was well presented and had a very good choice including sausages , bacon and eggs to order. Loads of breads and chance to make your own juices . All in all it was a great stay and wouldn`t hesitate to return again.
Stayed here for one night and it was lovely ! The bed was so comfy and I slept like a log .
The hotel itself has a funky young vibe and I did think it may be noisy at night .... this wasn’t the case at all. We were on floor 5 and didn’t hear anything all night .
The bar has a great energy and even the barman said he loved working there as it was all open plan.
Front desk staff were super friendly and helpful.
We didn’t eat here however the rose wine wAs very delicious .
Would stay here again if ever in Lyon.
Located in a residential area and about a 20-35 minute walk to la Presqu’Ile and the medieval quarter of Vieux Lyon. The front desk is inconsistent. It can be helpful and can be unfriendly. The hotel is wedged between streets so expect traffic noise as well as the noise from the restaurant and bar in the hotel. The lobby can be very smoky due to the smokers who gather outside near the front door.
The room is a good size. The closet space is enough for one person. There is a microwave but not a coffee or tea maker. The carpet style and colors are funky, not as inviting. The entertainment unit offers TV, radio, films, and xxx rated films both gay and straight. Good internet reception. The bed and pillows are ok for a hotel in a two star category but not to my liking. All in all, it is just an ok place. Not recommended.