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
- 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
very enthousiastic about my stay, fantastic staff, all wearing a big smile, great atmosphere ! Spacious room with good beds, very clean and modern.
Nice inner terrace, great breakfast.
Location is very excellent, on walking distance from the center.
hope to return here
Given the focus on quirk, I was a little nervous I wouldn't be cool enough to stay here, but I was pleasantly surprised to see your typically average hotel clientele. The decor was fun, the staff was friendly and welcoming, the breakfast went far above and beyond the selection and quality of your typical Continental spread, and the rooms were modern and clean. I would have traded the creepy masks for an in room kettle or coffee maker, but there are so many cafes in the area that it's not a huge problem. The location is right in between the train station and the Old Town and river, making it a bit of a hike to both, but the quality of the hotel in general made that worth it.
As it looks like from the website, the hotel is stylish, cool and friendly staff.
Everything is modern, the room is well equipped and super good sound isolation!
The bar/restaurant is fancy stuff even though the quality of food is not as good as it should be in these hotels, plus poor gluten free options.
Being at least 60 years older than any other guest made me a bit nervous. My knees prevented me posting pictures of myself in the fancy dress masks provided in the bedroom, but...
Staff exceptionally friendly
one of the very few hotels I have stayed in where there is enough light to read
great to have a microwave in the room...and Reception will put meals in their fridge
very comfy bed and good bathroom
very efficient housekeeping.
The hotel does a good breakfast but I would recommend trying the coffee and vanilla brioche at Le Kitchen Café about 500m away
Cool cups, trendy tables and trails, modern management, fun folk yes? Then why the abundance of plastics, the lack of REAL human warmth and why pay €3 for a small plastic cup of lukewarm tea?
I tried to raise real smiles not patronising grins. The lack of good English a little unsettling as Lyon is supposed t be a tourism city. Yes, its ok, really kind of ok - but not for that price.