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
After all positive comments about Mama Shelter, we decided to try out… what a disappointment:
• The hotel is very ill-located, in unsafe neighborhood.
• When asked for an advice at the reception, the person in charge tells us she doesn’t know Lyon as she is living in London.
• Private parking is not recommended for large cars… and you are suggested to go to a car park located 2-3 metro stations away…
• The room decoration is minimalist, with concrete walls and a bathroom with very simple white tiles that could have been used 40 years ago in an hospital.
Much hype about nothing… do not recommend to go. Although it is a shame because I liked the concept… on paper.
I have been to Lyon for a business trip , instead taking traditional classic 3 stars or 4 stars hotel we handed in this very funky style, the staff can speak English and very dynamic. The bar corner looks amazing, the breakfast has very God’s food and variety, room have a good size and the bed comfortable , good location
Stayed one night in this hip, clean and nice hotel in the suburb of Lyon. The room was spacious, with a very comfortable bed and nice and big bathroom. The place is clearly designed to attract a younger crowd (there's a very nice restaurant which gets crowded late in the night - food is average but it was fun). Parking is available for 19 € per night. Overall, excellent value for money.
Loved the bar and breakfast area of The Mama Shelter!
The rooms have some funny details, especially the masks, but I find them a bit too dark and “industrial looking”. All in all not very cosy.
There is a selection of movies on the Apple TV which is pretty cool!
The breakfast was great, with a lot of choices! I didn’t try the restaurant in the evening so I think I will come back to do that because it looks like they have some delicious snacks on the menus.
Good sized, clean modern rooms in a well run and welcoming hotel. Staff were helpful, professional but also friendly
Very little noise from adjacent rooms and street.
Short walk to metro and some lovely restaurants and wine bars.
Close to universities
A great base for one of the hidden gems of Europe, Lyon.