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
The hotel is very stylish and has a great modern design. From the outside it looks rather unspectacular, but inside it's great designed. The room is minimalistic and clean. You can watch movies in english. The breakfast was absolutely great. There was fresh fruit and a juicer to make healthy smoothies, that was my highlight. Great buffet with bread, cheese, sausage, egg, coffee, tea. Everything you need to strengthen yourself for a sightseeing day. We had an evening meal at the hotel and unfortunately I have to say that the price-performance ratio is not right. Very expensive for what you get.
Fast check-in, i get very nice and good room with nice view on the Notre Dame de Fourviere. Pillows and mattresses i can`t describe, you must feel it. Nice position and location of hotel near to the important tourist part of the city. A lot of food on breakfast and brunch. Merci to Anthony from the bar for service, also managers Suzana and Jean for feeling me good here. Merci beaucoup to all Mama.
Booked this hotel in Lyon on spec - it is cool, with a popular bar and restaurant. Bedrooms were super comfy and great bathroom too. Only drawback was the area is more than a little ‘rough’ at night - security on the door had pepper spray in his back pocket and we saw a hit and run pedestrian accident whilst stood outside. Other criticism is the ridiculous car park - really tight turns, steep ramps and blocks of concrete to navigate!
Room rate v competitive, food and drinks pricey. Very good buffet breakfast.