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
I was at this hotel for the second time. The room was large enough and clean, but too warm (the air con did not cool down). There is a large enough safe for a laptop. The bathroom was clear and bright, but somewhat simple. The room was louder than I remembered from my first visit, but then I realised that I was next to the staircases, so try not to get such room. The check-in and check-out were simple, efficient, and relatively friendly. The hotel location is a bit far away from the center. The very hip restaurant service and food was only average (this costs them a rating star this time). The breakfast on the other hand was very good. I would probably return as the value for money is good, but might also try another hotel in Lyon. I would not recommend this hotel for families.
The Mama Shelter in Lyon was good but we felt it was trying just a little too hard to ever so hip and down with the boys. The suite we had was barely bigger than a regular Novotel room but it had Spiderman and Darth Vader masks in it which justified the extra cost. The bar/restaurant was very noisy, with a DJ to help us appreciate our Asian fusion dishes, and hundreds of kid's rubber rings in case we fell into our drinks. The car park is difficult to find when the directions given by reception seemed to confuse go left, then left again with go right then right again. I wis we hadn't found it because some idiot designed it have a low invisible wall at the end of the ramp which took our rear wing off. I kid you not. And when we complained the receptionist said yes, it is a problem, many people do that and shrugged her gallic shoulders as a final pronouncement on the matter.It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience staying here. We'll never stay with Mama again.
We have been in this lovely hotel for weekend! It is very clean and comfortable! Rooms are lovely dizaynd , but service in restaurant is horrible!you can sit in restaurant hours and hours no one gona ask what you wanna eat or drink! Its sad for such a hotel.
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