The Mama Shelter franchise is fast becoming a household name around the boutique hotel circles. The baby of world-renowned designer Philippe Starck, the name Mama Shelter now resonates as a general good time in comparison to other hoteliers, especially in Europe. The Lyon hotel is the epitome of that ambiance. It’s utalitarian with being stale and colorful without being overbearing. There are modern hotels all around the world, but there are few postmodern hotels like this one.
The location is not central, but this works perfectly in a medium-sized European city like Lyon. A few steps away from the center of France’s third-largest city and the birthplace of cinema. The walk to the center is pleasant, easy and direct. Also, the non-central location makes for better views and a surprisingly quiet stay.
The hotel’s bar and restaurant are the focal point of the stay. It’s decorated with swimming pool kitsch and an air of playfulness. It is also one of the best places in the city to have a sunday morning brunch. The dinner dishes are fast, yet tasty. It does get rowdy during the weekend, so if you are a social bee – it’s definitely the place to be!
The service was up to par. The reception is not that of a conventional style (it serves as a concierge and the reception like most boutique hotels), however, the receptionists are more than eager to help, whether in translating or booking a cab ride/restaurant. There is no unnecessary frill here. Plus, the rooms are very well-priced for a hotel of this kind.
This is one of the best hotels in Lyon, France. Also, it is the most youthful and uplifting in its ambiance. Even if you are not staying at Mama Shelter Lyon, you have to visit it during your time in Lyon.