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Hotel Mama Shelter Hotel 0 star
13 rue Domer - Lyon Lyon, France -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The long awaited Mama Shelter is the hot topic when it comes to hotels in Lyon. Everyone wants to see it at least once, to have a drink or enjoy a meal. It really is the hit trendy hotel and it has to be said that the concept is worth a look. Modern and chic, it is aimed at a hip clientèle and travellers looking for new experiences.

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      Mama Shelter   -   © Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse

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      Mama Shelter   -   © Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse

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    Location 4.48 /10

    The Mama Shelter Lyon is located, in keeping with the concept of this hotel chain, in an upcoming area of Lyon, at 13 rue Dormer in the 7th arrondissement to be precise.
    When the founders of the Mama Shelter, with Philippe Starck at its head, visited the city looking for a location, it was the idealised Brooklyn-style aspect (with the fenced-in outdoor basketball court, the mix of races, the budding companies and the students) of the area that won the votes.
    For all that, even though it is not in one of the most sought-after areas of Lyon, the Mama Shelter has a relatively central location. It is close to the banks of the Rhone River, and not far from the Lyon Part-Dieu train station only three stops away on the metro.
    The airport is 25 minutes from the hotel.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The Mama Shelter Lyon has 156 guest rooms divided into 'Mama Luxe', 'Mama Deluxe' and 'Big Mama' categories.
    The 'Mama Luxe' rooms are between 17 and 21m² and are equipped with a 27" iMac, which can be used to watch numerous on-demand films for free, watch TV, check your emails, listen to the radio or take a photo of yourself, as well as a fridge, a safe and a desk.
    The 'Mama Deluxe' rooms are between 21 and 29m² and are equipped with a 27" iMac, which can be used to watch numerous on-demand films for free, watch TV, check your emails, listen to the radio or take a photo of yourself, as well as a fridge, a safe and a desk.
    The 'Big Mama' rooms are between 32 and 41m² and are equipped with a 27" iMac, which can be used to watch numerous on-demand films for free, watch TV, check your emails, listen to the radio or take a photo of yourself, as well as a fridge, a safe and a desk.
    These guest rooms, on the 7th floor, also have a superb terrace and a sofa.
    In terms of decor, unlike the communal areas, here clean-cut reigns supreme. The concrete walls and floor are brightened up by light pink wall panels and the flashy patterned furniture. Obviously, the overall style is modern and chic. These guests rooms feature little practical details that work really well, such as the height of the beds which has been designed to store all types of suitcases underneath, or the little kitchen corner with a sink, microwave oven, hot plates, frying pan and saucepans. A Nespresso coffee machine and a minibar are also provided.
    Even more uncluttered, the bathrooms are entirely tiled in white, with only the toothbrush pots bringing a splash of colour to this sterile space.
    One of the 'Mama Deluxe' rooms is designed for guests with reduced mobility.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Nowadays renowned and appreciated, the Mama Shelter touch is characterised by the very discreet exterior architecture, entirely inconspicuous, and an interior decor that combines fun, design and variety.
    Once inside the Mama Shelter, guests land directly in the world of Philippe Starck, and right away they can tell if this is the hotel for them or not. Indeed, the decor is a real divisive issue; the least that can be said is that you either love it, or you don't... Clearly, those looking for purity and a Zen atmosphere won't feel at home in the communal areas of the hotel. The tone is set from the lobby - the first space guests see - with a black ceiling covered in multicolour chalk pictures, display cases filled with children's masks, a large bright red toboggan for a bench, a big square wooden table with two Mac computers and the famous Starck chairs/stools. The ambiance can be described as playful-regressive, technological-colourful!
    Next comes the bar and restaurant area, where guests will find the same atmosphere with a huge table football table, an equally huge long central bar topped with garlands of multicoloured rubber rings hung from the ceiling, and matching garlands of saucepans hanging above the counter of the open kitchen. There's no doubt about it, the hotel is aimed at a chic, trendy, boho, return to childhood but with the comfort of an adult, style clientèle.
    Speaking of comfort, we liked the black and white striped seats where you can sit and relax with a drink, although unfortunately there aren't enough of them. Standing against a table covered in books, magazines and lamps, they make you feel as though you are 'at home, in Starck's home'. Those who aren't lucky enough to enjoy this limited comfort have the choice of sitting at the bar counter with its charming Lyonnais restaurant feel, of squeezing onto the surprisingly low chairs (like the ones at school) at the tables that line the large bay window, or taking a seat at the back of the room in the stylish canteen atmosphere with mismatched iron chairs.
    On sunny days, guests can also sit out on the furnished outdoor terrace with its artificial lawn, its little shrubs, and its tables for two, four or twelve people. A very pleasant spot, closed off from the street by rush fencing which, when the sun shines, makes it feel like you're on your summer holiday.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The bar and restaurant are in the same room, with an open kitchen. Chefs Alain Senderens and Jérôme Banctel cook simple dishes inspired by Lyonnais cuisine.
    On the menu you'll find steak tartare, pike dumplings, mussels with chorizo, grilled topside of beef and a coquillette/soft-boiled egg casserole. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the dishes are quite copious. On the other hand, the prices are not cheap. At ?17 (£14) for a coquillette casserole, you're also paying for the atmosphere, the trendy location and the regressive ambiance! The menu of the day, with a starter and main course or a main course and a dessert for ?19 (£16), lets you try the Mama Shelter experience without emptying your wallet.
    A tip: the bar and restaurant are very fashionable at the moment, so make sure to book ahead otherwise you will find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a table, even during the week.
    The Mama Shelter serves brunch on Sundays.
    Breakfast is served in the form of a continental buffet in the dining room or at the bar.

    To know

    Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
    The Mama Shelter offers many different promotions, such as '2 nights + 1 free', on its website, which allows guests to try out the Mama Shelter experience at an affordable price.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Animals allowed
    • Meeting room

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