How important is a hotel when you travel abroad? As I travel alone quite a bit, I'm always looking for that home away from home feel to a hotel. I most certainly found that at Mama Shelter on a whirlwind weekend break to Lyon.
A friend of mine had recommended this mini-chain of trendy yet cosy hotels, boasting Phillipe Starck designs. She always stays at Mama Shelter when she goes to Paris, so I was really keen to try one myself.
I already loved them when I received an email from them stating that Mama was waiting for me with open arms. My own mum doesn't tell me that when I am about to return home.
On the two lamps that were lighting the room, were two plastic masks casually slung around the shades. One was of Darth Vader and one of Tom the cat.
Around dinner time, I ventured downstairs to the bar and restaurant area, where a DJ was warming up on the stage. I took a spot at the bar and ordered a carpaccio with some bread. The food menu was put together under the watchful eye of Jerome Banctel, and my dish certainly reflected that. I stayed for a little while, till I was almost surrounded by a big group celebrating a birthday.
I went back upstairs and surfed the net a little bit on my massive in-room Apple screen, which doubled as TV and movie channel, which offered an amazing collection of blockbusters. All included in the price. Just the way I like it.
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