What is this? A designer hotel in a working-class neighbourhood, nearly in the outskirts of eastern Paris!!! Since 2008, the Mama Shelter hotel has never disappointed and welcomes guests from all over the world. Young travellers will immediately feel at home here, while the less young will find this to be an exotic Parisian establishment. You shouldn't leave here without at least once having dinner at the restaurant and playing a game on the giant foosball table.
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The Mama Shelter stands opposite the La Fléche d'Or, a famous Parisian concert hall. The hotel is located in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, which is a lively, artistic and working-class neighbourhood.
The Porte de Bagnolet and Alexandre Dumas metro stations are close-by, and restaurants, bars and other shops are right next door.
The 170 guest rooms are all decorated in the same and simple way, only their sizes change. The interior decorating consists of the bare minimum. It emphasizes natural elements by highlighting the raw materials used. The ceiling and the concrete walls of the former garage were retained, and the colours are simple and powerful: white, black, and grey. Simple elegance is created by the strength of the building materials alone. The result is successful and of absolute beauty. The bedside lamps are in fact construction site lights and the lampshades are masks of cartoon characters, such as Shrek, Tweety, Batman... On the ground, the carpeting is decorated with graffiti and is reminiscent of an artists' squat. For facilities there is a kitchenette with a microwave oven, a minibar, and a kettle, and the rooms also have a safe that is big enough to contain a computer. One of the assets of the rooms is the imposing Apple computer screen facing the bed, with an application specifically designed by the brand for the hotel. It includes movies, radio stations, a TV, a DVD and CD player, Wi-Fi, and all for free. The bathrooms are tiny and equipped with a shower and toilets (not separate). Here minimalism is the rule.
The Mama Shelter used to be a garage that served as a squat for graffiti artists. When Trigano bought the premises in 2008, he wanted to keep the squat atmosphere, so you'll be able to admire quite a lot of urban artwork in the hotel. Another sign of the former garage is the fact that the bare concrete walls have been preserved. On the ground floor there is a pizzeria, a restaurant, and a bar. The entire hotel, including the common areas, manages to perfectly blend a modern interior and high tech technology with an extremely cosy and inviting atmosphere. The bar and restaurant area successfully uses raw materials to create a stylish interior design. The impressive U-shaped bar, centrally located and very modern, stands next to rows of wooden tables. The elegant modern tiling and the refined interior are softened by comfortable sofas and dimmed lighting. The business centre is in the entrance hall on a large welcoming table. The idea is to create a hotel in which you feel as cosy and comfortable as at home. The tone is set upon entering the lobby. The haphazard interior decorating includes a mix of books about cinema, masks of Mexican wrestlers and cartoon characters, and tree trunks that serve as stools. The genius behind the concept is to mix everything into an open space where people mingle, converse, and get to know each other. High technology is also a feature: the hotel is fully equipped with Mac computers. In the restaurant, a Mac displays photos taken by hotel guests. It's interactive and good fun. Of course, some of the naughtier pictures are not displayed - a pity some might say... Also worthy of mention is the gigantic foosball table in the restaurant. It's big enough for an entire football team (a real one) to sit around.
Food and drink
The restaurant is one of the hotel's strong points The menu was prepared by Michelin star chef Alain Senderens. The pizzeria consists of a huge long table where you can help yourself to some absolutely delicious pizzas. Next to it is the restaurant, where you'll immediately feel at home. The interior decor is a mix of various objects: school chairs, pyrex cafeteria-style glasses with their age on the bottom (ah, I can see all you 30 year olds with nostalgic smiles reminiscing...) , buoys of all colours, little tables with chessboards, comfortable sofas, and, of course, the huge foosball table that was especially created for the hotel. As for the cuisine, the dishes are traditional and include an old favourite: shepherd's pie with duck confit... The food is simple and inviting, just like the restaurant. Large dining tables can seat up to 10 diners and the menu is traditional. For brunch, the restaurant is known throughout the capital and is a great meal to be discovered by the whole family.
A wooden terrace looking over an old railway line allows you to take in some fresh Parisian air...
In short, the restaurant is a highly welcoming place where you'll feel right at home. You can come here with family or friends, to enjoy a drink, to converse, to play, or to eat in a delightfully simple setting.
The Mama Shelter is the first hotel that Philippe Starck decorated in Paris, in 2008. There are other Mama Shelter projects currently being discussed, namely one in Istanbul (September 2011), which is to occupy a former shopping mall. There are also upcoming projects in France, in Bordeaux, Marseille, and Lyon. All are to be designed by Philippe Starck. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, DJs provide musical entertainment in Mama Shelter's fantastic restaurant. Aline, a radio host who used to work for radio Nova and who now works for Europe 1, is sometimes behind the turntables.
The artists' squat atmosphere
The minimalist interior of the rooms
Package deals in juin 2015Posted on 2015-08-13Affaire - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)
Un hôtel 1 étoile sympathique idéal pour courts séjours ou séjours professionnel. J'ai adoré et j'y reviendrai avec grand plaisir
Proche du centre ville de Paris.
Aucun, pas cher, c'est l'idéal.
Package deals in juin 2014Posted on 2015-08-10Affaire - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)
Hotel très original
J'y ai séjourné dans le cadre d'une réunion professionnel.
Le restaurant de l'hôtel est top ! repas délicieux
Un peu cher
Dommage que le mini frigo soit fermé. On ne peut rien y déposé alors que l'on dispose d'une kitchinette
Package deals in mars 2015Posted on 2015-07-20Entre amis - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)
bel hôtel situé à proximité de toutes commodités
chambre spacieuse agréable tout confort personnel très sympathique
pas d'inconvénients notoires
Package deals in mai 2014Posted on 2015-07-16Seul - 1 nuitée (Chambre sans vue)
J'ai séjourné dans cet hôtel lors d'un séjour professionnel. Très bonne appréciation de ce court séjour.
Bar et restaurant au rez de chaussée
Chambre spacieuse et bien équipée
Bon rapport qualité/ prix
Package deals in février 2014Posted on 2014-09-21En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)
Placé dans un quartier qui bouge, et qui offre une proximité avec de nombreuses lignes de métro (9/2/3) ainsi que les bus (76/26/64), l'hôtel sort vraiment du commun, avec une touche très arty et le design dans les chambres. Le service est de qualité quand au restaurant il offre une vue grâce à sa terrasse sur des anciens rails de métro.
Package deals in janvier 2013Posted on 2014-09-12Entre amis - 1 nuitée (Chambre sans vue)
Cadre magnifique et très original, on entre dans un autre monde, un autre univers.
Lieu décoré sublimement
Si le cadre (décoration, ambiance) du restaurant est vraiment géniale, la qualité de la nourriture et bonne, mais sans plus.
Package deals in juin 2014Posted on 2014-08-08Affaire - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)
Séjour agréable, très bel hotel,esprit cosy et moderne à la fois fort apréciable.
Equipements tout confort, excellente literie.
Localisation pratique dans Paris, quoique un peu trop loin de la station de métro quand on a des bagages ce n'est pas l'idéal.
Accueil et relation client professionnel et chaleureux;
restauration sur place avec un "vrai" restaurant et petit déjeuner inratable!!!!
ensemble donc plus que satisfaisant, je le recommanderai volontier à des amis.
A essayer de toute urgence!!
Style, coût,localisation, restauration
un peu trop éloigné de la station de métro la plus proche
Package deals in mars 2014Posted on 2014-06-13Seul - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)
Personnel aimable et accueillant. Super déco tant à l'accueil, restau que dans les chambres
Endroit aussi bien pour une réunion pro que pour un rendez vous amoureux
Un peu éloigné des transports en commun
Package deals in mai 2012Posted on 2014-05-29En couple - 1 nuitée (Chambre sans vue)
Déco et style très agréables. Confort optimal. Idéal pour une escale business ou en couple.
Belle décoration, restaurant de qualité, soirées animées.
Soirées animées... si votre chambre est au dessus de la terrasse, vous ne dormirez pas tôt.
Package deals in mai 2014Posted on 2014-05-24En famille - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)
je vous le conseil fortement.
très bon accueil et chambre très bien entretenu
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