Mama Shelter Los Angeles
What We Love
- The affordable price point
- The nerdy-yet-charming details, like Bert and Ernie bedposts and Darth Vader lamps
- The rooftop bar and restaurant is one of the best places in the city to grab cocktails with a view
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- 27-inch iMac TVs in all rooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
At the American debut of funky French-based hotel chain Mama Shelter, in a revived 1920s hotel smack dab in the center of Hollywood, it’s all about the fun and lovable details: the chalkboard lobby ceiling, the vending machines that spit out granola, and an unbelievable price point for this part of town. Upstairs, 70 rooms are teched out yet comfy, with iMacs, views of the Hollywood Hills, light reading in the form of movie scripts (hey, this is LA), and whimsical, Instagram-worthy touches like Bert and Ernie bedposts and Darth Vader lamps. The place to be in this neighborhood is the hotel’s roof deck, which has been converted into a see-and-be-seen bar and restaurant. Come to check out friends duking it out over foosball, couples watching movies from rainbow-striped chairs, and rotating DJs spinning through the night—all against a 360-degree backdrop of the city, the hills, and that beloved Hollywood Sign.
In the Area
Mama Shelter LA is just a hop and a skip away from Hollywood Boulevard, home to some of the city’s best attractions. You’re just a block and a half away from two movie palaces—ArcLight Cinemas and the Dome—as well as Amoeba Music, a 50,000-square-foot independent record shop (and one of the area’s biggest hangouts). The Hollywood Walk of Fame is also less than 10 minutes away on foot.
How to Get There
Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay at this lively and bright boutique hotel. The people on the front desk were super lovely and helpful; a man in a cool print shirt was beyond helpful and gave us lots of info on what to see and where to go. He seemed genuinely happy to help and very pleasant. The room and bathroom were immaculate and spacious with a funky-comfy decor. Great location - walking distance to most fun things to do in Hollywood.
The staff here are hip and warm. The food is excellent. Get the "green omelette" for breakfast. Wonderful marble showers. Comfortable beds. Party-vibe in the evenings and on the roof, but you can retreat to your room if you like. Nice and quiet in the early mornings for delicious coffee and breakfast. And typically for less than $200 a night.
I have stayed at this hotel twice in the past year. On each occasion, service has been efficient and professional. The decor is funky and fun, which fits the energy and overall vibe of this hotel. The rooftop bar has good drinks (not particularly crafty if that is your thing...it's mine) is popular and very fun with a stellar view of the Hollywood sign and surrounding area. The location is ideal for walking to many of the Hollywood hot spots. The rooms are well appointed and clean, with an edgy vibe. Darth Varder and storm trooper plastic Halloween masks provided in each room give a slight sense of character of this hotel. The rooms can be a bit on the small side, but given its location in the City, that's not atypical and I do not spend much time in the room anyway, so not a drawback for me. If you prefer larger rooms, I'd recommend booking their largest available as they do offer 3 room sizes.
From the moment I checked in to the moment I checked out this place was amazing. The staff, service, food, beverage, design, and amenities make this place special. When I’m back in LA, I will be at Mama Shelter :)
We have previously stayed in other Mama Shelters (in Lyon and Marseille) and the one in LA didn't even come close in terms of service. We stayed for 2 nights at the end of our honeymoon and it was the worse experience we've had in our whole trip. Everyone working there is very young and most of them felt inexperienced. They are clearly prioritizing their bar/restaurant business over the hotel one. Nothing really terrible has happened but it was more an overall feeling of not being welcomed there and every ask seemed like a hassle to the employees. No special attention was given to the fact that it was a special stay for us (despite the fact that it was mentioned in our reservation, we didn't expect anything too fancy but just an acknowledgment at check in would have been nice), we had to get screened by bouncers to get to our room (since the elevator is going to the roof top and is undifferentiated from the hotel one), we asked for a late check out and were "graciously" offered 30 minutes extra (I wonder what would have happened if we hadn't asked...). On our first night we had to talk to 3 different people to be able to order some food since we were close to the time the kitchen was closing, took us almost 30 minutes before we could get anything which we ended up eating in our room out of takeaway boxes. After checking out we left our luggage at the reception and had to repack before leaving, we felt like we've had to negotiate to find a spot to do so (didn't really want to repack in the middle of the bar...) and ended up having to repack in the storage room with somebody watching over us to make sure we weren't stealing anything.
The rooms are really nice and comfy, in the same style as the other hotels of the chain but it didn't compensate for the overall bad feeling we've had staying there. We asked for a room on the last floor to escape the (super) loud music from the downstairs bar, only to get the music from the rooftop until 2 am (we stayed over the weekend). If we ever go back to LA, we won't stay there again!