Mama Shelter Paris
What We Love
- iMacs loaded with free on-demand movies in every room
- The washer and dryer for common use
- Super-knowledgeable staff who have insider tips for everything from bars to shopping
What To Know
- This is a spot for singles or couples, not ideal for kids
- If this is your first time in Paris, keep in mind that this is not in a central location
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
While the 20th arrondissement isn’t top of anyone’s list of must-see districts in Paris, this funky little hotel doesn’t care. The youthful guests drink cocktails on the roof, take selfies wearing the cartoon masks that are part of the room décor, and snack on French regional cuisine or just-out-of-the-oven pizzas with just the right air of nonchalance. You’ll have to leave the Philippe Starck–designed environs and hop on the metro to see any of the traditional Paris sights, or you could just ask the hip staff members for their tips for what to do in the 20th. Rooms are compact (some have just a single bed), but it’s the ground floor that’s the hang-out spot—a sort of open-plan café, bar, and concept store combo all staffed by friendly folks who’ll make you feel part of the cool crowd.
In the Area
The closest metro stop is about a ten-minute walk from the hotel—and you’ll need to use it to get to the main Paris sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame. If you prefer to stay in the neighborhood, though, there’s still plenty to see: this section of the city was once a village, and the old houses are beautiful, though mixed with 1970s housing blocks. The one major site within walking distance is the Père Lachaise cemetery, which is worth at least an afternoon: enormous and verdant, it’s home to a stunning array of famous people’s graves (residents include Balzac, Chopin, Molière and Edith Piaf, as well as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison). About a mile and a half east of the hotel you’ll find more bars and shops. FrenchTrotters, a chic little clothing boutique, is just down the Rue de Charonne from Septime, one of the city’s best restaurants. Bertrand Grébaut’s seasonal cooking and a list of natural wines are a big draw—book as far in advance as possible.
How to Get There
Our first visit to Mama Shelter. Although not central Paris it is well located for public transport. Designed for the younger traveller, Mama still offers comfy shelter for the mature traveller. Decor is somewhat basic with lots of exposed and black painted concrete. But the jolly decorations make up for that. Lunch on the terrace and breakfasts were superb. A well conceived idea, professionally run. Special thanks to multi-lingual reception staff. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
This hotel is very funky and has a great vibe to it in both decor and crowd.
As an Accor member my check in process should’ve been easy and fast, especially as o had pre-paid for my stay, instead it was long and painful with a very argumentative and rude member of staff who threatened me with not staying if I continued to question their check in procedure.
The rooms are very good and the medium size had ample space.
It was my second stay here but I don’t think I will return again.
My friends and I stayed for two nights. It was Avery busy period over the weekend of the Beyoncé concert and the World Cup final. The service from the staff was amazing, Paul was very informative and gave us a tour of the hotel. The rooms are small but have everything you need and have a unique edge to them. The only downside was the lack of lighting. The food in the restaurant was really tasty and the buffet breakfast was one of he best I have had. It was close to a tube station and supermarkets. Overall an amazing stay.
Very nice hotel with large and comfortable room (with a high quality bed). Well located, close to the city center with a tramway stop just in front of the hotel. Ticket machine to take the tramway immediately located in the entrance of the hotel. Lots of choices for the breakfast, good quality of the products and possibility to take the breakfast inside or outside in a nice environment.
Really professional and helpful staff. All the contacts I had with them were very good, with an excellent English. Hotel open for only 8 days when I arrived but hotel staff did their best to provide guests the best stay they can wish.
Bar with a DJ in the evening + lots of entertainment available in the hall (baby foot, billard and video games).
I am personnally travelling a lot and can say that this hotel is providing high quality services for a correct price. Will go back for my next stay in Prague.
In the recent years, the temperature in Paris has been rising and Ozone alerts more frequent. It is sometimes critical to get a good night sleep after a long day in hot July/August Paris where buses do not have A/C and Mama Shelter delivers on that aspect. Now, if your idea of a hot night is a "hot" night, Mama Shelter offers hipster bar/night lounge and free "interesting" videos in the rooms. Your call. BTW, ask for a kettle at reception, none in the rooms.