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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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We had a lovely stay at the hotel - we found the staff to be really helpful and friendly and enjoyed the atmosphere of the hotel. I didn’t give 5 stars because the room was too hot and dark. We had the cooling on full but it wasn’t enough - I can only think that it would have been unbearable in the previous week when Paris was over 40 degrees. There was a good selection of everyday films in English - there were also adult films easily available. Sound proofing was excellent as I didn’t once hear other guests in the corridors.
I liked the location as it was reasonably quiet but felt safe. There was a pharmacy next door and a small convenience store close by. It was about a ten minute walk to the metro but we found that ok although didn’t have large bags. The restaurant was quite good but we preferred The Papillon which was a short walk away (and was quite a bit cheaper). Overall would thoroughly recommend this hotel as it added to our Paris stay because it was quirky and French!
Mama Shelter Paris East is a great choice, when visiting Paris - cool, funky and modern (despite already being around for more than 10 years). The rooms are pretty basic, but the restaurant and bar is very cool and lively. We visited in winter, so didn’t see the rooftop bar (which’s only open in summer). Only minus is the location, which is a little too far from a metro stop (around 10 minutes walk) and furthermore is in a rather residential and a little bit boring area with not much of interest around.
I was charmed by the location of this hotel, characterized as the "authentic" Paris, its so pretty. Could not believe the restaurant had a Michellin Star chef, everything was exquisite. The open air/outdoor lounge was so cosy and charming as well. This hotel is special in many ways, small, but special and unique.