4.0
Very Good 2142 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Offbeat, design-y hotel on the outskirts of Paris that caters to hip young things who don’t care if they’re far from the Louvre

The Lowdown

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

Mama Shelter Paris
109 Rue de Bagnolet
Paris, 75020 France

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 2142 Reviews
Mama’s Loves
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mama Shelter East Paris comes with a Michelin starred restaurant, which is very well received by the local community. Restaurant and bar is packed with patrons very night. The hotel is carefully designed in a way that the restaurant is like a separate entity. Mama Shelter has created a lot of merchandise items of theirs. The room is small and can be more properly designed as some wastage of space behind the bed. Room is pretty basic and light controls are just not convenient. Breakfast is charged separately and offering ample choices, however the buffet breakfast selections never change everyday, it became boring after seeing it for 3 day.

Fantastic brunch - don’t miss the chance
Reviewed 1 month ago

Within the Art Deco area of Paris, this restaurant gives a great feel for hip hop meets Sophisticated meets edgey and the brunch was incredible the dishes were fresh tasting and enough choices suitable for vegetarians... it’s a place suitable for a casual date with girlfriends or the family brunch birthday! Definitely recommended

Great for a short stay....
Reviewed 2 months ago

We spent 5 nights here mixing business and pleasure the hotels well designed with helpful friendly staff and good breakfast. We booked a table in the restaurant, sat down ordered and waited and waited....we waited 2 hours before we finally gave up and left. I spoke to the manager the next morning and was booked into the restaurant again a few days later, the staff that night were really attentive but the food was not great. I'd stay here again if visiting for a couple of days but no more I found the dark decor depressing during the day more of a night venue.

Mama loves you, they say, but Mama wants to kill you
Reviewed 2 months ago

Handicap room confirmed by e-mail. On arrival no handicap room available. Second night room changed but shower without security bars or chair (room not accordingly legislation). Very rude staff. Room not cleaned 1 day and not solved even front desk noticed. Really a nightmare stay, and because handicap room was not provided prevented for shower duing 5 days. I will never return

No Refunds for Cancelled Trip
Reviewed 2 months ago

I previously was a big fan of Mama Shelter, having stayed in both Paris and LA. My recent trip to Paris was cancelled. Despite contacting the hotel 7 days in advance, they would not refund my reservation. I find such policies unacceptable and won’t be staying here moving forward.