Mama Shelter Paris East

109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France

Mama Shelter’s owners, who launched the Flèche d’Or indie rock club across the street, turned an outlying location in the 20th arrondissement into an advantage. They enlisted Philippe Starck to design the restaurant, bar, pizzeria, and summer rooftop terrace—which now attract poets, artists, and counterculture types from across the city. The hotel’s street cred is still intact years after the 2008 opening, and the decor—black ceilings turned into graffiti chalkboards bearing literary quotations; Mexican wrestling and Halloween masks turned into lamp shades; tree trunks used as stools—remains relentlessly hipster without being overwhelming; guests could be young parents with sleeve tattoos toting baby carriers in the elevators.

This is truly a budget-priced hotel, but the management doesn’t skimp on smart luxuries: comfortable beds and linens, free Wi-Fi, wall-mounted iMacs for free movies and video editing on demand, and even microwaves for heating, say, that wonderful foie gras–stuffed quail purchased from a neighborhood traiteur. The savvy traveler lifestyle extends to the hotel concept shop selling motorcycle helmets for guests who want to look fashionable while renting a hotel scooter. For more leisurely budget sightseeing, guests take the No. 76 bus, which stops in front of the hotel on the way to the Louvre.

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Mama Shelter: Affordable, Artsy Digs in Paris

Christian Puglisi, chef at Relae and Manfreds in Copenhagen, describes this Philippe Starck-designed hotel as “incredibly chic in the cool Paris way.” Rooms are tiny, but packed with essentials like multimedia iMacs, minibars, even microwaves. The black walls are inscribed with poems and quotes such as “Paris I Love You” or “Love is all you need.” Despite being in the 20th arrondissement, the hotel attracts an artsy crowd to its bar featuring special guest DJ sets on weekends.

Hip Paris Digs

Mama certainly knows best. Though this boite is located outside of Paris‘s centre in the 20th, it’s one of those places that have made the area a destination. I kind of love that it’s outside of the city centre because it’s an excuse to explore an area that you wouldn’t otherwise go to. I personally haven’t been to the hotel but I love its “so hip it hurts” vibe. The one thing I love the most are those superhero lights. So cute! Their bar also seems to be quite the place to congregate and that’s always a sign. So Mama Shelter makes the checklist: stylish, comfortable, great bar and wireless digs not to mention that it’s AFFORDABLE! Bonus: they have an outpost in Marseille. Check, Check, Checkity Check!

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