There is only one Hotel which we book with ease when staying in Paris, and that is Mama Shelter, the Philippe Starck-designed Hotel in the 20th arrondissement.
Beautifully designed, the Hotel’s charm lies in it’s fun-loving staff, attitude and details.
There is no way you can’t enjoy yourself here.
The unpretentious atmosphere and clientelle, ensure every visitor has an enjoyable stay – and it is this recipe that keeps visitors coming back. There is something for everyone.
On my first stay I noticed the diverse range of guests, young and old, international and French.  It has been known to be the choice of accommodation for many creatives – with fashion brands booking the place out during Fashion Week. Peak times for Paris (such as ParisPhoto and FIAC) remind us to book early because of high demand, but guarantees an interesting crowd in the hallways.
As you enter, the multi-lingual staff are friendly and fast – there is no waiting here.
Once you drop your luggage in your room, you are free to enjoy what the Hotel has to offer.
The rooms are minimal, but spacious enough and comfortable.
A large mirror on either side of each room greets you, along with superhero masks on the bedside lamps, and it is these bursts of Starck’s quirky and cheeky design bring a smile to every guests face.
The tones of the room, white, grey and creams, work together with the simple offerings.
As mentioned the rooms are minimal, with room products are in the same boat. Mama’s multi-cleansing milk for face, body and hair replaces the typical shampoo and conditioner, with all other products able to be purchased in the lobby (they have it all!) if any traveller should forget their toothbrush.
I made use of the accessible and free wifi, catching up on work in the solitude of my room.
Here, The 20th arrondissement provides some peace at night – and the comfy beds will ensure you get a great nights sleep.Although designed by Starck, the overall design isn’t overly functional, with certain aspects frustrating when expecting some aesthetics to be useful,  (for instance not enough power points and too many light-switches) but what it lacks in this department, it makes up for in charm – to the highest degree.The point of a Hotel is for it to be a haven for the visitor, somewhere they can relax, rest and enjoy themselves, and this is Mama’s golden ticket.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available in the spacious restaurant with comfortable seating.
There is a Ping-Pong table and room for meetings with outside clients. It is all possible here.
Events are arranged in the evenings by Mama – with DJs entertaining guests and Parisian locals alike. There is plenty of room to dance and be merry. The bar is fully stocked, and your favourite drink can always be made by the experienced bar-tenders.
The rooftop invites guests to enjoy another unique part of the Hotel. A hammock and comfy couches greet you on the rooftop, while Paris takes care of the rest. Beautiful views of Parisian rooftops under the bright blue sky are something to only be experienced with a martini in one hand, and novel in the other.
Events are also able to be booked here in advance.
Don’t let the location on the map put you off. Mama Shelter is smack bang between three Metro stations, all a lovely walking distance through authentic Parisian streets.
The famous Pere LaChaise Cemetery is a few minutes away. Beautiful tombstones invite you to stroll around and visit the resting places of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
Not eery at all, the place is peaceful with various visitors walking through at each times of the day.
It is one of the biggest cemeteries in the world, so be careful not to get lost!
Mama Shelter have even custom-made a Guide to the 20th Arrondissement, so visitors can experience and enjoy the most the area has to offer! Here.
With the Hotel the same price as other standard Hotels in Paris, and offering so much more for your visit, we certainly recommend it strongly when staying in Paris.
109, rue de Bagnolet
75020 Paris
T +33 (0)1 43 48 48 48
Text: Champ
Photos : Courtesy Mama Shelter