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“Really cool place - seriously good value for money” 4 of 5 stars
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Mama Shelter
109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France   |  
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Ranked #390 of 1,794 hotels in Paris
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Really cool place - seriously good value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Stayed here over Easter weekend with a bunch of friends for my birthday and had a really great time and would definitely go back again. Here are some positives and negatives:

POSITIVES
- Really great prices for a hotel that looks as good as this one does
- Rooms are a good size, bathrooms are a good size and good, powerful shower
- AMAZING restaurant/bar: anyone who stays here HAS to have dinner in the main restaurant, or even if you aren't staying here you must go to the restaurant one evening - we were a group of 12 on friday night, the food is so good, the service is good, the restaurant is super cool and full of fun, trendy, young people but not in a pretentious way at all (open until 2am). They play hip hop music and later on there is a DJ also playing old school/current hip hop and you can get up and dance but not too loud that you can't still sit and enjoy talking to people - our table was right in front of the DJ and wasn't too loud at all. Our waitress (Sarah) was super friendly and sweet and very helpful.
- it is on the outskirts but you can get taxi/metro very easily
- really good breakfast that runs until 11am in the main restaurant area, which is also a fun place to be in the early evening for a drink before going out for dinner


NEGATIVES
- the rooms are dark…the walls are black and there isn't much lighting so in the evening this makes things a little difficult when trying to get ready! (but the bathrooms are white with decent lighting luckily). the rooms also have very little cupboard space - I was sharing a double room with my friend and had to pile my clothes up as there were only three very small shelves (one taken up by a safe)
- there is no room service or concierge i.e. if you are staying there and want the hotel to help you plan your stay, they aren't particularly helpful
- hotel is in the 20th arrondissement which is quite far away from the central areas of Paris (e.g. St germain, le marais, tourist areas by the river, Notre dame, Le Louvre etc) and there is nowhere to walk around near hotel so wherever you go, you do need to take the metro for about 20 mins or a cab.

However, all in all a very cool and fun place to be. I really loved the restaurant/bar and would recommend everyone to go there for dinner/drinks. The rooms let the hotel down a bit but to be honest, when you are in Paris, you are hardly going to be spending much time in your room!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I have stayed in this hotel m-a-n-y times and it is always a pleasure. A young, chic, hype hotel and restaurant and bar at affordable rates. Finallky you can stay in Paris and spend your money in clothes and shoes :)

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Stayed here for a weekend with my mates. Great place, really funky inside. Excellent scene on Friday night in the restaurant and bar, the DJ was fantastic. The rooms were minimalistic but functional and we loved the shower and Mac TV. The staff were super friendly. Rooms were noisy at night with night club across the street. Location was on the outskirts of town, 10 minutes walk from Metro. Bit further than I would have liked but I would still stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Small rooms, very happening place, easy access to buses to central paris. Taxi can be expensive. Good car park and pizza Resto very nice. Free movies of all kinds. Very good value for money for paris. Unusual hotel concept but it works.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

It's maybe not smack in the center but definitely worth staying here. Lively scene, very good service, nice rooms, good food and great quality / price ratio. Loved it! This is a trendy hotel, good restaurant, lively bar and nice pizzeria all in one place.

Room Tip: if you want to eat in the restaurant, book in advance...it's worth it!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The purpose of the design made by Philippe Stark was to create an atmosphere where people meet, exchange ideas, be creative, think outside of the box. This definitely worked, the people you see there are mostly looking forward to have an uncomplicated stay, come from an artistic background or just want to walk around in T-Shirt and Jeans in the hotel. All of this of course having nevertheless a good service and a privileged feeling.

The location of the hotel is quite far from the Paris center, next to the Pere Lachaise cemetery, so you have to be ready to take a long ride by metro, taxi or car to move around. The interior of the hotel is exploding with creative ideas and fun things to see (chalk drawings on the ceiling of the restaurant, rubber pool animals above some tables, Superhero masks in the rooms, 1001 facts you didn't think you wanted to know in the elevators.....).

The rooms are quite dark which is part of the design idea and it is complicated to find available plugs and the switches for the lights. In every room you'll find and iMac for TV and surfing in the internet as well as a full library of free movies. The size of the room is quite small but the funny details make up for it.

Every evening the restaurant and bar is crowded in the hotel. People come from everywhere to be part of the ambiance. Make sure you reserve a table in advance if you consider going there. The food itself is quite simple but presented in an unorthodox way. A DJ is playing in the evenings which is the reason you should avoid all rooms underneath the 3rd floor.

The service is polite but the relaxed atmosphere is sometimes too much taking over the staff so if you are in a hurry you have to be patient.

To resume, a fun stay if you are in search for something unconventional but not the ideal place if you are on holidays and want to explore Paris.

Room Tip: Above 3rd floor is advisable as the music in the restaurant is often quite loud.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here on business in March 2013 for 2 nights and had a real mixed feeling about this hotel.
On one hand, the staff here are excellent and the service is fantastic. The reception and restaurant/bar has a great vibe to it (the food is very very good) and the overall ambience screams trendy rock and roll...

But there are a few faults which would make me question whether to stay here again and they lie in the rooms themselves. Firstly, they're very small, secondly they're very dark. If the walls aren't black then they're unfinished plaster (complete with chips in them). Now don't get me wrong, I like a contemporary hotel BUT I also like comfort in the room and for me this place was trying to hard to be cool in the rooms and forgot the main concept of a hotel room being a comfortable place to rest your head. The beds were a small double, and there was NO ROOM SERVICE. To me this is a big factor when travelling on business and I couldn't believe they didn't offer any sort of room service. There's also a sickly sweet smell in the rooms which can get a bit overpowering at times (think a car air freshner).

The free wi-fi is a nice touch but I think if I was to return to Paris I would stay elsewhere and perhaps visit the hotel for dinner and drinks on the evening as it really is a great place with great food and great service. Just a shame about the rooms.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Also Known As:
Mama Shelter Hotel
Mama Shelter Paris
Mama Shelter Hotel Paris
Address: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#178 Business Hotel in Paris
#379 Family Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the historic Saint Blaise neighborhood located in the heart of authentic Paris with its flowerlined cafe terraces, its gardens and its air rebellion, MAMA SHELTER welcomes you. Sensual and elegant rooms equipped with Apple iMacs 27" (TV, Internet, CD/DVD Player, IChat, Photobooth, Videobooth) and 5 Star bedding (Duvet 100% Satin Coton Sheets) offer you a serene retreat after a long day in the city and an evening across the street at the mythic Parisian temple of international live music, La Fleche d'Or. Easy access to the MAMA SHELTER: in the heart of the 20th district, it is conveniently located 16 miles from Charles de Gaulle Airport and 12.5 Miles from Orly Airport. Otherwise, direct connection to the A3 Highway, or next to metro stations. Take a break in MAMA SHELTER and enjoy: Live Concerts, Cabaret Shows, DJs, Table Soccer, Boutique of Offbeat Products... ... more   less 
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