We've just come back from a night at Mama Shelter in Marseille. I'd read about it in a travel magazine a while ago and wanted to give it a try. We ended up paying more for the room than I'd hoped, but they did give us a free upgrade on check-in.
The hotel is near a very interesting and lively area of Marseille, the Cour Julien which is a short walk away. We've been to Marseille a couple of times before but only during the day and mainly stayed around the old port and the shopping area so it was great to see a new area of Marseille and also to experience it as the sun goes down.
The hotel itself has a very interesting design and some really nice touches, but the thing that impressed me the most was the attitude of the staff who couldn't do enough to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. We were particularly impressed by one of the girls on reception who got us a last minute table at a very popular Italian restaurant for dinner and also by one of the guys who worked in the outdoor bar and was chatty and friendly.
If we were to go back to Marseille and I could get a slightly cheaper rate I would definitely go back to Mama Shelter. I hear that they have other hotels in other cities which I will try if I get the chance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- So much more than a place to sleep, MAMA SHELTER is the heart of life, a place where people gather around a shared meal, a live band, unpredictable encounters. 127 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). Rooms similar to those at MAMA PARIS, but drawing on a new energy through the colors of the Mediterranean.Cool in the summer, they are also warm during rare cold snaps. It is situated only 25km from Marseille Provence airport and is only 10 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Charles by taxi. Take a break in MAMA SHELTER and enjoy: the Beach 15 minutes away from MAMA with a capacity of 40 long chairs (reservations only), Live Concerts, Shows, DJs, Tennis Table... ... more less
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