The hotel has every ingredient of a budget hotel except for the cost.
It is a modern chic, if somewhat industrial, design and is a definite magnet for the young 'cool' traveller with very little luggage.
Designed by the genius Philippe Starck the establishment offers almost all you need but is sorely lacking in warmth.
Everything is 'as required' - room floors are rubber, beds comfortable, pillows excellent, great Apple TV's offering free movies. Free Wifi.
However, virtually non-existant hanging space, absolutely no storage, nowhere to put your empty cases. Small kitchenette (why?). Metal side tables, metal 'bucket' waste bin and an in-room safe.
Unbearable flourescent lighting even illuminating the headboard. As a migraine sufferer this is one of the worst possible lighting options. I had an attack within 5 hours of checking in.
Would have been sensible to have the power socket closer to either of the very good and well lit wall mirrors, one of which has a couple of funky masks hanging either side as you enter your room and the TV let's you take a fun image or two.
Shower room is simply too small and amenities inadequate. No facial tissues (a must in my book) no tablet soap or face cloths. Barely room to move. Not at all comfortable.
Restaurant is excellent. Food was delicious. Bar service was very slow.
Reception staff were amazing. Courteous and very helpful. They are exceptional.
In all not a family hotel and not one that is comfortable after a 'certain' age.
I can see the appeal and my 30 something children would definitely love it, but I would not chose to stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- So much more than a place to sleep, Mama Shelter Marseille 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 Marseille and enjoy: Live Concerts, Shows, DJs, Tennis Table, parking... ... more less
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