We love Mama Shelter in Paris - it's a brilliantly hip and cool hotel which is well priced in the Parisian market and a pleasure to stay in. Mama Marseille replicates the Parisian hotel blueprint but with not quite the same level of success. The slick Starck design is still there, the cool iMacs and wifi in every room plus the oh so trendy yet ultra helpful staff at the front desk.
I was less impressed with the location - walking distance from 2 metro stops but a bit of a slog in the summer heat. It is near a street with plenty of restaurants and cafes and also near a very funky up and coming part of town (Mama will give you a map showing you the places to go). Not terrible, but I would have preferred to stay somewhere a bit more central.
My main dislike was the room - we were on the 6th floor (top floor) and the room was just a bit too cosy. Mama Paris rooms are not enormous, but this time I couldn't even walk around the outside of our bed without contorting my body at various angles to avoid objects. The slightly sloping window (like a loft roof) also caused me injury one morning when I was trying to get past and still half asleep. Ouch! Maybe rooms on other floors are better designed and laid out.
The bar area and restaurant were less buzzy than Paris but perhaps this will develop as the hotel gains more customers and popularity (it has only been open a few months). Still a solid choice, but be careful which room you choose.
- 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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