NileGuide Expert Says:
Big, brash and unashamedly modern, Mama Shelter is like no other Paris hotel
109 Rue de Bagnolet, Paris, France
01 43 48 48 48
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come prepared to join the party – sleeping is not the point
When it opened in 2008, Mama Shelter pretty much put the 20th arrondissement on the international traveller's map all by itself. Tourists have long been trekking out to this part of eastern Paris to visit the grave of the Doors' Jim Morrison and other dead celebs at Père Lachaise cemetery, but Mama Shelter has propelled the quartier into the 21st century. It's a big place with a buzzing bar and restaurant scene that features live music at weekends. The interior, created by celebrated French designer Philippe Starck, has been criticised by some as favouring design over practicality. The Batman bedside lights are a bugbear for many who like to read in bed, but then they're not the kind of people this place aims to attract. Each of the 170 bedrooms has a microwave and kitchenette and everyone gets an iMac to play with instead of a television. Other amenities include free movies on demand, lots of parking and a laundry room.