Mama Shelter: new hotel in Paris is perfect for that long night’s jouney into day

Mama Shelter is a new hotel that opened last week in the 20th arrondissement in Paris. Situated in an emerging neighbourhood of Saint Blaise, and designed by Philippe Starck, its clearly styled to attract a nightclubbing crowd. The rooms are spartanly decorated: a mixture of exposed concrete, mirrored surfaces and expensive Apple wall-mounted iMacs. And like most nocturnal life in the city, it’s pretty dark inside the Shelter, which is all the better to appreciate the Superman mask bedside lamps (right) which are a nice touch. Indeed, Mama Shelter seems purpose-built as a place to recover from a long night at Le Flèche d’Or, the quarter’s legendary rock and electro club which is just across the street. Hotel guests get to jump the queue and there’s the weekly programme of the live acts appearing at the club scrawled on a large mirror on each floor of the hotel to entice you over.

Rooms start at just 79 euros, which is excellent value for a such a design-led hotel, although there’s an extra charge for breakfast. But then again, if you have been up half the night, do you want to spend time and money munching croissants anyway?

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