SiteBitsCitiesParisDispatches ⇒ Mama Shelter Hotel Aims for Affordable Design Experience

Mama Shelter Hotel Aims for Affordable Design Experience

Dispatch from Paris | Published : 21/Oct/2008 00:05

Mama Shelter: Room
Affordable design and even ‘affordable luxury’ is not an oxymoron. Well, not exactly, anyway... In fact, it's a trend that's been sweeping the hotel industry in recent years. Using modern construction methods in combination with innovative cost-cutting techniques and choosing slightly off-prime locations, a handful of hoteliers have attempted to reshape the industry by providing low-cost designer hotel experience for the younger, tech-savvy crowd.

Mama Shelter is the latest example of the trend. (De)signed by Philippe Starck, this modern hotel on Rue Bagnolet in the 20th arrondissement of Paris opened only a couple of weeks ago.


Booking a room here will cost as little as 79 euros per night. Its 172 rooms come in different sizes and shapes - five color schemes, from 15 to 35 sq/m (49 to 114 sq/f) - but always include a mini-kitchenette, a shower and a 24-inch iMac that doubles as a video rental box. There is a large terrace over old railroad tracks for those in need of some fresh Parisian air or a smoke.

Besides Starck, the team behind this hotel includes the Trigano family (Serge, Jérémie and Benjamin), Roland Castro (architecture) and Cyril Aouizerate (philosophy... on which note we cannot help but notice that job prospects for French philosophers just keep on getting better...)

Mama Shelter

109 rue Bagnolet (20th Arrondissement)
Paris 75020, France