Most striking feature:
The outdoor patio? The spacious rooms? The pink football table in the restaurant? There’s too much to discover in this newly (April 2012) opened Mamashelter. I’ve been to the first one in Paris and for those of you who’ve been there you already know that’s it somewhat outside the center. That’s also the case here in Marseille. They do it so the visitors can easily mix with a typical neighbourhood – not the area’s full of tourists. The hotel staff did come up with a guide of Marseille and they are happy to point you to restaurants or bars around the hotel. And there’s a lot to discover, but you have to understand that the hotel isn’t a place to leave quickly. The restaurant attracts a lot of locals so it’s really the place to hang out at night. They have alcohol-free cocktails named Ol’ Dirty Bastard or De La Soul (ofcourse also cocktails with alcohol in it) and outside there’s a pastis bar (I didn’t know the roots of that France liqueur lie in Marseille).
Okay you probably want to know how this hotel differs from the one in Paris? Because if you set one step inside you’ll smell the same scent of Paris and the decor immediately brings you to that fabulous hotel in the outskirts of the capital (chalkboard ceilings anyone?). But here’s comes the fun: when you start looking closer you will find all the differences (all with a link to Marseille). Sardines on the carpet and the curtains. An octopus on the closet. The outdoor patio. The pastis bar. Typical Marseille slang in the elevators. Philippe Starck also did the design for this hotel: with his own products (the mirrors and sinks in the room he especially designed for this hotel) and products he liked so much to fit the Mamashelter flavor.
The room is spacious and has the best pillows and duvets ever. So fluffy. Perfect. Just like in Paris you have an iMac with free movies on it. There are Kiehl’s products in the bathroom (with rainshower). We slept in a Mama Luxe. It’s good to know that if you have children you can book a family room which sleeps 4. That’s also unique on this hotel: from kids to their grand parents: everyone is welcome! Let Mama take care of you and you’ll have the best weekend ever!
So much for the text: I think the pictures speak for themselves, I love to show you around.
From 69 euro a night, check out: www.mamashelter.com/marseille