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Opened in 2008, this was the first Mama Shelter hotel in a highly successful brand that today has close to 20 properties across the world from Los Angeles to Prague. Their popularity owes everything to a winning mix of funky rooms, lively bars, weekly events and informality. While the location in the east of Paris seems out of the way, the lived-in streets of the 20th district and proximity to Père Lachaise cemetery are redeeming factors making this a good pick for travellers who prefer to stay away from tourist hotspots. With its young staff, large restaurant, rooftop terrace and zestful style, Mama Shelter Paris East is an easy hotel to engage with whether you're here to relax, party or work.

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Nigel Tisdall
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Nigel Tisdall is an award-winning travel writer who contributes frequently to leading UK titles such as the Telegraph, Times, Mail and Financial Times. He has visited over a hundred countries and specialises in luxury, adventure, heritage and the Caribbean.



This is a vibrant and traditional neighbourhood with excellent food shops and a large market on boulevard de Charonne every Wednesday and Saturday morning.

Take the metro to the Montmartre district and visit the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
By plane: Flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is a 30-minute drive. Parking costs €25 per day.
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 20-minute drive.

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Style & Character

The hotel suits everyone, but especially the young and young at heart, as well as independent travellers who don't mind the edge-of-city location. Mama Shelter is the antithesis of the stuffy hotel with a playfulness that runs from witty quotes chalked on the ceiling to Spiderman masks by the bed.

Service & Facilities

Mama Shelter hotels are invariably busy with an informal style and urban energy that draws a buzzy and creative crowd.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Table tennis
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi


Some M-size rooms on the sixth floor have a balcony - handy for smokers and in the summer. The eclectic room décor entertains the eye, from a carpet with bright colourful swirls to a pink work desk.

S, M, L, XL, XXL
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The excellent buffet breakfast includes proper coffee, fresh orange juice, featherlight croissants and a feast of cheese, charcuterie and cooked options. We recommend the beetroot salad with avocado followed by miso caramelised salmon, plus a glass of Petit Chablis. If you've been out, pizzas are served till 1am.

Restaurant: cosy dining, international cuisine and Napolitan pizzas. Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun for brunch and dinner.
Rooftop: city views, comfy seating. Burgers and snacks, bespoke cocktails. Open May-Sep, 6-11pm.

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