You may have started to notice all of the cheaper boutique hotels popping up all over the place. Like a lot of you, I have a special place in my heart for the W brand (under Starwood) but with the economy the way it is and with the prices of W's being the way they are, I'm also interested in finding cheaper alternatives that still give me that unique experience.
Located in the historic Saint Blaise, in the heart of authentic Paris, Mama Shelter was designed by one of the grandpapa of design, Philippe Starck. What's interesting about this place is that it's a multi-story car park; they have the graffiti on the ceilings to prove it. Mama knows who will appreciate the funkiness of this place - her high-tech children - so she creates rooms that are sensual and elegantly equipped with iMacs (hooray!) and whole multimedia centers: a single terminal that offers every in-room digital service you're gonna need (HDTV, music, radio, CD, films, DVDs, Internet, etc.)
One of the craziest parts? Down in Mama Shelter's restaurant-bar (featuring communal digital tables), iMacs fulfill more of an arts and entertainment role as "iBooths":
"This is a solution (also using the iMac) that allows visitors to take "instant" pictures and see them distributed in the lobby and rooms. Conceived and realized for Mama Shelter by DirectStreams in collaboration with Jeremie Trigano, iBooth is simple and fun and offers everyone the opportunity to become part of the history of the place and its decor by leaving a sign of their stay at the hotel. In the middle of the [restaurant] tables, columns display screens where you can put up announcements to swap, meet, discover or just to dream."
Yowza. I am going to file this under creepy cool.
Design? Starck pushes sound boundaries by having lamps fashioned from funny masks, crazy-patterned in-room carpeting, concrete, unfinished-looking walls, and see-through desk chairs. Sounds like standard stuff by Starck.
Basically, if you want to hang out with the artsy folk in Paris for only 79 euro per night, tell Mama your coming over!
109 rue de Bagnolet, 20th arr.
Metro: Porte de Bagnolet