Mama Shelter: chic Paris boutique hotel for the budget-conscious

I never thought I’d write a headline with “boutique hotel”, “budget” and “Paris” all together, but there you have it. Mama Shelter is a boutique hotel owned by the guys who started Club Med and designed by Philippe Starck. It is located in the St. Blaise neighborhood of the 20th arrondissement, close to the Pere Lachaise cemetery (one of my favorite haunts in Paris).

Prices start at 79 EUR. It’s nearly impossible to find something this trendy and chic in Paris at these prices. Perfect for today’s economic downturn.

  • Vibe: young, rebellious, bourgeois-bohemian, wild and offbeat with a cool bar and restaurant.
  • Pros: very inexpensive for Paris, not in a touristy neighborhood so you get a feel for Paris as Parisians experience it.
  • Cons: if you like being next to the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame packed in with your fellow tourists, this is not for you.

Mama Shelter
109 rue de Bagnolet
7020 Paris
+33 1 43 48 48 48

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About Esme Vos

Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.