Friday, October 10, 2008

Give This Mama Some Shelter

Coming to Paris and need an inexpensive yet hip place to stay in these trying times? Well look no further than the 20th arrondissement where a fabulous hotel designed by Philippe Starck recently opened: the hotel Mama Shelter.

Yesterday, I delegated my parental responsibilities to third parties (namely school and the nanny) for a couple of hours and went to check out this new hotel where rooms start at only 79 euros/night. Tres cool is all I can say. It's very refreshing to see a trendy hotel off the beaten path in this city. If the 20th arrondissement was good enough for Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf to spend part of their lives there, then it's got to be OK, non?

Oh, and I just love the crazy name. Mama because it suggests a welcoming mother and Shelter because the hotel shelters you from the aggressions of Paris. Somehow the name works and rolls right off the tongue.

Even though there is no fancy spa, a yoga facility will be installed shortly and the rooms are very chic since they are designed and furnished by Philippe Starck.

In fact, I'm thinking of getting a few mommies together to spend a weekend away from our kids and husbands. We'll explore the Belleville and Menilmontant neighborhoods, go dancing at the well-known club La Fleche d'Or, relax at the Parc de Belleville, then pop on over to the Père Lachaise cemetery to scout out Jim Morrison's gravesite like every other American tourist in this city.

Give these Mamas some Shelter!

Hotel Mama Shelter, 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, tel: +33 (0)

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