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A Peek Inside Mama Shelter Bordeaux

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  Site Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, Bordeaux, France, 33000
July 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | ()

Last week we gave you a peek at the hip Seeko’o Hotel in Bordeaux and now it’s Mama Shelter’s turn. If you know other Mama Shelters, then you know that the hipness tap stayed on during the making of this little gem.

Located right in the heart of things at Place Saint Christoly, this 97-room hotel opened in October of 2013. Like all of the Mama Shelters the concept is simple: Give the people what they need and charge ‘em extra for the stuff that they might want. That, plus a Philippe Starck design concept that’s stark (or Starck! yuk-yuk) white minimalism in the rooms and wild and wacky design in the public areas.

(Plenty of pics in the photo gallery!)

We had a peek at a Mama Luxe Double room (180-215 sq. ft.) and a Mama Deluxe Double room at 230-260 sq. ft. As in all the rooms, each had a lighted headboard and mirror, and a 27” iMac so that you can watch free movies, Skype your jealous friends (WiFi is free and you can borrow a keyboard at the front desk at no charge) and shoot pics and video that can be sent to the restaurant/bar to display. (And if you’re doing something embarrassing, each room comes with a mask to maintain anonymity. Just sayin’.)

In the rooms and reception you’ll find images of a Monty Python-esque oyster, which is Mama Shelter Bordeaux’s symbol (in Marseille it’s an octopus and in Paris, an eagle). We don’t know why. What we do know, however, is that it all adds up to create one quirky hotel.

Practically, at the long reception desk you’ll find two computers for use as well as a “digital concierge” if you want to search for things on your own. You’ll also find display cases of things you can buy – from toothpaste to Mama Shelter mementos to interesting bric-a-brac.

The rest of the main floor is one big restaurant/bar/pizzeria. The space comes across as a kitted-out college student’s basement party pad, with bright colors, computer screens, and instruments hanging on the wall. At the time we were there the hotel was also building a rooftop terrace which should be open in the middle of August.

We found standard rates in September for the Mama Luxe Double room at €134 ($180) per night and for the Mama Deluxe Double at €154 ($207), but the better rate is the Love Offer, which includes breakfast and a bottle of champagne at €164 ($221) for the Luxe room and €184 ($248) for the Deluxe room -- reasonable but not cheap.

[Photos: Janice Tober for HotelChatter]

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