A French take on an Anglo art hotel concept in a *bobo-friendly but non-touristic area – great communal spaces, lots of art and ironic board games are ubiquitous. Great roof top in summer. Good for meetings too as you can bet clients will be happy to meet you here for a drink. Try flirting.
(Nb: ‘bobo’ = bourgeois bohemian, a French take on a ‘chardonnay socialist’. While it has similarily negative connotations, can be good for the restaurant scene! A handy term to know.)
The first hotel by the hip boutique design group Mama Shelter (they also have hotels in Marseille and Istanbul) the interior design by Philippe Starck has laid the groundwork for the hotel’s aesthetic approach. Playful and with a touch of retro but thought through to create a total aesthetic experience…that’s the Mama Shelter way.
Choosing the 20th is like choosing to stay in Brooklyn while in NYC. It’s the entirely central but it’s where cool Parisians live. Highlights include the Parc des Buttes Chaumont (and its cool bar Rosa Bonheur), the Pere La Chaise Cemetary (Jim Morrisson’s grave is a stoned backpacker’s magnet), the bohemian and rather eccentric performance space La Bellevilloise or the indie rock venue La Fleche D’Or. For eating, drinking and shopping head to Rue de la Roquette and just follow it along. You can download Mama Shelter’s nifty neighbourhood guide here.
What We Love
We love the rooftop terrace and the big dining spaces. We think the hotel offers good value for money. And we like the neighbourhood – it’s not your typical touristic enclave, but rather a real Parisian quartier where people live.
Room to Improve
Noise management: it’s a shame but guests do complain that the bar noise interferes with their sleep. Dining room service can also be a little slow off the mark.
If you are a sensitive sleeper avoid rooms that are close to the bar – it can get noisy, especially on weekends. Also note that some rooms are darker than others and may not have views – so request a light room with a view at the time of booking!
109 rue de Bagnolet