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Mama Shelter Marseille
Ranked #10 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Young, hip and cheap as chips”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Book ahead and at 69 euros for a standard double, Mama Shelter is hard to beat and you won't feel too compromised.

This is a destination hotel with a large bar/restaurant and a sun filled terrace buzzing with fashionable locals in the evenings and for Sunday brunch. It's certainly more contemporary than much of Marseille.

A standard double is only just big enough and some might feel it's a little cramped for anything more than a long weekend. Our room on the 6th (top) floor was noise-free, clean and fashionably functional in an Ikea kind of way: light and airy, a good power shower and a comfortable sleep.

Sit in the square right outside for a good morning coffee from the bar and a fresh croissant or pain au chocolat from the shop - an alternative to the hotel's 15 euro breakfast.

You are 5 minutes away from the Notre Dame Du Mont metro so it's an easy train and metro trip from the airport at a tiny 6 euros 30 per head in total. Take the metro for the Old Port but also architecture fans should visit Corbusier's Unité D'Habitation, just two stops away. It's free and you can visit floors 3,4 and the fantastic rooftop.

The immediate district is down-at-hell but lively and safe, with lots of great graffiti art. Especially around Cours Julien and Rue des Trois Rois are interesting local bars and independent shops.

Tip: Les Pieds dans Le Plat is an absolutely outstanding local restaurant with a young team and a great dining room, 7 mins from the hotel. (Book in advance via Facebook)

Tip for the management: ask guests on arrival if they would like to reserve a place for Sunday brunch as you may be fully booked.

A definite recommend.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

A very modern hotel with excellent staff. Breakfasts are one of the best ive had of a a hotel at this price point.

Rooms have an iMac with a choice of TV shows and movies.

Lovely outside bar area.

Great location. Oh and the mama beach is well worth a visit!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Mama keeps her promises, lavish breakfast & design rooms with cool details and a great multi media Apple centre with a solid selection of free movies & free WIFI: Mama knows us well.
Location is off the beating track though with an easy reach from Marseille must see.
Highly recommended for a city trip, with friends, family.

2 improvement points though: If Mama really loves us she will change bed cover from synthetic to natural filling and electricity sockets odd placements - un-design !!!, why not just one multi plug below the desk?

Next stop: Bordeaux...

Room Tip: ask for a room > 3r floor as prevent noise from the bar / streets
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

august, Marseille 2013, two teenager with their parents. And the whole family loved it! People have been friendly and kind, rooms were clean and stylish (very smal-, but economic.). We tried to eat at the harbor - that was horrible, so we went back to the hotel, do it again the delicious Salade nicoise, the grilled aubergine salad and other fine dishes. Our youngsters loved the imac and the opportunity to make photos!

Room Tip: 6th floor, out to street, no problem with noise…
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Very nice fresh original decoration and room arrangements. Add also an excellent bar. Not very far from the centre, is a good location for a quiet hotel, as base for expeditions in Marseille (Culture capital of 2013).

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

First time in this hotel. I knew that it was a new hotel with a new concept. I love the concept, the design, just perfect, different and not expensive. The staff very kind, polite and helpful. I will return anytime and in the other countries where there are some Mama Shelter

Room Tip: Make a reservation early because it's very busy
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Patras, Greece
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This place was fantastic when we arrived there it was more than expected. Very clean to the spot. I loved the bright colors and the decoration so modern and at the same time it made you feel friendly and relaxed. We had breakfast and I have to say that in all our trip it was the best breakfast with the most variety. We loved it.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mama Shelter Marseille
Address: 64 rue de la Loubiere, 13006 Marseille, France
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Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Mama Shelter Marseille 2*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
So much more than a place to sleep, Mama Shelter Marseille is the heart of life, a place where people gather around a shared meal, a live band, unpredictable encounters. 127 Sensual and elegant rooms equipped with Apple iMacs 27" (TV, Internet, CD/DVD Player, IChat, Photobooth, Videobooth) and 5 Star bedding (Duvet 100% Satin Coton Sheets). Rooms similar to those at MAMA PARIS, but drawing on a new energy through the colors of the Mediterranean. Cool in the summer, they are also warm during rare cold snaps. It is situated only 25km from Marseille Provence airport and is only 10 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Charles by taxi. Take a break in Mama Shelter Marseille and enjoy: Live Concerts, Shows, DJs, Tennis Table, parking... ... more   less 
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