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.
- 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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