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Destinations: Mama Shelter’s Cool Hotel Vibe Descends on Hollywood: Europe’s Hottest Hotel Finds an American Home in Los Angeles

The open kitchen in Mama Shelter Los Angeles' lobby restaurant. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

By Jenny Peters

Mama Shelter Los Angeles is the newest outpost of the popular boutique hotel chain that began in France (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux), expanded to Istanbul and now comes to the U.S.A. in this L.A. incarnation. Located in the heart of Hollywood, this chic six-story, 70-room hotel designed by Thierry Gaugain and owned by the Trigano family (of Club Med fame) is built on the idea of affordability and comfort, combined with a welcoming social scene that swirls throughout the lively lobby area.

The restaurant with its wildly decorated roof at Mama Shelter Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

The restaurant with its wildly decorated roof at Mama Shelter Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

You’ll check in right in the midst of the Mama Shelter social scene: the long bar is to your left, the huge foosball table made for multiple players is on your way to the stylized front desk, the restaurant is to your right and the whole thing ties together with the low black-slate ceiling that is decorated with chalk-art drawings by local artists — all celebrating their mamas.

The convivial bar at Mama Shelter Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

The convivial bar at Mama Shelter Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

Look up to see those and then be sure to check out the other art installations tucked into every nook and cranny. Settle in for a delicious dinner by Chef Giselle Wellman and be sure to sample Mama Shelter’s signature specialties, like the avocado hummus served with pita bread or the prime steak tartare paired with grilled sourdough. We loved the white seabass with forbidden black rice and corn salsa, a chewy delight; and found the Le Royale with cheese burger a sly nod to Tarantino. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the bar has a happy hour and serves up beer and wine for $5, as well as sangria pitchers for $20. Once you’re properly lubricated, take some photos and they’ll likely end up on the ever-changing social media wall nearby.

A Mama Medium room at the Mama Shelter Los Angeles Hotel. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

A Mama Medium room at the Mama Shelter Los Angeles Hotel. Photo courtesy Mama Shelter.

The ultra-mod rooms at Mama Shelter Los Angeles come in three sizes: Medium Mama, Large Mama and XXL Mama. Each offers a king-size bed, 27-inch iMacs with free TV, radio, Internet and Skype, as well as free adult movies and a mini fridge; the XXL comes with all that and a lounge area as well. Every room has silly masks to play with and a Christian Bible by the bedside. As Mama says, “there are other ‘sacred’ texts in the room as well, including Keith Richards’ memoir and various LA-centric scripts such as ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘LA Confidential.’”

The hotel is a hipster hangout as well as a reasonably priced place to call home — rooms range from $149 to $189, with the XXL going for $399. At those prices, you can’t afford not to stay here when you come to Hollywood!

MAMA SHELTER LOS ANGELES
6500 Selma Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90028
323-785-6666

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Jet Set Jen is the brainchild of Jenny Peters, a longtime freelance journalist whose career has spanned everything considered "Lifestyle" reporting, from movies and celebrities to fashion and fast cars, with plenty of food, wine and travel thrown in too. She currently contributes regularly to USA Today's 10Best.com, AARP.org, New York Magazine, Coast Magazine, Bask Magazine and numerous other newspapers, magazines and websites worldwide. She is a founding and voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (www.criticschoice.com), which annually honors the year's top films with the Critics' Choice Awards. Jenny and her crack cadre of reporters at Jet Set Jen offer up opinions, suggestions and insider scoops on the best that the world has to offer, to keep you on the cutting edge of that ever elusive pursuit of life, liberty, happiness – and fun, fun, fun.