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.
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.
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.
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