reviewer rawan hadid
How do I feel about Marseille? The Mediterranean city has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Phoenicians in 600 B.C.E. This alone means I feel affection for it, but there are many more reasons. The second largest city in France is very animated, with a thriving cultural scene, teenagers strolling all hours of the day and night, and a particular attitude that suits its style and place in France and as a cultural crossing.
hotel name & website: Mama Shelter
who: Me & My Hubby
why: Because, Marseille.
when: June 2014.
stay: We had already been on the road for over a month by the time we decided to drive to Marseille from Barcelona, were already experiencing sight seeing fatigue and were just looking to stroll around somewhere new and eat well for a few days. Marseille made sense, and Mama Shelter was a convenient base. The Philippe Starck-designed hotel is the second outpost of the brand, which opened Mama Shelter Paris in 2008. They offer a high-quality experience at low-end prices.
location: Mama Shelter is not in the middle of the hustle bustle, but Marseille is not an overwhelming city, and it didn’t matter—You can still walk and drive to everywhere you need to go easily. The neighborhood is likely gentrifying but to our alien eyes, it was not apparent.
pool/gym/beach status: The outdoor patio is fun, but they don't waste space with the rest. Guests have access to a private beach.
food situation (mini bar, breakfast, restaurant): Yes, Yes, Excellent.
data: Both Wi-Fi and video on demand from an altered iMac are free in the rooms.
vibes: Industrial, unconventional, comfortable.
kiddie agreeable: The rooms are sparse and sleek, so I’m going to say yes to really little ones but no once they’re walking around and need more space.
specialty: Offering a stylish base for discerning visitors who need a place to lay their heads without spending extras they won't be using.
price scale: Won’t break the bank—rooms are very fair, cocktails are $$$$. Priorities.