Contributor/ Jacqui Kirk
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Sprinkled with magic design dust from Philippe Starck, the open-plan ground floor public areas are the real star of the show. Guaranteed fun on a budget. “No frills” rooms provide you with the basics but with a few twists such as fancy dress face masks. Darth Vador anyone?
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A light feature made of swimming floats encapsulates the hotel’s playful vibe whilst in-room iMac studio displays speak of an innovative, technology-led approach to design. An eclectic mix of seating spaces and furniture styles, including tree trunk stools and tuxedo sofas, provide guests the opportunity to relax and lounge in utmost style. The pizza bar is also a big hit with its graffiti ceiling making casual dining contemporary.
It’s the sort of place where you can be whoever you want and no one bats an eyelid. Whether you’ve come straight from the office or dressed as a rock star ready to party the night away, the hotel invites participation and interaction. You would feel just as comfortable here travelling solo for work as you would with a bunch of your friends.
Inside the hotel – 9/10
Even on a Monday night you’ll need to book to guarantee a table in the restaurant. The interior spaces are eclectic, laid back and most of all fun.
Outside the hotel – 6/10
Mama Shelter will happily lend you a bicycle or moped to make the most of the hotel’s ‘off the beaten track’ location, but if you’re feeling a little bit less energetic the city centre is only a short ride on the Metro. Père Lachaise cemetery is the nearest attraction but with all the bright young things migrating out of the city to this hip hotel you’re best off grabbing a cocktail and setting up camp in the buzzy bar for a spot of people watching.
Images courtesy of Mama Shelter