Bordeaux is now home to the 5th Mama Shelter Hotel, after Paris, Marseille, Istanbul and Lyon. It’s an eclectic choice of cities.
The first Mama Shelter saw the light of day in Paris’s unfashionable 20th arondissment in 2008. This funky hotel chain is the brainchild of the Trigano family (who started Club Med), design guru Philippe Stark and Michel Reybier famous for his international chain of top-end hotels and residencies La Reserve, in Geneva, Paris and the South of France. In Bordeaux he’s better known for being the owner of Classified growth Cos d’Estournel in Saint Estephe.
As you’ll know, if you follow this blog Bordeaux’s hotel scene is very dynamic right now, stimulated by the increase in tourism since the 2007 UNESCO heritage award was bestowed on the city.
Mama Shelter Bordeaux made its home in the old ‘Gas Tower’ in the centre of Bordeaux. Built in 1934, it was pretty revolutionary in its time and is a fitting setting for this non-conformist hotel. Along side its 97 rooms over 5 floors, Mama Shelter has a restaurant, a pizzeria, a cocktail and a wine bar and, as of next summer, a roof top bar. Bordeaux does not have many town centre hotels with a large conference capacity. Mama Shelter has two conference rooms that can host a total of 70 delegates, which along with the large room capacity is rare in down town Bordeaux.
The ‘destroy’ décor of the large restaurant is complimented by everything from hanging musical instruments to children’s rubber rings over the big bar. It has friendly staff, a stage for live music and a show kitchen with a simple but tasty menu designed by Jérôme Banctel from Alain Senderens in Paris.
The wine list is an eclectic as the décor with 60 plus wines, a selection of which is always available by the glass, a good choice of Bordeaux, as you would expect, including Cos of course.
The rooms are small and minimalist but comfortable and very high tech with an I-Mac acting as the TV, radio and Internet connection and of course free wi-fi. The bathrooms feature Mama skin products as a touch of luxury in the bathrooms.
Rooms start at 49€ a night per person. At that price you should really come and stay.