January 15, 2017

Where to stay in LA: Come to Mama!

If you’re looking for a really cheap but chic hotel in Los Angeles full of hipsters, that won’t break the bank, then read on!

It’s an unusual name for a hotel but Mama Shelter┬áis smack in Hollywood, and is not in fact a hostel for those down on their luck in LA like the name might sound. It’s actually an ultra styly, cool and laid back smallish (70 rooms) hotel in the heart of Hollywood (and elsewhere around the world) where the hipsters come to not only stay, but to soak up the vibe of one of the coolest rooftop bars in the city and dine in their restaurants. It’s also part of the Accor Hotel group. And I loved it!

Hollywood hotels

Mama Shelter’s roof top by day

Rooftop bars LA

And by night…

I’m a sucker for interior design of hotel spaces. If I were a gazillion-aire with more money than sense I’d design hotel interiors just for fun. So when I read that Philippe Starck’s former studio head Theirry Gaugain had worked his magic on this hotel, I was excited to twirl amongst it and soak in the ambience.

It might be the hottest property in Tinseltown, but it’s by no means the most expensive. I like that the most. I like that they could charge more, but don’t. Rooms start at $159 a night for a super king bed with a huge desktop Mac, free WiFi and a safe that doubles as a bedside table.

Unloading our luggage from our Uber, we stepped inside past the fooz ball table to the check in counter. A large rectangular bar to the left with tables in booths and sport on the telly leads outside. To the right of this huge ground floor space is the restaurant with a blackboard for a ceiling where artists from all over the country were invited to draw stories about their mothers like a kind of pop-culture Sistene Chapel.

Hotel ceiling art

Check out the ceiling

But the piece de resistance, and the reason people come whether they’re checking in or not, is the amazing LA rooftop bar. By day it is a yoga space with classes and downward dogs punctuating the 360 degree views. By night it is a bustling bar with comfy couches and huge day beds separated by potted plants and groovy lighting and music keeping pace while a movie screens in a small nook for those who fancy settling in.

I loved it up here and would suggest you pop up for at least a cocktail, if not dinner or heck, just stay the night with Mama.

Check out Mama Shelter’s rates here >>


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About Megan Singleton

Megan Singleton

Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday and I write for a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 19 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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