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The eccentric Mama Shelter Hotel by Philippe Starck


Philippe Starck designed this eccentric hotel to reflect the urban art scene of its location in Marseille, France.

The luxury French hotel Mama Shelter can be found at the intersection of three narrow streets (Rue Langeron, Rue de la Loubière, and Rue Chateau Payan) where the three historic districts of Marseille meet.

This location places the contemporary French hotel in Marseilles right in the city centre, near the Cours Julien district with its urban art vibe and mix of concert halls, young fashion designers and trendy terraces.

In this area, the shutters open outward, greeting each other across the steep lanes, reflecting the ups and downs of life’s rich complexity.

The contemporary French hotel in Marseille has a modern relationship with an ancestral reality.

The 127-room hotel is spread over six floors and rooms come with the option of five categories, colours and prices. The rooms are similar to those at the Mama Paris, but draw on new energy through the use of Mediterranean colours.

Images courtesy of Francis Amiand


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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January 8, 2013 | France Marseille Travel | View comments

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