It’s hardly surprising when a hotel situated a mere plectrum toss from the tomb of Jim Morrison politely raises its middle finger at its establishment peers (especially when it’s a venture co-founded by veteran contrarian Mr. Philippe Starck). Founded in 2008 with the spirit of communal conviviality at its heart, Mama Shelter Paris was designed to coax its guests out of their well-appointed rooms into its eclectic bar/restaurant/common-room area to share in the good times. Following the introduction of subsequent Mama siblings in Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille, the group has finally launched its first outpost outside Europe, in the suitably low-key surroundings of Hollywood Boulevard.
Mama Shelter L.A. features not one but two hangouts: an indoor communal bar/restaurant framed by a vast chalkboard ceiling, and a rooftop area with a sweeping vista of the Hollywood hills. The 70 rooms are, as always, fitted with 27-inch iMacs and free WiFi as standard, with design duties falling to Starck contemporary Thierry Gaugain. Each and every guest suite is also furnished with not one but two gospels: the Bible and Keith Richards’ celebrated autobiography — suggesting Mama has lost none of its rebellious charm.
Rooms from $159 mamashelter.com
Photographs by Francis Amiand