It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

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Courtesy of Mama Shelter / Photography by Jeff McLane

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Mama Shelter in Los Angeles

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If “Hashtag L.A.” were an aesthetic, its ultimate expression would be the 70-room Mama Shelter. The first U.S. location of the French boutique hotel chain—known for its whimsical Philippe Starck interiors and wallet-friendly prices—is tucked into a 1930s building between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Its design (by Starck protégé Thierry Gaugain) includes colorful graffiti and mismatched vintage furniture in the lobby and a bright, airy restaurant that serves a mean duck confit. Like so many things in this city, though, Mama Shelter is more than just a pretty face. The beds are extraordinarily plush, the marble-tiled bathrooms have custom-made organic skin-care products by Absolution, and the bedside tables are piled up with movie scripts (in our room: The Big Lebowski and Swingers). Sure, the hipster touches can be over the top—forget your toothpaste and you’ll be paying $8 for a carry-on-size tube of Marvis. But let that ultracool, loungey atmosphere and those Hollywood Hills views do their thing, and soon you, too, will be dreaming of your big break. mamashelter.com; doubles from $159.

Mama Shelter

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Mama Shelter in Los Angeles

If “Hashtag L.A.” were an aesthetic, its ultimate expression would be the 70-room Mama Shelter. The first U.S. location of the French boutique hotel chain—known for its whimsical Philippe Starck interiors and wallet-friendly prices—is tucked into a 1930s building between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. Its design (by Starck protégé Thierry Gaugain) includes colorful graffiti and mismatched vintage furniture in the lobby and a bright, airy restaurant that serves a mean duck confit. Like so many things in this city, though, Mama Shelter is more than just a pretty face. The beds are extraordinarily plush, the marble-tiled bathrooms have custom-made organic skin-care products by Absolution, and the bedside tables are piled up with movie scripts (in our room: The Big Lebowski and Swingers). Sure, the hipster touches can be over the top—forget your toothpaste and you’ll be paying $8 for a carry-on-size tube of Marvis. But let that ultracool, loungey atmosphere and those Hollywood Hills views do their thing, and soon you, too, will be dreaming of your big break. mamashelter.com; doubles from $159.

Courtesy of Mama Shelter / Photography by Jeff McLane
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