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Mama Shelter Hotel

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If you’re planning a trip to Paris, be sure to check out Phillipe Starck’s Mama Shelter. Located in the 20th arrondissment, this hip little boutique hotel is set outside of the main tourist drag, making it a peaceful place to retreat after a day on the town. And don’t let the cool-factor fool you — this place is budget friendly.

Photos courtesy of Mama Shelter.

The rooms are small but cozy, and each one has an iMac computer that acts as a full entertainment system, complete with free movies and Internet. Oh, and what a nice surprise to find Kiehl’s products in the bathroom!

If you’re hungry, you’ve got options. Try the pizzeria …

… or the dining room/bar, where even locals trek across town to enjoy the delicious food and drink, as well as DJs and live bands on the weekends. Stay around for the Sunday brunch — the lively crowd and amazing buffet is enough to chase away the end-of-weekend blues.

If you’re in the market for some guidebooks for your trip, this is an old favorite:

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