following a much publicized expansion across france and to istanbul, design-led hotel chain mama shelter has jumped the big pond, opening its newest outpost in los angeles. occupying a historic 1920s building in hollywood, the property is designed by thierry gaugain, featuring 70 guestrooms and suites spread over five floors. the frenchman previously honed his skills as head of design at phlippe starck, a fellow countryman who designed all previous mama shelter properties. for this project gaugain has collaborated closely with a number of urban artists to create settings that would reflect – albeit in a bantering fashion – the flashy iconography of this larger-than-life tinseltown.
if you know mama shelter, rooms aren't just rooms, but offer a fun-infused style and modern comfort that's compatible with the ultra-picky demographic of savvy young thangs and like-minded adults. they come in three sizes, from the compact medium mama and slightly bigger large mama, to the xxl mama for those who like to splurge. each pad features a king bed and a 27-inch for tv, movies [including complimentary x-rated ones...], skype, and of course, internet access. the hotel's facilities are destinations in their own right, providing both guests and fun-seeking angelenos the perfect place to mingle, chill out or party.
the restaurant is the domain of chef ben bailly who serves an all-day menu of simple but flavoursome cuisine, inspired by french and american culinary traditions. the adjacent bar is an equally relaxed spot, serving a wide range of spirits and a number of whimsical 'mom-inspired' signature cocktails. as said, every nook and cranny of the new mama shelter los angeles is infused with urban art, but perhaps not as evident as the two venues' shared chalk ceiling – mind you, it's pretty much an ongoing art project that'll engage an even greater variety of creatives – covered in drawings and texts. and that's not all, folks. currently under wraps are additional facilities on the rooftop, including another restaurant, a lounge, and an ultimate california-style outdoor gym. location: 6500 selma avenue [hollywood].