Mama Shelter Nice to open its doors in June 2024

A vibrant new launch in the Cote D'Azur's freshest destination

by Adam & Megan

In June 2024, the 102-room Mama Shelter Nice will officially open its doors in the artistic and epicurean city of Nice, which is now looking to reinvent itself as the Cote D’Azur’s freshest destination, away from being a transit city.

Home to the brand first every rooftop pool, with bar, pizza oven and barbeque, Mama Shelter Nice will be a new and unique offering the city, offering an energetic atmosphere to locals and visitors, and with vibrant designs inspired by the many renowned French painters who resided in Nice.

This exciting launch marks the 11th Mama Shelter location in France and the 18th in total worldwide.

Mama Shelter Nice will bring a new offering to the Riquier district, true to the brand’s commitment to opening in cities and neighbourhoods that are on the rise. Located close to Old Port, the historic centre, the hotel will occupy three buildings including one from the early 20th century with a preserved façade.

Mama Shelter will become the vibrant heart of the Riquier district, attracting locals and tourists alike, and set amongst the various parks dedicated to boules. The hotel is easily accessible from the airport and main central station, both direct on the tramline.

Benjamin El Doghaïli, architect and head of the Mama Shelter design studio, has embraced Nice’s artistic heritage and designed the hotel to be at one with its environment. El Doghaïli draws his inspiration from the works of the many painters who settled there, in the palettes, motifs, subjects, and collages of Matisse, Braque’s birds, Picasso’s ceramics from the Vallauris period.

On the white walls of the lobby, hand-painted frescoes will pay homage to these artists illuminated by large mirrors alongside giant hangings by artist Kate Mary. White carries over into the rooms, textured directly on the walls and brightened by ochre curtains to resemble the walls of 19th-century Niçois buildings. The carpets are designed by artist Laureline Galliot, and celebrate pointillism, the technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image. Powdered pink bathroom tiles form an infinite checkerboard from floor to ceiling and Mama’s iconic cartoon masks will hang on bedside table lamps, as they do across all the hotels in the portfolio.

Throughout the property, El Doghaïli’ demonstrates his love for bright and vibrant hues by marrying saffron yellow, red ochre, ultramarine blue and Nice olive green with the smeared palettes of impressionist painters. In collaboration with talented artists and artisans like Lola Mercier or Beniloys, bouquets of mediterranean fruits, flowers and vegetables – such as lavender, sunflower and wheat poppy – will adorn the top of columns enhanced with plaster capitals, evolving with the seasons, in the style of a Van Gogh still life. At the centre of the restaurant, an olive wood bar reigns on a floor paved with perfectly laid terracotta tiles, and suspended luminous sculptures inspired by festive street lights lighten up the room.

Between the three buildings is a verdant patio and flowered alleyway covered by a retractable glass roof. The rooftop is home to a mosaic swimming pool with wicker screens for shade, lounge chairs and bar.

The ground floor restaurant offers a large room with an open kitchen, slanted mirrors, cast iron columns adorned with frescoes where communal tables rhythmically fill the space and set the tone: convivial, friendly, laid-back. For lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired Mama Menu – from sharing platters to vibrant salads – or opt for the daily special. At breakfast, the overflowing buffet offers a mix of savoury and sweet dishes and Sunday brunch can be enjoyed by groups of all ages.

At the rooftop restaurant, meats, fish, and vegetables are prepared on a Big Green Egg barbecue to enhance flavour or are grilled in a Josper charcoal oven for a hint of smokiness.

Pizzas from the pizza oven are served by the slice and displayed on a counter, to be enjoyed with an accompanying glass of rosé.

The functional but playful “ateliers” at Mama Shelter Nice will provide a space for personalised seminars, product launches, executive meetings and events. In Nice, Mama intelligently juggles work and leisure, business and celebrations. Its teams, adept at welcoming both holidaymakers and professionals, coordinate activities, create animations and breaks, organise customised aperitifs, lunches, and cocktails.

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