If you've checked out my LA guide, you might know that for 5 nights we called Mama Shelter home. We ditched our beloved camper van in trade for a gigantic bed and a much needed warm shower. There's only a certain number of days you can live in the back of the van before you crave the luxuries of a hotel. We booked Mama Shelter a few months before embarking on our trip. We wanted somewhere centrally located, fairly priced and a little quirky. Mama Shelter ticked all the boxes and I'm so glad we chose to stay here!

Heading to LA anytime soon? Let Mama take care of you.

Mama Shelter is located in Hollywood, and if you head out of hotel and walk for a couple of blocks left you'll soon find yourself on the hustle and bustle of Hollywood boulevard. It's a boutique hotel, home to 70 rooms which all have a contemporary vibe with quirks here and there. As well as the 70 comfortable rooms, Mama Shelter also houses an extremely popular roof top bar. It's a great spot to admire a panoramic view of Los Angeles, and you can spy the Hollywood sign in the distance! The foyer of the hotel has a pretty great bar/restaurant, we didn't eat here but we did enjoy a few drinks whilst we'd plot our adventures.
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I'd be lying if I said it didn't take us around 45 minutes to work out how to use the iMac screen as a TV, or to even turn it on. I'm going to put that down to technical difficulties. 

Anyway, how amazing is the room? I love hotel rooms that are a little bit different to the norm. I loved the minimalist decor with the fun, playful props such as the Star Wars masks and movie scripts. It made for a comfortable base to return to in the evening and wake up to in the morning. We both had a great nights sleep in the bed, apart from the night where the lift broke and everyone had to use the stairs which were right next to our room! This aside, we had a great stay and I couldn't fault the hotel itself.

The only thing I WOULD say is that we paid $50 a day for valet parking, only to find the valet parking was an outdoor car park a couple blocks away which had a big sign saying 'only $10 a day'. We did feel a bit ripped off but it's not really the hotels fault and I guess the valet parking means they take it off your hands but we probably could have dealt with the 2 minute drive down the road. Just a word of warning for anyone staying with a vehicle. 
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For five nights the cost of our stay came to around £800 along with the valet parking bill which I just don't want to ever talk about again, lol! Overall our stay was great and I'd not hesitate in recommend Mama Shelter to any LA first timers, although I'd like to stay in Santa Monica next time, if we were to ever need a place in Hollywood again I'd definitely return. 

 Thanks for a great stay, Mama!