This is the perfect East London hotel for your winter staycation


We all need some R&R right now, and while traveling abroad might not really be an option, a staycation in your city could be perfect. I was born in Hackney, and moved back to the area seven years ago – and yet, I’ve never stayed in a hotel in the borough. Before lockdown, staying the night away from home in my own city never crossed my mind – but a night at Mama Shelter Shoreditch changed this. Mama Shelter is situated just off Hackney Road, a stone throws away from Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, and Broadway Market.


I arrived on Saturday afternoon, just as the brunch crowd was finishing up – the restaurant and reception area are artfully decorated, with quirky interior choices, a hand-painted ceiling, and features like vintage pinball machines dotted around. I made my way up to the room, and noticed the Mama branding everywhere – on the lift mirror, on the walls, on the laundry baskets. The rooms are modern, unpretentious, and sleek – on the bed was a little box full of sexy gifts (ideal for a couples stay) and a bottle of champagne in the minibar.

The highlight of Mama Shelter Shoreditch for me was the food. For dinner we started with the burrata (on a bed of wild mushrooms and garlic toast) topped with black truffle. I opted for the cardamom panner flatbread for my main, and my partner went for the chicken za’atar; alongside it, we had the chips with garlic aioli and a bottle of blush rosé. After dinner in the restaurant, we went to the garden bar for a round of margaritas – the ambiance in both rooms was fun and warm, with that specifically East-London brand of cool. After a comfy night’s sleep, and a long hot shower I was ready for the breakfast – which was every bit as delicious as the dinner. I went for the veggie breakfast, berry pancakes, and about three flat whites to undo the margaritas the night before.

This is the perfect East London hotel for your winter staycation

Mama Shelter is exactly the kind of hotel stay I needed – the staff were friendly, everything felt super COVID-19 safe, and most of all, it was *fun*. It’s been a hard year, and we’ve all forgotten to let loose and enjoy ourselves – if you’re in need of a weekend to escape from the mundanity and struggle of life, then this is the place for you.

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Book direct at mamashelter.com – use promo code SEXY when booking a two-night stay. The package includes two nights B&B for two, sparkling wine in the room on arrival, £30 credit over the stay for restaurant and bar or room service, MAMAs XXX movies, a sexy box, and late checkout!

Glamour UK

Source – www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

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