If you are going to Marseille, the location of your hotel is very important as there are a lot of dodgy neighbourhoods and you need to stay in a good one.
I would recommend staying anywhere actually in Vieux Port, (not near it as this hotel's description states.) and on the right side of Vieux Port, anywhere near Notre Dame or the antiques district, or on the road to the beaches would make your stay in Marseille much more enjoyable.
This hotel says it is near Vieux Port, but if you turn down a wrong street you are immediately in a very dodgy area, my partner and I aren't easily intimidated, but the area just didn't feel nice.
As for the hotel. We chose this because we stayed in a Citadines in Japan and it was awesome. Very clean, new good facilities and friendly, helpful staff. It is quite the opposite at Citidines Centre Marseille.
The rooms have only a sofa bed. For a three star hotel I think that is very poor. The laundry costs 9 euro to wash and dry your clothes, and you have to wait until the housekeeping staff have finished using it. I made the mistake of asking the male receptionist a simple question about the laundry and he was incredibly rude to me and tried to tell me how to speak English. I am a New Zealander, english is my first language, he is French. I couldn't believe it. Luckily, the female reception staff and the male that checked us in at night time were friendly. When we left the hotel the rude male staff member was wearing a "McShit" t shirt, I think that sums up his arrogance.
So in summary, if you chose this hotel because you want the convenience of a kitchenette and a laundry, it's not worth it. If you chose it for location, you could do a lot better.
Also, a tip for people going to Marseille. The minute you arrive go to the Tourism Office in Marseille and get a map and instructions on how to get to the beaches. They are superb. It's the number 83 bus if that helps!
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