I would certainly recommend this hotel. I stayed for two nights in July 2013. The staff were very friendly and helpful from the outset. It is a quirky hotel that has been very cleverly designed - attaching a modern hotel wing to the historic entrance building - and dotted with interesting pieces of art. It was a really refreshing change from the homogeneous and predictable Hiltons and Best Westerns of this world. With the leather chairs and water feature in the reception, it strikes a luxurious note from the start.
It is well located - just a 10 minute walk up the hill from the old port - which makes it a little more tranquil than those hotels located on the busy and more touristy waterfront. The room (1st floor) was kitted out to a high standard, with tasteful and modern decoration, was very clean and had a big LCD TV. The wi-fi was fast and reliable throughout my stay as well.
For me, the highlight was the pool and pool-side decking. The pool is not enormous, but big and deep enough to do lengths. The comfortable and plush reclining sunbeds added to the experience. You can order drinks from the bar and eat at the terrace next to the pool.
Other points to note: - there is a useful bus stop just outside the hotel with buses going to the centre and some going to the train/bus station (Gare Saint-Charles), buses 82 and 83 if I remember; there is a great view of the city and harbour to be had from the nearby Jardin du Pharo (just across the road), especially at sunset; for a good meal (and avoiding the more touristy places near the port) I would recommend the Brasserie du Pharo across the road. Very reasonable prices and hearty portions.
I possibly, would not pay the rates advertised on the hotel website, but was happy to get a rate of approx. 100 Euro per night via Expedia.
- Also Known As:
- New Hotel Marseille
- New Hotel Marseille Le Pharo
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