Despite the lukewarm reviews of this hotel by other travelers, I booked a weekend stay at Marseilles in June 2013. I was pleasantly surprised and think the hotel is an excellent value amid its generally overpriced art-deco competitors in the area. Yes, the rooms are rather compact and the carpet appears to be original :-) So what? I am not buying, I am renting. The location is absolutely fantastic and the staff is super-helpful. Special thanks to Cynthia. I appreciate all she did to make my stay pleasant.
There was no parking available at the hotel's garage on the day when I arrived so I parked in the 16th street parking garage, which was cheaper ($16 per day). The first room to which I was given the keys felt warm and I quickly discovered that there was an issue with the air conditioning. Cynthia promptly found another room for me and this one had a partial ocean view as well as a working AC. The bathroom was nicely remodeled and the towels smelled fresh. The room had a walk-in closet that was almost as large as the closet back home in my Midtown Atlanta condo. The window treatments were minimalist but did a great job blocking out the sun, the heat and potential peeping Toms who paid three times as much to stay at the hotel next door. I paid an extra $5 per day to rent a small refrigerator for my Gatorade and snacks. The pool is older and not that great but the ocean is just steps away. Lincoln road and its fabulous shopping is a short walk (2 blocks) away; Mango's, Clevelander and other iconic South Beach establishments are about a mile away from Marseilles.
Great overall experience, especially considering the very reasonable price. I will definitely stay at this hotel again.
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