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Hotel Vertigo - Centre
Derry, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

Having arrived late in Marseille after a long journey my friend and I wanted to relax on the first night and have a drink in the courtyard. It was past midnight and the lobby was now closed but we sat anyway for a drink outside, 5 minutes later we saw our first rat of the trip but didn't expect it to be inside the hostel. In total we noticed 3 rats during our 3 day spell here. Not only was the hostel rat infested but the staff were not friendly at all. One night a group of us had been sitting finishing our drinks and were then keen to head out, the guy who had been working at the time came out and told us to be quiet as it was getting late so I asked him where the nearest/nicest bars were for us to go. Only for him to say that we "weren't allowed to go out as he feared for our safety." This at first came as a shock but after a few nights going out in Marseille and the Gare St Charles area in particular, I can kinda see where he was coming from. A dirty Hole. Never be back...Tom

Room Tip: I stayed in a 6 bed dorm, no complaints about the room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

My experience at Hotel Vertigo was amazing, it's just the type of place you are looking for when planning a trip to the South of France. The decor was really young and hip, with vintage quirky finds decorating the lobby. The hotel also has great commons areas including a kitchen and outdoor terrace, although we didn't get a chance to meet any other guests. The rooms were comfortable considering the sweltering heat and the fact that there was no air conditioning but the fans helped a lot. Overall my stay in Marseille was great and I think staying at Hotel Vertigo really added to the whole experience. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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gloster
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

We stayed one night. Perfect location for train/bus stations. Staff very helpful and unobstrusive. Nice room on top floor with bathroom and balcony. Ideal for exploring the centre and port of Marseille. Highly recommended. Traveller Tip: if you have heavy baggage don't lug it up all those steps to Gare St. Charles for your onward train - instead enter the Metro Station at the foot of the steps and use the escalator in there to get your bags to the train.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

We were very pleased with our stay here. The reception were very helpful and friendly and we were happy with our private room with en-suite and we had our own balcony.
Not a bad location close to train station although we would have like to have been closer to the port-about a 15 min walk-down/up hill.
Not an overly party hostel was very quiet when we were there but pleasant place to stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Overall great stay of 3 nights. Previous reviews were all accurate.

Perfect location to station to do day trips, in my case, to cassis, les calanques and Aix en Provance. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Security is good with 24 hour reception and self locking doors in the room. That said, they should really get some lockers for added security. One major complaint is that the night guard closed down the terrace and common area and kitchen at midnight. 3 guys sitting silently working on computer and we get kick out! Wifi didn't work in rooms... Kind of hard to plan your next days activities.
Still, I had a good experience here and would reccomend it to a friend. I can't comment on the vertigo at the port location.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

The staff was super nice and helpful - they were great. The problem was the kitchen: it had dirty dishes in the sink and no soap that we could find to clean them with so that we could use the pot to make our food. The room was nice and the bunks were quite good. The common areas were a nice place to sit - and the only place to get wifi. The directions were a bit confusing and we ended up on the big stairs instead of at the hostel, but we did get there in the end and it was super close to St. Charles train station. It did seem to open onto a not so nice street, but it wasn't a far walk to the marina and the shopping.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2012

We prebooked a double-room to stop over at from our flight and had no idea what to expect.

The place is more akin to a very decent hotel sans television/minibar (but who actually needs that crap anyway, aside from lonely businessmen?). The staff were extremely helpful, everything was very clean, the bathroom large/well-stocked, beds comfortable, breakfast good.

No doubt we would stay here again if we were in Marseille again. Nice one.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Vertigo - Centre
Address: 42 rue des Petites Maries, 13001 Marseille, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #6 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Marseille
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Number of rooms: 58
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