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Bed & Breakfast Un Mas en Ville
Ranked #32 of 68 Marseille B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 6, 2012

Stayed here with my folks as part of our Europe tour in Oct '08. We did not know what to expect from Marseille and there are parts that are quite gritty, but no more than say parts of NY. We arrived late in the evening and after a walk from the nearby train station we were a little lost since the place did not have a sign but we did have the address. We went to open the door, but it was closed and no one answered the multiple door bell rings. Luckily I took my cell phone with me and I had the phone number for the person who was in charge of the place. She had previously told me via email to call her in case no one was there. The first call was met by a lady who only spoke French, though we did manage to understand to call back in 15 mins. So we waited outside for 15 and called back. The second time around we did get in touch with the lady who managed the 'mas'. She told us she was at the B&B and left only a little while ago, but she was on her way back and would be there in 10 mins. We waited and she did arrive on time. She and her mother live close by, up the hill, so in a way I guess we were lucky that was the worst part of our stay.

We were invited in and she gave us a small tour and then led us up to our room, which was a 2 bedroom suite. The stairs were rustic and wooden with a bit of creaking to them. The breakfast area/kitchen was in a loft space of the building next door, which apparently was going to be bought up and used by the B&B. There were other signs of construction going on throughout the property. Luckily none of it while we were there. The rooms themselves were cozy and wonderfully decorated. The second bedroom had a full size bed with a large closet, nightstand, and dresser. The main bedroom came with a large dresser, 2 nightstands, and a good sized bathroom. The bathroom had a great rustic feel to it. The entire room had lots of color, wood floors, and wood ceiling beams. The overall feel of the place was like something you would find in a Provence countryside home.

The breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, croissants, butter, milk, and lots of other goodies. It seemed like there was only one other family or couple staying in the B&B as we only heard a couple of footsteps in the morning. When we had breakfast it seemed like we had the entire place to ourselves.

We enjoyed our stay and although we had a small hiccup in the beginning, our overall stay was a good experience.

Room Tip: There is no elevator on premises and the rooms start on the 2nd floor and there are some on the 3rd...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

I am so glad I did not listen to the reviews. This is a little bit of rustic France slap bang in a gritty part of town. But don't let that put you off. The location is ideal: 15 minute walk from the port where you can pick up a bus or a ferry to the Friol island and located with an area of very nice restaurants. The manager is from Morocco? and is French is a little hard to understand - English is minimal. I asked a friend to call the hotel before and let them know of our arrival time and they allowed us into the room early. They also allowed us to stay after checkin and look after our cases as we were not flying home until 10pm. The pool is an added bonus.

Before you arrive expect 'Rustic France' and NOT 'French Chic' and I am sure you will be happy.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

A charming and relatively successful attempt to create a Provencal idyll in the midst of Marseille's grime. Located on the fringes of La Plaine, the city's up and coming artistic quarter, Un Mas en Ville would never be considered family-friendly or city chic. There are indeed lots of rickety wooden stairs to climb, small, traditional timber beds, rustic bathrooms, basic country breakfasts. don't turn up expecting wi-fi, hairdryers, air-conditioning, irons, lifts: they ain't there. And no, the owners don't speak good English at all and are apologetic about it. But you're in France, aren't you?
Good: decent location for main central sites; lovely, accessible and secluded garden with pool; peace and quiet.
Not so good: cleaning and bin-emptying (absent throughout our four-day stay); breakfasts maybe a bit too basic even for our needs; tiny toilets take some negotiating for anybody over five feet tall.
All in all, not bad. But please don't quibble about rustic simplicity when you've got the internet at home and haven't bothered to even check what you're getting.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

When reading previous reports about this hotel I was a little dubious but how wrong were they. Although the staff cannot speak very good english they were very helpful and other fellow travellers were happy to assist. We arrived at the hotel at 12 noon and we were immediately allowed our room (we had prior arranged this via email which is the best way to contact them). We had a two bedroom room which was very clean, with plenty of wardrobe space, ensuite facilities with towels and bathrobes. The hotel has a small pool with sunbathing facilities and is a great place to relax both in the day and evening. The hotel is also very near to the metro and also near to lovely restaurants and 15 minutes to the port. At a cost of 98 euros for 4 people a night it is great value and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 26, 2009

This would not be a B&B that I would recommend to anyone. We were not able to get access to the hotel for several hours. We tried to call the hotel many times to let them know that we had arrived. The people answering the phone could not speak, or did not want to try to speak English, The woman on the phone kept hanging up on us. Finally, after several wasted hours, we were able to find a man outside of the building who let us in and showed us to our room. The room was just ok, nothing special. The breakfast was bread and homemade jelly (nothing special here either). Many stairs to climb and no elevator. The hotel is not in a nice or pretty neighborhood. Parking is very far away with no place to unload your luggage. Needless to say, we were not happy staying at this hotel. The good news was that we were only there for one night.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Bed & Breakfast Un Mas en Ville

Address: 7 rue des Bergers, 13006 Marseille, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #32 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in Marseille
Price Range: $87 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bed & Breakfast Un Mas en Ville 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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