Agree with other reviewers, location is extremely convenient for both the TGV and airport shuttle which is called a 'navette'. From the railway station, it's just a walk down the escalators and across the road. Liked the ramp for luggage at the hotel entrance.
Area: Quite a few down and outs in this area so we were sure not to eat out late. Not far from the main street in Marseilles and harbour. Good walking distance to restaurants (about 10 mins in low heels).
Things to watch out for at the hotel: 1. The hotel website says that it has an airport shutte. It doesn't. You have to go into the station, find the 'caisse' and pay 8.50 euros. The airport shuttle is sort of opposite McDonalds and not at all signposted (which is normal for French railway stations). You may have to ask if you can't find it. Buses leave every 20 mins. 2. Our room and bathroom was FULL of mosquitoes which ruined an entire night's sleep. We didn't understand this because the room had air conditioning and in hotels of this type, the cleaners don't need to open the windows. 3. The bed in our room was a drop down (from the wall) and the sharp edge of the bed was painful to both shins and ankles . Poor design for a small narrow room like ours. 4. The front desk was reluctant to deliver a single extra towel which they shouldn't have been as you are entitled to ask for extra towels. 5. If you're a backpacker, the breakfast is above average. If you're a 4 or 5 star traveller, it's pretty average and the coffee is the most dreadful I've ever tasted. I live in France and. believe me, I've tasted lots of terrible coffee. Avoid the fruit juice and stick to tea is our advice.
Our overall opinion was: A great place to stay for an onward journey. Basic/good value for a city and above the normal French standard of hygiene. Unfortunately, the nice pillows were completely negated by the sheer number of mosquitoes in the room and bathroom.
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