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“Good value for money in Marseille”
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Hotel Richelieu
Ranked #106 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Stayed 2 nites at the Richelieu on vacation. Its funtional,clean and if you get a sea facing room has a great view with breakers all night long. More good quality hostel than hotel, the 2 stars are about right. Note breakfast won't be included, while parking, though tight can be found on the street outside(free from 1800-0900). Can be some communication issues with reception, english not spoken much, but guy cannot be more helpful. More for backpackers, couples and for those where location is more important than all the creature comforts of a hotel and don't mind to fork out some extra cash for this.

Room Tip: Sea view is worth the extra cash
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We stayed in Richelieu for 2 nights on way back to UK from Nice thinking it would be a nice detour. We were wrong, Marseille itself is a large sprawling city, very scruffy, congested and dirty. We had pre-booked parking which turned out to be in a secure private garage but, it was a good 5minute walk from the hotel down some slightly dodgy back streets. The hotel itself had good and bad points, good points were: Helpful staff - fantastic views over the sea/sunsets - nice little balcony with 2 chairs - refurbished rooms and bathrooms - nextdoor to public but clean and busy sandy beach. The bad points were: halway between rooms was pitch black and you had to fumble for a lightswitch in the dark, the walls were painted a horrible dark blue which didn't help! - Our shower drain was blocked and when I removed the steel coverplate to try and unblock it, it was filthy dirty underneath - the bathroom fittings looked as if someone with poor DIY skills had fitted them so the shower shelf was hanging off and the shower doors didn't close properly. The decoration was a little bohemian but, not offensive.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a sea view room as only a extreemly busy road the other side of hotel.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Firstly I would warn anyone planning to visit gritty, grimy, Marseille in 2012 that it's not a good time due to the large scale improvements being made in readiness for it being the European capital of culture in 2013. It feels like most of the city, especially around the old port, has been dug up, fenced off & populated with heavy, noisy, earth moving equipment which ruin views & ambience & lead to very cramped pedestrian walkways.
In early May 2012 upgrades to the rooms were still a work in progress but I'm sure this hotel will merit a third star once they are complete. I'd requested a room on the 1st floor (as we had heavy cases & had been told there was no lift) with a sea view & balcony for our 4 night stay. What wasn't made clear was that there were 2 flights of steps to get to reception on the 1st floor & our '1st flr' room was up another two flights after that. The young girls often on reception during the day are unable to assist with heavy luggage. The first room we were handed keys for (rm 16) had great views but no toilet instead there was a plumbers bag, surrounded by his tools!! We went back down to reception just as the owners arrived. They apologised & we were shown the room next door & offered the choice as they couldn't guarantee when work on the toilet would be complete (there was an old, sixties style, communal one on the landing we could have used). Rm 14 had a lovely, newly fitted, very modern shower & separate toilet (no problems whatsoever with smells as mentioned by an earlier reviewer); double doors opening onto a small balcony; amazing views of the turquoise ocean & a bed settee. There were unfinished aspects - no safe fitted yet & none of the glass mosaic tiles like those in rm 16 which softened the industrial, textured, brown or grey cement finish to the walls (not everyones cup of tea I suspect). The bed was comfortable, we had clean towels daily, there was a wall mounted plasma TV & a radio so for a 2 star rating we were very pleased. I did feel that the public areas let it down somewhat. The stairway from the entrance isn't very inviting & in the corridors you can still see the original doorways where 2 rooms have been converted into one. We didn't have breakfast there but walked right out of the hotel up the corniche for 15 mins or so where there's a beautiful patisserie on the left hand side. There's a small, sandy beach 3 mins away that has a snack bar & it's really easy to get the bus to the old port from a stop across the road & a few hundred yards up the corniche. Recommended highlights were the cathedral - Notre Dame De La Garde - both for its stunning interior & 360 degree views of Marseille, the mountains & coast - and a day trip by rail to Aix-en-Provence - classy, green, full of fountains, leafy squares, beautiful shops (designer & quality tourist momentos),cafes & restaurants - it's everything Marseille isn't. It's dirty, gritty, with pavements covered in cigarette ends & dog excrement & mediocre food is expensive. We had our best value, most enjoyable, meal at Jade Grill & Wok .. .. turn right out of the hotel & walk up Corniche JFK for about 20/25 mins. It's on the right just before the restaurant Petite Nice. The open-topped city bus tour was a disappointment too. We couldn't understand why it only ran on the hour as other European cities we've visited had them every 20 mins or so. Once aboard we soon realised why .. .. there's only one stop worth getting off at & that's Notre Dame cathedral!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel as these have the sea views
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

We spent three nights in the hotel and were very pleased: the staff is pleasant and helpful, the room was pretty and super clean, they serve really good breakfast on a terrace overlooking the sea and you get four hours of free wi-fi. Also, the location is excellent: right next to the beach and about 15 minutes on foot from the city center and very near a bus stop. My only small complaint would be that the bed was on the soft side.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

We weren't overly impressed with Marseille, however, this hotel made up for it. The location was fabulous. We requested a room with a balcony and sea views after reading other trip advisor reviews - best decision. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the water. The hotel balcony is a great place for a beer (and most of the time we had that to ourselves). There is a small beach right next to the hotel which is great if you want to have a swim in the Mediterranean.
The staff here (particularly a lady that was there during the day) were great and helped make it an enjoyable stay. My husband and I were travelling with a friend and he got sick - the lady was exteremely helpful in getting him some medical help.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

Hotel located directly overlooking the Med. About 10-15 minutes walk from the "old port" where most of the bars and restaurants are located.

Worth asking for a room with a sea view, in my opinion the best feature of the hotel. View from balcony was lovely. Catalan beach about 30 metres walk.

Room was brightly decorated although carpet a little stained and tired (I feel tiles would have suited the room better). Shower and washbasin in the room, WC just down the corridor

Breakfast was reasonable (hot drink, bread, croissant, danish pastry). Some noise from nearby bar but this didn't go on past midnight.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

I spent three nights here in August 2009. The hotel is around a 20 minute walk along a busy street from the Vieux Port; add 15 minutes if you're walking from the train station. From the Vieux Port the 83 bus will let you off practically at the front door for 1 euro 50. The hotel is located right next to the Catalans beach, a very small, supervised beach that is quite busy in summer months with French vacationers, and which could not be called a model of cleanliness (litter in the water, etc.). The beach closes at 7:30 in the evening. Don't expect a grand entrance at this hotel: it is very modest and ressembles in some ways that of an auberge. Checking in was fine, and over the course of my stay there I found the manager to be quite helpful (with directions and that kind of thing). There's no elevator, and the stairs are rather narrow. I had a room on the top floor overlooking the bay of Marseille, the Frioul Islands and the mountains in the distance. I could hear the water crashing against the rocks below, and for me that was definately the highlight. The room was atypical, painted bright red (in general the paint throughout the hotel could benfit from a refresh), quite small, but nothing atypical for French standards. Strangely, the bathroom, which was large and equipped with full bath and bidet, did not have a door. So if you're travelling with somebody, you'd want to be confident about your level of intimacy...Each room has a unique design, so it would be worthwhile asking about the layout of the room before reserving. I didn't take breakfast out on the beautiful deck, because I found it too expensive (8 euros). There are plenty of grocers close by and animated cafes with people from Marseille having the apéritif at 9 in the morning. I bagged my breakfast and had it at the Parc du Pharo, a 10 minute walk from the hotel with a lovely view overlooking the city. Taking the 83 bus from the hotel away from downtown brings you out to the Prado beach which is really quite lovely. I found the hotel slightly expensive for the quality of the room, but the spectacular view really did make up for it. I wouldn`t bother booking a room street side, as it remains quite busy even throughout the night. One bar close by played loud music during one of the evenings, but it was over by midnight.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled solo
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Address: 52 Corniche Pdt J F Kennedy, 13007 Marseille, France
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Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Marseille
Price Range: $119 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Richelieu 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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