This hotel was in a great location near the old port, as well as on the tram line. Outside the hotel was a bit rough (as is the exterior), especially when we came in late at night, but the hotel was an oasis with extremely friendly staff, fresh, clean rooms, and a comfortable memoryfoam bed.
A very close and safe walk to the old port, and close to the train station. Make sure to take the main street up to the train station, since the more direct way cross through some very rough back alleys. The staff worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed, made a real effort with their English, and even provided us with some Marseille soap as a souvenir of our visit.
The value of this hotel as compared to the other hotels near the Old Port was incredible. Marseille can be a bit rough around the edges (although I found this to be a real part of it's charm), but was well worth the visit.
The Abbey (bare and crypt-like) and Notre Dame de la Garde (the nautical theme of the church was beautiful and down to earth - you could really feel the history families coming here to pray for the safe return of the fisherman) were some of my favourite churches in France. We also visited a number of excellent museums and the Le Panier District (it was a bit too quiet, but we did buy some nice crafts here). Unfortunately, the sea was too rough for a visit to the Chateau d'If. A lot of people come to Marseille for the Bouillabaisse, but my favourite was the Soupions - a simple dish of squid (calamari), garlic and herbs, served with bread and wine. A reasonable and delicious lunch.
I would definitely visit Marseille again (we weren't expecting too much, since it is very much a working class city, but it had a wonderful charm with a ton of history), and would certainly stay at the Quality Hotel again.
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- The BEST WESTERN Hotel Marseille Bourse Vieux Port is an all new hotel in the city center of Marseille. Deisgn, simple and cosy, this is the perfect hotel for a citybreak or a business travel. Every day enjoy our HappyTime "Pastis Bar" from 6pm to 8pm for a tasting of Pastis of all colors, of orangeade and lemonade home. ... more less
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