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“Very nice place with excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel 96

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Hotel 96
Ranked #1 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Very nice place with excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

The hotel was a bit out of the way, but with a GPS, it shouldn't be too difficult to find. It's about a 20-25 minute drive from Vieux Port. And about a 7-10 minute drive from the Calanques and the Route des Cretes.

The room we stayed in was the one with the iron and wood decor. Very clean and modern look. My only complaint was that the air conditioner in our room didn't seem to work. Fortunately, it was only spring time so it wasn't too hot.

The staff here are excellent. They are just so friendly and accommodating. Alice was so helpful and Damien was great at giving us driving directions as well as recommendations where to go. He always seemed to be in such a happy mood and in good spirits which can really brighten anyone's day.

The breakfast (additional charge) consists of several fresh items such as the home-made jams and the yogurts, among other things. Delicious!

Free parking is available.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

Even if the hotel is outside Marseille it's very easy to get to the center.
Great room decorations & design, each room is different, i loved the terrance. Everything is very intimate & peaceful !
My favorite thing about the room was the old, wooden Skylight window. This hotel was perfect for our honeymoon.
Very friendly owners and great service.
It was perfect for us and now i want to visit Marseille again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

The young owners of this boutique hotel are trying to provide visitors to the Marseille area with something different -- a small hotel with a chambres-d'hotes feel. They have a nice place, but the feel is hotel without any homey attributes. They have transformed their family property into an additional income source. It provides many of the qualities mentioned in the other reviews, but it is a trick to find this place and the trade-off in the price for the amenities is over-the-top.

Room Tip: Rooms have different decors/themes, but are basically the same in layout. There are no views that a...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

With Marseille suffering from its increasingly bad reputation, it is certainly a good idea for foreign travellers to stay tucked-away in this gorgeous, secured environment. Hotel 96 is an amazing place for that: nestled in the beautiful typical Marseille hills called "Calanques", it is basically a private property beautifully turned into luxury guest houses. The highlight of the place are:
- Highly secured environment and private parking within the property available for free. Access secured by digital code.
- Gorgeous surroundings: hills, garden, refreshing pool and terrace.
- Amazing room design: the 2 owners really made an outstanding effort with the decoration, split into different playful themes: "Marseille", "White", "Steal and wood", "high fashion". I stayed in an "all-white" suite, and it was fantastic: spacious, modern, and full of natural light. Bed quality was AMAZING. I actually missed that mattress as I left!
- Very friendly owners and service. The lady was especially friendly and helpful when I needed to collect a DHL from abroad and print some documents. She can also happily make great suggestions on what to do locally.
The only soft warning I am making is for Asian guests. If (like me!) you are used to the 5 stars standards in Asia, just keep in mind that Hotel 96 is different. It is not another 5 stars hotel chain, but a privately owned small luxury / boutique hotel. Graciously keep this point in mind whenever addressing the staff with your needs. Family travellers, be aware of your kids going wild! the place is remarkable for its quietness. Breakfast was excellent too, with a healthy choice of home-made and quality products, both sweet and salty to cater to all tastes.
All in one, I have loved my stay and want to come back with my other half (the place is lovely for couples). Being native from Marseille myself, I am so proud to see these 2 young owners launch such a great and innovative concept in Marseille.
Tip # 1 => the hotel is the perfect start point to explore the beautiful Calanques: just ask to the reception, they will point out all the best itineraries for you on a map.
Tip # 2 => there is a "Carrefour" supermarket within 5 mn drive from the hotel, should you need anything to compliment your stay. And a Decathlon shop 10 mn drive away, if you need any sport gear (scuba diving, swim shoes, bathing suits...). Ask directions to the staff.
Tip #3 => the hotel conveniently rents sunbath towels, should you need one to go sea-swimming.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

The hotel is located outside the centre of Marseille, in a residential area in the middle of other houses. It's about 15min drive to one of the starting hiking points to the Calanques. So a car is essential to get there and to go around. Only drawback was that it kept us from fully enjoying Marseille at night, due to difficult driving conditions in the city. On the other hand, if going to Marseille with a car, the best is to stay away from it's busy streets...
Our room was large and tastefully decorated. With the bathroom and the bedroom as in one large open space and the toilet with it's own separate room. There was also a small private terrasse facing the garden. There were only a few things i didn't like: One was the floor, which i personally found very cold and the shower which didn't close making it cold and letting water escape outside of the shower.
The breakfast was very good! With fresh pressed orange juice, tea, coffee, good bread, croissants, etc. It was served out of one of the buildings in the garden, but we could eat outside or take it to our room.
The staff was nice and provided us valuable information on good restaurants in Marseille.
All in all, the experience was nice.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Orange, Rhone-Alpes, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

We spent two nights at this small, secluded hotel and were totally thrilled.
The staff are wonderful especially our waiter Damien.
The rooms are SPOTLESS, well equipped and really comfortable, all the lower level rooms have a private terrace.
The grounds are well maintained and there is a lovely pool, garden and terrace to relax in as well as a library inside.
Breakfast is a little sparse and unfortunately no other meals are available but you have the whole of Marseilles about 20 minutes away.
You really must have a car as it is a little out of the way but that is what makes it so much more pleasant. There is secure parking on the property, which in Marseille is very comforting.
Thank you for a very pleasant experience. Janina

Room Tip: Room 7 & 8 have fairly private terraces and sun most of the day
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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long island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

We found 96 based on reviews, we stayed because of the charming and courteous staff, and owners. We wish it had been longer. Our room was bright, cheery and clean, and the bed was oh, so comfortable. Alice, the co-owner, and Damien from the staff were amazing at making us feel welcomed. The pool was really beautiful and calming. We only needed a restaurant, so we never needed to leave. It was a great value for the area as well.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Hotel 96
Address: 96 Avenue de la Soude, 13009 Marseille, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel 96 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A few steps from the Parc des Calanques, a few minutes from the beaches, and about twenty minutes from the old port, discover this cocoon of greenery and atypical rooms to make your stay a memorable one in Marseille.The hotel is located in the heart of a 19th century house is located in a green setting. Quiet, spacious, with terrace or mansard, the rooms are in harmony with the garden.Between trips, dreams and passions, the rooms have atmospheres haute couture, White Room, Retro Colors, Marenostrum, Wood & Iron, Marseillaises or inevitable, which will not leave you indifferent. Everyone will find the room that looks like him. They are equipped with the best bedding, air conditioning, iPod docking station, Free Wifi, Mini bar, toilet and personal bathroom. ... more   less 
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