I stayed for 5 days in this hotel whilst on the Marcel Pagnol trail, hoping to rediscover the locations mentioned (and seen) in the 'Gloire de mon Pere / Chateau de ma Mere' films. As far as that was concerned, it was great, and easy to find many of these connections.
After any amount of time spent in the hot, dusty streets of Marseille, you can really appreciate the cool, fresh air of 'les collines'. I used a bus to get from Marseille which was fairly easy (after the first time !) and seems to be fairly well served from early morning until about 21.30.
On arrival, a woman was waiting with a number of envelopes with keys in. It appeared to be an inconvenience to her to have to wait for guests, she only took a moment to direct me to the room (up a fairly narrow spiral staircase) and to try to push the continental breakfast. Didn't offer to show me the way or assist with my bags. No local information was offered. This was the first and last time I saw her as she had disappeared half an hour later when I was ready to go out.
The room shown on their website looks very swish and modern - it must be the only one that's had the full makeover. My room had a small and sparsely covered bed with old wooden furniture. Apart from the enormous lampshade and shop bought 'modern' print on the wall, I would have thought I was in any other basic 1 star hotel .
The en-suite bathroom was poky and shabby. An old WC (with broken flush), a gurgling bidet and a cheap and nasty plastic vanity unit above a chipped basin. The shower was adequate, but had no temperature regulator so went from cold to scalding hot without warning. The tiling was cracked in places.
A small towel, a medium towel and a bathmat were provided along with a tiny piece of soap and a very small bottle of shampoo/bodywash. None of these were replaced during my stay.
Once you come back to your room to sleep, you realise that the wall are paper thin, you can hear everything your fellow guests are up to from snoring to initimacy. The archaic plumbing system wakes anyone in adjacent rooms due to the noise. Also to contend with are the neighbours who have pools and barbeques. I can't criticise them, they have every right to grill sardines every evening, or to splash around till late at night. Unfortunately the grilled fish made the room stink (there's no air-conditioning - just the window !), and when I needed to be up early and retired early it was fairly futile.
There was a Television, but the reception was so poor it was impossible to get any channels - I ended up unplugging it as the super bright standby light kept me awake !
Overall, I was disappointed by the room and the hotel. The location was great for local exploration, but this shabby little hotel did not warrant the 60 Euro per night price tag.
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