Travelled with my wife and 2 yr old son and my brother-in-law and stayed here for 4 nights.
The hotel is located about 10 mins drive from the Port, about 5 mins drive from the Marseille team's football ground. It is next to a lovely park which is nice for walks in the evening and playing for the kids. Not sure what it would be like to get to/from the hotel using public transport but we had a hire car so it wasn't a concern.
Parking was underground at 12 euros a day.
Arrived at 130AM, no problem for the hotel it's 24/7 check-in. Rooms were very nice, two deluxe sea view rooms, spacious, nice, comfy beds and view of the golf course and sea beyond it. Beautiful.
The staff were fantastic and very accommodating of my son's dietary needs. We had travelled with his soya milk/yogurts (don't ask, he only eats/drinks one type at the mo, he's 2 and doesn't understand monopolies are bad :-p ) They stored them in the restaurant's fridges and provided them whenever needed, without any fuss.
Special mention goes to the breakfast and lunch/dinner managers, I can't fully explain how pleasant and charming they were, it was v unexpected if I'm honest. It was a joy to be staying there 4 nights.
There is a spa wit plenty of leisure facilities, the faciltiies were included in the stay (jacuzzi/sauna/hmann) and the spa was additional cost. My wife had some treatments done but it has to be said they were expensive.
The pool was quite small but I am not a pool user so am just making an observation.
Food was very nice but the menu was the same the 4 nights, we ate their once but would have eaten more if there was a greater variety. Breakfast was taken each day, consisitng of a wide choice, cereals/breads/cheese/eggs/cooked options but there is a lovely bakery across the road which is far, far cheaper. Had it been just the two of us we would have taken that option!
One incident of note was on our last night we planned to eat again in the hotel but found the whole restaurant ahd been booked to a private party. The hotel were supposed to inform guests who would be staying over that night about this but failed to do so in our case. The reaction was again, totally unexpected. The duty manager apologised, the evnt organiser pologised (and he ahd nothing to apologise for) and a table was made free for us, not even on the side but right in the room! And we got to eat form the private party menu. Agian, as I said, the service really was of an unexpectedly high level. The only downside to the party was it went on late into the night and the speakers were booming like a night club. We were on the 3rd floor and could only hear it if concentrating but for lower floors, not sure how they took it. It was surprising a do like that was held in a hotel to be honest.
Free wireless was available, you just have to request a login, bearing in mind it's one login per device so we had three.
I would highly recommend this hotel but would advise looking into it depper with regards to transportation. If like us you have a car, just book it now! In trms of nights to stay, well, if you just want to stay in the hotel, a few nights is fine but to see Marseille and what it has to offer, I'd honestly say 2 is enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to the Borély park, facing the sea and the islands of Frioul, the 4- star Golden Tulip Villa Massalia hotel with its 140 rooms, invites you to a comfortable and relaxing stay, close to beaches and calanques, it offers unique spaces for vacations, seminars and events. 1000 m² of space, our 8 rooms can host your events from 10 to 500 people. The majority of the rooms enjoy natural daylight. Chef Cyrille Repetto offers a Mediterranean cuisine, inventive with regional flavors and traditions. Our restaurant is listed in the 2016 Top 20 Best Marseille and Aix-en-Provence restaurants. On sunny day, the terrace restaurant welcomes you to its green. For your well-being the hotel has a fitness area, a spa with outdoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. Location : • At 5 minutes walk from Borely Park and Beaches • A 5-10 minutes drive from the Stade Vélodrome • At 15 minutes from the Saint-Charles Station and the Vieux Port • At 35 minutes from Marseille Provence Airport International ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Massalia Hotel Marseille
- Massalia Hotel Marseille