This was our first time in La Ciotat, and we are really happy we picked the Best Western.
Hotel location is perfect, right on the promenade of the port. Cross the street in front of the hotel and there are the fishing and sail boats !
Due to an error (from our side), we had booked in July instead of August. We only found out when looking at our credit card statement. The hotel reservation team was very kind to book us back in August, in a similar room, at only a slightly higher rate, and even refunded the no-show !
Hotel staff was very nice and friendly.
We got a room on the 3rd floor, overlooking the harbour, with a nice little balcony. Room was well furnished, clean and comfortable. Same applies for the bathroom, that is fitted with a big glass panel allowing to watch the sea while taking a shower (through the room).
We cannot comment on breakfast, as we are usually out early to dive. We did have dinner in the hotel restaurant one night. Food and location (terrasse) were nice, but waiters (mostly summer interns) were not as nice as the rest of the hotel staff.
There are a pool and a jacuzzi on the rooftop, with a stunning view of the bay.
We tried a couple restaurants in the area, and we can recommend Bene and Le Vin 7, next to the hotel. For Bene make sure you book at 04 42 08 06 25.
There is also a very nice restaurant overlooking the Calanque de Figuerolles (http://figuerolles.free.fr). The food and scenery are excellent, so plan a visit, as it's only a 10-minutes' walk form the hotel.
If you are a diver, there are a couple dive centers in La Ciotat offering dives in the area, especially on the Ile Verte and the calanques. We tried contacting the dive center next to the hotel, but they never answered (they were closed most days while we were there). We decided to dive with Plongee Passion (http://www.plongeepassion-laciotat.fr), who are located at the other end of the old port (a 10 mins walk from the hotel). They have 2 boats, and are well equipped and friendly. The morning dives were nice, but the afternoon ones were rather crowded (probably because of the time of the year).
As a final note, if you have a car, the drive from La Ciotat to Cassis via the Route des Cretes offers stunning views.
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