We enjoyed our one week stay here. Arriving late in the evening, we decided to dine in at the hotel resto, called Brasserie Leopold. Our waitresses' personality was as sunny as Provence itself and was a lovely introduction. We had two meals at the Leopold and thought they were both excellent. Some of the general hotel staff were warm, conversational and very helpful, usually those who came from Provence. Others were a bit aloof and we wondered if they came from the capital.
This hotel is so well located. it's only steps away from the famous Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau, the Cezanne cinema complex and the Tourist Office. There's a weekly market on Cours Mirabeau. At the Rotonde, there is a taxi rank, a little tourist train with a commentated tour, as well as the depot for Les Diablines, which are tiny, sweet six seater public transport vans which, for 50 euro cents, will take you on one of three routes in the inner city. It's a fun way to cruise through tiny narrow streets, which, as a tourist, you might miss. It's also a good way to meet some locals, especially senior citizens, many of whom were great fun. Just beyond the Rotonde, but less than 5 minutes from the hotel, there are a few streets crammed with restos, bars and takeaway joints. Ten minutes away, the Gare Routiere is a bus station, from which you can take a 6 euro trip to Marseille, or many other destinations. Not much further, is the railway station. The post office and shopping are just around the corner.
Our room was bright, airy and comfortable, decorated with prints by Cezanne and Matisse. It took a couple of days to work out the airconditioning. The decor was very contemporary. There was a stylish looking frosted glass partition between the room and the bathroom. It wasn't soundproof and certainly not for the shy or prudish, but we got used to the idea. The shower was very space age, wirh shower jets shooting out from the wall, plus an overhead and a hand held shower. Housekeeping was excellent. One day, there was a nasty, fishy smell in the room. We mentioned it to the front desk on going out for the day. On our return, they said that they had investigated thoroughly, even looking under the bed, but couldn't find any cause. However, if we were unhappy, they would give us a new room. On returning to the room, the smell was gone, but it was comforting to know that they wouldn't have argued on a room change. The superior room which we had, offers a bit more comfort and space, but it still wasn't huge. Bedding was hard, but comfortable and we slept well. Asking for a quiet room, we were given a bright, cheery room at the back. Of course, we had to sacrifice a view, but the better sleep was worth it. The blockout curtains were so efficient, that one morning, we woke at 10am, thinking it was still dark outside. The hotel offers free wifi, which is a real bonus.
We would happily stay here again.
We would be delighted to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Saint-Christophe hotel is ideally situated, opposite the Rotonde Fountain, at the entrance to the historic centre pedestrian precinct, less than 50 metres from the Tourist Office, and very near the Cours Mirabeau, museums, typical markets and the Grand Theatre de Provence. The hotel is also 5 minutes on foot from the regional train station and the bus that takes you directly to the TGV station, and 30 minutes' drive from Marseille and the Marseille-Provence airport in Marignane. In the Saint-Christophe hotel, the setting is Art Deco, with a combination of Provence and contemporary styles. It has 67 comfortable rooms, some of which have a balcony or a patio. You will also enjoy our restaurant, the Brasserie Leopold, our conference rooms and the lounge area where you can relax in comfortable armchairs with a drink. If you are here for business, you will be just 15 minutes' drive from the business parks of Les Milles and the Technopole de l'Arbois, and you will appreciate the business centre in the hotel lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Christophe Hotel