We stayed two nights in this hotel. Very conveniently located just across the street from the huge train station - Gare St. Charles. We took the shuttle bus (6 euros) from the airport which was easy and quick. Marseilles is a city that is "grubby" in my husband's words. This hotel is in a neighborhood that is improving, with decent restaurants and stores. It was a 15 minute walk down to the harbor.
Hotel lobby is newer and clean. There is a wonderful outdoor terrace just off the lobby where you can have drinks (served from the check-in counter) or just hang out in the shade/sunshine.
Easy check-in with helpful people who understood English. No problems with on-line reservation being honored.
We had requested an upper floor, bayview room and were happily surprised with room #708. It was spacious by European standards - as big as some rooms we've had in the USA. We had a great view to the Mediterranean, the Vieux Port and the Marseille cathedral. The bathroom was of good size. The king size bed was very welcoming after our long travel day, and comfy each night. Air conditioning worked well. Very little door thunking or corridor noise during the night. There is a lot of traffic noise during the day, blocked when the windows were closed.
Breakfast was good - a nice selection of meats, cheeses, cereals, breads. Fruit was a bit old. Nice feature was taking your breakfast outside to the terrace, where the wi fi worked well.
NOTE THIS: We had one of the nicer rooms in the hotel. Our friends were on the train station side of the hotel and had much more noise and just a view of the station. They had booked a suite room which was simply a room the same size as ours with a queen bed and a sleeper sofa. You also need a room on the 6th, 7th or 8th floor to have a water view.
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