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Ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint Charles
Ranked #23 of 131 Hotels in Marseille
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Fantastic location, super convenient stay!”
Reviewed 26 September 2010

The hotel's located at a stone's throw from the St. Charles station, the main one in Marseille. This was very useful as we had a lot of luggage and found it very convenient just hopping across to the hotel.

We expected a very basic, no frills hotel, but were pleasantly surprised. One of the staff at the reception was extremely friendly, spoke very good English and helped us a lot in getting around. He dedicated a full 15 mins to giving us advice and tips on where to go and what to do. The room was compact, with a small bathroom (no lock), but it was maintained well. The air conditioner didn't function properly, but it was that time of the year when we didn't need to worry about the temperature..

Free internet access was a welcome surprise. The breakfast spread was basic, but good. The restaurant where we had lunch was good too. The chef took the extra effort to prepare something vegetarian for us, upon request, which was very nice of him. For a budget traveller, this hotel is a great deal.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

I've stayed at the hotel a number of times and will continue to do so. So near the station and a quick walk into the middle of town. The area is quite OK.
Standard Ibis which is usually a good thing as . The room is large with good amenities. Good wifi. The view is good over the city. Desk staff very pleasant and helpful. There was an error in my booking and several staff members and the manager came to assist.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 July 2010

June 2010. Hotel is perfectly located for the train traveller. We had one of the larger corner rooms on the first floor. More spacious but closer to the announcements from the station. Not a problem in winter but somewhat intrusive in window-open mode of summer. Usual IBIS, perhaps a little older and somewhat dated than newer ones. Breakfast in the patio/garden was a delight.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2010

The ibis marseille gare st charles is almost a part of the station, so off the tgv and into the hotel room in 10 minutes. Probably no more than 100 metres from the platform of level walking. Very clean, very efficient, very friendly. The manager sits in his office and can see the reception desk and as soon as things get busy he is straight out there and opens up another check in desk. Great ! All the reception staff spoke good english, no problems at all. The room was great, we got lucky in that I could open the main window and look down and across onto the rail yards which held wagons and carriages between jobs. The bad thing was that I couldn't hear any shunting or noise from the yards at all, and I am rather partial to trains, so I didn't get any action shots of the railway people and locos going about their business. Got some good shots of various wagons and carriages and one of a shunter so not so bad I suppose. Very quiet rooms, comfortable and well appointed, right there at the station, and of course walking distance to everything in Marseille. Good information desk for what is in town and around the place. Keycard security, even in the lift, so no worries there. Breakfast was amazing. I don't know how they do it for the price, but this would have to be one of the best hotels in France. Not luxury, but that's not what i want from a holiday. I want a chance to get to see the local sights, eat good quality hygeinically prepared food, stay in clean quiet acceptable and comfortable secure accomodation, and get to talk to the local people in comfort and security without paying a fortune. Ibis Marseille Gare St Charles has the lot, and It will do me next time I'm in Marseille. ! You can clearly see it on google earth, right next to the station.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

Considering that Ibis Marseille Gare Saint Charles is right beside the train station, this is an ideal place for a stopover. I booked directly through the Accor website for Euro 85 per night. Indeed, the rack rate is just a bit more expensive. Hence, there is really no need to book in advance.

The room is a standard Ibis one. There is nothing great to say about. Bathroom is clean. There is air-conditioning. I did not take breakfast at the hotel, so cant comment on that. But there is a Macdonald inside the train station. Grabbing something to eat should not be a problem.

Certainly, there are plenty of cheaper and better choices in the city centre. However, if you are like me, arriving late and dare not to stroll along the streets of Marseille at night. (Mind you, the area near the train station is quite dodgy). My advice is, stay here or take a taxi directly to your hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Port Perry Ontario
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

I am a female solo traveller and this hotel could not have been more clean, convenient, safe and friendly. I was extremely pleased.

Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

This hotel is just a few yards out of Marseille's main railway station, so this hotel is very convenient if you arrive or if you leave by train. It is also pretty central and the subway station just near is very convenient.
The hotel is clean and the people are nice.
Rooms are small, but clean and comfortable.
The breakfast buffet is fine and you can enjoy it on a quiet terrasse when the weather is good (which is very often the case in marseille).
Very good hotel for one or two nights.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint Charles
Address: Square Narvik | Esplanade Saint Charles, 13001 Marseille, France
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Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Marseille
#17 Romantic Hotel in Marseille
#21 Business Hotel in Marseille
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint Charles 3*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situe au pied de la Gare Marseille Saint-Charles, l'hotel Ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint-Charles propose des chambres climatisees et confortables. Ideal pour vos deplacements professionnels ou loisir, sa localisation facilite l'acces aux principaux sites marseillais : Le Vieux-Port, La Canebiere, le MuCEM, les Plages, le Stade Velodrome, le Quartier du Panier qui a inspire la serie << Plus Belle La Vie>>... Chambres equipees de la nouvelle literie "Sweet Bed by ibis" et d'un acces wifi offert. Pour vos reunions ou journee d'etude, nous disposons de 6 salles equipees pour seminaire, reunion de travail, formation, recrutement. Notre Hotel est ideal pour les croisieres en Mediterrannee au depart de Marseille (Terminal J4 a 15 minutes) ... more   less 
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