I've used this hotel several times for stays ranging from 2 to 10 days, over the last three years. I'm giving it 5 stars (5 circles?), not because of its level of luxury, but because of how convenient it is and because of the value you get for your money. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with air conditioning - the hotel underwent some heavy refurbishing about 3 years ago, I believe. It is very well located, close to bus stops and subway stations, one block away from the Prado main street. The hotel is within walking distance (10 minutes, if that) of Castellane, one of Marseille's main squares. Walk an extra 10 minutes and you'll reach Prefecture and the Rue Saint-Ferreol, a pedestrian street with a plethora of shops. The full walk all the way to the Vieux Port (Old Port) will take you about 40 minutes. The hotel is easily accessible by car, and it's a 5 minutes drive to the highway. This means you can rent a car (The "Europ Car" rental agency is nearby) and drive off to explore the area around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence is 30 minutes away, and there are a bunch of Calanques (rocky coves typical of the area) to visit nearby (Cassis comes to mind), besides those of Marseille itself (Sugiton, Sormiou). The hotel has its own secure underground parking lot - although it does have its tight turns, I had no problem maneuvering my bulky 4x4 in there.
At the time of this writing (July 2013), a room with a king sized bed was 80 euros. It's cheaper than that if you book through the Web - I got it for 65 euros. The breakfast buffet is very decent, an all-you-can-eat with croissants and chocolate croissants ("pains au chocolat"), cereals, cheese, ham, etc. You can also have lunch or dinner on site. Speaking of restaurants, the neighborhood has a lot to offer: the Prado boulevard has a few nice restaurants, and the Rouet street (Rue du Rouet) as well. One block from the hotel, at 113 rue du Rouet, is "La Rizière" (formerly "Binh An"), a family-style Vietnamese and Thai restaurant with authentic cuisine where the friendly staff takes good care of their customers. You can get a full meal there for 15 euros. To summarize, you will not be pampered in this hotel (no spa, no satin bedsheets) and you will not enjoy picturesque views from you window, but it can serve as an excellent base for your exploration of Marseille.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Not far from the beaches, the Ibis Marseille Prado hotel is close to the cycling stadium and the Palais des Sports. It is easily accessible from the A7, A55 or A50 motorways. The metro from Perier station takes you into the city centre of Marseille andits tourist attractions in a few min. The hotel offers a bar open 24/24, a restaurant and Wifi connection. The 116 rooms available for booking are air-conditioned and 4 are adapted for disabled persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Marseille Prado