Checking in to the hotel went smoothly, and since it was my first visit to a Sofitel, they upgraded my room! I had requested a view of the port, and it was not disappointing. I had a nice large balcony to relax on and have cocktails while watching the sunset over the Vieux Port. Now that was nice. The room had everything you need, the bed was comfortable and the pillows were good. This is not always the case even in good hotels in France! The only complaint I would have is that they were doing some kind of construction in the next room, which was very, very noisy in the afternoon when I was just going for a little nap before the evening. No nap was possible. Then, when I got up to see where the noise was coming from, one of the workmen was peeking over the wall of the balcony next door, looking right into our room!! When he saw me he ducked away. Not good, but I couldn't be bothered to file a complaint.
We enjoyed the complimentary cocktails given to us, while enjoying the view of the port from the beautiful bar area. Very picturesque. Supper later in the evening at their restaurant was excellent, and the service was well attended. Sadly we only stayed for one night, so I didn't get a chance to visit the spa.
This is not a warm and fuzzy hotel, but probably more of a business destination. The staff are not particularly friendly, but they do their job. There is no cash exchange at the hotel, which was a bit of an inconvenience and is fairly common at other hotels. We had to search for a local cash exchange place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located at the heart of France's oldest port city, this hotel is a stopover between the Riviera, the Camargue and Lubéron,and a short boat ride away from the Château d'If on its famous island setting and the Calanques. Near La Canebière, the hotel offers an exceptional view over the Vieux-Port. In the evenings, relax in the cozy atmosphere of the Dantès Skylounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port Hotel Marseille
- Marseille Sofitel