Very good hotel.
The hotel is located in a quiet street, off Av de Prado which is a busy arterial road, at the corner of Cassis and Rue de Rouet. In case you get confused, Rue Vandel mentioned in the address is not visible in Google Maps - it is nothing but the extension of Rue de Cassis. A 2 min walk will get you to the Pèrier Metro station - direct metro line to the St Charles train station and airport bus. There are several restaurants and shops on Av de Prado and Rue Louise Rège. Closest supermarket is on Rue Louise Rege. The boulangerie at the corner of Rue de Rouet and Rue Louise Rège was excellent, with good coffee, and might be a cheaper option to the breakfast provided by the hotel.
The staff was courteous, friendly and helpful. They give undivided attention to the guest they are dealing with: which can be a good thing if you are that guest, else you may have to wait. Our check in took a longer than expected, as they were helping another guest with bus routes and tourist information. There was a slight goof-up in that they assigned us to a room which wasn't a double though we'd booked one. By the time we checked in, the doubles were all but gone. The staff was apologetic and helpful - we were given options like an Italian double and a double room on the ground floor. The twin room wasn't bad so we retained it.
They take security serious here: the main door to the hotel, the lift and the room are all access controlled. Only staff and guests can get in. The reception area is small but there is a business room that has more seating and provides internet and computer access.
The twin room was great value for what we paid. It included a kitchenette with a full set of utensils, a refrigerator, a safe and free WiFi. Beds are comfortable. TV with dozens of channels - the only English one was BBC World.
The bathroom is spacious. My only complaint was with the shower not having a place for soaps and shampoos - you have to use the floor. This seems standard across many European hotels and B&Bs. Nice complimentary herbal soaps and shampoos.
I highly recommend Seven Urban Suites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you’re in Marseille for business or for pleasure, for just one night or a longer period, whether you’re looking for hotel or apartment accommodation, in the centre of Marseille, close to the Prado Business Centre or near to the Palais des Congres (Parc Chanot)or the Velodrome Stadium, 7 Urban Suites Marseille can provide you with elegant, well-designed, air-conditioned, welcoming accommodation. ... more less
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