"Great stay at Quality Hotel Marseille Vieux Port"
I stayed at the Quality Hotel last week for 3 nights. My friend and I shared a room with twin beds (which are pushed together and can't be separated, due to the built-in nightstands on either side. Must be a European thing!). This is an excellent hotel for the price. It's in a great location--a 10-minute walk from the train station and less than 5 minutes to Vieux Port. The rooms are clean and adequately large (spacious by Paris standards, though smaller relative to North American hotel rooms); the bathrooms are modern, with a decent-size shower with rainfall shower head; the beds are comfortably firm; and the staff are really helpful (all spoke English). We didn't have the hotel breakfast, opting instead to venture out for breakfast in the morning, but I did check out the breakfast, which looked pretty standard--fruit, cereal, pastries, machine coffee.
I would definitely recommend this hotel. Marseille is a great base to explore other towns, such as Cassis and Aix en Provence, and the city boasts a "gritty" vibrancy unlike any other!
The hotel is located close to Canebiere, traditionally the "Champs-Elysees" of Marseille, although today it gives more of a feel of being in North Africa with many places purely frequented by immigrants. This is not really a problem, as people are friendly enough. The positive thing is that the hotel is close to Vieux-Port, the old harbour district as well as being well-served by public transport; tram and metro close by. There are also several shops nearby with restaurants in the Vieux-Port area.
The hotel itself is doubling as student accommodation, but I have to say that this is excellent accommodation. The rooms are clean, beds comfortable, kitchen and bathroom modern and clean.
The kitchen is small, so not much cooking can be done, but still enough for a simple dinner or breakfast.
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