The hotel was lovely - very clean with excellent staff who were happy to help and provide advice on the local area. The hotel is close to the beach - just a short walk - but we needed to get a bus and the metro if we wanted to go to the port or city centre - the bus left from close to the hotel. We liked being away from the city centre but close enough to reach it if we could drag ourselves away from the pool and spa for a day! The cocktails in the bar were outstanding - we treated ourselves to a different one each evening.
Nice atmosphere in hotel, in walking distance to airport (took our chances on main road as the hotel was visible but there is a path across the car park). Food in restaurant excellent, had a "starter" buffet for 20 Euros which was more than generous as a main meal. Pleasant walking / jogging route around small nature reserve on doorstep of hotel.
The Sofitel doesn't dissapoint in a luxury hotel. The view of the Port is spectacular and within easy walking distance. Equally, the beach is just a few blocks the other direction. The breakfast buffet is one of the best I've ever seen, and with the view of the port its simply a wonderful experiance. The hotel staff was great for the pool side service; something that could be easily remedied with a little coach. All-in-all, a superb experiance
I had a great experience at this hotel. It is in a perfect location, and the staff is very accommodating and willing to give directions or suggestions. I had a great experience here and definitely recommend it
We stayed for 7 nights at Novotel Vieux Port. We travelled with our young daughter and next time, we will get the bus from the Metro station as it is a stiff uphill walk in 30C heat for a 7 year old! The hotel adjoins the Sofitel and appears to share its pool with the Sofitel. Turning left out of the hotel, you walk alongside a fairly busy main road and cross a busy junction before getting to the old harbour. Turn right and you can walk to the nearby Catalans Beach. This area has lots of local shops and a couple of supermarkets where you can stock up on wine, water and snacks.
We only had dinner in the hotel once but the breakfast buffet was unlimited and you can certainly fill up before you start your day!
For what we paid, this hotel represents good value and is in a good location from which to explore Marseille. There is a bus stop across the road which has frequent services into the city centre, Vieux Port metro station and the Gare St Charles train station. Public transport here was affordable and frequent.
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