Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

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I’m not sure very many people know this since they haven’t been shouting it from the rooftops — not in the same way other cities did – but Marseille is this year’s European Capital of Culture. So when Eurostar opened it’s direct London to Aix-en-Provence, I decided that would be the perfect opportunity to explore the South of France. Marseille and its Sofitel outpost were the second ports of call on this trip.

The Location: As the name suggests, the hotel is located by the historic old port of Marseille, next to Napoleon III’s Palais du Pharo . It is a tad removed from the main city center which affords the hotel relative peace and tranquility but on the flip side might not be the most central location for those who are serious about really exploring the town. Having said that, i found it easy to walk to most of the city’s attractions from the hotel.


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The Rooms: Spacious, spotlessly clean and with a view to die for!  Of the 134 rooms and three suites, 60 percent have amazing views of the Vieux Port. This is the actual view from my room for the weekend.

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The bathrooms are stocked with Hermes toiletries which is a nice little touch for those who are particular about that kind of thing, but what I really appreciated was the extremely generous double bathtub which is big enough for at least two people.

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Other amenities: A Our gourmet restaurant – Les Trois Forts – which is not only one of Marseille’s finest dining sports but also serves up a breakfast that was awarded the Prix Villegiature Award for best breakfast in Europe in 2011. The view over the Old Port is not half bad, either.

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Tripadvisor rating:  88%, with nine out of the latest ten giving the hotel four stars or five stars out of 5.

Luxury Travel Beat Blurb: I loved this hotel. Service was impeccable from check in to check out, lobby areas clean and inviting, one felt at home and appreciated during all kinds of communication with the staff and the view from our room elevated the experience even more. The distance from some of the other attractions in Marseille – places such as the Le Panier neighbourhood, the liveliest part of of the Old Port area as well as the main city center – can be prohibitive for those who do not enjoy exploring by walking but for those of us who do everything is within walking distance.

Sofitel Vieux Port, 36, boulevard Charles Livon, 13007 – MARSEILLE.

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