36, boulevard Charles LivonMarseille, France -See the map
Amy AdejokunSection editor
Part of the Sofitel chain for nearly 40 years now, this hotel really does honour to the upscale hotel group. Reopened in 2009 after 2 years of renovations, the decor in the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port is as stunning as the view of the Old Port. In fact, the decor was inspired by the luxury yachts moored in the port. With its 8 conference rooms, a spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a panoramic restaurant, the Sofitel will delight business guests and families alike.
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Located at one of the far ends of the Old Port, the Sofitel offers a breathtaking view of the port in its entirety. The price to pay for this is a bit of a walk to reach the city centre and the closest underground station (Vieux Port).
The majority of the rooms have a view of the Old Port and give you the impression of actually being in a yacht like the ones moored in the quay. Although there are plenty of hotels in the port that offer a stunning view, the one at the Sofitel is one of the most beautiful that we have come across in Marseille. Thus, to really take advantage of this, forget about the 'classic' rooms, which offer a view of the opposite side of the hotel, and, budget-permitting, opt for a superior room, a deluxe room or a suite. The theme in all of these is linked to the sea, with a huge painting of a gorgon and carpeting evoking underwater fauna. Not to mention shells, pebbles, bubbles, etc. It's hard to imagine anything that could make all of this any better! In terms of the amenities, everything you would expect to find in an upscale hotel is all there: a Wi-Fi connection, a large LCD-screen television, an iPod docking station with Bose speakers, a mini-bar, a famous, ultra-comfortable signature Mybed and a Nespresso machine. What more could you ask for?
Although from the outside this modern (and without any particular charm) building has nothing to envy of its competitors (who are mostly installed in old buildings), inside it's a whole different story. The decor based on the theme of luxury yachts is simply splendid. This common thread starts as soon as you enter, with two panels of marine characters, and ends in the panoramic restaurant with a helm of a boat. In addition to its luxurious and refined decor, the Sofitel offers some exceptional relaxation facilities that are both numerous and immaculately kept. There are very few hotels that have a spa such as the one you will find here. It includes three different spaces: the So FIT (a gym), the So WET (a pool and beach for relaxing, a sauna and a hammam), and the So WELL (massage booths) with luxury beauty treatments and à la carte massages. Another one of the Sofitel's assets is the outdoor swimming pool that is part of the neighbouring Novotel. Those looking for a little more privacy will head to the indoor swimming pool at the spa.
Food and drink
There is no joking around when it comes to the Sofitel restaurants. Everything is impeccable from top to bottom, from every glass to every plate. The restaurant at the Sofitel Vieux Port, located on the 7th floor, is no exception; it even has the bonus of a breathtaking view of the famous port. You won't know where to turn your head, what with the view, the decor and the splendid cuisine. You will feel like you are sitting at a table on the bridge of a ship as you enjoy the original cuisine concocted by Dominique Frérard, a famous local chef. Thanks to the unexpected mix of Mediterranean salts and spices, textures and temperatures, you are in for a unique experience. And all of this enjoyed with some of the best French vintages; not surprising for an upscale French hotel chain. If you want to try out the food in the bar in the lobby, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch (with an option of a fixed 3-course meal for £28), afternoon tea with a choice of pastries, and cocktail hour with tapas. The menu also includes a choice of salads, sandwiches, grilled meats and homemade foie gras.
If you are coming by car, keep in mind that parking will cost you £14 per day.
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