Hotel La Residence du Vieux Port de Marseille
What We Love
- A room or suite at a TripAdvisor favorite with views of the historic port, including daily breakfastThe breathtaking harbor, directly in front of the hotel
- The colorful mid-century modern design
- The complimentary breakfast and option of a suite
- The sky-high ranking on TripAdvisor
What To Know
- Rooms are quiet and have blackout curtains in case the lights of the port make it hard for you to sleep
- WiFi is slow and requires constant renewal
- The hotel's breakfast has a good selection, but it's pricey if it's not included in your room rate
Evoking the vintage glamour of the 1950s, TripAdvisor favorite La Résidence du Vieux-Port is housed in a landmark building that was designed by André-Jacques Dunoyer de Segonzac in 1954. Recently revamped to offer retro-inspired style in a contemporary setting, this is a four-star hotel for design connoisseurs and travel buffs alike – spot the Kwok Hoi Chan sofas and admire a bounty of Miró-inspired paintings, while also taking in sweeping views of the harbor and the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde in the distance.
For a taste of the Mediterranean, chef Emmanuel Perrodin serves up elegant, contemporary European cuisine in Le Relais 50, whose décor offers a nod to Parisian bistros of the 1950s, with red velvet seats and a well-stocked bar. A romantic evening can be spent on the hotel’s terrace watching the twinkling lights of the harbor come alive. When you’re ready to step out, many of the city’s best shopping, dining and drinking destinations are within easy walking distance.
Rooms and suites
Recently revamped to showcase the hotel’s 1950s heritage, each of the 40 rooms benefits from fresh white walls and luxury linens, while vintage-inspired furnishings lend a pop of primary color. En-suite bathrooms feature baths and fluffy towels, and L’Occitane en Provence bath amenities offer a nice nod to the south of France. Notre-Dame suites are larger than Club rooms, offering 646 square feet, with Vieux Port and Notre-Dame de la Garde views
Inspired by 1950s Parisian bistros, Le Relais 50 serves elegant Mediterranean cuisine, under the expert attention of head chef Emmanuel Perrodin – be sure to try the traditional Marseillaise Bouillabaisse.
Marseille is France’s second largest city. The historic port serves as the city’s most famous landmark and the picturesque setting of La Résidence du Vieux-Port. The European Capital of Culture for 2013, it holds many other notable sights, including the Abbey of St. Victor and the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, a Neo-Byzantine church that overlooks the city. For something truly out of the ordinary, take a ferry from the Old Port to Château d’If, an island prison famously used as the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo.
How to Get There
Very nice location on the view port and close to many attractions in Marseille. The quality of service is very good and the staff are very welcoming. Nice breakfast especially with the restaurant view on the port . Attached a photo of a view from the balcony
Had a wonderful two-day stay here recently. Loved the decor of the hotel - sixties retro and the location overlooking the old port. Very clean and comfortable and lovely staff except for an older man on reception who was rude and arrogant, not to us, but to another client, in our presence.
Good hotel overlooking the port! Beautiful views in a bustling area. Touristy yes, but that is expected for the area. Dinner at the hotel was phenomenal. Generally we would go to another restaurant but why bother when the Chef is extremely talented?? The rooms need a little love but other than that, we enjoyed our stay.
Right on the old port, the best location. It’s where cruises, Petits Trains (to Basilique Notre Dame)... start. The old town is behind hotel, on the hill. All within walking distance.
This old hotel has an outdated exterior. They did some remodeling, put colorful art works around, lobby looks interesting and unique.
Rooms need more work though. Carpet is very old, faded and worn.
We got a Deluxe prestige room with balcony, it’s still small, but the view of old port and Basilique Notre Dame on hilltop, is stunning! It’s million dollar view!!
The other great thing about the hotel are great staffs and service. Everyone is friendly and helpful.
Breakfast is €18. No matter how great it is, we don’t need expensive or big breakfast. Luckily, there are tons of cafes and restaurants around.
My favorite is Columbus Cafe few doors down the street. They have great food, service, reasonable price and outdoor seating.
Also, the restaurant downstairs (Le Relais 50, at hotel) is really good too, for lunch or dinner. They have good food and service. Great outdoor seating for people watching.
This hotel is very well located with wonderful views from the small balconies of the upper rooms (we were on floors 6 and 7). The beds were comfortable, though the back rooms in the Junior Suites were a bit pokey for an adult, and rather hot lacking any natural light or a window (though certainly ideal for a small child).
My main concern in this review is to warn any potential visitor who is claustrophobic or has a fear of lifts to steer clear. We found ourselves trapped in the lift on the ground floor for what was a very difficult 25 minutes for me as I had an awful panic attack. Fortunately the receptionist was eventually able to work out how to release us but it was a most unpleasant experience and really spoilt our stay for me. It became clear from discussions with staff the following day that this was not the first time it had happened. On one occasion it even broke down between the 6th and 7th floor with people trapped inside! While the hotel did make a genuine effort to compensate us, I would far rather that it had not happened.