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
I spent 4 days here in October vacationing with friends. The view from our room was simply amazing. Looking over the port at night was a lovely sight to see. The service was great. The check in and out process was fast and hassle free. This hotel also has breakfast every morning.
I rated this hotel a 4 because of the bathroom. The bathroom was a shower/tub combination. The tub was so high that it was almost hard to get into and out of it. If you are planning to visit I would recommend staying here.
Prestige Double Room with Sea View was cozy and spacious, very clean, equipped with everything you need, very comfortable beds, a kettle for coffee and tea, a very functional and clean bathroom, with excellent toiletries, towels of very good quality, also bathrobes and slippers, there are a towel dryer, magnifier mirror, large windows on the hall, efficient lights and a multi-channel TV.
The large balcony, with chairs and table and the splendid panorama of the old port made it worth the spicy price for a room! We slept all night without covering the window with the curtain, so we could admire the extraordinary view during the night - the old port, the big wheel (which during our stay was not yet functional, unfortunately) and the hill with Notre-Dame de la Garde, the fairy lights.
Breakfast was excellent, varied enough, with good quality products and well prepared (salmon, ham, cheese, eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, good coffee, yogurt, pastry, pancakes, jam, chocolate, milk, cereals, fresh juices and so on.
At the reception there is a colorful living room for relaxation, with very good free coffee for the residents of the hotel and various magazines.
The staff at the reception was very friendly and smiling, they helped us with restaurant recommendations, with tourist orientation, taxi order etc.
The elevator is quiet and fast, I never waited too long to reach 7th floor.
We will definitely stay at this hotel when we come back and we recommend it to everyone.
The furniture and carpet are a bit worn, but they were very clean.
We loved this hotel, it's quirky and has a great view over the harbour (in the right room). Lovely staff and design-led interior which was modern and fun. We will recommend this to our friends for sure.