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.
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I must say the location of the hotel is really good with our room overlooking the harbour. The staff were particularly attentive. However, a few things spoilt the vacation. Our hotel room was on the tied side and a bit drab. The carpet had a worn patch inside the door. Only one bottle of water was provided as complementary with the replacment prices in the mini bar unrealastic.
Particulary unpleasant was the amount of mosqueto bites we endoured every night,with our window shut (we would have loved to have it open) It was only May and not even into the hot season. We asked for the room to be sprayed which we were promised would happen but if it did, it had no effect.
Food in the hotel was really expensive and we ate out for breakfast & evening meal every day.
All in all my 'average' rating was pushing it.
I can't speak too highly of this hotel. I could not be better situated right at the heart of the Vieux Port. I booked it the night before my stay and had expected to be given the most basic room but I think I must have got of of the 3 best rooms in the hotel. I had a nice big balcony with an incredible view of the whole port and most amazingly the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde.
The room was bright and spacious with a large bathroom and bathtub (always a plus for me) but what made it for me were the staff on reception. They were very friendly and talkative and generally very welcoming. I was only there one night but very keen to return for a longer stay and would not think for one minute of staying anywhere else.
This is a lovely hotel with absolutely the very best location possible, both visually and logistically. It’s located on the old port, and the view is tremendous. It’s also located in the center of everywhere you might want to visit in Marseille, within short walking distance to the starting point for the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, Avenue Carnibiere, the Bourse shopping center and the Mucem Museum.
Our room (superior) was spacious and modern, and the staff was professional and helpful. We had to change rooms directly after check-in because the safe in our room wasn’t working and the staff did their best to accommodate us.
We enjoyed our stay at Hotel la Residence du Vieux Port. The views from the hotel room are amazing. The rooms are very clean and well equipped. Very friendly and helpful staff. The breakfast was very good too. Cannot ask for more...
The room had a lovely view from the window, but I found it very small, more so the bathroom. But this seems to happen with most hotels nowadays.
They could have been a bit more helpful with our luggage, but then there was only one person at the reception who couldn’t get away, as there were other clients waiting. . .