Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach
What We Love
- A luxurious, beachfront Pullman hotel with breakfast, champagne and a restaurant discountDining on Provençal wines and fresh seafood in La Reserve restaurant
- Admiring the architecture and interiors, with clean lines with a hint of nautical cool
- Soaking up the sea views straight from your room
What To Know
- The hotel has a large salt water pool with plenty of sunbeds, so you won't need to stake out a spot
- Book a sea view room for unreal sunrises and sunsets
- Free WiFi
In recent years, Marseille has been busy shedding its reputation as a rough-and-tumble port town and has emerged, butterfly-like, as a chic, cosmopolitan destination. Following its reign as last year’s European Capital of Culture, visitors have been flocking to the Rudy Riciotti-designed MuCEM, as well as the Foster + Partners pavilion, while gourmands are raving about the exciting nouveau brasseries. Luxurious hotels are also getting in on the action, and that’s where Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach comes in.
This elegant four-star hotel is a bastion of the new Marseilles. Its stylishly minimal interiors pair subdued grays and blues with showroom-ready modern fixtures. Located right on the waterfront, the natural saltwater pool, the library, the bar terrace and La Reserve restaurant all make the most of the stunning sea views (as does your sumptuous room). A fitness suite, asauna, a solarium and massage facilities are also on hand to soothe you into relaxation. With digs this fabulous, you’ll definitely be saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.”
Marine-inspired décor is fitting for this seaside hotel – you’ll find plenty of cool, pale blues and deep navy hues alongside crisp white linens. Staying in a Deluxe room, you’ll enjoy a plush queen-sized bed and a view of the sparkling sea below. Your room also features an elegant bathroom with stylish counter-top basins and bathtubs.
Fresh fish and local wines steal the show at the hotel’s restaurant, La Reserve, which boasts brilliant panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Its bar, Le Soleil, is a stylish hang-out for cocktails and pressed juices, complete with an al-fresco terrace.
There’s never been a better time to visit Marseille. Fresh from a year of being Europe’s capital of culture, France’s second largest city boasts a popular new museum and a mind-blowing food scene. These fresh attractions meet with long-established favorites – the pastel-colored buildings, the charming old port, the mild climate and, of course, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
How to Get There
The hotel is beautiful and the rooms, bar, restaurant, and pool all over spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The hotel itself doesn’t really have access to the beach. It has a small area that is mostly covered with seaweed, but there is a public beach a short walk away. The hotel is a little isolated, but thanks to Uber it’s easy enough to get anywhere else. The staff is wonderful and the hotel has recently been remodeled.
This hotel has a great ambience. The decor is innovative and stylish. It has two excellent bars (served a great margarita in the bar next to restaurant) and a first rate restaurant. It was very clean, and the room, while small, was well set up. Although, I would have preferred to have a bathroom with a bath (there was only a shower). The staff were very helpful and professional.
We stayed as part of a driving trip through Europe for two nights. The hotel is nice but I’m not sure it’s meeting the standards it is aiming for. It is newly renovated and it is obvious a lot of effort has gone in to the look and details in the hotel.
We had a friendly welcome on arrival and an easy early check in which was great. Sadly we had to ask three times for chairs missing from our terrace to be brought up over a span of three hours. As we paid extra for the terrace room and had a sea view, we were keen to use it to relax after our drive (there was only a small table and all other terraces had chairs) - we went down to the front desk twice (before and after our late lunch) and phoned once to enquire about the chairs and when delivered the girl was incredibly rude as if it were our fault there were no chairs!
Most restaurants in the area appear to be closed on Sunday evening & Monday’s which coincided with our stay so it was unfortunate that the hotel restaurant is also closed these dates. The bar still serves food so some is available and we had a nice late lunch on the Sunday.
The Sky Bar is also lovely and we had some nice drinks under the stars. We likely would have had more if the waiters came back around but we decided to call it a night instead of going inside to order.
Breakfast is excellent and a real surprise that so much is on offer and all very fresh.
We had planned a relaxing day by the pool but decided to cut that short as there was a huge amount of maintenance and gardening going on around the pool area. I realise this work needs to be done - but there is only so much grinding / sawing noise you can take when trying to relax so we decided to explore Marseille a bit instead. It’s a shame the use of the spa area is not included in the room rate.
The walk along the water is very beautiful but the attempt to walk to the basilica was incredibly steep! A tourist shuttle passed us so we may have missed a trick there.
Overall our stay was ok and I wouldn’t be put off booking another nHow hotel, but some extra touches would go a long way (for example: I was surprised our used glass coffee cups were not replaced but left dirty and stacked when the room was cleaned; the tables at the pool were dirty and sticky first thing in the morning from previous guests).
First point, please add vegan and more vegetarian options to your menu!
We only stayed for one night, our last night during our South of France road trip. We booked through booking.com and said we would arrive between 2-3pm. We arrived at 2.15pm and were asked to go back for the key at 3pm. When we went back our room still wasn't ready and we were asked to go back at 3.30pm. A little frustrating but not the end of the world.
You can easily park on the road opposite the hotel and save 19 euros on the hotel parking.
We had a sea view room which was great including a large, comfortable bed. 6 euros for a soft drink is rather expensive (same price in the mini bar or hotel bars). I believe the hotel was renovated earlier this year and it looks really good. It is a 10-15 minute walk (turn right out of the hotel) to restaurants or walk a little further for a nicer area near the big wheel with more restaurant/bar choice. We did not eat at the hotel but they do great cocktails (12/14 euros).
We really enjoyed the pool area. The beach area is more of a harbour than an actual beach, with lots of kayaks and little boats with lovely views out to the sea.
We would stay again.
Great hotel and lovely staff - food and drinks a little pricey. The decor and rooms are really cool. Breakfast was good and pool lovely (salt water). About 20 minutes in a car the centre of Marseille but location is lovely and right on the sea. Walking distance to beach and water sports area.