The views really are some of the best in Marseille
As the European Capital of Culture for 2013, the city is abuzz with arty events
The enormous, beautifully furnished Le Carre bar for a cocktail (or two)
What To Know
Coastal winds can make sunbathing a bit nippy
Evening dining can get pricey
It’s a 10-minute walk to the center of the port, but buses stop near the hotel regularly
Parking on site
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Marseille’s hottest address, with unrivaled views of the city, lavish guestrooms and an award-winning breakfast
A complete refurbishment in 2009 saw architects Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet turn the Sofitel Vieux Port into one of the city’s hottest properties. Capturing the essence of Marseille (almost the entire hotel overlooks the harbor), the design incorporates elements of the sea, from the hundreds of tiny glass sea creatures that line the walls in the huge lobby to the elegant dangling lamps shaped like sea urchins in the Le Carre bar. Nautical references continue in the reception areas on each floor, with beautiful framed oil paintings of sailors’ knots. It’s like being aboard the world’s most luxurious yacht without having to find your sea legs.
Bed and Bath
Of the 134 rooms and three suites, 60 percent have jaw-dropping views of the sea (although non-sea-view rooms are perfectly suited to those looking for an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep). All rooms are elegantly designed in neutral and wood tones and come with sink-into beds clad in crisp white linens. There are velvet chaise longues in rich orange and deep turquoise to add splashes of color, solid silver lamps shaped like conch shells, and artworks in the form of embroidered coral or watercolors of boats. Luxury Rooms have their own private balconies. Bathrooms are equipped with double bathtubs or powerful showers (they have more buttons than a NASA spacecraft). All are stocked with huge bathrobes and tiny green emerald bottles filled with delicious-smelling Hermès products. Très, très chic.
Head up to the top-floor restaurant, Les Trois Forts, to experience fine dining at its best. Beautifully presented Mediterranean dishes are served in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the whole of Marseille, from Fort St. Nicolas to the bustling port. The impressive breakfast spread won the Prix Villegiature Award for best breakfast in Europe in 2011, and tables are laden with every conceivable breakfast item, from crepes to brioche Provençale with dried fruit to Marseille honeycomb. Downstairs, the Le Carre bar is a top spot for watching the boats bobbing in the harbor with a cocktail in hand. Further relaxation can be found at the So Spa, which has a sauna and hammam.
The preferred airport for Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port is Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence) - 20.1 km / 12.5 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.