Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port
36 Boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille, France, 13007
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port
Perched above the entry to the Vieux Port, the Sofitel commands outstanding views which take in Marseille’s past grandeur at a glance.
Out front, the port remains the focal point for the monumental bustle of a city in flux between the 19th and 21st-centuries. It’s an inebriating backdrop to dinner in the top-floor restaurant, a drink in Le Carré bar or whatever you happen to be doing in your bedroom. (Go for the ‘Superior’ or ‘Luxury’ rooms to be sure of the view, if funds allow.)
But it’s a chain, you will say. “So what?” I will reply. At these prices, I’m very happy to swap cosy familiarity for reliable top-class standards. Since wholesale renovation in 2009, the Sofitel is, from vast lobby to terrace and beyond, even lighter and airier than it was before. And hipper, too. Public spaces have come under the influence of a designer interpretation of maritime themes. Pearly light comes from sea-shells. Works of art attract the eye. Chairs are jauntily blue and white. It sounds unlikely, but it works well.
Rooms are big and of sober modern design, with muted blues, greys and greens. They all have either a double bath or one of those ‘let’s-wash-under-Niagara’ power showers. Eating in the restaurant is both toothsomely contemporary (I'm not quite sure why there’s no Michelin star) and also like dining on a cruise ship. Though if you really were on a ship, you’d be worried about the rocks all around. You might also worry that €23 was a bit steep for breakfast.
There’s a lovely terrace, outdoor pool and, now, a So SPA which those who know about these things say is very satisfactory. Whenever I’ve wandered into this Sofitel, I’ve always assumed that things would work, that there would be a wrap-around sense of privilege, that bedrooms would be chic and comfortable, and the staff polite. I’ve also assumed that I would pay accordingly. I’ve not been disappointed yet.
Perfectly poised overlooking the Vieux Port (Old Port).
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Five-star, as you would expect.
Business people with the more generous sorts of expense accounts - together with other visitors who like a pampered retreat from the hurly-burly of the city at the end of a busy day of leisure.
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- 36 Boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille, France, 13007
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool