The Relax is a house that defines a class of its own. It combines a bit of the cosiness of a high range art nouveau manor house with the moderate prices that the big low-standard chains are known for. It is run by a local family who ensures a warm welcome to their guests not only at the day of arrival. Have some basic French at hand.
The rooms are sufficient in size and there are complete bathrooms. The lack of a fully grown wardrobe might be a bit of an inconvenience for long-term guests but we were quite fine on our 2 people 1 week stay. There was even a refrigerator which is rather uncommon but may at times come in highly useful. Cleaning and tidying up leave nothing to be desired. Breakfast is good and inexpensive and they serve freshly brewed coffee (I have been served instant coffee in some mid-range houses).
The location in direct vicinity of the opera house gives the Relax an extra bit of glamour and renders the place easy to find again after a long day’s walk through the city. By the way: Cheap tickets are sold at the Rue Molière side of the building from 7 p.m. Line up early. And just to make this one detail plain: Opera houses are noisy inside, not outside.
Speaking of noise: Acoustic insulation is much better than some travel guides say. There are double-glazed windows which is not standard in France. Of course neither the various noises from the streets nor the presence of the bar next door can be completely eliminated, yet we are speaking of a place in the very heart of the second largest city in France after all. I usually have a light sleep and had no trouble whatsoever.
Conclusion: I highly recommend this place to anyone who looks for a nice place to stay, where every guest counts because he is a guest and not because it says so in some corporate code of conduct.
- Also Known As:
- Relax Hotel Marseille