I spent three nights here in August 2009. The hotel is around a 20 minute walk along a busy street from the Vieux Port; add 15 minutes if you're walking from the train station. From the Vieux Port the 83 bus will let you off practically at the front door for 1 euro 50. The hotel is located right next to the Catalans beach, a very small, supervised beach that is quite busy in summer months with French vacationers, and which could not be called a model of cleanliness (litter in the water, etc.). The beach closes at 7:30 in the evening. Don't expect a grand entrance at this hotel: it is very modest and ressembles in some ways that of an auberge. Checking in was fine, and over the course of my stay there I found the manager to be quite helpful (with directions and that kind of thing). There's no elevator, and the stairs are rather narrow. I had a room on the top floor overlooking the bay of Marseille, the Frioul Islands and the mountains in the distance. I could hear the water crashing against the rocks below, and for me that was definately the highlight. The room was atypical, painted bright red (in general the paint throughout the hotel could benfit from a refresh), quite small, but nothing atypical for French standards. Strangely, the bathroom, which was large and equipped with full bath and bidet, did not have a door. So if you're travelling with somebody, you'd want to be confident about your level of intimacy...Each room has a unique design, so it would be worthwhile asking about the layout of the room before reserving. I didn't take breakfast out on the beautiful deck, because I found it too expensive (8 euros). There are plenty of grocers close by and animated cafes with people from Marseille having the apéritif at 9 in the morning. I bagged my breakfast and had it at the Parc du Pharo, a 10 minute walk from the hotel with a lovely view overlooking the city. Taking the 83 bus from the hotel away from downtown brings you out to the Prado beach which is really quite lovely. I found the hotel slightly expensive for the quality of the room, but the spectacular view really did make up for it. I wouldn`t bother booking a room street side, as it remains quite busy even throughout the night. One bar close by played loud music during one of the evenings, but it was over by midnight.
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