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“Quirky, but the view makes up for everything” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Richelieu
Ranked #97 of 129 Hotels in Marseille
Ottawa, Canada
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50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Quirky, but the view makes up for everything”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2009

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.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2009

A really nice hotel with lovely individual rooms - ours (35) was on the top floor and there isn't a lift so it was a bit of a trek but the room was very airy with 2 windows, one overlooking the sea with nothing in front of us. Breakfast was OK but a little overpriced - mini pastries, hot chocolate/tea/coffee and fruit juice for 8 euros - there's a little bakery near the Vieux Port which had some nice offerings!

Definitely worth a visit and unlike other reviewers it was very quiet at night - it's right next to the Plage Des Catalans, which, although small, is clean and with nice shallow water!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank musesparrow
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Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2009

We loved Hotel Richelieu! There's an art gallery attached and the rooms are v cheerful. Our room faced the sea and was v quiet - a perfect place to recover from jet lag. The petit dejuner offered is well worth it - nice pastries on the terrace facing the beach. Hotel staff were great. We will definitely return to this hotel. It was tres romantique.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank KimchiQuesadilla
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Leicestershire
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2008

After weeks of searching for a nice 'cheaper range' hotel near to the port & a beach - this by far was the best!

A great find indeed!

I found the value for money & service were really excellent, even the breakfast was above my expectations.

I had a room with a balcony which overlooked the sea, the sun literally sets in front of you... It's a quiet location, only a 10minute walk to the harbour and best of all - a beach 3minutes away!!...

Am staying again this year with my partner as it's just lovely!... I know I don't even need to look elsewhere as it's right where anyone would want to be.

Phillippa : )

  • Liked — The view and location
  • Disliked — The flights of stairs... (no lift service, but it is an old & unusual building)
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank PTravellor8
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2008

Le Richelieu's strength lies in its character and location. Marseille has a stack of deathly dull chain and tourist hotels around the old port, so it's a breath of fresh air to be able to walk another fifteen minutes to the Corniche President Kennedy, where le Richelieu has a delightful setting - one of the only buildings on the sea front street that is between the road and the sea, rather than across the street. Be sure to ask for a room with a sea view to benefit the most: the setting is perfect. We slept with the windows open and woke to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks below our balcony.

As other reviewers have noticed, le Richelieu does lack some conveniences - namely an elevator, and most rooms and corridors are smaller than your average hotel. But it should be compared with other budget hotels and hostels, and not with the characterless chain hotels in the city centre. It's brilliant value, especially off season, and every room has eclectic but thoughtful decoration. Breakfast is also great value, and worth enjoying one morning in bed.

  • Liked — The genuine sea front location - no road between rooms and the sea, as long as you ask for a sea view room.
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank James B
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Additional Information about Hotel Richelieu

Property: Hotel Richelieu
Address: 52 Corniche Pdt J F Kennedy, 13007 Marseille, France
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Region: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Marseille
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,078 - ₹ 7,031
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Richelieu 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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