Recently renovated with a distinctly contemporary appeal, the Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port is centrally located to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers. This 4* hotel offers panoramic views of Notre Dame de la Garde and direct access to the Bourse Shopping Centre while being just a stone’s throw from the historic waterfront and the World Trade Center.
Situated part-way between the Old Port and the Saint Charles railway station, the Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port‘s location is a big part of its appeal.
Its 1970s tower lies on a quiet side street that’s just a stone’s throw from Marseille’s business district and the mural-adorned streets of the Belsunce neighbourhood. A five-minute walk will see you in the heart of the Vieux Port and/or exploring the impressive Musée d’Histoire, with easy access by public transportation to other destinations across the city.
A hearty buffet breakfast featuring eggs cooked to order and espresso coffee is a welcome way to start the day, with pasta dishes and club sandwiches on the menu at Le Frioul for lunch and dinner. Room service is also available (including vegetarian/vegan options), as are drinks and snacks at the bar, 1.13. If you prefer to dine out, it’s an easy stroll to the outstanding choice of global restaurants that lie in the atmospheric streets of the Vieux Port.
Bright colours and a newly spruced interior welcome guests behind the brutalist-style exterior of the Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port, with a spacious lobby area that features a ceramic tile mosaic of the city’s skyline. Black and white photography decorates the first-floor breakfast space and rooms while an eclectic choice of pieces adorn the shelves of the comfortable public lounge areas.
Decorated in rich purple and turquoise hues, each of the comfortable rooms come with double, twin or king-size beds, as well as en-suite bathrooms and Nespresso coffee makers. Desks and complimentary Wi-Fi make the rooms ideal for business workers, with views across either the old harbour or streets of Le Panier.
Five rooms at the Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port are adapted for wheelchair access, with grab rails in the bathroom and lowered bathroom sinks.
Families can take advantage of the Superior Rooms with a king-size bed and additional sofa bed, as well as LCD satellite TVs for evening entertainment.
The basic facilities (no swimming pool or outdoor terrace) are compensated for by the hotel’s immaculate service, which includes 24-hour assistance at their front desk. The fitness centre, business amenities and complimentary newspapers cater to the hotel’s predominantly business clientele, as do the seven modular meeting rooms that can be booked for private use.
Photo credits: Abaca Corporate/Stefan Kraus