If you’re heading to Marseille and looking for five-star luxury only one hotel should be on your radar – The Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port! It boasts unrivalled views of the city, luxurious rooms and an award-winning breakfast which your tastebuds need to experience.
The location is perfect for a short city break too. Only a ten minute walk from the city centre along the waterfront, past all the bustling cafés and seafood restaurants.
The five-star hotel upholds its high end standards, with a bright, stylish modern design. Interiors are designed to emulate a luxurious yacht with nautical accents dotted around and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views.
The sea theme continues into the Le Carre bar with its ornate dangling sea urchin shaped lamps. On arrival we wasted no time and enjoyed bubbles on the terrace to toast the start of our weekend jaunt.
They came with the most delicious little snacks too. My greedy tendencies controlled, I refrained asking for a top up.
The 134 rooms are tastefully decorated in a neutral and wood colour scheme with a splash of turquoise from the headboard and chair. We stayed in a superior room, over half the rooms offer jaw-dropping views over the harbour.
We were in the non sea view room and chose not to spend the extra cash. With it being a girly weekend break, we were under no illusion on the amount of time actually going to be spent in the hotel room.
The bed covered in crisp white linen was the comfiest I’d ever laid my head on. Maybe it was the fact I didn’t have mummy duties clouding my brain, but I seriously had the best night sleep!
Opposite the bed is the most ornately framed flat screen TV I’ve seen in a hotel room. Not that we ever turned it on, but it was lovely to look at.
On first inspection the bathroom decorated in cream and beige looked similar to a lot of high-end hotels. Until I turned to my left and noticed the humongous double bathtub. It’s so big we obviously had to do the ‘let’s see if we can all fit in the bathtub comfortably’ test. And it gives me great pleasure to announce – Yes it does!
Some of the bathrooms have equally big powerful showers with massage functions. They come stocked with fluffy white bathrobes, slippers and gorgeous Lanvin toiletries. Tres chic indeed!
On the top floor is the gourmet restaurant, Les Trois Forts, one of Marseille’s finest dining spots. We didn’t dine in the restaurant, but enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast each morning with spectacular views.
This is not any old breakfast, I’m talking award-winning! The splendid spread won the Prix Villegiature Award for best breakfast in Europe in 2011. Clear to see why with cakes laid out on a piano, pastries galore and every breakfast item you can possibly imagine.
My go to each morning was the flakiest croissant and a perfectly cooked white egg omelette with mushrooms and fresh herbs – Magnifique!
In the evening we indulged in cocktails on the rooftop terrace at the Le Dantés Skylounge. Sipping on your favourite tipple whilst watching the twinkling night lights of Marseille is pure magic.
If you fancy a pamper session you can head to the So Spa, where you can either relax in the spa or get your health on in the gym.
It includes a sauna, hammam, outdoor swimming pool (shared with the Novotel next door) and an excellent treatment menu.
If you’re thinking ‘there’s no way I can afford this five-star luxury,’ well think again! We booked our two night break for under £340 including flights, bed and breakfast with lastminute.com. A complete bargain when a superior room for one night is 350 Euros. Do the maths! Bear in mind there is a city tax charged at 3.30 Euros per person per night.
I loved this hotel, it was perfect in every way for our short-but-sweet city break. From the service to the staff and amenities we couldn’t have asked for more. The fantastic location is also a real winner, being close to all of the must see sights is a major plus. All I can say is I’ll be dreaming about that breakfast with a view for a long time.
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