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Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port: A Review

If you’re heading to Marseille France 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.

Hotel Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel
Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

They came with the most delicious little snacks too. Greedy tendencies controlled, I refrained asking for a top up.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

We were in the non sea view room and chose not to spend the extra cash. On a girly weekend break, we were under no illusion on the amount of time actually going to be spent in the hotel room.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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!

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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!

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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!

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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 of Marseille.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel
Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel
Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

My go to each morning was the flakiest croissant and a perfectly cooked white egg omelette with mushrooms and fresh herbs – Magnifique!

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel
Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

It includes a sauna, hammam, outdoor swimming pool (shared with the Novotel next door) and an excellent treatment menu.

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel
Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

I loved the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, 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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Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port | Marseille luxury hotel

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6 Comments

  • Bejal 18th June 2018 at 10:27 am

    I am sold on this hotel, just as I am on Marseille! Loving the simple interiors and pretty TV surround. That breakfast view is amazing and who doesn’t like a flaky croissant and egg white omelette! Perfection!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th June 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Yep, that view did it for me every time!

  • Laura 18th June 2018 at 11:52 am

    The hotel looks lovely, especially the hotel break fats and the rooftop terrace. Love the bath picture!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th June 2018 at 9:20 pm

      I would have been sin not take that bath picture. It was huge!

  • Angie Silver 19th June 2018 at 8:04 am

    It looks so perfect for a girls trip!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 19th June 2018 at 9:20 pm

      It really was, perfect location too for a short break.

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