Hotel near waterfront and cruise ship terminal
12/05/2016 Mark O, Scottsdale, Arizona
I stayed at this particular hotel in late April 2016 on a trip through France. I arrived at the Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles and walked 20 minutes down hill to the hotel. The streets between the ho... more
I stayed at this particular hotel in late April 2016 on a trip through France. I arrived at the Gare de Marseille Saint-Charles and walked 20 minutes down hill to the hotel. The streets between the hotel and train station are currently being worked on so I would instead suggest taking the Metro (Line #2/Red, direction; Bougainville) to the Joliette station and then walking 2 blocks to the hotel. The trams and bus work on the honor system and assume you've purchased the correct ticket or pass. I purchased the 24 hour pass for 5.20 Euros and then took the bus, streetcars and subways all over town but was never asked to show it.
This is a very small hotel (5 floors with 6 rooms per floor) near the water and cruise ship terminals. There are no other hotels or restaurants in the immediate area only a Carrefor City and SPAR (small convenience stores) around the corner and an Office Depot across the street.
The small room included a safe large enough for a computer or tablet, refrigerator with overpriced sodas and candy, tea kettle and a TV with, in English; BBC, CNBC and EuroSport. The bed, in my opinion, was very comfortable with a nice firm pillow.
Breakfast was available for 14 Euros from 7:00 am - 10:30 am that I didn't try so I can't comment on the quality.
In the bathroom there was hair & body gel, cleansing hand gel, hair dryer, towel warmer, magnifying mirror, full-length mirror and a very small shower with no door so every morning water completely covered the shower mat and floor.
There was a sauna and fitness room in the basement available 24 hours a day. In the lobby was an Internet PC for checking e-mails and printing out boarding passes or Wifi was available if you brought your own computer.
There is a City Tax of 2.25 Euros per room per night payable when departing even if, like me, you paid for the room in advance.
This is a very quiet, small, comfortable hotel with friendly employees located in an area with few alternatives. The train station and tourist sites are within walking distance and public transit is close and easy to understand. If out after dark I would definitely recommend taking a taxi or the subway back to the hotel. If returning to Marseille I would probably choose a different hotel but this hotel was perfectly acceptable for a short stay. less
BWJoliette, Directeur général at BEST WESTERN La Joliette, responded to this review
Dear Mark O,
Thanks a lot for choosing us during your last stay in Marseille and for giving so much detail about the hotel and surroundings.
I really hope you will choose us again for your next Provence's trip!