Our review of Residhome Apart Hotel Saint Charles in Marseille France
Name: Residhome Apart Hotel Saint Charles Marseille
Address: 10 Boulevard Charles Nedelec, 13001 Marseille France
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 91 88 80 80
Email: [email protected]
Date of Stay: 28th July – 04th August, 2013 7 nights
Booked through: Direct
Booking Recommended via: Booking.com
Why we went there?
We travelled by bus from Barcelona through to Marseille arriving at the Saint Charles train station, 5 minutes from the Apart Hotel. We wanted to always visit Marseille, in the past it had a reputation which was unsavory, but we have heard that recently it had changed for the better. We were hoping to get an edgy feeling by settling into the vibe of the locals and wanted to be in the center and close to the port. It was an ideal place to book an apartment for 7 nights so that we could also visit Aix en Provence, a mere 20 minute bus ride away.
Why we chose it?
Its location as per the reviews and website showed that it was central. The property is ideally located at the foot of Saint Charles train station and minutes from downtown and the Old Port area. The studio apartment was well equipped with a good size kitchen and balcony. They provided fast Wi-Fi and good secretarial services. The price was within our budget. We saved money on transport to and from the train station because we were so close to the train and bus services. The full sized kitchen kept our food costs to a minimum as we could self-cater.
What was it like?
The apartment is in a new building a few hundred metres away from Saint Charles train station. The apartment was serviced daily. All areas very well maintained and clean. The staffs were very willing to assist in printing documents for us, very friendly and very helpful in advice on how to get around and what to see in Marseille. The apartment offered kitchen facilities and a wonderful sunny balcony, where we enjoyed sunset dinners and early morning breakfasts. It was generally quiet and the bedroom had one of the most comfortable beds of our journey.
What was around it?
There was a large supermarket opposite the train station and an even larger one in town about 3 blocks away. There were many banks and ATMs available. The Old Port area had an abundance of great bars and restaurants and it was a great place to have a drink at sunset.
We travelled 20 minutes to Aix en Provence for the day from the bus station. It was market day and Provence came alive with fresh produce and household goods and clothing. Provence has so much character and a wonderful place to visit.
We took advantage of the Hop on Hop Off Bus for 48 hours especially to utilize this service for the Notre Dame de La Garde at the top of the hill that overlooks Marseille.
We had a great afternoon visiting Chateau d’if by the local ferry boat.
We utilized the services of a local guide from Marseille Provence Greeters who spent 3 hours with us showing us Marseille from a local’s point of view.
Would we return?
Yes. Definitely, for the location, the price and the ambience of the Aparthotel.
Cost? EUR 67/AU$96 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wifi was fast in our room.
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