Saturday, December 02, 2006

Places to stay in Marseille: Hotel Alizé

We had booked hotel Alizé on venere.com. Previous guests had been given it very favourable review, and so do we!

Hotel Alizé is ideally situated, on the Quai de Belges, overlooking the old Harbour area of the city. It has a two star rating, but the standard of the hotel is, in our view much better than the rating suggests. Be aware of some facts though. This is not the hotel for you who need easy access to your room. The reception is on the 1st floor. The lift is even one floor up, and it is tiny, having room for just one person with one large suitcase.

There are rooms turning facing a very small, enclosed back area and rooms facing the harbour. The prices start at €58. The rooms at the back are very quiet, but there are not much natural light. If you need a quiet night, be adviced to choose one of these rooms. The rooms facing the street have a splendid view over the harbour. But if you want a quiet nights sleep you have to keep the windows closed, as we found the traffic outside extremely disturbing during the night. Another advantage of this is that you keep the mosquitos out, as they gave us both allergic reactions when we slept with our windows open at Hotel Maschotte (See later)

The rooms are spacious with bathroom with shower and even a bathtub. It was clean and well furnished. We even had a flat screen television.

The breakfast is not included in the price. You have to pay €7 for different pastries, jam, cereals, cream cheese and eggs - coffee or tea. Personally we found the breakfast far too sweet for our taste, and we found a charming place on the corner for panini and coffe for the same price.

Would I recommend hotel Alizé? Oh yes, it was a great place to stay and the view was to die for. A wonderful place for a romantic getaway!

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