marseille marriott velodrome bedrooRight next door to the Vélodrome football stadium, this modern, four-star hotel is great for business travel or a city break – and ideal, obviously, if you're in town for a soccer match. logoClick here to book a hotel in Marseille

The rather clunkily named Marriott Marseille Prado Vélodrome hotel sits on a busy boulevard in a residential area of southern Marseille. The beaches, main tourist sights, city centre and Saint Charles train station are all a bus or metro ride away.

But there are plenty of bars in the immediate area, public transport connections are close and regular and a nearby road tunnel offers a smooth connection with the motorway out of town.

The large Chanot business park and congress / conference centre is a five minute walk, the new Prado shopping mall - with yet more bars and restaurants - is even closer and the sparklingly renovated Vélodrome is right next door.

This belongs to the trusty Marriott group (which also owns the Hotel Renaissance in Aix en Provence), and the public spaces have the clean, efficient lines of a well-designed chain hotel.

Some details evoke the lacework façade of Marseille’s dramatic new MuCEM, and there is a scattering of artwork on the walls. Pictured: the bar and restaurant area.

marseille marriott velodrome barIt all makes for a very agreeable, fully functional environment, even if overall the décor, especially the taupe and grey bedrooms with their modular furniture, feels just a shade anonymous.

But comfort and value-for-money are the key here. The rooms are generously sized and the queen or king beds super-comfortable, with very high quality mattresses and bed linen (some rooms have twin beds).

The bathrooms all have a separate WC and walk-in Italian shower (there are no baths). Beware: the bathrooms are open-plan in certain rooms!

Apart from that, the usual creature comforts are all present and correct. You'll find a safe, a minibar bearing soft drinks, coffee-making facilities and a decent-sized worktop and TV. The executive category rooms offer extra goodies such as Nespresso, bathrobes and slippers.

Some rooms have views of the sleek façade of the Vélodrome though, alas, you can't see inside or watch a match from your bed! Others look over the surrounding suburbs and hills or give you a slightly distant sideways glimpse of Le Corbusier’s legendary Radiant City.

Pictured top, the corner rooms - including four adapted for disabled guests - are particularly inviting, with bright, very large bay windows that echo the sensuous curves of the Vélodrome, pictured. The public areas are all wheelchair friendly too, as you'd expect.

New VelodromeVisitors with children will find lots of sleeping options, including four family rooms with sofa beds and nine pairs of rooms with communicating doors. There are free cribs for infants.

The traffic outside is continuous, but the soundproofing is fine, apart from the occasional dull thump of an internal fireproof door.

The tight-knit team provides professional service. The Marriott has just one small meeting room of its own but can arrange discounted business facilities with the Vélodrome.

Parking is, as usual in Marseille, tricky. You can book ahead to reserve a space in a tiny, secured area of the stadium car-park, but the daily charge will drive up the bill.

The buffet breakfast, which also costs extra, has fresh juices, DIY Nespresso, a somewhat limited selection of fresh fruit, cheese and charcuterie, yoghurts and cereal and (if you ask) eggs cooked to order. Halal, gluten-free and other special options are available too.

The short lunch and dinner menu majors on simple local fare: grilled sea bream, Charolais burgers, salade niçoise. On fine days, a barbecue chef grills kebabs, squid or steaks on the outdoor terrace. In the evenings room service is offered up to 11pm; thereafter the reception desk can rustle up cold snacks.

Where: Marriott Marseille Prado Vélodrome, 4 allée Marcel Leclerc, Marseille 13008. Tel (+33) 4 65 65 65 00. Book a room at the Marriott Marseille Prado Vélodrome


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