“A designer B&B with a very cool pool, tucked away in a back street close to the famous Vieux Port”
Striking rooms come in the same minimalist design as the house (this is not your average B&B). They circle the swimming pool terrace below, the smaller rooms running along one side, the bigger rooms standing at each end. They come in white, but all have their own colour - orange, yellow, green, red - which is used for blankets and lampshades, perhaps a little art. Rooms 438 and 207 are fine for a night or for people travelling alone, but other than that you’d want to take Room 693 or 806, which give the space and light you need for longer stays; bigger windows give better views, too.
You get great beds, pressed white linen and always something beautiful to catch the eye. One has green lamps hanging low on wires that descend from the ceiling; another has a bed that rests against a false wall, behind which you find your bathroom. You get contemporary art, white voile curtains, flat-screen TVs, CD players, free WiFi, too. Good bathrooms come in black slate; you’ll find smart toiletries and big white towels.
Breakfast is served in the first-floor dining room, where French windows open onto a tiny balcony that overlooks the pool. It’s a relatively simple affair: freshly squeezed orange juice, yoghurt and fruit salad, a wooden breadboard for your baguette, then croissant and pains aux chocolat, jams and honey, tea and coffee.
For lunch, hop next door to Annick’s stylish restaurant/shop, where you can eat good simple food at reasonable prices: soup of the day, a plate of charcuterie or delicious French cheeses, perhaps risotto or lasagne. Wicker lampshades hang above black lacquered tables, which are surrounded by shop shelves selling linen, wine, toiletries and ornaments (you can browse while you wait for your dinner). It’s very French… and open Tuesday-Friday for lunch; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday for dinner.
Marseille itself has a limitless supply of restaurants and cafés to suit every taste and budget. It is best known for the dish it gave the world: bouillabaisse.