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La Palmeraie
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

I can't recommend this charming place too highly. It is located a couple of streets back from La Plage, the stretch of "beach" of the Marseilles harbourside a couple of kilometres from Vieux Ports, the tourist harbourside centre. The location of this guesthouse is good as the street parking here is good and it's a very accessible and convenient spot from which to either walk to the beachside (a few minutes), or drive off in any direction.

The place itself is uttlerly charming - once you pass the front door, it becomes a little oasis (containing the a triumvirate of the eponymous palm trees, and some locely trees and vines), incredibly well-ordered so that every part of the property is a unique and charming little vantage point. In essence, it comprises three units - a suite, a studio and a double bedroom, all nestled around the pool/garden area. It is compact but intimate, which each unit having its own little bit of outside space - whether a sofa under a pagoda, or a set of deckchairs, or an outside table and chair breakfast/lunch space. It's communal, but intimate. We were there in winter but the pool would be great in summer.

We stayed in the double room. It has a conmfortable bed and ensuite bathroom. Nicely decorated, smallish but cosy. It's very quiet, and just the sound of the wind in the trees outside, so we sleept well. There is wifi which works well (this now seems to be standard anywhere in France, no matter how apparenty rustic the location).

The breakfasts, in Madame Khalify's living room, are homely and friendly, and you have the chance to meet your felllow guests. Madame Khalify is an engaged, thoughtful, generous and courteous host, and alot of fun too. She gave a great - and I mean great - dinner recommendation and was otherwise helpful and considerate towards us. We're happy no that we have found a base in Marseille, as whenever we visit for weekend trips to this great city we'll come back to La Palmeraie.

This is exactly what I look for in a guesthouse and I'm therefore happy to accord it my highest recommendation.

Room Tip: The double room is for 1-2 people, outside there's a lounge setting amongst leaves. The studio is split level with a double bed downstairs and a single bed in the attic; it also has a kitchenettte area (though I'm not sure the rulews about cooking). It's where one of her sons used to live when he was at home. The suite is pretty big with a separate bedroom and living room, where you can put fold-out beds, so it's a family/friends thing. It is right next to the pool so in summer you could essentially make it an indoor/outdoor thing, although I suppose that's true of all the rooms. They are all charming in their own way. We got the guided tour at the end.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank AlasdairGrant
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

This, by far, was the most wonderful B&B experience. We travel a bit and have had our share of uncomfortable accomodations, not at this place!
We drove down from Germany and when we hit really bad traffic we called Suzy and told her we would be late, not a problem. Breakfast was fantastic and we will go back as soon as we get a few days off work! Suzy is a wonderful gracious hostess.

Room Tip: My husband is 6'7" and we were in the studio. He had to watch his head in the shower and going up the stairs, but he is used to being too big for places.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gutgenug
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

We were in Marseille for a convention my husband was attending at the Parc Chanot. We usually try to find a charming B&B or small boutique hotel when we travel, but need to make sure it is cost-efficient and convenient for his business needs, and for my exploring while he is working. We found La Palmeraie to suit our requirements very well. It is pretty far from the old port center of town in an attractive residential area, about a 10 minutes walk to the beach. The bus stop is only about 5 minutes or less from the B&B. My husband took the bus to the convention center, and I would accompany him there and switch to the underground metro to get to the downtown area. This was not a problem, and took maybe on average 20 minutes (30 minutes tops) to get downtown. The only difficulty is that busses stop running to this area by 9:00pm, and there are not many restaurants in the immediate area. We would walk down to the beach area and eat at the casual restaurants there, or if you were going into town, take the metro to the Parc Charnot stop and find a taxi back for about 9 additional euros. The owner Suzy is very sweet and will try her hardest to meet your needs. Between her limited English and our limited French we understood each other (not to mention Google translate...). Breakfast was very enjoyable. The pool is opened for limited hours, but the one time we wanted to use it when my husband returned after the stated hours, Suzy said that was no problem. The room (Amethyste) itself was very clean, and we thought spacious enough by European standards. There is a small fridge in the room for wine, cheese, water, etc. The wifi worked pretty well. We would certainly stay here again!

Room Tip: When you check in, you will receive one key for your room and one key for the outside gate. Ask if you need an additional key, and Suzy may be able to give you at least one to the gate so you are not waiting on the street for your spouse to return with the key!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank travel'nmom
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

My husband and I were looking forward to our stay at Suzy's lovely place in August. We were scheduled to take the train to Marseille from Paris when we got word of a family emergency at home in Canada. We had no chance to give Suzy advance notice, but simply emailed her about our situation. She was kind and understanding, and I greatly appreciated that. Suzy, I hope we can make that trip to Marseille in the future, and I would be honored if we could stay with you! You were lovely to deal with and I thank you so much!!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank MHCSB
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Suzy was very welcoming when we arrived. She did make us go straight away to the bank machine to pay her on arrival. A first in our 3 week trip in France. We stayed in the Amethyste room, which is not very comfortable for 2 people. The location is a bit of a walk from the beach and not in the best area of town. We saw a man chasing after 2 other men with a gun down the street. Quite shocking for it only being 8 o'clock at night. There is a gym directly across the street which we did use at a cost of 10 euros per visit.(you can negoitiate the price). Breakfast was very good, with fresh crepes.

Room Tip: Ask for the biggest room. Amethyste is small!
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kirby2109
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