Au Vieux Panier Marseille is a funky boutique hotel where artists, graphic designers, and painters from different locations and environments, have been invited to design each room in the house to express their artistic style. The result is an audacious, lively atmosphere. This B&B is in the city’s oldest quarter, the “Panier” or basket, named after a 17th-century bistro where the Marseillais descended to eat, drink, and satisfy their other appetites. It opened in 2010 and has only five rooms, each one of which has been created by a different artist. Every year they are replaced by new installations from other artists.
Despite the location, the hotel rooms are quiet and come in Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a private toilet and in-room shower. In the house one will find a small library with magazines and information leaflets for visitors. There is also a rooftop terrace on which you can enjoy the sun and lovely weather of southern France with views to the sea. At night, you can see the “Cathédrale de la Major” all lit up, as well as the modern tower designed by Zaha Hadid.
Marseille is European Culture City 2013 and many events and exhibits are planned in and around Marseille. Most tourists when visiting Provence skip Marseille, which is a pity. Yes, the city is gritty and poor, and is cursed with a high crime rate, but it is also a fascinating collage of ethnicity, history, architecture, and the local cuisine that is second to none in France. Marseille is an ancient city. It was established by the Phoenicians and ruled by Greeks and Romans. Very few cities in the world can boast of such a heritage.
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Au Vieux Panier Marseille
13 rue du Panier
Tel +33 (0) 6 32 19 90 05
Doubles from 70 Euro