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Au Vieux Panier – Marseille, France

Renovated and recently opened maison d’hotes in the up-and-coming Le Panier quarter run by half-English, half-French Jessica Venediger and her boyfriend, Paco. Super-central, just 5-minutes on foot from the Vieux Port, the five rooms have been creatively and stylishly decorated, with art installations by French artists. Comfy beds, with great showers. The owners are super-savvy locals who know their restaurants and are happy to share their favourite addresses. Check-in can be flexible / check-out at midday.

SCENE:

  • Young, twenty and thirty-something professionals and travellers from far and wide.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – As with any maison d’hotes, there’s no restaurant but a simple French breakfast is included in the tariff and available every morning from 8.30am at the communal dining table on the ground floor.

PLAY:

  • Roof terrace – Amazing views can be had from the roof terrace five floors up: a great place to start the day over breakfast.
  • Beach – Similar to Barcelona, this city has plenty of easily accessible beaches such as Les Catalans, Le Prophete and Les Goudes (take the 83 bus from the Vieux Port or a 15-40 minute walk).  A 30-minute drive east will take you to the Calanque de Sormiou (head towards Cayolle/Les Baumettes).

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • Au Vieux Panier – 13, rue du Panier, 13002 Marseille / (t: +33 (4) 91 91 23 72 / www.auvieuxpanier.com.)

VISIT DATE:

  • 8-11 September 2010

WEATHER:

  • Warm and sunny 24/27°C, with blue skies, strong winds and a rainstorm one evening.

ACCESS:

  • Marseille is three and a half hours from Paris on the TGV or a short flight from London.

TOP TIPS:

  • White lines is the best and most spacious room; close your shutters at night to block out any possible street noise.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Friendly bobo owners who will greet you with a cold beer on arrival; very reasonably priced and centrally located. 
  • The Bad – There’s no on-site parking so if you have a car, factor in around 20 Euros a day to park in nearby public car park Republic.

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