- Reviews: 1243
Hotel France Maguy: A good budget choice in Cassis
I was in Cassis on a weekend during late September. At the time of my visit Cassis was packed with people and the hotel was full every night.
This hotel is a family run establishment. I had a double room, which though somewhat small, was comfortable enough. It was nothing fancy, but it was clean, centrally located and comfortable.
It does offer private parking, which is a valuable commodity in Cassis.
Room choices- the double rooms are in the main building. They do not have a view. The larger rooms with a view are more expensive. There are the bungalows which don't have a view either, but are somewhat differently designed and appeared to offer a more comfortable layout.
WIFI is free, but during my stay was somewhat weak in the main building. You could go into the common room at any time for the strongest signal.
Would i stay here again? Yes, I would. please read below
Before you arrive at the hotel make sure to let them know the exact time of your arrival. They will pick you up at the train station. This is a great benefit. Why? Well the train station is 3km from the town and due to the steepness of the hills, you wouldn't make it if you have any luggage at all.
You can take the bus into town (bus stop CASINO) and you will have to go about 50 meters up a steep hill.
The welcome is warm and the service you get from Franck and his family is excellent. The quality of the service makes all the difference here.
Location is good, you just walk down the hill like 3 blocks and you are at the harbor. Casino is basically across the street.
Though Cassis is not especially noisy after dark, if you shut the electrical shutters you won't hear a thing and the room will be nice and dark. The quality of the bed is good and I have to say that i slept very well in this hotel.
Bathrooms were rather small. Nice and clean though.
- Reviews: 1799
Home Cassis Little Cassis: Excellent apartment in the centre of town
We arrived at the spacious Home Cassis Little Cassis after spending several days in a Paris hotel room that was so small you almost couldn't get around the bed to the bathroom. In contrast, Home Cassis had a huge bathroom and even the glass mosaic floor shower was bigger than the tiny lift in Paris! It was open plan bedroom/dining area with large round table and mini kitchen that was easily sufficient for what we needed...and the floor space gave us plenty of space to put our bags AND move around.
The host/manager who arrived to check us in was very helpful. I spoke plenty of French but even if I didn't, his English would have been sufficient.
No view from the window, just look down on terracotta tiled rooves, but that was ok - you only had to walk around the corner 25 mts or so and be in the main streets of town. The price was more reasonable than we usually paid around Europe for a hotel room with no cooking facilities. I would even go so far to say it was the best value we had on our 3 weeks around France, Switzerland and Belgium. Very nice and private, not too noisy unless you count 8 am every morning when all the students arrived across the road at the little school.
- Reviews: 180
Camping Les Cigales: Yes, more frugality
On our trip to Provence this year we were on a budget - we'd decided to splurge on food, but make up for it by saving on accomodations and so we camped everywhere. There is one campground in the city limits of Cassis, and it is this one. The sites are a bit close together, but all in all it is a good campground, and if it is climbing weather you will run into other rock climbers here.
It is about a 15-20 minute walk into downtown Cassis and the seaside. Prices are good, and dogs and camper vans are allowed (bring your pet passport - they do want to see a current rabies vaccination). Facilities were very clean, but as we found all over French campgrounds - bring your own toilet paper!
As this is the only campground in town if you are travelling in July or August you may find the campground full (in June it was not). We hear that if you ask them nicely (probably better to do this in French), they may reserve you a place - but if you arrive late don't expect them to hold it!
This campground has a decent camp store and a nice camp bar. At night it is a bit of a locals hangout in the back around the boule court (don't walk across the grounds while a game is going on - steel boules fly at speed!) where the younger generation hone their skills while sucking down pastis (licorice flavored strong liquor) and smoke. The front patio of the bar has outdoor tables too, and this tends to be where the tourists/campers hang out. Naturally we sat at the back and watched the boule games each night! ;-)
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