Hotel Vertigo

42, rue des Petites Maries, Marseille, 13001, France

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    Vertigo Hostel


    I thought, being aged 32, that I was no longer a hostel person, but one look at the prices for hotels in Marseille in August convinced me that I was still a hostel person. But the Vertigo didn't seem like a normal youth hostel, from the website at least. Photos showed designer dorms with artwork on the walls, a cosy lounge area and what looked like a cellar bar.

    I soon realised on arrival that there are two Vertigo hostels, and the arty photos must have been taken in the other one down in the Vieux Port area. I was at the one in Belsunce, in a renovated old house. It was nice enough, but not really the hostel I was expecting.

    My bed was in a 4-bed mixed dorm, basic and bare, and perhaps not as clean as it could have been, with an en-suite bathroom with shower, which was good news. The bad news was that it was extremely hot, and there was just a very ineffective fan on a table, great for those on the lower bunks, but no use whatsoever for me on the top bunk.

    The staff was friendly and helpful, and I imagine the bar and outside terrace would be a great place to sit...but also staying in the hostel was a large group of American girls just out of high school and on a big adventure, doing Europe in the summer. It'sinteresting how a few people with loud voices can completely change the atmosphere of a place, and it was impossible to sit in the bar and not have to listen to their "amazing" stories as they uploaded photos to facebook, courtesy of the hostel's wifi. That explains why I only had one beer in the hostel, escaping to a local bar with another traveller from my dorm who had also had enough!

    At 25 Euros per bed in high season, it's not really a cheap hostel, but I suppose this is the south coast of France in summer. Breakfast is an extra 5 Euros in the bar.

    Unlike official youth hostels, Vertigo doesn't have a curfew, so you can come and go as you like.

    Unique Quality: The location was good, very handy for the train station, and close enough to the centre to walk. I've seen reviews complaining that the area is dodgy and unsavoury, but it seemed fine to me. Belsunce has a reputation, and I read one guidebook that recommended travellers to avoid the area completely, which is over the top. It's not a rich neighbourhood, but not a slum either, and I quite liked walking through would have been more interesting outside Ramadan though, as during the daytime all the North African cafes and shops were shut. At night, the phone shops and cafes stayed open late, so there were always plenty of people around...not a threatening place, unlike other parts of central Marseille after dark.

    Directions: From the station, go down the steps, turn right, then right again, and turn left by the little pizza place. You'll see the Vertigo sign on the wall. In fact you can see the hostel from the train station terrace.

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Marseilles best Chill Out Accommodation

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Even the Place opened just 2 months before I arrived there, it felt like it has been there for years. Warm, welcoming and like home.
It is rare in France, to have a Hostel where the owners and staff are that friendly and nice, giving you the feeling you stay with friends, not in a foreign country in a strange city. Every room is unique and has a warm touch of colours. All have bathroom and toilet, a lot of space to drop your backpack and move around.
It also is a Hotel with private rooms, so couples or travelers who like to have privacy find the write room to relaxe and sleep.
Internet is provided (1Euro=1/2 hour), free WIFI, laundry, bar, breakfast for 5 Euro, Satelite TV, a beautiful backyard area to chill out and have a drink, a kitchen, they keep your backpacks in a secure room after check-out and it is for free, a great common room, it is not even a 5 minute walk from the train station, mixed dorms, etc. etc. etc.
Short, it is for me in the top 5 in Europe and in the top 10 in the worlds Hostels and Backpackers!


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Forum Posts

Day Tripper To Marseilles

by Adagio1

We are contemplating a day trip to Marseilles from Reillanne mid May. What features/sites would you suggest for 1 day trippers?

Re: Day Tripper To Marseilles

by SSlatter


If you're only going for a day, you could do worse than base yourself at the Vieux Port. All the Frioul, If and Calanques boats and ferries leave from there, the "petit train" to Notre Dame de la Garde also leaves from there, and there are plenty of restaurants to sate your appetite. Good for just hanging out and people watching, too. Have a good time.

Travel Tips for Marseille

Sun block and "la turista"

by SSlatter

This may seem obvious but make sure you pack some suntan lotion/block. The sun can be really strong and it won't take long to get burnt, if you don't have protection. Also, "la turista" (diarrhea) is fairly common when you're on holiday anywhere, and Marseilles is no exception, so take precautions and bring something with you to combat the debilitating effects of diarrhea.

Gare Routier/Gare SNCF

by tini58de

The central train station is called Gare Saint Charles. From here you can take trains to all places in France, including a TGV to Paris, which lasts about 3 hours!

Saint Charles also has two metro stops - both the blue and the red line stop here.

Behind the trainstation is the gare routier, the bus station for long distance buses. From November 2006 on you will find the shuttle buses to the airport right there at the gare routier.

Tourist information Centre

by BeChar

As usual, the tourist information point is well centered ("Vieux-Port"; there is also one at the airport) and is a good starting point for several tours. Ask for a city map.

Tour Suggestions from the centre (Old Port):
- Red circuit (as written on the map and on the streets! by a red line)
to visit the Old Port and 'Le Panier' Quarter.
- Corniche, passing Pharo, 'anses', Notre Dame de la Garde
- Centre: tour in district 1 and 6
- Estaque
- Callanques

Musée Grobet-Labadié

by aliante1981

This private collection, bequeathed to the city in 1919, includes many impressive things not to be missed in any case. Among them are:

- Exquisite Louis XV and Louis XVI epochs furniture;
- Collections of medieval Burgundian and Provençal sculpture;
- 17th-century Gobelin tapestries;
- 15th- to 19th-century German, Italian, French, and Flemish paintings;
- 16th- and 17th-century Italian and French faïence.

Entrance fee is something like 2 Euros standard, 1 Euro for students and those aged 11-18, and free for children who are up to 11 years old. Opening hours are: June-Sept Tues-Sun 11am-6pm; Oct-May Tues-Sun 10am-5pm.


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