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INTERCONTINENTAL MARSEILLE - HÔTEL DIEU , Marseille

At-a-Glance Guide

5*
194 bedrooms (5 of them accessible) inc 22 suites
lounge bar, 2 restaurants, outdoor dining terrace
lobby lounges
spa, indoor pool, treatments
events/meetings
underground car park
Check in/out: 2pm/12 noon


INTERCONTINENTAL MARSEILLE - HÔTEL DIEU , Marseille

THE PAST:

Located in the oldest part of the city which gave France its national anthem, Marseille’s majestic former Hôtel Dieu is a listed monument. This landmark, heritage building dates from the 18th-Century, when it offered food, shelter and medical care to the poor and sick; and came about following the linking, in the 16th Century, of two much older hospitals - Saint-Esprit and Saint-Jacques de Galice – which later became the Hôtel Dieu.
As the population of Marseille grew, larger premises were needed for this important institution. In 1753, a nephew of the famous French architect Hardouin-Mansart, was asked to design them. The imposing reconstruction which he planned was not, however, completed until around 1865.
It was at this hospital, in the mid-1700s, that eye surgeon Jacques Daviel developed and carried out the world's first modern cataract operation, involving removal of the crystalline lens. Daviel later became eye specialist to Louis XV, and his name was given to the square on which the former hospital, now the InterContinental Marseille - Hôtel Dieu, stands.

THE PRESENT:

Today, and newly restored, this landmark is still an architectural masterpiece – one which integrates the old and the new - and also a 5* hotel, with spectacular views of the Vieux Port and the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.
Many impressive features of the building completed in 1865 have been retained, including its monumental staircases, vaulted passageways and large terraces - have been retained. Its facades have been restored, with windows and doors identical to those shown in the original 18th-Century drawings. On display inside is a mosaic fragment; originally from a Roman village dating back to 200BC, it later formed part of the foundations of chapel in the 12th-Century Saint-Esprit Hospital, the remains of which lie under the gardens of the Hôtel Dieu.
Whilst fully respecting the past of a property so steeped in history, the style of the new hotel is uncompromisingly contemporary. The restoration juxtaposes som of the original old stone walls with glass and mirrors, and introduces bold new features including a lobby skylight, avant-garde lighting, ultra-modern furniture and highly stylised sculptures.
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THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Yes, if you are looking for an imposing address in France’s second largest city, and want to enjoy all the luxuries and facilities of a fine, five-star hotel – including fine food and a superb spa – in a richly historic, landmark setting.
And yes, if you want a convenient base from which to explore Marseille and its surroundings. The hotel is a two-minute walk from the Vieux Port’s waterfront promenade, and also conveniently close to the ferries which can take you to the spectacular Calanques. Stretching along the coast between Marseille and Cassis, these steep-sided white limestone inlets, filled with clear, turquoise water and edged with colourful fishing villages, are a must-see sight.
Also yes if environmental issues matter to you. The InterContinental Marseille – Hôtel Dieu is a Green Engage hotel, built and run for optimal sustainability. It participates in InterContinental Hotels Group’s Green Engage system of monitoring, online, the energy, water and waste usage of individual hotels while providing recommended actions to improve the property’s energy conservation and carbon footprint score.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
There are a number of comfortable lounge areas in the imposing lobby.

EATING & DRINKING
The first-floor Capian lounge bar serves a range of cocktails and other drinks. Hung with 18th-Century paintings of the Bay of Marseille, it stylishly combines luxury and cosiness inside; and extends, as well, onto the 750 sq m terrace, with its panoramic views.
There are two restaurants. The lively and intimate brasserie, Les Fenêtres, which also extends onto the terrace, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The focus is on Mediterranean cuisine, but both local and international choices feature on the menu.
Alcyone (daughter of the Greek and Roman god Aelous, ruler of the winds) is the name of the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, where local fish and seafood specialities, as well classic favourites are offered. The stated aim of Chef Lionel Levy is to ensure that all dishes have in common “the true identity of Marseille and the Mediterranean.”

SLEEPING
The hotel has 194 rooms – 94 singles and 100 doubles - of which 33 have a private terrace. There are 22 suites: 15 junior suites, 7 Prestige suites, and a Presidential Suite.
Rooms are spacious and the décor throughout is contemporary - with anthracite and pale stone tones in harmony with the hotel’s overall colour scheme -and designed to evoke the building’s history as well as highlighting the refinements of a modern, luxury hotel. Thus beds feature large, modern white leather headboards, as well as bedspreads embroidered in a design inspired those long used in Provence; and the shutters that open and close-off the bathrooms echo the characteristic façades found throughout the city. The enamelled cast-iron bathtubs are another reference to the past; while enamelled lava washbasins blend modernity with a trace of the traditional tiles that inspired them.
All accommodations have double-glazed windows and individually-controlled air-conditioning, and feature colour cable / satellite TV, stereo and sound system, a workspace or desk with a lamp, direct-dial phone with voicemail, high-speed Internet Access, PC, wireless data connection, as well as an iron and ironing board, mini bar, tea- and coffee-makers, plus 24-hour room service. Bathrooms have a bathtub as well as personal scales, bathrobes and a hairdryer.

Several of the spacious Classic rooms have a view of the Vieux Port and the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.
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Deluxe rooms have views of the Vieux Port and the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, or over the French garden.
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Executive rooms are generously proportioned and have a separate shower and large bathtub. Many offer superb views over the Vieux Port and the famous Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, others offer a private terrace.
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The serenely luxurious Suites measure 110 sq m, are superbly appointed and offer outstanding views from 5m-high floor-to-ceiling windows.
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The Presidential Suite has an 80 sq m private balcony.
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SPA
The stunning Clarins Spa at the InterContinental Marseille – Hôtel Dieu is a serene haven, with an atmosphere of tranquil calm and total relaxation. It is beautifully decorated in contemporary style, with traditional touches, such as Provençal washbowls. Facilities include an indoor pool, two saunas, a hammam, experience showers, six treatment booths – one is a VIP double - and a relaxation room with a terrace overlooking the Vieux Port.
There is also an extensive fitness area at the front of the hotel’s west wing, with floor-to-ceiling windows ensure great views while you work out. Equipment includes the innovative Technogym range, and there are wi-fi connections and personalised, touch-sensitive screens. A personal trainer is available for one-to-one sessions if required.

OUTDOORS
The hotel’s Les Fenêtres Brasserie has a 750 sq m terrace, where guests can sip cocktails or dine. In addition, 33 of the bedrooms have private terraces.

WEDDINGS & EVENTS
Special events such as wedding receptions, anniversaries and formal dinner parties can be arranged in the hotel’s extensive and adaptable function rooms. The ground floor, 400 sq m reception hall La Salle des Honneurs can seat from 75 to 360 guests, and host up to 440 for a cocktail reception; it can also be divided divided into two separate rooms: the Salon des Cordelles and the Salon des Accoules. Also on the ground floor are two separate foyers and a cultural centre.
On the first floor, there are five more function rooms with private terraces are available, with a seating capacity for 14 to 80 guests, and up to 118 for cocktail receptions. The hotel’s event organisers have the expertise to ensure that your event is a success.

BUSINESS
The hotel has a Business Centre, and offers copying, courier service, e-mail & Internet, high-speed Internet access, wireless data connection, fax, PC, printer, a technical concierge and secretarial services.
As well, there is a 1,000 sq m conference centre, 385 sq m of exhibit space and 10 meeting rooms – all with natural daylight – which can accommodate from 10 to 200 people.
On the ground floor, the conference centre includes a 400 sq m reception hall, La Salle des Honneurs, which can seat from 75 to 360 guests, and host up to 440 for a cocktail reception. Added to this are two separate foyers and a cultural centre. The 400 sq m space can be divided into two separate,full meeting rooms: the Salon des Cordelles and the Salon des Accoules.
On the first floor, a further five function rooms with private terraces are available, with a seating capacity for 14 to 80 guests, and up to 118 for cocktail receptions.
Digital projector, LCD projector, lectern, microphone, modem lines, flip chart and markers, whiteboard can be provided; and high-speed internet access and wireless data connection are available in public areas. French, German, English, Spanish, Dutch are spoken by hotel staff.

GETTING THERE
By air:
Marseille Provence Airport (airport code MRS) is 18 km from the hotel; the taxi fare one-way is €50.00 and journey time is 30 minutes.

By train
The nearest station, Marseille St Charles, is 2 km from the hotel. To walk, turn right on Boulevard Voltaire; left on Place des Marseillaises into rue Lafayette; then right into rue Bazile, and rue Convalescents, then rue Nationale. Turn left on rue Colbert. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout into rue Mery. The InterContinental Marseille is on the right . Taxi fare from the railway station is €8.00.

By subway:
The nearest station is Vieux Port on the Metro line 1, is 3-minutes walk from the hotel. Take the Quai du Port, then turn right on the esplanade adjacent to the Town Hall. The InterContinental Marseille is at the top of the steps. Taxi fare from the subway station is €5.00.

By car:
From the airport: take the A7 towards Marseille. As you exit the highway (A7) in the centre of Marseille, go right on the roundabout, Place Jules Guesde, then take first on left (rue Sainte Barbe) Make a right on rue Puvis de Chavannes, then first right on rue Colbert. At the roundabout, Place Sadi Carnot, take the 3rd exit (rue Mery). Continue into Grand' Rue. The hotel is on the right-hand side.
From the city centre: go right on the roundabout, Place Jules Guesde, then take the first left (rue Sainte Barbe). Make a right on rue Puvis de Chavannes, then first right on rue Colbert. At the roundabout, Place Sadi Carnot, take the 3rd exit (rue Mery). Continue into Grand' Rue. The hotel is on the right-hand side. The hotels' underground car park has 57 spaces.

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