Review: Intercontinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu


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The InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu was originally a palatial 18th-century hospital that has more recently been exquisitely restored to five-star hotel standards. Curved archways provide rooftop views. Stately plazas and opulent furnishings make this hotel the best in Marseille.


Perched at the top of the Panier hill, in the oldest quarter of Marseille, is the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. This hotel is the most majestic of luxury hotels, designed in warm yellow stone in this stunning port city.

The hotel is situated on a hill, on the edge of the Panier (Old Town), and near lively bars and restaurants which sit on the waterfront.

Style & Character

Artwork and original features make this hotel rather unique. The lobby is ultra-stylish with black and white striped walls and rows of black vases on plinths. Overlooking the Vieux Port, the hotel’s massive staircases, vaulted passages, and magnificent terraces all bear witness to the former status of the building: the Hôtel-Dieu, a superb 18th-century edifice inaugurated by Napoleon III.

Service & Facilities

While there is no outdoor pool, the concierge will arrange access to a private swimming club across the Old Port. The indoor pool is classy and comes complete with a waterfall and sunburst lighting.

If you’re seeking a moment of sheer revitalizing relaxation, then visit the Spa by Clarins with five treatment booths, including a double VIP booth linked to the indoor swimming pool, indoor relaxation areas, and a spacious fitness center. The spa offers you a bubble of physical and spiritual relaxation with Provencal tones.


The InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu features 179 rooms and 15 suites, including 72 with views of the Old Port and 33 with magical private terraces. Rooms are modern and decorated in a mix of chocolatey colors with blackout curtains and coffee machines. The toilet and a rainfall shower are separated by the frosted glass in the bathroom. Toiletries are local, courtesy of Compagnie de Prov.

Make time to linger on the terraces here. Lingering is what you are meant to do in the South of France, and the views from both the communal areas and rooms with balconies and terraces are stunning across the city and over the sea and hills beyond.

If you can stretch to it, the Junior Suite Terrace rooms are the ones to pick. Ranging in size from 45 to 50 m2, these Terrasse Junior Suites offer an immense terrace kitted out with a table and lounging chairs.

Food & Drink

In terms of dining, guests can enjoy the finest gourmet Michelin-starred Mediterranean creations at the cozy and welcoming restaurant Alcyone. While the modern Les Fenêtres brasserie offers chic, contemporary dining, especially on its magnificent outdoor terrace in summer, with dishes full of all things Provencal and audacious.

Evening drinks are best at Le Capian bar, one of the trendiest bars in the whole of Marseille and a huge favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.

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