The InterContinental Marseille Hotel-Dieu, situated atop the Panier in the oldest area of Marseille, is the city’s most luxurious hotel. Its 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, in person. This classified historical monument, with its unique setting, offers an inimitable view of the landmark Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde Basilica, while firmly seated in the present-day, modern and very contemporary Marseille. The MuCEM (museum for Europe and the Mediterranean) that opened its doors in 2013, is a short walk away, as are the old Joliette Docks with their energetic business quarter, shopping outlets and ever-growing trade and commerce. The Hôtel-Dieu continues to stand tall above the city, as it has done for centuries: it is an ideal venue for anyone wishing to really get to know Marseille, both past and present.
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The InterContinental Marseille Hôtel-Dieu has 194 rooms including 15 suites. 72 rooms either offer splendid panoramic views of the Vieux Port or include private terraces overlooking the historic heart of the city. The well-known architect, Jean-Philippe Nuel, who continues to be a worldwide reference in the area of luxury hotels and who executed the transformation here, has ensured that the spirit and the centuries-long history of the former Hôtel Dieu live on in the present-day construction. The mineral tones echo those of the city and its ancient monuments, while the influence of the sea and the Mediterranean basin, the very cradle of civilization, are plain for all to see.
The well-known architect, Jean-Philippe Nuel, who executed the transformation here, has ensured that the spirit and the centuries-long history of the former Hôtel Dieu live on in the present-day construction.
Marseille and all it stands for is all-present and obviously in its element in the food served in the InterContinental Marseille Hôtel-Dieu. Les Fenêtres restaurant which caters for 80, boasts a magnificent terrace with an exceptional view, while the gastronomic Alcyone, catering for 40, is the proud holder of a Michelin star since February 2014. Head chef is Lionel Levy, who is leader in the field of modern Marseille gastronomy. Lionel has been a Michelin starred chef since 2005 and settled in Marseille 13 years ago following his culinary studies with Éric Fréchon and Alain Ducasse.
The Capian bar serves delightful cocktails and deliciously tasty food, either inside in an elegant setting where contemporary meets classic, or outside on the terrace overlooking the Vieux-Port.
As for leisure activities, guests are invited to relax in the Spa by Clarins: 1000m2 complete with indoor pool, 2 saunas, a hammam and 5 treatment booths and of course the unique range of Clarins beauty products. All here is peace and serenity in a traditional lavoir – style décor, with its warm tones and sensuous aquatic Mediterranean ambience that offers harmony and tranquility to guests.