96 Avenue de la Soude, 13009 Marseille, France
Photo courtesy of Hôtel 96
Hôtel 96Hôtel 96 is a charming boutique hotel run by a brother-and-sister duo in Les Baumettes, a quiet area about a 15-minute drive from the center of Marseille. The whole property is covered with grassy gardens full of shrubs and flowering plants; there's also a fabulous little pool surrounded by lounge chairs for those who feel like swimming or perfecting their Riviera tans but don't want to make the short trip to one of the area's numerous beaches. There's also a sauna and a massage room, as well as a small meeting room for up to 40 guests, making this a viable option for groups and small events. The 13 air-conditioned rooms here are spread across two buildings and have lovely views out over the gardens or even direct terrace access to the grounds. Breakfast is served every morning and features a rustic spread of breads, pastries, preserves, and fresh-squeezed juice.