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Passing through the door of this former convent is like passing through the great doorway of Time. The thick walls hide a surprising modernity that can be found in all the suites, soft comfort shelters them from the chaos and heat. This is a place to relax, enjoy the calm and taste Mediterranean cuisine before strolling down to the Old Port to soak up the sounds and fragrances of the city or visit the MuCEM.
We were born in Marseille. Our families have lived here for many generations. After a few years in Paris, we decided to come back. We wanted to be in the heart of the city, in an authentic and lively district which is the oldest in Marseille and a pedestrian zone just a few steps from the Old Port.
The building, whose history dates back to the 17th century, was a royal foundry before becoming the property of the Jesuit order. It was returned to the city of Marseille's heritage after the Revolution. After several years of work, we decided to open it up to the visitors of Marseille.
The King's Foundry (which manufactured cannons for the city) was next to the Jesuit House of St. Croix which was later occupied by the Observatory and is now the children's museum, the Préau des Accoules. Letters from 22 February 1686 show that Louis XIV yielded the location of this foundry to the Jesuits who wanted to enlarge their house. The street that bears the name of Fonderie-Vieille is in memory of the former Royal Foundry.
With great care for the comfort and tranquility of our guests, we wanted each of the nine suites to have its own identity. We priortised the importance of soul, essence and furniture that told our story. Staying at the Convent allows guests to enjoy a hotel and be independent at the same time. Each suite has its own kitchen which helps them to feel at home. Coffee and tea is available for guests in each suite. It is up to the visitors to write their own story, adopt the rooms as they please and create their stay.
Visitors will enjoy a pizza at the "Vieux Panier" on Lenche square, sea urchins "Chez Roger" at Quai du Port; Mojitos at "Barjac", breakfast at "Maison Geney" on rue Caisserie and delicious bread at Sam's on Grand-Rue.
780 € - 1040 € per week
Each of the nine suites has a fully equipped kitchen: electric hob, dishwasher, multi-functional oven. All guests have access to a laundry room with a washing machine, dryer, ironing board and iron. Dozens of books are available in each suite. Linens, towels, Linvosges sheets and toiletries are provided. There is no elevator at the Convent. All suites are on the first or second floor. Given the height of the ground floor, the first floor is more like the second floor. Only the rooms at the top are air-conditioned, the rest are kept cool with ceiling fans. The 1.3m thick walls of the convent make for a pleasant temperature.