Following research, we loved what we saw about Les Lofts Du Vieux Port and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accommodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.
As the industry of shipping around the world has changed from small port towns with medium-sized ships carrying an assortment of cargo to huge ports, huge shipping containers and much, much bigger ships; those old ports that have for so long been the hub of so much activity and trade are having to look at how they shape their future with what once came before it.
In Marseille – one port in particular lookithat has very much embraced the new world of shipping – there is a whole area of the old port town that has taken on a new life and with it a new identity as one of the cultural and entertainment hubs of the city, and once where you might have found many a warehouse, you now find many differing types of bars, cafes and restaurants. But that is not all.
There are some who wish to do something a little different, something full of creative thought. A space where people can not only relax during their time in the former European Capital of Culture, but also a space to work with others be it for business, or pleasure.
Les Lofts du Vieux Port is exactly that; a place where people can come and collectively work in a large design-driven environment, but also; a place of accommodation.
Serving as two main unique apartments (the other named Jeux&Gourmandises), this large former warehouse and it’s floorspace is large enough for any family or any travelling group to return to after walking the multi-ethnic streets of the city to use however way they wish. Sleeping quarters, an area to play, an area to rest or as somewhere to cook a delicious meal from home or to dazzle your business group with your unknown kitchen skills. Not only that, there’s plenty of space to lounge around and read a book or even to watch a film.
Of the two, Jeux&Gourmandises is dressed from head-to-toe in nostalgic memories for big kids, and small ones. With robot toys everywhere that every generation will recognise – but that’s not where your eyes will be drawn to first.
Firstly, you’ll be fighting with someone else to jump on this fantastic amusement park ride!
Secondly, you’ll be desperate to get your turn on this one…
But there’s more to this room than the two main attractions. The whole apartment is full of those nostalgic items mentioned above, from robots to board games, in every corner there is something that you’ll want to pick up and play with no matter what your age.
The apartment is also full of the comforts that you might require, and with a great open plan kitchen and huge table to eat on, you’ll find it hard to want to leave the apartment at all.
Through the door and into the sleeping area is a place of wonderment for children and adults alike. Probably the most curious sleeping arrangements we’ve seen in a while, you can wrestle with everyone else in your travelling troupe for the rights to sleep in the cozy sleeping “cave” that you’ll find underneath the risen double-bed sleeping area that would normally be for the kids – though expect all the adults to want to sleep underneath.
Also in this separate area you’ll find an open and unusual bathroom experience that you’ll either love, or love to hate; either way it’s a special and well decorated environment that will fill with with surprised wonderment.
More Than A Bed At Night
Should you need the extra space for you, a friend and half a dozen others, there is the main Le Loft Du Vieux Port apartment which is spread across two floors of the former warehouse buildings. Featuring the same collection of unusual sleeping areas, a fantastically large and open kitchen environment and plenty of places to kick back, relax and read one of the many design books on hand; this apartment was a place of wonderment for the two of us.
Every time we grew tired from our walk across one of my personal favourite cities in France, we were incredibly eager to return to the apartment to make most of everything at our disposal.
To begin with, the kitchen is just perfect for this travelling vegetarian couple as we were able to raid one of the many Asian supermarkets near by for bags full of tofu and seasoning to make our own food, and with such an open-plan kitchen layout, we could continue to discuss just what we admired most about this city and the place we were staying whilst making our meal.
If that wasn’t enough, the bottom floor of Le Loft Du Vieux Port has an incredibly large table that would make for a perfect setting for a travel blogger meet-up, a conference or business meeting, or just a place with enough space to entertain for those who’d like to rent the apartment and it’s kitchen for a special occasion.
We could easily see ourselves hosting a meetup of other bloggers here, discussing all the places we’ve been and hope to go whilst a few of us rustle up something to eat.
You can rent out Le Loft Du Vieux Port for other events too if you wish. Just prior to our arrival the lofts had been used for an extensive photo shoot (like I was having with myself below), a business conference, an art gallery exhibition and also a party – using the in-house PA system too!
Decoration And Design
Now if you’re only in town for the weekend and somewhere to sleep that’s not run of the mill is all you’re after, than this place couldn’t be any better.
There are a number of beds to choose from, all of which are decorated in their own unique style and you can’t help but fall in love with.
The bathroom upstairs is a warm and open affair also, and you won’t spend long considering having a long soak in the bath inside.
And if the hanging bed isn’t to your liking, the decoration throughout the apartment certainly will be.
Les Lofts Du Vieux Port
13 Rue Plan Fourmiguier
In honesty, we could have stayed here for weeks and been happy, and not because it looks great and ticks all of our travel and design-loving principles, but mainly because of how close to a home it felt rather than just another hotel or hostel. It was really hard to be apart from.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the design hotels and hostels we stay at, but there’s something to be said about having the comfort of your own kitchen to cook in, your own space to eat it in, and your own sofa to collapse on whilst you watch a film on the projector and let your food digest.
Given the chance, we’d come back to Marseille in a heartbeat – but only if we can stay at Les Lofts Du Vieux Port.