Martine was the perfect host and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable! We were her first English guests and also the first without a car but she made every effort to communicate with us between her little bit of English and our little bit of French.
She also showed us the local area in her car and pointed out the local transport links and even gave us a lift to the Metro when we left!!
(There's a bus stop a 5 minute walk away and the Metro (Perier) and supermarket, bakery and convenience stores all within 10 minute walk)
We were lucky enough to be able to check in and out when we wanted, which is unheard of in most other places and with other hosts, and meant we could make the most of our time in Marseille and catch a morning flight there and evening flight back. (I'm sure Martine is flexible with timings wherever possible)
The apartment was perfect, the photos don't do it justice at all! There's a fully equipped modern kitchen with table and chairs, oven, job, microwave, kettle, coffee maker (and all the cutlery, crockery, pots, pans and utensils you could ever need!)
There's a washing machine in the utility room off the kitchen too although we didn't need to use this.
The front room has another dining table and chairs, TV and DVD, Stereo, two sofas and two lounge chairs. The decor is light and airy and Martine has a mix of traditional, modern and quirky furniture, ornaments and artwork placed around the apartment.
Wifi is available throughout.
There are two bedrooms with comfortable double beds, each has a desk/workspace and one has it's own TV.
The bathroom has both bath and shower and a double sink which came in handy for getting ready in the morning.
The front room and bedroom 1 lead onto a long terrace with table and four chairs. There are beautiful and well established plants and flowers and a picturesque view over the town, mountains and beaches/sea. This terrace gets the sun most of the day.
The utility room and bedroom 2 lead onto the second terrace which overlooks the town, mountains and Notre Dame de la Gard (a famous church in Marseille). This terrace gets the last bit of sun in the evening.
As if this wasn't enough, the apartment also comes with its own secure private parking space for those renting a car.
We, without a car found Uber so quick and cost effective compared to using the local taxis. Download the Uber app before you go if you don't have it. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) translate came in a dream too if your French isn't incredible!
All in all we had a fabulous stay in a fabulous apartment with a fabulous host - would recommend to single and business travellers, couples, friends and families alike. Could not fault the place and it was very cost effective.
We hope to return very soon!!