Housed in Marseille's majestic 18th-century Hôtel Dieu, once the city hospital and a beloved landmark (built according to plans by Jacques Hardouin-Mansart, architect to Louis XIV), and no expense was spared in transforming this graceful edifice into a gleaming palace. The hotel interiors are luminous and comfortable, accented with large amphoras, artworks, and photographs of the city by local artists. Rooms are beautifully conceived, many with large private terraces,
views from the bathtub, and other luxe touches. The gold-mosaic pool and full-service spa and gym provide all the required pampering, and with Michelin-starred chef Lionel Lévy at the helm, the hotel's bistro Les Fênetres and the lovely Alcyone restaurant are set to be standouts.