The listed Hotel Dieu in the South of France has been painstakingly buffed into a opulent hotel which is due to open later this month. InterContinental Marseille is a luxury hotel in the 18th-century former Hotel Dieu - designed by the nephew of respected architect Mansart - overlooking the Vieux Port.
The renovation was overseen by Jean-Philippe Nuel and Anthony Béchu who have ensured that the majesty of the original architecture has been retained. A statement from the hotel reads: “Its minerality echoes the ancient monuments of the city, while also drawing its inspiration from the Mediterranean Ocean, the cradle of civilization.”
Beneath the hotel lobby are the foundations of a 12th-century chapel and a section of mosaic found in the chapel will be on display in the hotel. The history of Hotel Dieu is long and varied, having been the site of the first ever cataract operation in 1750 and having its first complete refurbishment inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1860.
Now the InterContinental Marseille boasts a luxurious spa totalling 1,000 sq m with an indoor pool, multiple saunas and a host of treatment rooms. There are also expansive conference facilities for use by the residents of 194 hotel rooms including 22 suites.