« La Provence » : Marseille : a network of  Beds and Breakfast and guesthouses for and around the « Hôpital Nord »


The newspaper « la Provence » published Monday 16th of February, an article devoted to the Inhabitants’ Cooperative Hôtel du Nord : Marseille : un réseau de chambres d’hôtes pour l’hôpital Nord.

Here an excerpt of the newspaper article :

… The Hôtel du Nord cooperative which could be called a « humanism/humanity factory » is not only destined for tourists : as the « Hôpital Nord” (North Hospital) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in June 2015, the AP-HM* (*Public Welfare -Marseille Hospitals) asked the Cooperative to imagine, and create very special heritage walks all around and tailored to the history and surroundings of the « Hôpital Nord ». The Hôtel du Nord cooperative wants to extend this bond to the Hospital and try and develop from now on a network of lodgings (Beds and Breakfast, guest houses) for the Hôpital Nord patients’ families. Agnès Maillard, one of the cooperative’s members, (used to hosting Hôtel du Nord « passengers » at her place) says : « We became more and more aware that there was a real need for it. We actually received more than once either people who were paying a visit to a patient, or caregivers training at the hospital. » In the neighbourhood, half a dozen guest houses’ owners do notice the same. « We think we must be more, we wish other people would join us and open many more Beds and Breakfast and/or guesthouses near the Hospital. » Beside the Campanile, or the Bonsaï Hotel, there are no other hotels in this actual area of the Northern districts of Marseille. Actually, there are indeed few hotels covering the whole of the 15th, 16th, 14th et 13th « arrondissements » of Marseille… Louis Duffet, another Hôtel du Nord’s member notes : « Demand is high though, and the AP-HM (Public Welfare -Marseille Hospitals) should remember our cooperative and its many lodgings and tell the families about it. »


Hôtel du Nord received an award: “Grand prix des bonnes nouvelles des territoires”


The 3rd of December 2014, at the Macif headquarters, Hôtel du Nord received the  Grands Prix des bonnes nouvelles des territoires – (Awards for “the good news  in French regions” ).  One hundred and twenty initiatives or so were presented to the Jury consisting of regional economic and social initiatives’ stakeholders – Avise, Cnam entreprendre, Réseau entreprendre, etc…, which nominated eleven initiatives and attributed two awards.

There were, alongside Hôtel du Nord, industrial initiatives as Diam ‘s for instance , reviving the real cork stopper in Pyrénées Orientales, or rural initiatives as the revival of a specific pig breed, called Kintoa, in Basque Country – (eighty pig breeders make a living out of it to-day).

The periodical « Le Pélerin » reported on Hôtel du Nord, its project, its work and its award at the end of November 2014. The eleven « Regional Good news » are presented in a book that the Éditions Odiles Jacob published. Those « Regional Good News » Awards do have a purpose : to share them, and make them develop at a national level.