If there was an Airbnb first prize award for hosts I have no doubt but that Eric and his wife Céline would be worthy winners. Our flight from Dublin arrived in Marseille at 9am so before leaving Ireland we emailed Céline and Eric to see if it would be possible to pick the key up earlier than the 5-7pm stated on the site. We offered to drive to a location where we could meet them. But they saved us all that trouble by arranging to leave the key in a local restaurant and mailing us the name and address. We picked up the key, found the apartment and thus began our two weeks of a most wonderful holiday in La Ciotat.
The apartment itself is beautiful. It is quiet and peaceful. It is completely private. "Le bijou de la couronne" is the terrace with its table and chairs, with an awning which you can extend and retract. You can enjoy your breakfast/supper in peace, tranquility and privacy listening to the hum of " les cigales" The apartment itself was exactly as advertised and spotlessly clean. It contained all the kitchen appliances mentioned. The wifi worked perfectly. The air conditioning was so very welcome when temperatures reached 34 degrees. Plus the window shutters and curtains helped keep the apartment very cool while we were out. A huge advantage which this apartment offers is the "on site" free parking as the parking on the road is "payant". The proximity to the sea is another huge advantage. Once you stand on the pavement outside the main gate you can see the azure Mediterranean. The apartment complex was extremely quiet. The only noise we heard was the humming of the cigales and et les voix des pigeons.
I mentioned Eric and his wife Céline at the beginning. They were the best hosts one could find. On our second evening there Céline drove to the apartment, and over a cup of tea ( we are Irish and like our tea) she wrote out all the names of the local tourist attractions we should visit, including local unique features like the Calanques in Cassis, and all the local picturesque little towns and villages ( and our bijou here was Le Castellet) and all the larger cities ( Marseille probably was just our favourite but Avignon and Aix en Provence were spectacular too). They rang us text us to make sure we were ok.
There is a beautiful walk all along the sea front into the town of La Ciotat. There you can see the wonderfully restored Eden theatre where The Lumière brothers are said to have terrified the onlookers at the first showing of their film of a train coming into La Ciotat railway station in 1895. There are plenty of restaurants beside and opposite the lovely beaches.
We would recommend this apartment totally to anybody who may be contemplating renting it. You will not find better hosts than Céline and Eric