Marseille has traditionally drawn a huge cross section of different travellers, from well-heeled Côte d’Azur jetsetters to Europe-traversing backpackers. Hotels in Marseille reflect this, catering for a wide range of different tastes and budgets.
The Marseille hotels below have been handpicked by the guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over €200)
Moderate (€100 to €200)
Cheap (up to €100)
These Marseille hotel prices are the lowest standard rates for a double room, including VAT and room tax but excluding breakfast, unless otherwise specified.
InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
Sitting imperiously over the Vieux Port from its perch near Le Panier, this 18th-century former Hotel Dieu is one of Marseille's most luxurious hotels. Most of the sleek, comfortable rooms have views of the Vieux Port, and many have balconies. There's also a renowned restaurant and a Clarins spa with an indoor pool.Address: 2e, 1 place Daviel, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 1342 4242.
Le Petit Nice Passédat
This exquisite 19th-century villa in Hellenic style is set in lush gardens on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. There is no denying that it's pricey, but the rooms are exceedingly comfortable and beautifully decorated, the service top notch, and the restaurant one of the best in town. The views are fabulous too.Address: 7e, Anse de Maldormé, corniche J F Kennedy, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9159 2592.
Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port
Between the rocky headland of the Pharo and Fort St Nicolas, the indulgent Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port offers a near-unbeatable panoramic view of Marseille. The hotel has a swimming pool, eight meeting rooms (the largest of which can accommodate up to 130 people), a cocktail bar, a gastronomic restaurant and a spa.Address: 7e, 36 boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9115 5900.
Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port
Overlooking the Vieux Port, this is one of the oldest hotels in Marseille, established in 1860. Many famous writers have stayed here, including George Sand (who eloped here with Chopin in 1839). Its air-conditioned, soundproofed rooms feature Provençal-style furniture, and many come with balconies and views of the port.Address: 1e, 4 rue Beauvau, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9154 9100.
With a choice of 114 smart apartments available for short, medium-term and longer stays, the Hipark Residences are a good alternative to the usual city-hotel options. They're in the southeast of Marseille and place an emphasis on spacious, modern design. Given the levels of comfort, they're good value.Address: 5e, 21 chemin de l'Armée d'Afrique, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9615 5800.
Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach
Located by the sea between the Vieux Port and the Convention Centre, the Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach offers a unique view of the Prado Bay. It has stylish, contemporary rooms and suites, all with sea views. There's also a swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, jogging course and landing stage.Address: 7e, 200 corniche J F Kennedy, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9116 1900.
Au Vieux Panier
A winning option located in the lanes of historic Le Panier, this is about as removed as you can get from a corporate chain hotel. Different local artists have designed its five rooms individually, while the building itself (a 17th-century former grocery shop) adds to the sense of warmth and creativity.Address: 2e, 13 rue du Panier, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9191 2372.
Conveniently located in a quiet street close to La Canebière, only 200m (656ft) from the railway station, this is a charming, comfortable hotel in the heart of Marseille, with easy metro access. Many of the rooms are more stylish than you would expect from a budget hotel.Address: 1e, 38 allée Léon Gambetta, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9150 8178.
Architecture buffs will relish the opportunity to stay at this hotel located within Le Corbusier's post-war vision of the future: the Cité Radieuse. While many of the hotel's 21 rooms are on the small side, they are comfy enough, and the rooftop garden offers seascapes to die for.Address: 8e, 280 boulevard Michelet, Marseille,
Telephone: +33 4 9116 7800.