Marseille is practically the capital of the South of France. Set in an ideal location on the Côte d’Azur, the city is a perfect place to soak up the sun in a seaside setting. But it’s not all about luxury.
History plays a big part too; it was founded by Ancient Greek settlers in 600 BC! Today you can explore the relics of the past, walking amidst heritage buildings on your way to try delicious seafood in the Old Port – something Marseille is famous for.
If you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry; staying here isn’t all about lavish lodgings. These do exist, of course, but if you’re looking for a more standard place to stay in Marseille, there are a good selection of hotels to choose from too. Equipped with a metro and tram system, you’ll be able to zip around Marseille with ease.
8. NH Collection Marseille[SEE MAP]
The beautifully grand NH Collection Marseille is set in a vast, Haussmann-style building that boasts beautiful, minimalist rooms complete with light wood floors and whitewashed walls.
Aside from all the effortless style going on at this hotel, it’s also very well located in the La Joliette district of Marseille. It’s several minutes’ walk to the cultural center of La Vieille Charité – a former 17th-century almshouse – plus it’s not too far to Marseille Saint-Charles train station – one kilometer, in fact. After a day of exploration, you can enjoy tapas at the hotel restaurant or a cocktail in the chic lobby bar.
7. Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port[SEE MAP]
This Marseille branch of Sofitel makes staying in the city a bit of a dream. Think rooftop terrace with live music and port views, and you’ll be on to a good start. There’s also a restaurant and a bistro on site, as well as a spa and gym to relax and keep up with your workouts.
When it comes to location, Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port is a mere six-minute walk to the beach of Anse des Catalans. It’s also not far at all on foot to the nearby Palais Pharo, a beautiful mansion dating back to the 1800s, set in a park that’s perfect for a stroll, too.
6. ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint Charles[SEE MAP]
The rooms at ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint Charles are simple and laid-back, decorated with neutral tones, matching the casual atmosphere of the hotel itself.
You can enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant, a couple of drinks at the bar, or just head out and see what Marseille has to offer.
The location of this branch of ibis makes it very easy to get around the city; it’s conveniently positioned just a few minutes’ walk away from the St. Gare Saint Charles metro and train station. But right on the doorstep, there’s plenty to eat, drink and discover; climb the iconic Escalier Gare Saint-Charles nearby and see for yourself.
5. Newhotel Bompard La Corniche[SEE MAP]
If you’re looking to stay in a high-end hotel set away from the center of all the action when you’re on your trip to Marseille, Newhotel Bompard La Corniche is a great option.
You’ll have beautifully manicured gardens to stroll around, a pool to swim in or lounge around, a restaurant with a terrace shaded by pine trees to eat at, a chilled out bar to drink in… The list goes on.
Though it’s a little far from the action of town, it’s perfect for those who want to kick back in a quiet, residential setting. There is free bike hire, however, so you can pedal around the district of Corniche Kennedy, where this hotel is located.
4. InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu[SEE MAP]
For a definitively beautiful stay in Marseille, how about choosing a historic building dating all the way back to the 18th century to lay your head? That’s what you’ll get at the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu.
Needless to say, the rooms are as sleek and stately as the sprawling building itself, with modern design touches and room service whenever you need it.
At this historic site – which served as Marseille’s hospital for over 800 years – there’s now a Michelin star restaurant: Alcyone Restaurant. The location is just as acclaimed: it’s less than a ten-minute stroll to the Colbert Hôtel de Région metro station. The Old Port of Marseille is around 15 minutes away on foot, too.
3. Newhotel Vieux-Port[SEE MAP]
As you might have already guessed from the name, the Newhotel Vieux-Port overlooks Marseille’s Old Port. As a bonus, it’s mere steps away from the nearest metro station – Vieux-Port Hotel. There’s also the Belsunce Alcazar tram stop right nearby.
There’s a lot more in the area than just transport options though; Museum D’histoire de Marseille, Jardin des Vestiges, and the Old Port itself are in easy walking distance.
Apart from an incredibly convenient location, this 3-star hotel boasts unfussy but classically decorated rooms and an elegant breakfast room – for breakfast, of course (free for children under 12 years of age).
2. Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed[SEE MAP]
All whitewashed modern elegance and minimalism, the Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed is the place to stay if you’re looking to relax in refined, contemporary settings.
With a luxurious pool to enjoy, spacious and stylish rooms to rest in, a restaurant and bar to enjoy, the hotel is well equipped to give you a relaxing stay.
Location-wise, guests will love the convenience of this place. It’s a mere minute’s walk to the nearest tram stop, Euroméditerranée Gantes, and several more minutes’ stroll to the Joliette metro station. These make it easy to get to the Old Port, and other nearby sights like the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica.
1. Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port[SEE MAP]
There’s a lot on the doorstep of this central hotel. It’s a few minutes by foot from the nearest metro station, Colbert – Hôtel de la Région, as well as the Belsunce Alcazar tram stop.
Practically next door to the Jardin des Vestiges and the Musée d’Histoire de Marseille, it takes around 15 minutes to walk to the Old Port of Marseille. In terms of the location, the Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port is a good option.
The hotel offers modern, colorful rooms equipped with flatscreen TVs. There’s also a cool, contemporary bar located onsite for evening drinks before (or after!) finding something to eat nearby.