Perched on the Mediterranean coast in southern France, Marseille is known for its unpolished urban charm and distinctive local culture. If you're planning a trip to the ancient Phoenician port city, it can be challenging to figure out where to stay. These are some of the best hotels in Marseille, no matter your budget or style. Whether you prefer a room in a reliable, well-known international chain or a suite in a quaint boutique address, these hotels offer safe, memorable stays and in some cases, excellent value for money.
Situated on the waterfront of Marseille's Vieux Port (Old Port), this five-star hotel from the Sofitel group is regularly rated one of the city's best. With 134 air-conditioned rooms and three suites, many with balconies and sea views, the hotel's marine-inspired decor is bright and cheerful. Bathrooms are large and include bathtubs or hydro-massage showers.
The property also boasts an onsite spa with plunge pool, restaurant with Mediterannean-style cusine, and large "skylounge bar" from which guests can enjoy panoramic views of the port. While this family and pet-friendly hotel isn't accessible for all budgets, you can sometimes lock in excellent details, with rates as low as around $190 per night.
If you prefer boutique hotels with onsite restaurants and thoughtful, stylish touches, the Marseille branch of the trendy Mama Shelter hotel group is worth considering. With interiors conceived by Philippe Starck, the hotel boasts air-conditioned rooms and suites with whimsical design touches (think street art-style scrawlings on black ceilings), stylish yet comfortable furnishings, and splashes of bright color.
The restaurant and glass-enclosed terrace bar is one of the best places in the city for a cocktail, casual dinner, or fussball game. The hotel can be excellent value for money, but be aware that it's located about 20 minutes on foot from the main tourist attractions, in the arty Cours Julien district. Rates currently start at $95 per night.
Located on the Boulevard des Dames in the heart of one of Marseille's most popular shopping districts, this four-star hotel offers 176 air-conditioned rooms with high-end bedding, spacious bathrooms, and clean, minimalist decor. While there's no onsite restaurant, the hotel is situated in close reach of numerous restaurants and bars.
This is one of the best-value-for-money hotels in the city, with current rates starting at around $81 per night. Small cats and dogs are permitted.
Hotel Maison Montgrand: Boutique Lodging at Moderate Prices
This cozy three-star hotel in close reach of the Marseille Opera and Old Port is an excellent choice if you're looking for comfort, convenience, and value for money. Guests can choose between rooms in the main site, situated in a 19th-century Provencal-style mansion or in quiet townhouse-style buildings nearby. A large, leafy garden with inviting terrace area, bistro, bar, and shop offering local products and designs are among the draw cards at this boutique hotel. Rooms are air-conditioned and soundproofed, and travelers regularly rave about the comfortable beds.
Current rates start at around $85 per night, and you may find even better deals during low season (generally late October to early March).
If you're looking for solid, three-star comfort from a well-known chain in the city center, this hotel is a good possibility. Best Western Bourse Vieux Port offers basic but comfortable rooms with air conditioning, safe, desk/work area and other amenities; a few have balconies. Restaurants, shops, and major attractions are a short walk away.
The hotel also offers three rooms that are fully accessible for visitors with disabilities (ramp access, accessible bathroom facilities, etc). Small pets are permitted at this property. Current rates start at around $90 per night (and tend to dip during low season).
Located just blocks from the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center north of the Vieux Port, this four-star hotel offers more than 200 rooms in its immense, modern complex, and is an especially good choice if facilities such as a large indoor pool and fitness center appeal to you.
The family-friendly property has spacious, air-conditioned rooms, onsite restaurant serving Mediterranean-style fare, bar, and food truck. Prices currently start at just over $100 per night. You can walk to the city center and port in around 20 minutes, or take the bus (10 minutes).
Couples celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries, or other occasions might want to consider this five-star hotel with dramatic views over the Mediterranean, onsite restaurant with large seafront patio, outdoor pool, and glamorous Riviera vibe.
Located in a quiet stretch of south Marseille, the hotel is centered around the culinary talents of chef Gérald Passedat, who helms the three-Michelin-starred table Le Petit Nice. Creative Provencal cuisine aside, the hotel boasts spacious, air-conditioned rooms and suites with decor inspired by Greek villas. Amenities including bathrobe, minibar, private balconies, and extra-long beds.
Rates are steep at this property, currently starting at around $355 per night. They frequently drop during low season, however.
Finally, if you prefer traditional inns or B&Bs to hotels, consider a stay at this cozy hillside inn in south Marseille, just five minutes from the Plage du Prophète beach. It has only two carefully decorated and air-conditioned rooms rooms: one with Asian-style art and decor and another with African-inspired decor.
The service is reputed to be friendly, and the homemade breakfast excellent. While the inn isn't especially close to the city center-- it'll take you around 30 minutes to get there via public transport or car-- the stunning hillside setting and proximity to beaches is a plus. Rooms (including breakfast) currently start at around $100 per night; visit the official website for updated rates.