Having welcomed visitors from neighboring regions for centuries, the bustling port city of Marseille has, in a sense, perfected the art of hospitality. Today, it offers a diverse set of accommodation styles to fit just about every type of travel budget–from simple youth hostels to quaint homestays and luxury hotels. We’ve rounded up some of the best housing options to help take some of the guesswork out of choosing where to stay in Marseille. Keep reading to discover them all below.
Over at the Vertigo Vieux-Port Hostel, the sea is never too far out of reach, thanks to the calming, whimsical blues of its nautical decor. Many guests prefer to relax on the outdoor patio or play a game in the sunbathed lounge area, where natural daytime lighting meets the comfort of modern air conditioning. Besides price and affordability, an excellent location in the beating heart of the city also seems to be among its most redeeming qualities. It’s located in close proximity to the Old Port Harbor, beaches and grand markets.
For all intents and purposes, the Timone Ibis is a great budget-friendly accommodation for families and groups. Located within a 10 minutes’ drive of popular sport complexes, performance venues, and exhibition parks, it tends to be a great starting point for group outings and nighttime activities. Accessible rooms are made available to guests with mobility issues, and for a small pet fee of only 6 USD per night, furry relatives are also invited to join in on the fun.
The Ibis has recently taken a pledge to adopt more sustainable practices within its hotel. Facilities now include a recycling center, eco-friendly cleaning products, energy-saving light bulbs and high-efficiency appliances.
Ibis Budget Marseille Timone
Address: 69, Boulevard Sakakini
Face masks for guests available Designated smoking area Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Newspapers Pets allowed WiFi available in all areas Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Safety deposit box
Hôtel Le Mistral is a superb seaside accommodation, situated in Marseille’s 8th arrondissement, not far from Borély Park. Vibrant colors, friendly staff and excellent services make this one-of-a-kind seafront hotel a premium pick for a romantic, beach time couples’ retreat.
Tucked a bit away from the main city center, Le Mistral is a guaranteed breath of fresh air and is located mere steps away from the shores of Pointe Rouge, where it beckons beach bums from all corners of the city. Not only that, but each of its 21 private bedrooms is non-smoking–an absolute rarity in France.
What could possibly be more French than enjoying a delicious breakfast spread of coffee, juice, fresh fruit, and croissants on a picturesque balcony, overlooking the stunning architectural gems of the city? This modern, third floor Airbnb apartment is located in a highly-privileged area of the city, just a short walk from the Old Port Harbor and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Newly renovated, it features a marble lobby with concierge service and accommodates up to six guests at a time.
T3 Airbnb with balcony
Price: from 89 USD
Number of Guests: 6
With the simplicity of an economical full breakfast buffet and the sophistication of an eclectic cocktail bar, this midrange hotel offers guests the best of both worlds. While the short walk to Vieux Port and the Vestige Gardens and the magnificent view of Notre Dame leave much for tourists and travelers to explore, its central location within the city center has also earned Mercure Marseille a favorite spot among traveling business professionals. In fact, the convenience of room service, private parking, fine dining, and on-site meeting rooms only serve to sweeten the deal.
Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port
Address: 1 Rue Neuve Saint Martin
Lift Cashless payment available CCTV in common areas Snack bar CCTV outside property Fax/photocopying Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
Sofitel is a well-known name when it comes to providing guests with 5-star, quality service. In fact, indulgence is simply the name of the game here. There’s no doubt guests will be captivated by the sleek feel of Sofitel’s modern design. Luxury suites are equipped with chaise-longue chairs and room service dining tables. Meanwhile plush, inviting guestrooms also offer private terrace views of the nearby harbor.
For an unforgettable stay, staff members also welcome guests to delight in one of the hotel’s upscale facilities, which include an on-site fitness center, rejuvenating spa, large indoor pool, and a swanky rooftop lounge.
Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port
Address: 36 Boulevard Charles Livon
Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Fire extinguishers Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Sauna Dry cleaning Babysitting/child services Room service
On a practical level, this VRBO-listed home is located within a short walking distance of Notre Dame and all the best beaches in town, however, its real worth comes from its undeniable beauty and sense of excellence. Indeed the French Riviera is invoked from every corner of this idyllic vacation rental for six–from the colorful, luminous outdoor breakfast patio to the lush greenery that makes up the surrounding garden.
Here the modern, tasteful decor makes for just the right amount of style and comfort a luxury traveler might be looking for. The walls are lightly-festooned with colorful works of art intended to awaken the aesthetic senses. Meanwhile, the master bedroom lends itself to a spacious private balcony, an ideal resting place for basking under the bountiful Marseille sun.
House with Garden
Price: from 232 USD
Number of Guests: 6
If you feel like you’ve stepped right into a relaxing Mediterranean country club in the heart of Provence it’s because, well, you have. Perched atop the majestic Panier Hill, the Hôtel Dieu, as its name seems to suggest, is an imposing, godlike structure whose history dates as far back as the 12th century. It is arguably the most important of the luxury accommodations in the area, servicing business professionals, politicos, and other members of the city’s elite. In addition to its stunning architecture, high-end amenities include a luxurious Clarins beauty spa, state-of-the-art fitness arena, upscale terrace bar, and multiple on-site venues for fine dining.
Hôtel Peron is certainly one of the more aesthetically-pleasing of Marseille’s top budget picks for accommodation. In addition to borrowings from the French regions of Brittany and Provence, the hotel prides itself on a unique blend of Dutch, Moroccan, and Asiatic influences. Corridor walls bear the talented artwork of a contemporary 1960’s painter.
Hôtel Peron is set along the beautiful shores of the Mediterranean sea, with private rooms offering a fresh-air balcony, overlooking idyllic views of the water. It boasts 24-hour security and a buffet-style breakfast, for the added comfort of its guests.
Marvelous Marseille awaits
Figuring out where to stay in Marseille, France doesn’t have to mean hours and hours of fruitless research. Thanks to its calming blue waters and strategic coastal placement, the incredible Mediterranean port city of Marseille is one of the top destinations for tourists traveling through southern France, which means it also boasts an abundance of accommodation options for travelers of every budget. Get started booking your trip today to uncover some of it’s most exciting treasures!
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