Places to Stay in Marseille
Most major attractions in Marseilles are close to the old harbor area of Vieux Port and in Le Panier, the colorful and historic neighborhood of steep, narrow streets that wind up the hillside above the west side of Vieux Port.
Residence du Vieux Port, with port-facing rooms also offering views of the grand Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde across the harbor, is close to the Metro and shopping. High in Le Panier, InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu has a pool, spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant in addition to its old-world elegance. Out a short distance on the quieter east side of the port, Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port is close to the Abbaye Saint-Victor and has a seasonal pool, a sauna, gym, and brasserie.
Right on the harbor at the head of the old port, Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port is perfectly located for visiting the annual Santon Market in December, with balconies overlooking the square. Radisson Blu Hotel, Marseille Vieux Port, not far from the Abbaye Saint-Victor, has a pool overlooking the port. Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port - MGallery Collection is close to the Metro station, ferry landing, and Musée d'Histoire de Marseille.
At the edge of Le Panier, with a terrace and balconies overlooking the port, Hermes is close to both the history and maritime museums. In the same location, Hotel Bellevue has a terrace restaurant and some rooms overlooking the port. Europe Hotel is one block off the harbor, near the ferry landing and restaurants.
This small but stylish boutique hotel is a blissful bolthole in the bustling inner city. A tiny, close-knit team of enthusiastic staff offer immaculate service with an intimate touch: five-star pampering at three-star prices.Slightly reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s pared-down style, the bedrooms and public areas have a cool, modern vibe with colourful local accents.
Designed by Philippe Starck, Mama Shelter aims to bring urban chic within the range of everyone (not least the urban chic themselves). With clean and modern rooms at affordable prices this hotel is definitely a top pick. Rubber swimming rings hang above the bar, interesting graffiti is tattooed across carpets and ceilings, and there’s a mild sense of subversion withal. Nothing edgy, mind. It all remains comfortable and polite.
Expect reliable top-class standards and an airy, modern design from this five-star chain hotel. It offers outstanding views, an excellent spa and large rooms, close to the port and city centre. The top floor Les Trois Forts restaurant overlooks the Med and serves seafood plucked straight from it.