Where to stay

in Marseille

People from all over the world have been flocking to France's biggest port for over 2,500 years, bringing goods, culture, language, and more. This has created a diverse and multifaceted city, dotted with vibrant neighborhoods that offer many different types of stays. Whether it's breathing in the salty sea air, soaking up contemporary art, or being transported back millennia, there's always a wonderful experience to be had. Not to mention that, with a robust public transportation system, the whole city is at the doorstep no matter where the hotel is booked.

Where to Stay for History

Marseille's nautical heritage is central to its history, so stay right on the Vieux Port, the picturesque harbor area where a pair of 17th-century forts still stand sentry. Marseille's greatest hits are all walking distance from the hotels in the 1st Arrondissement, home to museums of all kinds, including the archaeological site of Marseille's Roman port in the Jardin des Vestiges. Stay in the 7th Arrondissement to climb up to the Notre Dame de la Garde or sail out to Château d'If, a tiny island immortalized in the novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The luxuries of French imperial history are reflected in the hotels of seaside Le Pharo; its lavish palace built by Napoleon III is now a conference center.

1st Arrondissement

Old Port of Marseille and Saint Vincent de Paul Church are top sights in 1st Arrondissement, and you should be sure to explore the captivating waterfront views. Hop aboard the metro at Réformés-Canebière Metro Station or St. Charles Station to see more sights in the area.

Recommended hotels in 1st Arrondissement

7th Arrondissement

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to 7th Arrondissement. A stop by Old Port of Marseille or La Corniche might round out your trip.

Recommended hotels in 7th Arrondissement

Le Pharo

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Le Pharo. A stop by Old Port of Marseille or Catalan Beach might round out your trip.

Recommended hotels in Le Pharo

Recommended hotels in Old Port of Marseille

Best Neighborhoods for Culture

Since Marseille became Europe's Capital of Culture in 2013, it has seen a rebirth, particularly in the industrial, seaside 2nd Arrondissement. Book accommodations here in the La Joliette neighborhood to spend the days exploring galleries and museums like the MUCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée), and the nights partying in hip bars. Alternatively, stay in the narrow streets and boutique hotels of the Quartier du Panier, packed with restaurants, galleries, and the poetry center at the Centre de la Vielle Charité. Get a sense of Marseille's deep North African heritage by booking in Noailles, which has traditional markets and is a quick walk away from most of downtown Marseille.

2nd Arrondissement

You might take some time to check out the waterfront views in 2nd Arrondissement. Spend some time visiting top spots like Marseille Provence Cruise Terminal, and catch the metro at Joliette Station or Jules Guesde Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in 2nd Arrondissement

La Joliette

If you're spending time in La Joliette, you might enjoy attractions like Old Port of Marseille and Cathedral la Major. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's captivating waterfront views before hopping on the metro at Joliette Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in La Joliette

Quartier du Panier

Quartier du Panier is known for its captivating waterfront views, and you can make a stop by Old Port of Marseille and La Vieille Charite while in the area.

Recommended hotels in Quartier du Panier

Noailles

Shopping, waterfront views, and restaurants are some highlights of Noailles. Make a stop by Old Port of Marseille or La Canebiere while you're exploring.

Recommended hotels in Noailles

Best Areas to Stay near the Ocean

Marseille is a thoroughly Mediterranean city, with stunning and unique landscapes at its doorstep. Wake up to panoramic views of the ocean and the mountains from the hotels in the 6th Arrondissement, located on the highest point in the city. Head south to lounge on the pebbly beaches of Bonneveine, in the 8th Arrondissement, where accommodations combine a beach vacation with access to palatial parks and the Orange Vélodrome. The rocky cliffs and gorges of the calanques seem a world away from busy downtown Marseille, but a stay in the city's 9th Arrondissement means you can experience their rugged beauty every day.

6th Arrondissement

Spend some time visiting places like Notre-Dame de la Garde while getting to know 6th Arrondissement, and be sure to check out the waterfront views. You can hop aboard the metro at Castellane Station or Estrangin Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in 6th Arrondissement

Bonneveine

Unique features of Bonneveine include the beaches and spas. Make a stop by Prado Beach or Borely Park while you're exploring the area.

Recommended hotels in Bonneveine

8th Arrondissement

Beaches, shopping, and waterfront views highlight some notable features of 8th Arrondissement. Make a stop by Calanques National Park or La Corniche while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Rond-Point du Prado Station or Perier Metro Station to get around town.

Recommended hotels in 8th Arrondissement

9th Arrondissement

Well-liked for its beaches and parks, 9th Arrondissement is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Calanques National Park and Calanque Morgiou, and jump on the metro at Sainte-Marguerite Dromel Station to get around the city.

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