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The historic seaside port of Marseille is not only the second largest city in France, but is home to some of the best street art, restaurants, and coastal views of the whole country!
While most tourists wander around the old city with its winding streets and the bustling port, Marseille also includes many sleepy seaside villages which offer a more authentic view of French life.
Marseille is the second largest city in France and the largest in terms of land area, choosing a neighborhood to stay in is no easy task.
That is exactly why we created this neighborhood guide so that you can find a district in Marseille perfect for your travel needs!
Our team of experienced writers with years of traveling experience put together a list of the best places to stay in Marseille.
After looking over this guide YOU will know the massive city of Marseille just as good as any local would. Each district appeals to a different kind of traveler, after a few minutes you will be able to find your own piece of heaven!
Plus, our panel of travel experts have you covered in France with the best hotels in Marseille, ultimate things to do in Marseille, PLUS 45 things to do in France and 131 incredible things to do in Europe!
P.S If you’re looking to travel around France, check out our in-depth guides to Lyon (best things to do, where to stay and the best hotels to stay in!). Marseille has some stellar things to do, places to stay and more awesome hotels to stay in!
These are our best picks for where to stay in Marseille.
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Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Marseille.
This youthful and artsy hostel is just down the road from the famous Vieux Port. Other than the hotel’s central location, Vertigo offers some of the best prices in town as well as a great hostel experience that will stay with guests for years to come.
The hostel provides communal living areas, a shared kitchen, and free breakfast. Relax and make new friends as you relax on the outdoor patio, enjoying life in historic Marseille!
Only minutes away from the lively and historic Vieux Port, these apartments put you in the shoes of a local as you embrace French city life.
Each of these modern apartments comes complete with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, living room, private bathroom, and a wardrobe. Les Appartments du Vieux Port puts you up in comfort and opens the door to some of Marseille’s best attractions!
Located in a historic 18th-century building with stunning views of the Marseille skyline, Hotel Dieu redefines luxury service. This resort set in the heart of the old city includes two onsite restaurants, a bar, spa, sauna, Turkish baths, indoor pool, fitness center, sunbeds, and so much more!
From the views from the terrace, you may never want to leave the comfort of your room as you look out over the gorgeous city of Marseille!
From lively clubs down old winding streets to cozy bars overlooking the bobbing boats in the harbor, Marseille has a little bit of everything all within a small distance of each other.
The city of Marseille is centered around the ancient port originally built by the Greeks. For over a thousand years, music, food, and art have flourished in this coastal city, all waiting to be explored!
Hotel Jules Insider TipLe Vieux Port or “The Old Port” is the center of tourism, business, and shopping for all of Marseille. For centuries this harbor has been the focal point for all life in the city.
La Panier and Joliette are located just North of the port and encompass what is known as “Old Marseille”. Joliette is a smaller neighborhood of La Panier by the coast and has seen a major face-lift in recent years attracting high-end shops and contemporary artists.
Just east of Le Vieux Port is La Plaine, a small district which has some of the best street art in France as well as loads of underground bars and clubs.
La Corniche stretches from the lower part of The Old Port 5km south, offering some of the best views of the sea and its islands.
With so many great neighborhoods and districts in Marseille, you may be indecisive as to which to choose. With this detailed guide, you are sure to find the part of Marseille best suited for you!
Now let’s take a look, in greater detail, at the best neighborhoods to stay in Marseille. Each is a little different from the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!
Le Panier is our pick for where to stay in Marseille on your first time
Like many cities throughout Europe, the soul of a city is found in the oldest district with the narrowest alleyways. Panier meaning “basket” comes from the name of a 17th century Inn, since then this district has been well known for its multi-cultural neighborhoods.
These winding meandering streets capture everything one would want to see in “old Marseille”. Although some of the shops are a bit run-down, in recent years there has been a push to remodel many of the building’s aging facades.
The street art, corner stores, and workshops are more than enough to keep tourists wandering the streets for hours. With its convenient location next to Marseille “old port”, Le Panier is our pick for the best neighborhood for those getting their first taste of Marseille!
Convenience is just a mouse click away when you book into Toyoko INN! This hotel is smack in between the railway station and the iconic Le Panier.
After enjoying your complimentary breakfast, stroll through Toyoko INN’s beautiful onsite gardens! Each of the spacious rooms come complete with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and a desk!
The view from Un Duplex au Panier offers guests a spectacular view of the Marseille skyline sprinkled with towering cathedral spires peeking over romantic French townhouses.
This self-serve apartment includes 2 spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with a flat-screen TV, and a washing machine to be used at the guest’s convenience.
Staycity Aparthotels provide their guests with everything they need to have a comfortable stay in the historic district of Le Panier. The hotel has an on-site fitness center as well as a bar for the guest’s enjoyment.
Each apartment and studio comes with a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom complete with free toiletries.
The history of Marseille began in 600 BC when a shipping port was founded by the Greeks in what is now known as Le Vieux Port or “The Old Harbor”. After being destroyed during WWII, the port has since been reborn and reflects its former glory.
With such a long rich history, it is no wonder that the port brings in droves of tourists each day to walk through the fish markets, explore ancient history, or just people watch from the marina.
The entire city of Marseille is centered around Le Vieux Port, it is here where you will find the most tourists, traffic, and hotels. Being the most concentrated part of Marseille means there are plenty of budget choices, for accommodation, food, and bars!
These cozy apartments make guests feel right at home in the heart of Marseille. Each of these units tastefully decorated units come with free WiFi, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a private bathroom.
Booking into a centrally located spacious flat like Appartement Rue de la Glaceis the beginning of a fantastic vacation!
You will be experiencing the typical romantic French holiday when you book into Les Chambres de l’Abbaye. With antique decorations and a dash of old-world charm, guests can cozy up by the fire while relaxing in absolute comfort.
A garden is also available if you went to lounge out in the fresh air. After waking up from your comfortable room with free WiFi and TV, enjoy a continental breakfast before you set out exploring the streets of Marseille!
Nothing could be better than wining and dining with a view of the breathtaking Vieux port. You can do just that when you book into the stunning Grand Hotel Beauvau. Guests are treated like royalty as soon as they reach the door and are surrounded by 19th-century antique furniture.
Each of the luxury rooms at the Grand Hotel come complete with air-conditioning, satellite TV, free WiFi, and spacious bathrooms. The makings of your dream vacation all start here!
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La Plaine is a neighborhood which has the perfect blend of history, trendy art, and the best bars/clubs in Marseille! This youthful district attracts lots of young up and coming artists, writers, and designers, as well as a slew of party animals looking to boogie all night long.
Overlooking the seven hills of Marseille, La Plaine hosts lots of boutique shops and open-air markets during the day. Walking down the streets of La Plaine, especially an area called Cours Julien, is like walking through an outside art gallery with the amount of stunning street art.
At night, the sleepy streets are frequented by locals and tourists alike, hopping from bar to club. While the center flaunts itself as being the hub of all nightlife in Marseille, La Plaine is known for being more underground, thus giving you a more unique clubbing experience.
This cozy bed and breakfast is located nearby Marseille’s popular art and bar district. The entire apartment is painted in relaxing light tone, making guests feel right at home as soon as they enter the door.
With a comfortable living room and free WiFi, whoever stays at Liberte is sure to feel like family.
Located in the heart of La Plaine near Longchamp Park, ibis Marseille Centre Gare Saint Charles dazzles its guests with a rooftop terrace, bar, with a boules court.
Every morning the hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast with freshly baked pastries. End every day in your comfortable room and unwind with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. The room also includes a private bathroom with free toiletries.
Although located a just outside of La Plaine, this boutique hotel is sure to give you a luxurious stay in one of France’s most beloved cities! Hotel Maison Montgrand spoils its guests with an onsite shop and petanque court.
Each of the homey rooms at the Hôtel Maison Montgrand – Vieux Port come with a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and a private bathroom. Start every morning off right by enjoying their complimentary breakfast. The hotel also includes a restaurant open for lunch and a bar open 24 hours.
La Joliette is our pick for the coolest place to stay in Marseille.
Although a small neighborhood within the larger district of Panier, La Joliette stands alone with its various modern art museums and historical buildings which have seen a major face-lift over the years.
What used to be dilapidated buildings and abandoned warehouses is now one of the hottest new districts for contemporary artists and high-end shopping. While this may not sound as “hipster” as areas such as La Plaine, Joliette still deserves a spotlight for its amount of art galleries and seaside bars.
For those looking to escape the gentrified part of town, Panier is a short walk away which maintain a lot of what La Joliette looked like several years ago.
With the many bars, restaurants, and old buildings to explore in La Joliette, visitors are sure to never have a dull moment!
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Studio Zen is nestled into the seaside neighborhood of La Joliette and provides guests with an authentic look at Marseille life.
The centrally located apartments include a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, and a bathroom with shower. These quaint flats are the perfect place to base yourself in while staying in Marseille!
Located between the historic Le Panier district and the recently renovated La Joliette, Best Western Plus is the perfect place to base yourself out of during your Marseille adventure!
Each of the rooms in this 4-star boutique hotel come with an iPod docking station, air-conditioning, free WiFiI, private bathroom, and a flat-screen TV!
Built in 1864, this classy hotel still maintains the same splendor it did over 100 years ago. This 4-star hotel includes a cocktail bar, fitness center, garden, and an onsite Spanish restaurant.
Each of the rooms in this hotel carry the same elegance they did during the 19th century with modern comforts such as free WiFi, electric kettle, coffee maker, as well as a private bathroom.
The La Corniche is our pick for best neighborhood in Marseille for families.
La Corniche is a quiet 5km stretch of roadway which offers some of the best views of the Marseille coast. It is here where you can find patches of sand where locals like to sunbathe, quiet seaside restaurants, and the best view of the islands off of France.
With a cool sea breeze, tourist will be dazzled with romantic scenes of Iles du Frioul, historic houses, and sandy beaches. Along this parkway is also some of the best hotels in all of Marseille located outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown.
La Corniche connects the busy historic harbor of Le Vieux Port and the less frequented Vallon des Auffes, giving tourists a choice of destinations depending on their personal tastes.
Due to La Corniche’s unique location between both the downtown and smaller villages, this neighborhood is our top pick for families visiting Marseille!
Located at the most southern end of Le Corniche, Aparthotel Adagio puts its guests a mere 350m from the beach!
This hotel also includes breakfast, a terrace, and even a heated outdoor swimming pool! Each of the rooms come complete with a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, and the apartments come with a balcony!
Hotel nhow is directly on the shore, allowing guests quick access to Marseille’s beautiful coastline! Every state-of-the-art room comes with air-conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, and a private bathroom.
The hotel also includes a terrace, fitness center, spa, Turkish baths, hot tub, restaurant, and 3 bars!
Life can’t get much better when you have a 3-star Michelin restaurant attached to your luxurious 5-star hotel. Other than having one of the best restaurants in the world, Le Petit Nice Passedat also includes a bar, terrace, and an outdoor.
Just when you thought things could not get any better, open the door to your chic suite which comes with free WiFi, flat-screen TV, free mini-bar, and stunning views of the sea!
Marseille is an extremely diverse city whose population come from various backgrounds. The city’s culture is hard to sum up in one sentence due to the large contrast of sleepy seaside hamlets to large historic ports.
Museums, architecture, street art, islands, and churches, everything Marseille touches instantly becomes overflowing with outstanding beauty and charm.
Out of all of the attractive neighborhoods in Marseille, our favorite by far is La Plaine. La Plaine not only has the hottest bars and clubs but also has a vibrant art scene which is displayed proudly throughout the many centuries old alleyways and streets.
As far as hotels are concerned, Studio Zen Et Design Vieux-Port Marseille gives guests the freedom like a local and the comfort of a hotel and therefore is our top pick for accommodation in Marseille.
The tranquil shores, artsy bars, and historic ports away you in Marseille. Tourists will be dreaming of the romantic cafes and the sound of waves crashing against the rocks for years to come after experiencing the majesty of Marseille!
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Emma Johnson lives to travel! Born in Washington D.C., Emma is a hotel connoisseur and a staff writer at Hotel Jules. An army brat, Emma got the travel bug early and has never been able to stop. Now, she has proudly visited 70+ countries and plans to visit every country in the world! Passionate about her ukelele (obviously) and her family, Emma eventually wants to retire in Thailand and write a book about all of her travel experiences.