Where to Stay in Marseille 🇫🇷: Guide to the Best Areas & Neighborhoods

Greetings, travelers! As my plane descended into Marseille, I just knew this city would capture my heart. In Old Port, boutique hotels place me near delicious seafood and colorful markets. Beach lovers? For you, cozy apartments with amazing ocean views. Hilltop villas, cosy hotels, sidewalk cafés – Marseille overflows with charm for every taste.

Oup pick of the best hotels in Marseille 🔝

Let me share favorite local spots to sample wines, wander sunny coastal streets, and soak up that Southern France chic. Can’t wait for you to fall for Marseille’s magic! Stay tuned for my tips to find memorable addresses to call home.

Quick Guide to Marseille Best Places to Stay 📋

1. Old Port of Marseille (Le Vieux Port) – Best Area to Stay in Marseille for the First Time 🔥

Old Port is your number one location if you are looking for a perfect jumping-off point. Situated around the city’s harbor, it is full of sights, markets and museums. Old Port remains my favorite area for aimless wandering in the sunshine and discovering what makes it so special.

🛳️ Picturesque harbor: The waters of Old Port will always amaze you whether you watch boats by the old Fort Saint-Jean or fishermen on the dock unloading their catch. A promenade along the waterfront exposes you to street artists, musicians and, of course, great seafood restaurants.

🛒 Markets bursting with bounty: You can spend hours getting lost in Old Port’s incredible markets with vibrant Provençal produce, spices, soaps, crafts and more. Marché de Noailles overflows with colors and scents under its 19th century iron roof. At Marché des Capucins, you can taste fresh oysters, paella and tapenades.

👮‍♂️ Generally safe: As a main tourist zone with regular police patrols, Old Port area remains relatively safe. However, visitors shouldn’t let their guard down in any big city.

Old Port of Marseille
Gamla hamnen i Marseille
Old Port of Marseille
Gamla hamnen i Marseille
Market Le Vieux Port
Market Le Vieux Port
Market Le Vieux Port

🗺️ Compact layout: Given the walkable cluster of sights, Old Port is easy to explore on foot!

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Where to Stay in Old Town?🏨

Expensive Hotels:

  • New Hotel Le Quai – elegant colonial-style boutique hotel overlooking the Old Port and Pannier, offers luxurious rooms and personalized service.
  • Le Pytheas Vieux Port Marseille – modern premium hotel with panoramic sea views, surrounded by restaurants and stores.
  • Les Chambres de l'Abbaye – a chic hotel in a restored 17th century abbey with exquisite decor and authentic atmosphere.

Medium price range:

Budget Hotels:

  • Nice Place Near Vieux Port – a cozy guest house with a homely atmosphere and friendly hosts, a great option for budget travelers.
  • Lovely place near Vieux Port – charming small hotel in a historic building with authentic décor, an ideal combination of price and quality.
  • Cosy Place Near Vieux Port – a guest house with simple but cozy rooms and a warm welcome, located in a quiet area close to attractions.

2. Le Panier – Best Place to Stay in Marseille for History & Museums 🎭

This ancient part that stands high above the busy port area is full with colorful buildings at every corner and narrow streets that twist and turn. It’s a place where history seems to be alive – it can almost be heard when walking through its path!

🛍️ Market madness: The heart of local life beats strongest at Le Panier de Marseille and Marché Schuman.These are places that overflow with fresh food stuffs from all corners of earth as well as handicrafts made by locals.

🏛️Historical core: Make sure to visit the Old Charity Center. You will adore exploring the beautiful stone buildings that house the Center’s museums and exhibits Mediterranean artifacts spanning 2600 years of port history.

🚶‍♂️ Walkable wonder: Le Panier’s in meant to be explored on foot. Hidden courtyards, stunning staircases and panoramic vistas are only some of the things you will find here. The scenic Promenade de la Joliette also links Le Panier to the modern La Joliette district.

🔍 Safety first: While bustling and lively, Le Panier is generally safe for tourists. Although local authorities work hard to ensure visitors can enjoy the area without worry, like in any popular destination, just keep your eyes open, especially in crowded spots and narrow alleys.

🖼️ World-class museums: The area offers best museums, from Mucem’s terraces to the optical illusions of Musée de l’Illusion, both are a must see. For more in depth understanding of the area’s history – visit Musée Regards de Provence, artwork and artifacts trace the history of this area from far ancient Greek settlements to present.

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Where to stay in Notre Le Panier? 🏨

Medium price range:

  • Le Hammam du Panier– unique suites with exposed stonework set in a former hammam (Turkish bath) building from 17th century Le Panier district.
  • Hotel NH Collection– sleek and modern 4-star hotel near the historic Old Port, offering a rooftop pool/bar, tapas restaurant and soundproofed rooms.

Budget Hotels:

  • Maison Du Vieux Panier– charming guest house, with beautifully decorated rooms and a peaceful courtyard.
  • Au Vieux Panier – cozy bed and breakfast tucked in Le Panier, steps from sights like Vieille Charité, offering hosts that provide insider tips.

3. Cinq Avenues – Best Neighborhood for Families 👪

This neighborhood offers a cozy blend of learning and leisure, and most importantly is easy to navigate. Let’s take a closer look at why Cinq Avenues should be on your radar, especially if you’re traveling with the family.

Palais Longchamp
Palais Longchamp
Cinq Avenues
Palais Longchamp
Palais Longchamp
Palais Longchamp
Cinq Avenues

🏛️ A grand day out: At the heart of it all, Palais Longchamp isn’t just a feast for the eyes. Inside, you’ll find the Natural History Museum of Marseille, where dinosaurs still roam (in a manner of speaking) and art that tells stories of ages past. It’s the kind of place where you and the kids can learn something new while being wowed by the surroundings.

🎬 Movie nights: For those evenings when you’re in the mood for a movie, Pathé Madeleine has got you covered. It’s a modern cinema showing the latest releases, making it a great place to unwind after a day of exploring.

🌌 Great Museums: The Marseille Observatory is a hidden gem that lets you and the family gaze into the cosmos, while the Natural History Museum of Marseille gives you a ride into the past.

🚶‍♂️ Easy to explore: Cinq Avenues is well-connected and pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to get around and explore everything the area has to offer.

👪 Family first: With its mix of educational attractions, leisure activities, and easy logistics, Cinq Avenues is a top pick for families visiting Marseille. It offers a bit of everything: learning, fun, and the chance to create lasting memories.

Where to stay in Cinq Avenues? 🏨

Medium price category:

  • Maison Dormoy – a cozy small hotel in a historic 19th century building with a charming courtyard. Located in the city center near the Old Port.
  • Le Franklin Roosevelt – a modern hotel in an elegant style with panoramic views of the city. Located in the «Castellan» neighborhood with developed infrastructure.

Budget hotels:

  • Le Transvaal-Maison d'Hôtes – a guest house with a homely atmosphere. It offers spacious rooms with sea view at a reasonable price.
  • Le Madeleine – small cozy hotel in the heart of Marseille, offers comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. Ideal for budget travelers.

4. Notre Dame du Mont – Where to Stay for Chic Nightlife 🍸

In Marseille, Notre Dame du Mont is where all the fun happens at night. It’s a cool spot that mixes old stories, great food, and awesome music. From the tasty adventures at L’Arôme and the live beats at Espace Julien to the peaceful  Escaliers du Cours Julien, there’s always something to do. And with places like Matza for a late-night snack and Mama Shelter to sleep, you’re all set for a memorable night in the city’s coolest spot.

Notre Dame du Mont
Notre Dame du Mont
Notre Dame du Mont
Notre Dame du Mont
Notre Dame du Mont
Notre Dame du Mont
Notre Dame du Mont

🚶‍♂️👮‍♂️ Easy to Get Around: The best way to see Notre Dame du Mont is on foot. It’s easy to find new places and have fun along the way. The area is safe for people visiting, lively in the evening with both locals and tourists hanging out.

🌃 Where the Night Comes Alive: This neighborhood is perfect for anyone who loves staying up late. It’s got everything: good eats, cool tunes, and street art that lights up your walk. It’s a mix of everything that makes nightlife great. Whether you’re here to eat, listen to music, check out art, or just hang out, Notre Dame du Mont has something special for you.

Where to stay in Notre Dame du Mont? 🏨

Expensive hotels:

  • Mama Shelter Marseille – stylish design hotel with a bright interior, located in the heart of the city center, next to the port.
  • Appart design, plein center Marseille – chic apartments in a historic building, decorated in a modern style, in the heart of Marseille.
  • Chic et moderne – an elegant boutique hotel with sophisticated Provence-inspired decor and excellent service.

Medium price category:

  • Maison Juste – cozy small hotel in traditional Provençal style near the Old Port.
  • Le Lodi – a modern hotel with spacious rooms and good value for money.

Budget Hotels:

5. La Corniche & Le Roucas-Blanc – For the Best Beaches 🌴

This area is a paradise for anyone who loves the sea. Let’s dive into what makes this area a must-visit for beach and history lovers.

🌊 Seaside Bliss: Whenever I need to unwind, I head to La Corniche’s promenade, where the salty breeze and endless horizon instantly calm my soul. Prophet’s Beach is a go-to spot for a refreshing swim or a lazy day in the sun, with its inviting waters and laid-back atmosphere, all just 10 minutes by car from the historic center.

🛍️ Local Flavors: The Market Marseille Les Catalans provides fresh seafood and local treats while chatting with the vendors who make this place come alive. It’s a small adventure in every bite and a great way to start your day before hitting the beach.

🏰 History Around Every Corner: Don’t miss the Abbaye Saint-Victor, an ancient abbey that feels like a step back in time. It’s a peaceful place with a rich history, and the views from here are just incredible, just as from Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde. Then there’s the Theatre Silvain and Villa Gaby, places that blend culture, history, and stunning seaside settings. Villa Gaby garage offers parking spots as well to start explorations.

🚌 Accessible location: Public transport lines make reaching La Corniche’s havens easy from the city center.

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Where to stay in La Corniche & Le Roucas-Blanc? 🏨

Expensive Hotels:

  • Le Petit Nice - Passedat – luxury hotel and Michelin restaurant with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, fine French cuisine.
  • nhow Marseille – stylish contemporary design hotel with panoramic city views, swimming pool and conference facilities.
  • Le Rhul – elegant boutique hotel in a historic 19th century building, exquisite interior, high level of service.

Medium price category:

Budget hotels:

Best Areas & Marseille Hotels on a Map 🗺

FAQs about Visiting Marseille❔

What’s the best area to stay in Marseille?

The Old Port is the most popular area to stay with tourists due to its central location, vibrant atmosphere, and proximity to top attractions. Vieux-Port has a wide variety of hotels, from luxury properties to budget-friendly options.

Where is the main area of Marseille?

The main area is widely considered to be the Old Port (Vieux Port), which is home to many attractions, restaurants, nightlife spots, and hotels. It serves as the city’s hub and heart.

Is Marseille a walkable city?

With its mostly flat layout along the coast, Marseille is very walkable, especially the areas around the Old Port and Le Panier which can be explored on foot. However, some outer neighborhoods like Les Calanques require other transport.

What is the safest district in Marseille?

The safest areas considered by visitors and residents are the 1st and 7th arrondissements which include tourist destinations like Old Port, Le Panier, and Notre-Dame de la Garde as police patrol regularly there.