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Where to Stay in Marseille?
Being the second most populous city in France after Paris, there is an excellent choice of accommodation in Marseille, from cheap and cheerful, no-frills guesthouses to lavish hotels. Probably the most desirable place to stay is the area around the Vieux Port. The port is bursting with character and there is a good selection of hotels here, many with harbour views. This is one of the best places to stay if you want to sample Marseille’s bustling cafes and bars, excellent seafood restaurants and lively nightlife.
La Canebière is the long boulevard which runs to the port. This is a good central location and there is a wide choice of hotels here including mid-range options and chains. While the area around Gare Saint-Charles (Marseille’s main railway station) offers a selection of cheaper hotels and more affordable options -- a good choice for those on a budget or with an early train to catch. For those that don’t want to be in the thick of it, but fancy a sea view, there are some good hotels on Marseilles’s corniche.
Marseille Accommodation Options
There is accommodation to suit all pockets in Marseille, from basic hotels and hostels to mid-range options, international chains and design-orientated boutique hotels.
For those on a tight budget, there are a couple of youth hostels to choose from including one in a residential area about 5km south of the city centre, close to the beach. If ou are staying longer than a couple of nights, it is possible to rent serviced apartments in the city which offer self-catering facilities.
Marseille also has the usual hotel chains offering a good range of facilities such as swimming pools and fitness centres. There are also ultra-luxurious hotels in magnificent settings offering fine views and first-class facilities.
Marseille Hotel Recommendations?
The Radisson Blu offers luxurious accommodation in a prime location overlooking Marseille's Vieux Port. It has all the facilities you would expect including a pool offering superb views and a fully-equipped fitness centre housing state-of-the-art equipment.
Le Petit Nice-Passédat is an exclusive Relais & Châteaux hotel on the corniche with sea views and a first-class restaurant. For an inexpensive option in the Vieux Port, consider the Hôtel Alizé.
Transport in Marseille
Marseille’s airport is approximately 25kms from the city. There are regular bus and train services to the city centre. Taxis take around 30 minutes. The city has an efficient metro and bus service.
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