Enjoying a premier spot on the Mediterranean coast, Marseille is the second most populated city in the country and provides a unique destination in the French Riviera.

Covering over twice the surface area of Paris, figuring out exactly where to stay in Marseille can be tricky. To help you out, we’ve pulled together a bunch of local tips on the best places to stay in the area.

We’ve got something for everyone – whether you’re a budget backpacker, city-breaker, or looking for a place to stay with your family.

Let’s get into it!

Where to Stay in Marseille

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our top recommendations for accommodation in Marseille.

Best Airbnb in Marseille: Central Apartment with Balcony

Central Apartment with Balcony

This is our top pick for Airbnbs in Marseille thanks to the stunning terrace with views over the city and Bonne Mère. The accommodation in spacious and bright, with a large kitchen and all the comforts of home. There are two bedrooms sleeping four guests in total, making this ideal for families or groups staying in Marseille.

Best Hostel in Marseille: Hello Marseille Hostel

Hello Marseille Hostel

 This is one of the coolest hostels in Marseille, offering genuine backpacking accommodation at the very heart of the historical center. Located in the ‘Vieux-Port’, guests benefit from exceptional access to all the main cultural and entertainment sites, like the famous ‘Calanques’ National Park.

Best Hotel in Marseille: InterContinental Marseille

Intercontinental Marseille

Those staying at InterContinental Marseille can wake up to breakfast daily at La Brasserie Les Fenêtres, plus dinner at Le Restaurant Gastronomique Alcyone. Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 5-star hotel makes an excellent base for sightseeing in Marseille.

Marseille Neighbourhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN MARSEILLE
Opera, Marseille
FIRST TIME IN MARSEILLE

Opera

Opera is right in the middle of the action, situated on the business end of the port and encompassing the famous Vieux Port area. It’s where the concentration of tourists is highest, and with good reason.

ON A BUDGET
Saint Victor, Marseille
ON A BUDGET

Saint Victor

Saint Victor is that trifecta of travelling dreams. It’s right in the middle, sitting directly next to Opera; it’s cheaper than it’s fancier neighbour, not being as well known keeps the prices down; and it has the most iconic monuments of the city in its boundaries. Score!

NIGHTLIFE
Notre Dame du Mont, Marseille
NIGHTLIFE

Notre Dame du Mont

East of the port area, and centred around a station of the same name, Notre Dame du Mont is the place to be in Marseille for an evening out.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Le Panier, Marseille
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Le Panier

Le Panier lies on the other side of the port, just back from the edge of the Quai. French for ‘the basket’, it’s a charming, quaint old suburb with a history over 2600 years long.

FOR FAMILIES
Thiers, Marseille
FOR FAMILIES

Thiers

Thiers is directly up the grand avenue of La Canebiere, heading east from the Vieux Port. It’s appropriately pizza slice shaped. Did you know Marseille is as famous locally for its pizza as its bouillabaisse?

Located on the sparkling coastline of the South of France, Marseille sits in the middle of Montpellier and Nice. It’s a port town with over 2500 years of history, so you’ll find plenty of sights to explore.

It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Marseille. While missing the polish of the Cote d’Azur, its scruffiness belies a warm heart. The streets and squares dotted throughout the old town are authentically welcoming, creating a charming atmosphere.

If you’re visiting Marseille for the first time, we recommend staying in Opera. Situated between the port and the center of town, it’s the perfect place to get to know the city.

Saint Victor is the best place to stay if you’re traveling on a budget. Despite its central location, prices here tend to be a lot more affordable than other areas of Marseille.

The best nightlife in Marseille can be found in Notre Dame du Mont. This area sits close to the port just outside the center of town, and is home to numerous bars and clubs.

Le Panier is the coolest place to stay in Marseille. It’s a quaint and multicultural suburb on the other side of the port, away from the main tourist scenes.

Finally, Thiers is our top pick for where to stay in Marseille with families. It’s a friendly residential area, situated just outside the city center and steps away from the port.

Still not sure where to stay in Marseille? Read on for more detailed guides one each of these areas, as well as the best accommodation in each.

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Marseille’s 5 Best Neighbourhoods to Stay In

Marseille is pretty large, so finding the best area to stay in can really make or break your trip.

1. Opera – Where to Stay in Marseille for your First Time

Opera is right in the middle of the action, situated on the business end of the port and encompassing the famous Vieux Port area. There’s so much here to explore, as well as a range of fantastic dining options.  

There’s a fish market on early mornings, and the port is a great place to sit and watch the boats go by. Thanks to its array of activities and places to discover, Opera is our top pick for visitors staying in Marseille for the first time.

Opera, Marseille
You’ll never be short of things to do here!

Best Airbnb in Opera: Studio Vieux Port

Studio Vieux Port

This modern studio is ideal for solo travellers or couples visiting Marseille for the first time. Situated just steps away from the Old Port as well as many public transport connections, the Airbnb provides a great base from which to explore the city. A kitchenette is included for home-cooked meals, but a couple of minutes’ walk will take you to some of Marseille’s coolest bars and restaurants.

Best Hostel in Opera: Hello Marseille Hostel

Hello Marseille Hostel

This is one of the coolest hostels in Marseille, offering genuine backpacking accommodation at the very heart of the historical center. Located in the ‘Vieux-Port’, guests benefit from exceptional access to all the main cultural and entertainment sites, like the famous ‘Calanques’ National Park.

Best Hotel in Opera: Grand Hotel Beauvau

Grand Hotel Beauvau

Conveniently located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Marseille. It is close to La Canebiere, restaurants, and shops. This elegant hotel provides valet parking, 24-hour room service and an express check-in and check-out feature. 

Best Hotel in Opera: Escale Oceania Marseille

Escale Oceania Marseille

Escale Oceania Marseille Vieux Port offers modern accommodation in Marseille and is within a 20-minute walk of Castellane Metro Station. It’s right by the area’s vibrant nightlife district, about a five-minute walk from Vieux Port La Canebiere and Old Port of Marseille. 

Things to See and Do in Opera:

  • Explore the long-standing fish market on Quai des Belges.
  • Take a ride on the giant Ferris Wheel to see the sights and lights of the city.
  • Try the bouillabaisse at any one of the many seafood restaurants lining the port.
  • Sip a pastis with water by the water.
  • Enjoy the views of Marseille from the harbour wall.

2. Saint Victor – Where to Stay in Marseille on a Budget

Saint Victor is that trifecta of traveling dreams and is the best place for anyone traveling France on a budget. It’s right in the middle of Marseille and offers a cheaper alternative to Opera, as it’s slightly less well-known.

You’ll find squares for wining and dining here too, lined with pretty planter boxes and accessible by grand stone staircases. There are lots of cheap and free activities on offer here, as well as some affordable places to eat.

Saint Victor, Where to Stay in Marseille
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Best Airbnb in Saint Victor: Room with Balcony and City Views

Room with Balcony and City Views

This charming private room is large and colourful, with plenty of natural light let in by the floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests have direct access to a balcony and shared kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. From here, the beach, shops, and top attractions of Marseille are in easy reach.

Best Hostel in Saint Victor: Vertigo Vieux-Port

Vertigo Vieux-Port

Located in the Old Port area, this hostel in Marseille is within walking distance from beaches, bars, and the central market. Dorms are clean and comfortable, with a variety of room options on offer. It’s considered one of the best hostels in France, so you’re pretty much guaranteed an awesome stay.

Best Hotel in Saint Victor: Hotel C2

Hotel C2

This 5-star hotel boasts a sun deck, as well as an onsite gym, spa, and swimming pool. It’s set in a renovated traditional building, retaining original columns and marble flooring. Rooms are bright and come with modern furniture and amenities.

Best Hotel in Saint Victor: Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel

This 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Marseille. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it’s just a short walk from Vieux Port Metro Station. There’s a gym and swimming pool onsite, and rooms are stylishly decorated.

Things to See and Do in Saint Victor:

  • View the city from the top of Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde.
  • Visit the 5th century Abbaye Saint-Victor.
  • Cool off at Plage des Catalans.
  • Have a picnic, French style, at Parc Pierre Puget.
  • Discover the stunning buildings and boats surrounding the port.  

3. Notre Dame du Mont – Best Area to Stay in Marseille for Nightlife

The Bohemian vibe of this neighborhood combined with the selection of bars and restaurants on offer make this the best place for nightlife in Marseille.

This stretched-out square is home to the hipster hallmarks of tattoo parlors, independent bookstores, and coffee roasters. When the sun goes down, locals and travelers alike will make their way to ‘la Plaine’ (Jean Jaures Square). Here, you’ll find clubs and bars galore.

Notre Dame du Mont, Marseille
Source: Pani Garmyder (Shutterstock)

Best Airbnb in Notre Dame du Mont: Gorgeous Studio in the Heart of Marseilles

Gorgeous Studio in the Heart of Marseilles

This recently renovated house provides spacious accommodation just moments away from Notre Dame du Mont’s vibrant nightlife scene. It’s full of natural light and sleeps four guests – perfect if you’re traveling with friends.

Best Hostel in Notre Dame du Mont: B&B La Sylvabelle

B&B La Sylvabelle

This B&B in Marseille enjoys an awesome location close to the city center and the famous Vieux Port! Located on the fourth floor of an opulent 19th-century building and overlooking some gardens, it provides free breakfast and comfortable accommodation.

Best Hotel in Notre Dame du Mont: Mama Shelter Marseille

Mama Shelter Marseille

With an awesome onsite bar and perfect location for visiting bars and restaurants, Mama Hotel Marseille is a great choice if you’re looking to explore the city’s nightlife. Rooms are contemporary and comfortable, each featuring a private bathroom and mini-fridge. You’ll also be close to the metro, so getting around will be quick and easy.

Best Hotel in Notre Dame du Mont: Saint Ferréol

Saint Ferréol

This simple hotel has all the basics you’ll need for a comfortable stay in Saint Ferréol. It’s within walking distance of museums, shops, and markets, and is ideal for sightseeing. If you want to travel further afield, the hotel is surrounded by metro stops and train stations.

Things to See and Do in Notre Dame du Mont:

  • Check out the all-encompassing street art on the Escaliers du Cours Julien.
  • Visit Espace Julien for its contemporary music scene.
  • Watch the sun go down over the square with a beer or a coffee.
  • Find yourself a first edition in one of the quirky bookstores.
  • Dance the night away at Baby Club!

4. Le Panier – Coolest Place to Stay in Marseille

Le Panier lies on the other side of the port. It’s a charming, quaint old suburb with a history over 2600 years long. It earns its place as the coolest place to stay in Marseille as its away from the touristy areas of the city, providing a more authentic experience.

The narrow streets are full of artwork, independent galleries, and cafes. There’s so much of local life to explore here, though you’ll never be far from the best activities on offer in Marseille.

Le Panier, Marseille
Discover the picturesque backstreets of Marseille
Source: Zyankarlo (Shutterstock)

Best Airbnb in Le Panier: Funky Apartment in the Heart of Panier District

Funky Apartment in the Heart of Panier District

This stunning apartment provides comfortable and convenient accommodation in Marseille. Located right in the center of the historic Panier district, it sits in a peaceful street which means that you can be in the middle of everything and go home to unwind in peace.

Best Hostel in Le Panier: Hotel Hermes

Hotel Hermes

Hotel Hermes provides a convenient base to explore the city, and features a nice buffet breakfast and family atmosphere. There’s a solarium and roof terrace where guests can enjoy a unique view of the city, the Old Port, and Notre Dame de la Garde.

Best Hotel in Le Panier: InterContinental Marseille

Intercontinental Marseille

Those staying at InterContinental Marseille can wake up to breakfast daily at La Brasserie Les Fenêtres, plus dinner at Le Restaurant Gastronomique Alcyone after a day of sightseeing. It’s a five-star hotel, with an onsite bar and swimming pool.

Best Hotel in Le Panier: Ibis Marseille Centre

Ibis Marseille Centre

Located in Marseille’s city center, this hotel has been recently refurbished and offers comfortable rooms and free Wi-Fi. It’s close to the Porte d’Aix, dining options, and shops.

Things to See and Do in Le Panier:

  • Get cultural at MuCem.
  • Visit the Musee de Docks Romains to see life long ago.
  • Lose your way in the backstreets.
  • Walk around the Cathedrale La Major and down to the water. 
  • Wander the alleys and look out for the impressive street art. 

5. Thiers – Best Neighborhood in Marseille for Families

Thiers is directly up the grand avenue of La Canebiere, heading east from the Vieux Port. It’s not a well-known tourist destination on its own, but its proximity to Marseille’s top attractions makes it the best place to stay in Marseille with kids. 

It’s within walking distance of the Old Port, so you’re in easy reach of the hustle and bustle that area has to offer. The parks and playgrounds of Notre Dame du Mont are also just five minutes away.

Thiers, Marseille
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Best Airbnb in Thiers: Central Apartment with Balcony

Central Apartment with Balcony

Sleeping up to four guests, this spacious apartment is the perfect home away from home. You’ll have a large kitchen and living area, as well as two separate bedrooms. The apartment is very central, and boasts amazing views of the Bonne Mère from the sunny terrace.

Best Budget Accommodation in Thiers: Central Flat with Balcony

Central Flat with Balcony

If you want great value for money, then this modern apartment is ideal! Costing less than a family room in a hostel, the flat can sleep up to six guests and comes with a full kitchen and living area. It’s centrally located minutes from the port and city attractions, with restaurants and shops within easy reach.

Best Hotel in Thiers: Odalys City Marseille Canebière

Odalys City Marseille Canebière

This self-catered accommodation in Thiers provides bright and contemporary accommodation in the heart of the city. Family rooms and cots are available – and the aparthotel even allows pets! You’ll be within walking distance of everything there is to explore in the city, so you can enjoy an action-packed trip.

Best Hotel in Thiers: Le Ryad Boutique Hotel

Le Ryad Boutique Hotel

This charming hotel in Marseille provides free wireless internet, as well as a library and laundry facilities. It is conveniently located in the city centre. Guests can soak up the sun on the terrace or enjoy a drink at the bar. 

Things to See and Do in Thiers:

  • Pay a visit to stunning Eglise St Vincent de Paul.
  • Wander the market at Place des Capucins.
  • Pay tribute to the fallen at the Monument des Mobiles.
  • Do a family escape rooms at ExitGame.
  • Catch a funny show at Comedie PaKa, if your French is up to it!

FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Marseille

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Marseille and where to stay.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Marseille

Marseille’s style and diversity gives it a real sense of authenticity compared to other destinations in the South of France.

And while you’re here, you absolutely have to get out to the Calanques National Park. We guarantee the scenery will take your breath away (and so will the temperature of the water!).

If you’re still unsure where to stay in Marseille, you can’t go wrong with Hello Marseille. It’s got a great location and everything you’ll need to stay comfortably.

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