Accommodation: Marseille

This is a personal selection of the best hotels and B&Bs (chambres d'hôtes) in Marseille.

Apart from the reviews of specific accommodation, below, click here to read a general survey of where to stay in the city.

All of them have been visited personally, not written up from press releases or the hotel websites. We've had a jolly good look round them on our "inspections" and stayed in some ourselves.

But remember: hotels can change hands, be totally refurbished, go to rack and ruin or even close down altogether. For this reason we have noted at the bottom of each review the date(s) when we visited.

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Bedroom, Hotel le Richelieu, MarseilleThere are very few hotels right on the seafront in Marseille, but the funky, friendly, rough and ready Richelieu is one. It sits in a prime position, with sensational views of the beach and the Château d'If and Frioul Islands.

Radiant-City-smallThis unique, stylish hotel, designed by the controversial architect and retaining many of its original features, won't be to all tastes. But it is an essential and memorable experience for anyone interested in Le Corbu and his modernist legacy.

Room, Hotel Residence du Vieux Port, MarseilleThe Hotel La Résidence du Vieux Port boasts a magnificent location in the expensive heart of Marseille and very snazzy neo-1950s interior design.

Bedroom, Vertigo, Vieux Port, MarseilleThe Vertigo Vieux Port is a sister-hotel to the prize-winning Vertigo Centre and is based on the same simple concept: a hostel without hassle, offering very cheap, basic accommodation with a chilled-out atmosphere and 24-hour opening.

Logo for Mama Shelter MarseilleDo you like the idea of staying in the coolest hotel in Marseille, from the same the team that created the acclaimed Mama Shelter in Paris, at a bargain rate? Then step this way.

Gate, Marseille Hotel DieuIf you want to stay in Marseille in a really top-class hotel, the five-star InterContinental Hôtel Dieu, which opened in 2013, is an enticing choice.

Les Chambres de l'Abbaye, terrace, MarseilleNear Saint Victor Abbey and the Old Port, Les Chambres de L'Abbaye is on the rue du petit Chantier ("little building site"), a steep side-street that lives up to its name. It's another Marseille B&B which conceals lovely accommodation behind a scruffy façade.

Holiday Inn, Marseille Saint-Charles These are two good chain hotels if you need to stay near Marseille's main railway and bus stations at Saint Charles, each equally close to the main concourse, but with slightly different advantages to commend it.

La Maison du Petit Canard, Marseille, facadeOwned by a German-Egyptian couple, this intimate guest house is tucked at the end of a small pedestrian alley on the edge of the Panier (Marseille's Old Town), just a short walk from the Old Port.

Bedroom, Sofitel Vieux PortIf you're after traditional pampering in Marseille, you have the choice of four five-star hotels, including the Sofitel, with correspondingly lavish room rates. Is it worth it?

Staircase, Pension Edelweiss, MarseilleExpect the unexpected at Edelweiss, a pension in the heart of Marseille that's named after a mountain flower. Its shabby façade conceals five guest rooms, each individually decorated with hand-picked furniture from just about every decade of the 20th century.

Hotel Vertigo, Marseille: the signTourists on a tight budget would be hard-pressed to find better value than this comfortably scruffy hotel-hostel a stone's throw from Saint Charles train and bus station and just round the corner from the Holiday Inn and Ibis.

Le Ryad hotel Marseille, bedroomMarseille's North African connection inspires this exotic boutique hotel, a run-down four-storey town house turned oriental ryad (a traditional Moroccan house with interior garden).

Bar Staff, New Hotel Le Pharo, MarseilleThe New Hotel of Le Pharo is an unusual mix of tradition and super-hip modernism. You enter through a sweet little provençal kitchen garden into a lobby based in the former Institut Pasteur, a 19th century medical research centre. After that, though, all is ultra-contemporary.

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