Accommodation: Marseille

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

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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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marseille alex hotel bedroomThis modest, stylish boutique hotel in the bustling heart of Marseille is fantastic value for money, but the exceptional service is what really makes the Alex Hotel.

marseille hotel c2Discreet is the word that springs to mind when describing the C2, a gorgeous, slightly secretive five-star boutique hotel in Marseille's newly fashionable district on the hill just south of the Old Port.

Casa Honore, MarseilleAs often in Marseille, appearances are deceptive chez Casa Honoré. The peeling frontage of a disused print works in a street behind the Old Port opens into a spacious modernist ryad. Think Dr Who's tardis.

marseille golden tulip exteriorConveniently located for business travellers and cruise tourists, the smart, modern, four-star Golden Tulip Euromed is a chain hotel with some quirky touches and a terrific restaurant.

Grand Hotel Beauvau from across the Marseille Old PortThe Grand Hotel Beauvau is one of the oldest in Marseille and superlatively located for tourists. The view over the Old Port could barely be bettered, the tourist office and dozens of restaurants and shops are close by and the metro is a few metres away.

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.

marseille hotel96 gardenYou want to visit Marseille but to stay somewhere quiet well away from the bustle of the Old Port? A country house hotel right on the edge of the city, Hotel 96 is just for you.

Entrance Hotel Bellevue, MarseilleSome find the Belle-Vue friendly, central and hyper-cool. Others damn it as run-down, over-priced and lacking in many hotel facilities. In fact it's all these things at once.

Hotel Hermes, MarseilleThe Hotel Hermes is a budget two-star hotel in a five-star location: it's on a side street just a couple of metres from Marseille's Old Port.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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