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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This 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.
The 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.
Near 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.
Expect 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.
The 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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