The 10 most legendary hotels in Marseille

Historic monuments, churches or simply residential buildings are all buildings that shape the landscape of a town. But the same is true of hotels: from the family-run institution that has been established for decades to the new kid on the block that breaks the mould, they are an integral part of a city's identity, evolving with it or helping it to evolve. Marseille is no exception to the rule. France's oldest city has its share of must-visit hotels that all Marseillais know so well that they could redesign their façades with their eyes closed. Even if they don't often spend the night there, it's not unusual to hear their accent singing on the terrace of the bars or restaurants - just as legendary - of these establishments. Luxury hotel, family home, historic monument or boutique hotel, there's something for everyone! Here are the 10 most legendary hotels in the city.

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1. Bouillabaisse with sea view at the 3-star hotel Rhul

The Rhul sea view restaurant © Le Rhul / Booking.com

Strolling along the Corniche Kennedy, you can't miss the imposing white silhouette of the 3-star Rhul overlooking the Mediterranean. Best known for its restaurant, which serves some of the best bouillabaisses in Marseille, this Marseilles institution also houses a superbly charming hotel.

The double Privilège room with terrace. © Le Rhul / Booking.com

Most of the Rhul's pretty rooms offer stunning sea views. Run by the same family for three generations, there is a friendly, good-natured atmosphere throughout the establishment.

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Le Rhul 3*

Best known for its restaurant, which serves one of the best bouillabaisses in Marseille, the 3-star Rhul also offers pretty sea-view rooms.
8.1 Very good
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2. The 5* InterContinental Marseille, where luxury meets history

The terrace with a view at the InterContinental Marseille. InterContinental Marseille / Booking.com

Right in the heart of the Panier district, the 5-star InterContinental Marseille Hôtel-Dieu has been the new jewel in the crown of Marseille since 2013. It has to be said that the architecture of the former Hôtel-Dieu has a lot to do with it, offering extraordinary volumes in which the services on offer and the modern decor come into their own.

Premium king-size bed room with port-view terrace. InterContinental Marseille / Booking.com

179 rooms and 15 suites, a gourmet restaurant, a brasserie, a spa with swimming pool and, above all, a gigantic terrace offering a breathtaking view of Notre-Dame de la Garde... How could you fail to fall under its spell?

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5* InterContinental Marseille

The 5-star InterContinental is one of Marseille's most legendary hotels, housed in the former Hotel Dieu in the Panier district.
8.3 Very good
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3. Back to the 1950s at the 3* Hôtel le Corbusier

La Cité Radieuse du Corbusier. © Hotel le Corbusier / Booking.com

La Cité Radieuse, the only building of its kind in the world designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s, is a true experience of life. Visiting this architectural work of art gives you a better understanding of the architect's philosophy.

The rooftop of the Cité Radieuse. Hotel le Corbusier / Booking.com

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed building is also home to a 3-star hotel with 21 vintage-style design rooms, with no skimping on comfort. After visiting the shopping arcade and the restaurant, don't forget to climb up to the rooftop for an exceptional panoramic view of the whole of Marseille.

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3* Hôtel le Corbusier

Sleep in one of Marseille's most emblematic monuments: Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse!
7.6 Fine
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4. The Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port 5*: the best view in Marseille

The terrace of the Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port. Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port / Booking.com

Owned by the Sofitel chain for almost 50 years, the Marseille version is a credit to the upmarket hotel group. The Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port 5*** decor is as breathtaking as the **view of the Vieux-Port from its terrace.

The view from the Opera Suite © Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port / Booking.com

The style of the 134 rooms is inspired by the luxury yachts that are often seen in Marseille harbour. With its spa, indoor pool, bar and panoramic restaurant, the Sofitel is an address that will delight both lovers and families on holiday.

5. Sleep in a château in the heart of Marseille at Château Beaupin

The suite with private garden. © Château Beaupin Chambres et Suites / Booking.com

Built in 1874 at the request of a wealthy merchant family, Château Beaupin is an eclectic edifice designed by architect Paul Sédille, whose façade and roof are listed Historic Monuments. Inside, the pink marble fireplaces and the gilding of the adjoining rooms, complemented by contemporary decoration, give the place all its cachet.

Art is everywhere at Château Beaupin. Château Beaupin Chambres et Suites / Booking.com

The hotel has 14 rooms, some with sea views. There is a swimming pool in the small garden in front of the Château and a pleasant terrace for aperitifs in fine weather. Breakfast is classic, but can be adapted to suit guests' tastes, giving the impression of being welcomed into a family home, with the added comfort of a hotel.

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Château Beaupin

A little château in the heart of Marseille's 8th arrondissement? We love it!
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6. The C2 Hotel 5*: voluptuousness and a private island

The Exclusive double room. Hotel C2 / Booking.com

The 5* C2 hotel is a little jewel set in a 19th-century jewel box. Located in one of Marseille's affluent districts, this establishment is a haven of peace and decoration where ancient and modern, arts and culture, relaxation and well-being come together to the delight of its guests.

Degaby Island in the Bay of Marseille.

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We love its sleek, modern rooms and magnificent spa, which offer a welcome break from our busy lifestyles. But the real little extra is the day trips to Degaby Island: a real moment out of time.

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The C2 Hotel 5*

Luxury 5* hotel and private island... We don't know what more you need!
8.8 Superb
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7. nhow Marseille 4*, a new take on the Mediterranean

The incredible swimming pool at nhow Marseille. nhow Marseille / Booking.com

Before it was rebranded in 2018, the nhow Marseille was known for welcoming football players who were due to take part in a match at the Stade Orange Vélodrome. Today, the hotel boasts a modern decor that contrasts magnificently with the Mediterranean Sea.

The bar-restaurant at nhow Marseille. nhow Marseille / Booking.com

Most of the 150 colourful rooms offer superb sea views, often with a terrace. And that's not even mentioning the magnificent view from the hotel's large swimming pool. Add to this a delicious restaurant and you have the perfect cocktail for a weekend in Marseille.

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nhow Marseilles 4*

The views of the Mediterranean from the rooms, pool and restaurant of this 4-star hotel are incredible!
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8. Michelin-starred dinner at the Petit Nice Passedat 5*.

Le Petit Nice Passedat's 3* restaurant. Le Petit Nice - Passedat / Booking.com

Everyone in Marseille knows the 5* Petit Nice-Passedat. A veritable institution in the city, the hotel was for many years home to the city's only 3-star Michelinrestaurant, making the people of Marseille proud.

The terrace with swimming pool at Le Petit Nice Passedat. Le Petit Nice - Passedat / Booking.com

But people also come here to enjoy the panoramic view over the sea and the Frioul islands, and the 16 luxurious, comfortable rooms. Opened in 1917, the Petit-Nice Passedat attracts locals and tourists alike, and we predict it will continue to do so for many years to come.

Le Petit Nice - Passedat 5* Marseille
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Le Petit Nice - Passedat 5*

Le Petit Nice is a real institution in Marseille! Don't miss out on dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the sea.
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9. The 3-star Mama Shelter Marseille: a breath of fresh air in Marseille

The Mama Shelter Marseille restaurant. Mama Shelter Marseille / Booking.com

Opened in 2012, the 3* Mama Shelter Marseille was the second establishment in the chain of the same name to open in France. Expected to be the messiah, the Marseille version has lived up to its promise, echoing the Parisian parent company and becoming the new 'place to be' for young people in Marseille.

The average double room. Mama Shelter Marseille / Booking.com

With its favourable location in an up-and-coming working-class district - the famous Cours Julien - its Starck design, its young, trendy clientele and its renowned restaurant, Mama Shelter has made a name for itself on the Marseilles scene, all at very reasonable rates.

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Mama Shelter Marseille 3*

This super trendy 3-star hotel is blowing a breath of fresh air into the city of Marseille!
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10. Panoramic night at the 3* Hotel Belle-Vue

The Superior double room overlooking the Old Port. Hotel Belle-Vue Vieux-Port / Booking.com

The 3-star Hotel Belle-Vue, has a facade inseparable from the landscape of the Old Port, as it blows a breath of Belle Epoque over the whole of Marseille. At the end of the wrought iron staircase, listed as a historic monument, the rooms are charming and comfortable.

Hotel Belle-Vue restaurant. Hotel Belle-Vue Vieux-Port / Booking.com

Upstairs is one of Marseille's most coveted balconies, that of the bar-restaurant La Caravelle, named after the cabaret that once stood here: the view over the Old Port and Notre-Dame de la Garde is breathtaking! With a bit of luck, you'll have the same view from your room...

3-star Hôtel Belle-Vue Vieux-Port Marseille
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3-star Hôtel Belle-Vue Vieux-Port

This 3-star hotel boasts one of the best views of Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Old Port!
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