Marseille is a melting pot of cultures. Home to one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean, it’s been a trading hub since 600 BCE. While it once had a slightly rough reputation, the ancient city has transformed itself into a tourist must-visit, with its yacht harbour, Byzantine churches and quirky street art. North African culture meets French cuisine in this vibrant port city. Tour La Major Cathedral, admire the Palais Longchamp and explore nearby Les Calanques by boat while staying at one of these top Marseille hostels for budget travellers – bookable on Culture Trip.
Described as Europe’s first “gallery hostel”, the People is certainly an art lover’s hangout. Graffiti artist GREM’s murals decorate the walls which sit neatly alongside minimalist Scandinavian-style furnishings. Choose between a four-, six- or eight-bed dorm, each with bedlinen included plus a privacy curtain. Private and family rooms sleeping up to six are also available. Head down to the basement for art workshops, cocktails and tapas.
A popular and regularly revisited hostel in Marseille, Vertigo Vieux Port is a favourite among travellers for its central location and friendly staff. Situated just back from the city’s old port, it’s easy to walk to Marseille’s main sights as well as the nearest metro and tram stop. Dorms range from four to eight beds, and breakfast is included in the room rate. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, ready for you to whip up meals, plus you can leave your luggage for the day for free after checking out.
If you’re looking for something between a hostel and a hotel in Marseille, then Hôtel Azur should be your pick. It’s a traditional hotel with the added bonus of rooms that can sleep four adults. Located just behind St Vincent de Paul Church, it offers a slightly more tranquil setting away from the heart of the old town. All of the rooms overlook the terraced garden area, a real sweet spot for enjoying a cold beer after a day of exploring.
If there were a prize for the best hostel roof terrace in Marseille, Hôtel Hermès Vieux Port would win the top spot. Enjoy a morning coffee or evening beer up here, overlooking the port and Notre-Dame de la Garde. There are no dorms, but budget rooms are available for solo travellers and couples, complete with a TV and ensuite bathroom. The hotel itself sits just off one of the main streets, Quai du Port. From here, sights such as the Jardins des Vestiges and Palais Longchamp are on your doorstep.
Nina Zietman contributed additional reporting to this article.
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