Marseille is one of the most vibrant cities in France. A hub for trade since about 600 BC, it is home to the second largest port in the Mediterranean and has seen a lot of love over recent years, with major works breathing new life into most of the city. To explore the city from a communal angle, as a backpacker or on a budget, Marseille’s hostels are the way to go. Here are five of the best hostels in Marseille.
Vertigo Vieux Port
Guestroom at Vertigo Vieux Port | Courtesy of Vertigo Vieux Port/Hostelworld.com
A much visited and re-visited hostel in Marseille, Vertigo Vieux Port is a favourite among travellers for location, facilities and staff. Located just back from the city’s old port, this hostel is situated a walking distance from Marseille’s main sights as well as the nearest metro and tram stop. A fully-equipped kitchen is free to use and breakfast is included in the room rate. The hostel has a South of France, chilled vibe, with its wall decor coming from local artists plus exposed beams and stone throughout.
For travellers seeking accommodation somewhere between a hostel and a hotel, 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. The terraced garden area is a real sweet spot; it’s the perfect place to enjoy some calm before the exploring storm, plus all of the hotel’s rooms look out onto this little city oasis.
Pension Edelweiss is a delight. Somewhere in between an upmarket hostel, bed and breakfast, and boutique hotel, it is the place to stay in Marseille if you’re looking for the hostel character in a more homely, tranquil set-up. Pension Edelweiss has five rooms, all with private bathrooms, WiFi and TVs. The breakfast here gets fantastic reviews and is served in the communal space at set times. Centrally located and under a five-minute walk from central station, it is the perfect base from which to explore the city.
Vertigo Centre has been on the Marseille hostel scene for a while and so knows what travellers want. Situated just a stone’s throw from the city’s large central train station – Gare Saint Charles – it’s great for those who are doing a quick stay and don’t want to travel far for their accommodation. Vertigo Centre offers an all-you-can-eat French breakfast, free luggage storage and free WiFi, among other amenities. Food, storage and internet are always top of our list! The outside terrace is a great space for relaxing and some of the rooms have a view over the impressive Catholic basilica. If you arrive earlier than check-in at 2pm, you can leave your luggage and go and explore the city.
For hostel roof terraces in Marseille, Hôtel Hermès Vieux Port has to win top spot. With views over the port of Marseille and the Notre-Dame de la Garde perched at its head, enjoy a morning coffee or an afternoon siesta in this corner of the city. The hostel itself is located just off one of the main streets of the port – Quai du Port – and from here, sights such as the Jardins des Vestiges, Palais Longchamp and more importantly the Tourist Information Centre are all on your doorstep. The interior of the hostel is fresh and light with free city maps at your disposal and breakfast if you want it. See if they’ve got harbour-side rooms available for the views.