Marseille is a thriving commercial port city with lots of hotels. Historically, these pit stops have been just that—pits. In recent years, however, the hotel scene has cleaned up its act, and today you can find most of the better hotel chains along with a generous sprinkling of four-star palaces and charm-soaked bed and breakfasts. Here are a few of our favorite places to stay when in town.
Le Petit Nice
Most of the modern designer rooms are sleek and minimalist, and many have balconies overlooking the sea. For a time-burnished ambience, opt for a room in the Marina Wing. Accented with plate-glass windows, the restaurant proffers such delights as truffled brandade, sea anemone beignets, fresh fish cooked whole, and licorice soufflé. (photo, top)
Stylish and modern, this captivating hotel with the dark-wood interior and large windows is surprisingly service-oriented. The staff is friendly and efficient, and the kitchen outdoes itself with excellent seafood dishes.
It’s right on the Vieux Port, and the front rooms take in postcard views. The accommodations are straightforward, but the lavatories have slick modular baths and there’s a glass elevator to whisk you to your floor.(photo, right)
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Mercure Beauvau Vieux Port
Some rooms have views of the port at this handsome and historic hotel overlooking the Vieux Port. Rooms have an antique charm but there are modern touches, too, like Internet access and soundproof windows.
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