As one of France’s largest cities and one of its most important commercial centres, Marseille has a wealth of luxury lodging options. In recent years, the city has made great strides in establishing a viable tourism industry and many new hotels have sprung up to cater to this new accommodation requirement. All the main international hotel chains have properties in Marseille and there are many old, typically Marseille style hotels too. The best place to stay in Marseille would have to be in the Vieux Port, where you are right in the middle of everything. Most of the best shopping, restaurants and nightspots are within easy walking distance of the port, and the best hotels have excellent views of the coast and sea. Here is a selection of the city’s leading luxury hotels which have the TLE seal of approval.
Hotel Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port
Perched on the top of a hill providing stunning views of the Mediterranean and Old Port, the Sofitel is set in one of the most stunning spots in the whole of Marseille. Guests are also treated to first rate amenities that are sure to make them feel on top of the world. The Mediterranean facing rooms come complete with huge balconies where guests can unwind in style while taking advantage of the excellent room service and soaking up the scenery.
InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu
Set in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, this 18th century hospital has been extensively renovated to create a luxurious five star hotel. The onsite bar and brasserie is one of the best in the whole of Marseille and is a popular haunt among local people who have a taste for the finer things in life. While the suites that boast Old Port views are impressive, those who want to splurge should select one of the 33 rooms that come complete with a private loggia gallery overlooking the Notre Dame de la Garde.
Le Petit Nice Passedat
Guests who choose to stay at this luxurious seaside establishment can be sure that they will receive plenty of pampering. The Le Petit Nice Passedat boasts a three Michelin starred restaurant and no visit is complete without taking the opportunity to dine in style on the terrace while gazing out at the ocean. Those who demand nothing but the best will also want to secure one of the two secluded villas that overlook the Mediterranean sea.
Hôtel C2 – Marseille
Set in a classic town house, this five star boutique hotel features plenty of artwork and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There are just twelve rooms to choose from here, which are decorated in the minimalistic style and the stylish bar at Hôtel C2 also serves as a chic hangout for local people and visitors alike. The most peaceful rooms are those at the back that face the patio and garden and the garden also boasts an enchanting subterranean spa complete with a whirlpool bath, a hammam and an indoor swimming pool that is carved into the rock.
Les Bords De Mer
Delivering sensational panoramic sea views, the light and breezy Les Bords de Mer is perched directly on the coast and provides guests with plenty of pampering. Guests are treated to private beach access as well as an excellent restaurant where freshly caught seafood is highlighted to mouth-watering effect. This impressive establishment features just 19 rooms and each faces the ocean. Guests will either be provided with their own terrace or balcony to unwind on and this is the perfect place to linger over morning coffee and perhaps a few treats provided by room service before getting ready to explore this stunning seaside paradise.
Villa Gallici (Outside Marseille)
This elegant villa is sure to satisfy the wildest dreams of those who love to surround themselves with luxury. Every inch of this establishment has been created with luxury and style firmly in mind and there are plenty of places to unwind in style here. Taking a stroll through the perfectly manicured gardens while taking in the distant ocean views is the perfect way to unwind in style. Guests will also find a large swimming pool set in a beautiful courtyard and a dining experience that will delight even the most demanding gourmet.