France’s second (and oldest) city, Marseille is a cosmopolitan hive of activity right on the Cote d’Azur. The city is currently shaking off its rough and ready reputation, and is maintaining the high of being named European Capital of Culture in 2013. A true year-round destination, there’s never a bad time to visit Marseille. There’s more to Marseille than sun, sea, and bouillabaisse; although those are all well visiting for. The city centre has recently been made over, with loads of swish new buildings brimming with upmarket restaurants, trendy boutiques, and design hotels aplenty. Le Vieux Port (the old port) is where most of the action is, and if you choose a hotel in this area you’ll find yourself within walking distance of some of the best shopping, nightlife, and eating that Marseille has to offer. La Canebière is the city’s most iconic street, and is Marseille’s answer to the Champs Elysees. It runs from the Old Port area up to the Reformes quarter, and dates back to the 17th Century. There’s plenty of shopping in the area, including a great produce market, and lots of hotels can be found both on and off the main boulevard. Further accommodation can be found in the vibrant old town, the Vieux Panier. The neighbourhood has a long and interesting history: it was the area the Greeks first settled when they founded the city, and during WWII it was a hotbed of revolutionary activity. Nowadays it’s still a lively inner city, with a few trendy spots peppered around, and it’s a great place to base yourself if you want to get a taste of the real Marseilles. Skyscanner takes the hard work out of finding the best places to stay in Marseille. All you need to do is enter the dates you’re planning to travel, and we’ll do the rest. We scan the web to bring you the best hotel deals, and put them all on one easy to read result page where you can quickly sort, filter, and compare to find the ideal base for your trip. Narrow down the results to find hotels that have the must-have facilities you need, such as internet or a swimming pool. Sort the results based on price, location, and popularity. Once you’ve found a deal you like the look of, we’ll send you straight to the booking site to reserve your room.
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