Discover the Mediterranean city from the hotel.
Our hotel in the city centre of Marseille benefits from being well served by public transport. With the sound of its bell, the tram will whisk you eastward up to La Canebière, the Réformés district and the Palais Longchamp; southward to the Place Castellane; or northward to the Port de la Joliette, with its old docks brought back to life. The metro is a 3-minute walk away at the foot of the Comissariat de Noailles. With two lines, it puts the rest of the city within easy reach.
Yet you’re also in a good position to do some exploring on foot. The Cours Belsunce, headed by the triumphal arch of the Porte d’Aix, provides rapid access to the Centre Bourse. Recently renovated, its basement houses a real treasure – the Musée du Vieux Marseille. Located on the site of the city’s first port, this museum traces the different stages in the city’s development. From Antiquity to the present day, relive history with models and videos to help along the way. See how the first Phoceans from Ancient Greece occupied the area before conquering it more generally, particularly Le Panier quarter. The Great Plague of Marseille in 1720 also gets a mention, as do the urban developments around what is now the Place du Général de Gaulle, around the Plaine (formerly the Champ de Mars) to the south, and the Butte des Carmes to the north.
Also worth seeing and not far away: Saint-Jean and Saint-Nicolas, the two forts in the port; the Palais du Pharo, built for Napoleon III’s wife Empress Eugenie, who never resided there; the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica (known as “La Bonne-Mère” by locals); the Cité du Fada, also known as the Cité Radieuse (a modernist residence by the mid-century architect Le Corbusier); and the unmissable MuCEM.