France's oldest and second biggest city is an architectural dream. Its terracotta-roofed buildings rise graciously from the port and the labyrinthine streets funnel the mistral-wind from the Mediterranean through every nook and cranny and as far as Marseille hotels are concerned you can choose between modern and historic.
Hotels in Marseille tend to be mid-range, mostly three-star, however there are some luxury Marseille accommodation options to choose from too. On closer inspection, many of the city's buildings are fading from glory but dilapidation adds to the appeal of this energetic southern city. The city is infused with hints of Africa and this fusion is best experienced in the food, which is fresh, locally grown, caught and reared and heartily filling. Many of the big-named, international chains operate hotels in Marseille too, serving sumptuous food inspired by the exotic but using typically French ingredients. Many of the best Marseille hotels have swimming pools and free Internet access too. The old port area is the most attractive, packed full of restaurants, bars, pavement cafes, hotels and a lively fish market. The beaches around Marseille, particularly Plage des Catalans, are stunning and the Massif des Calanques, a few miles south, is a rugged coastline of sheer cliffs and 2.5 mile-deep gorges. If you reserve a hotel room in Marseille in advance you are more likely to qualify for a better rate and if you book Marseille hotel rooms online you can often get breakfast included at no extra cost.
Marseille hotel deals online often include discounts and bonuses so it's worth being flexible with your dates to get the best offers. Remember though that the south of France is a popular tourist destination, not just with Brits, but also Germans, Scandinavians, the Dutch and the city dwellers of northern France, so book Marseille hotels early to avoid disappointment.