6 best hostels in Marseille

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Marseille is a lovely seaside resort in Southern France, a popular cruise port, and the oldest and the second-largest city in France. Known for its delicious cuisine, unique culture, historical landmarks, and some of the best beaches in France, Marseille attracts more than four million visitors a year and many more cruise passengers during the high season.

Marseille also offers a variety of accommodations, from boutique hostels and budget accommodations to charming B&B and 5-star hotels. When looking to find cheap accommodation in Marseille, your best bet is hostels. Hostels in Marseille are equipped with all the necessary amenities and facilities, much like a hotel but without the hefty price tag. Also, many young travelers prefer hostels over hotels because of their social vibe and sense of community, where they can mingle and meet people from all over the world.

Below, we've handpicked some of the best hostels in Marseille for every budget and preference. Whether you are on a romantic weekend getaway with your partner or on a nature break with friends, or family, Marseille has you covered. Also, did you know that Bounce partners with many hostels in Marseille for their luggage storage service? And if you book one that we don't partner with, there is no need to worry since Bounce has many luggage lockers in Marseille conveniently located across the city.

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Auberge de Jeunesse HI Marseille Bois-Luzy

Located on a hillside overlooking the city, just 2.8 miles from the city centre is the Auberge de Jeunesse HI Marseille Bois-Luzy hostel, the perfect stop for backpackers and budget travelers. The hostel is housed in an old building that sometimes hosts events for school groups, so it can get busy at times. And don't worry about the secluded location. There is a bus stop within a short walking distance, so you're not entirely disconnected from the world.

The hostel offers all the amenities and facilities you need for an enjoyable stay, including a kitchen, a dining room, a garden, and plenty of outdoor space for your outdoor shenanigans. Some of the conveniences at your disposal are free breakfast, free wifi, free parking, free city maps, and bed linen.

The rooms available are both private and shared. All rooms are spacious, with large windows overlooking Marseille. And as a member of Hostelling International worldwide network, the Auberge de Jeunesse is Bounce's partner, meaning you don't have to look for safe luggage storage; you can store your belongings right at this Marseille hostel.

What makes Auberge de Jeunesse HI Marseille Bois-Luzy unique

Many travelers visiting Marseille prefer a hostel downtown, but if the location is not your priority, the hostel prices and free amenities are hard to beat.

Auberge de Jeunesse HI Marseille Bois-Luzy pricing

Unlike hostels in the city center, this recommended hostel is a bit cheaper, with an average price of $50.00 per night for a bed in a 6-bed single-gender dorm. Those looking for more privacy can book a private room with a maximum capacity of 6 persons, for around $160.00 a night, depending on the date of travel.

Vertigo Vieux-Port

Marseille is bustling, diverse, and exciting, but it also has parks and places with no cars or people in sight. Staying at the Hostel Vertigo Vieux-Port, you can have the best of both. Located in the city centre, Vertigo Vieux-Port is surrounded by tourist sites, shops, and plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes, making it the perfect hostel for travelers who want to take advantage of the central location while traveling on a budget. On the other hand, Calanques National Park is within a short bus ride, one of the best places in Marseille where you can recharge your batteries.

The hostel has a common area with a TV and board games, a kitchen, a fairly new restaurant, 24-hour reception, free wifi, free bed linen, and free city maps. Laundry facilities and baggage storage are also available.

There are basic private and shared rooms that range from two to sixteen beds. And though sixteen might feel a bit cramped, it doesn't look or feel that way as the rooms are spacious with high ceilings. The unique decoration from local artists is a great touch and brings some color to the place.

What makes Vertigo Vieux-Port unique

There are many reasons why travelers pick this hostel in Marseille. While its prime location is the top reason, this hostel rates as one of the best for solo travelers who want to meet new people and make new friends.

Vertigo Vieux-Port pricing

The Vertigo Vieux-Port is one of the cheapest hostels in Marseille, with pricing starting at $36.00 for a bed in a standard 8-bed mixed dorm, and $39.00 for a bed in a 4-bed mixed room, both with a private bathroom.

The People Hostel

Located within a short walk from the bustling Old Port, the main train station, and the Panier District, The People is the best cheap hostel in Marseille and ideal for everyone traveling on a tight budget. The hostel is also new, so there is no need to worry about cleanliness, creaking beds, outdated furniture, or unpleasant smells. Local artists have decorated the walls of this Marseille hostel, adding to its uniqueness and charm.

Some of the perks you get to enjoy at this hostel are free wifi, free bed linen, free breakfast, and no curfew. There is an on-site bar and a restaurant, a common room, an outdoor terrace, and a lot more.

You can take your pick from both private and shared accommodation that sleep between 4 to 8 people. All bunk beds have privacy curtains, shelves, USB plugs and dim lights.

What makes The People Hostel unique

Besides its ideal location in the city centre, The People is appreciated for its bright design, free breakfast, and friendly staff. It's also great value for your money, given it's pretty new and unspoiled.

The People Hostel pricing

If you are looking for cheap hostels in Marseille, this should be the first on your list. With prices starting at $41.00 for a bed in a standard 8-bed mixed dorm and around $108.00 for a twin private room ensuite, this Marseille hostel is one of the cheapest in town. Once you know your dates, secure your spot as fast as possible.

Pension Edelweiss

Set in an old heritage building with vintage furniture, high ceilings, and large French windows, the Pension Edelweiss is one of the best hostels in Marseille for private rooms and a relaxed atmosphere. Though there are only 5 rooms available, they are all ensuite, with TV and free wifi, and each room has its own unique charm and design.

When you book a room at this hostel, you get free breakfast too, served every morning from 8 am to 10 am. The hostel is located right in Marseille city centre, within a short walking distance to the Old Port and Saint-Charles train station.

What makes Pension Edelweiss unique

This bed and breakfast has some rave reviews for many reasons, including its "old" charm, top location, friendly staff and owner, and free breakfast. In fact, this hostel has the highest ratings among all Marseille hostels in this guide, which is why it sells out fast.

Pension Edelweiss pricing

Rooms at the Pension Edelweiss start at $98.00. The owner will be happy to add an extra bed for an extra cost of around $22.50. Due to the small number of rooms, the Pension Edelweiss is almost always booked, so keep your eye on the dates and availability.

Au Petit chez Soi

If you are looking for a hostel in a quiet location, away from the busy city streets, and with the beach at your doorstep, this could be just the place for you. Au Petit chez Soi is located in a nearby village called Cassis, and it's close to many restaurants, bars, and shops. Set in an old house, this mini hostel makes you feel like warm and welcome, just like home. Marseille is just a short bus or train ride away, so you can hit the town whenever you feel like it.

Here, you get to wake up every morning with a fresh and free breakfast, talk to friends and family at home thanks to the free wifi, and there is no curfew, meaning you can party until late. There is a lovely outdoor courtyard area where you can catch some sun, read a book or get to know other travelers.

The hostel has both private and shared rooms to choose from, all with a small kitchen and bathroom. However, there are only 2 dorm rooms, each with 6 bunk beds.

What makes Au Petit chez Soi unique

Sometimes the hostel location is not everything. Travelers who don't mind the countryside will definitely appreciate this charming hostel that has a lot to offer and tries its best to make guests feel like home. Plus, they give you breakfast each morning, for free! How about that?

Au Petit chez Soi pricing

This hostel requires a booking of a minimum of two nights. A two-night stay at the Au Petit chez Soi will cost you around $104.00 for a bed in a 6-bed mixed dorm room. Though it's not in the city centre, this hostel sells out fast, so try to make your reservation fast.

MEININGER Hotel Marseille Centre La Jollite

If you run out of hostels for your travel date, this is the perfect budget hotel for your stay in Marseille. Located on the coast, near Cathedral Major, Saint Charles Square, Musée des Civilisations, many top-notch restaurants, hip bars, and stores, and within a 30-minute ride from Marseille Provence Airport, this Marseille hotel is the perfect accommodation for solo travelers looking to make the most out of their stay in Marseille and not break a bank.

Why? Because the hotel offers a ton of free services, including a 24h reception, free wifi, air conditioning, daily housekeeping, linen, towels, city maps, and much more. The hotel has a kitchen where you can make your own meals and save money on food and an on-site bar where you can relax and get to know other guests. There are a few common areas, too, such as a lounge, where you can show off your foosball skills and a garden patio. Though there is no free breakfast, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and a packed lunch for a small fee.

The rooms at the MEININGER are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, TV, power plugs, working station, free towels and linen. Some of the rooms have bunk beds and double beds combined, which makes it ideal for a group of friends or families traveling on a budget.

What makes MEININGER Hotel Marseille Centre La Jollite unique

Convenient location, free daily housekeeping, modern facilities, friendly staff, security, and cleanliness are some of the reasons this hotel is a good choice for your stay in Marseille. In walking distance of the tram, metro and main train station, Saint-Charles, this lodging option is located in a wonderful neighborhood near the port.

MEININGER Hotel Marseille Centre La Jollite pricing

Pricing at the MEININGER starts at $76.00 a night for a single private or a twin ensuite room and $88.00 for a 3-bed private room. Given all the amenities and facilities, the price is actually not bad at all for a hotel of that caliber.

The best hostels in Marseille for the seasoned traveler

Most hostels in Marseille have everything you need for a good and memorable stay. There are many to choose from, so when making your hostel bookings, you must consider a few things such as location, prices, freebies, luggage storage, cleanliness, and noise, among others.

If the above-mentioned hostels are sold out for your dates, there is no need to pay a fortune for overpriced hotels. You could try other properties like budget hotels, guesthouses, or homestays.

And if you are planning on backpacking Marseille, you'll need to get to know the city better. We suggest that you read the informative guides Best Time to Visit Marseille: The Ultimate Guide and 3 Days in Marseille: Everything You Should Know.

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