3 Best Hostels in Marseille – City and Village Accommodation that’s Social, Cosy & Unique

3 Best Hostels in Marseille, France
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Are you planning on backpacking Marseille? Great! You’ve landed on the exact guide you need to discover only the best hostels in Marseille, France.

This beautiful port city in southern France boasts an Old Port right in the heart. Head here to see fishmongers selling their daily catch alongside the boat-lined quay.

What about Marseille hostels?

We’ve collected a brand new hostel on the block, plus social hostels in superb locations.

Your shortcut:

  1. Vertigo Vieux-Port – great for solo travelers
  2. The People Hostel – top pick for couples
  3. Mini Hostel Au Petit chez Soi (Cassis) – perfect for older travelers

Note: The #3 hostel is located in nearby Cassis, around 45 mins – 1 hour from Marseille. Cassis is also another pretty Mediterranean fishing port with pebbly beaches and limestone cliffs.

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

Also along the southern coast of France you can discover the best hostels in Nice.

You can also have a look at all the best hostels in France here.

What we cover in this article?

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Quick Introduction to Marseille

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Marseille cost 20€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 50€ up to 65€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the check-out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Budget: Check out our Marseille budget guide.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Marseille

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Marseille.

  1. Vertigo Vieux-Port
  2. The People Hostel
  3. Au Petit chez Soi (Cassis)

We put all three accommodations on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Vertigo Vieux-Port
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: The People Hostel
👫 For Socializing:The People Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: The People Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Vertigo Vieux-Port
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Au Petit chez Soi
🎒 For Backpackers: Au Petit chez Soi

1. Vertigo Vieux-Port

The team here at Vertigo Vieux-Port intends to impress you as soon as you walk through the door.

Peer around and you’ll see beautiful bright murals painted by local artists – they certainly have the wow factor!

We love the contrast they create against white decor and wooden furniture.

So, why have we chosen Vertigo Hostel Marseille as the #1?

It was an easy choice, really. The overall vibe is warm and welcoming, with great staff that run the show.

There is also a:

  • Spice-stocked kitchen
  • Cosy TV lounge
  • Free breakfast
  • Book swap

As the kitchen and dining room are attached, this makes for a great place to hang out and meet other travellers.

And the rooms are also super spacious and comfortable. Each room is unique in shape, size, and design. Whilst the beds are basic, the space between them allows for great privacy.

Choose between 8 and 16-bed mixed dorms, or if you’re a lady, opt for the 4-bed female-only dorm.

The 16-bed dorm is one of the best we’ve seen for a room this size. It’s spread over two floors and comes with a private bathroom!

Little added perks include a 24/7 reception, great wifi, and free luggage storage.

Location: Inside the Old Port area, less than 10 minutes from the central market. Great bars, beaches, and clubs are just a short stroll away.

This is one of the best hostels in Marseille for

  • Solo travellers
Book Vertigo Vieux-Port here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. The People Hostel

Alright, dear readers, it’s time to explore what The People Hostel has to offer. Europe’s first Gallery hostel!

This hostel opened its doors in 2020 and is already a big hit with travelers from around the world.

There is actually a sister hostel in Les Alpes which has been open a lot longer – part of our best hostels in France guide.

This is a large hostel with 208 beds spread over 5 levels.

Want to hear something cool?

Not only is it a hostel, but an Art Gallery, too. Here you’ll find different artworks created by local artists on display.

The basement is a dedicated area for hosting and promoting local and international artists.

Once you’ve filled up on great art, head to the restaurant bar and indulge in cocktails and yummy food.

Yet we have to say; the rooms are certainly the highlight!

Let’s have a sneak peek at the room choices first:

  • 4, 6, and 8-bed dorms (mixed & female-only)
  • Basic/premium double private
  • Family room (3 to 6 people)

It’s the dorm rooms that really rock it. Check out the amazing privacy-led capsule bunks!

They’re made of sturdy wood and come with a privacy curtain, shelf, lamp, and charging sockets. Excellent.

The 24-hour team is always at hand to check you in and help you out.

Location: Just 15 minutes from the St Charles train station, Vieux Port, and the Panier District where all the exciting things happen.

This is one of the best hostels in Marseille for

  • Couples
  • Families
Book The People Hostel here

Compare prices and check availability at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Au Petit chez Soi (Cassis)

Not too far away from Marseille is a sweet village named Cassis. This is the home of Au Petit chez Soi hostel.

We wanted to include this as an option for those not too interested in staying in Marseille’s city center, but close enough for an easy day trip to see the sights.

It’s a great backpacker hostel France has to offer. We also recommend it for older travelers.

It’s a ‘mini hostel’ in a lovely old house that feels very much like a home.

There are only 2 dorm rooms in the building, each with 6 beds. Each room has its own kitchen and bathroom!

Easily the best part about Art Petit is the outdoor courtyard area.

This is where everyone can come together to share stories and enjoy a drink. It’s social in a laid-back kind of way.

What else?

  • Free breakfast
  • No curfew
  • Free Wifi

Situated in the heart of Cassis village, it’s easy to get around on foot and not worry about a car. Getting to Marseille from here is easy by bus or train.

And guess what? The beach is less than 100 meters from the hostel doors!

Location: In a quiet area close to the harbor. Very close to lovely restaurants, bars and shops. It also offers easy access to Parc National des Calanques.

This is one of the best hostels in Marseille for

  • Older travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Au Petit chez Soi here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

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Best Hostels in Marseille for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Marseille for solo travellers?

We think you’ll agree that Vertigo Vieux-Port is the best choice, no matter what kind of solo traveler you are.

There is a small and cozy female-only dorm, plus a large 16-bed dorm for super sociable travelers.

The social areas really encourage people to come together. And the location is top-notch – exploring from here is easy whether you’re alone or with friends.

Book Vertigo Vieux-Port here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Vertigo Vieux-Port is one of the best hostels in Marseille, France

Party Hostels in Marseille

Let’s be honest here; partying in Marseille isn’t really a thing. If you’re really keen to party during your time in France, you might prefer to visit Nice hostels further along the coast.

However, we do think that The People Hostel offers a great vibe worth checking out.

It boasts an on-site bar restaurant with some delicious cocktails on offer.

You could easily meet some people here (there are 208 beds!) and enjoy a few drinks before heading out into the city.

It’s well located with bars and clubs nearby. There is also no curfew so you can return any time you like.

Book The People Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

The People Hostel is one of the best hostels in Marseille, France

What about the cheapest hostels in Marseille?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Marseille.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Marseille
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Marseille best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Marseille put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. Below we list all three best Marseille hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all the sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map would help you with planning your trip too.

Looking for fun things to do in Marseille?

We also included the main tourist attractions you need to know in this list:

  • Old Port of Marseille – Marseille Vieux Port
  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde
  • Château d’If
  • Cathédrale La Major
  • Palais Longchamp
  • Parc national des Calanques

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Over to you

Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Marseille guide.

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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