Avoid the din of the city’s bustling center at the Philippe Starck–designed Mama Shelter (from $90), located in the back streets of the trendy Cours Julien neighborhood. Like its Parisian sister, this year-old property features minimalistic rooms that contrast with Starck’s signature graffiti and creative décor elements including local slang covering the elevator walls and neon inner-tube light fixtures above the Island Bar.
Wake up to views of Mount Puget at Hotel 96 (from $128), a family-run, independent boutique hotel-cum-bed-and-breakfast that opened last November less than five minutes from the Calanques National Park. Overlooking the on-site garden, each of the thirteen color-themed rooms is accented with repurposed vintage furnishings and high-end linens.
Choose from five one-of-a-kind rooms at Au Vieux Panier (from $136) in the quiet hillside district of Le Panier. Formerly a Corsican grocer, this seventeenth-century hotel particulier was converted in 2011 into a boutique hotel that doubles as an art gallery, with rooms (ranging from small to apartment-size) that are transformed by local artists every year. The rooftop terrace is an added bonus, with its panoramic views of the harbor and the Marseille Cathedral.