Hôtel Alizé Vieux Port, Marseille
Tel: 33 4 91 33 66 97
Concierge.com's insider take:
A far more modest inn than most of those listed here, the Alizé has something none of the others do: the most envious location in town. This 18th-century stone building sits at the center of the U-shaped harbor, bang at the very heart of the Vieux Port overlooking the masts of bobbing boats. It's also quite a bit cheaper than the competition. However, make sure to book a sea-facing room since the focus of this basic hotel is the views. Tear your eyes from the harbor, and you'll notice the 39 smallish rooms have a rustic simplicity, brightened by saturated Provençal shades of yellow and blue and solid, unstained wood furnishings.