There is no shortage of hotel accommodations in Marseille, and all price ranges are available. It is best to reserve in advance; in spite of it being a big city with relatively few tourists, the hotels can fill up quickly at unexpected times (mainly for professional meetings and seminars).
The hotels on the Vieux Port are convenient, and some overlook the harbor. This is also where you'll find the main tourist office, which offers an accommodation service for visitors. Better values are to be found around Castellane in the 6th arrondissement.
There are also some good budget hotel options near the central train station, Gare St. Charles, but the area can be loud and dangerous at night. Vacation home rentals can be less expensive than a hotel, although most require a minimum stay of two or three days.
Unlike many places, Marseille is not particularly busy in August, as many people find it too hot then.
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