As the unofficial capital of the French Riviera or Côte d’Azur, Nice is a must-see for all travelers. An enticing old town, the city offers everything you could want and more, from breathtaking architecture and local markets to a wealth of high-class restaurants, all at a stunning coastal location.
Although the beach is made of pebbles and the city itself has some worn down areas, this all contributes to the city’s original character. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for Europe’s elite in the 19th-century, it’s no surprise that Nice is still full of luxurious hotels today. Whether a sunseeker or a high-roller, we’ve put together a list of our top personal recommendations for hotels as well as recommendations on things to do in Nice, to help you soak up the Riviera vibe your way.
Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection
Location: 10-minute walk from Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town
Amenities: Spa & Wellness Center | Sauna | Fitness Center | Billiards
Restaurants: Bar Génési, featuring American cuisine, and La Pescheria, featuring Mediterranean cuisine
Price Range: $430- 720
Located in central Nice, this five-star hotel offers a Belle Époque-style which will leave you standing in awe. Their spacious rooms are simply stunning, decorated in shades of white and gold, and they exude extravagance. As well as luxury accommodation, this chic design also extends to the range of facilities on offer such as the fitness center, spa, indoor swimming pool and both a-la-carte restaurants. The restaurants here are incredibly popular, serving Italian specialties in restaurant La Pescheria, and American dishes and drinks on the terrace of Bar Génési. Located just outside the Old Town, this area is less touristy and favored by the locals, so where the locals go, expect great food and ambiance.
Radisson Blu Hotel Nice
Location: The Promenade des Anglais, 10-minute drive from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
Amenities: Steam | Sauna | Massage | Fitness Center | Bicycle & Car Rental
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: Two available restaurants featuring European cuisine and grilled specialities
Price Range: $125- 650
Just a 1-minute walk from the beach, this modern five-star hotel boasts a rooftop swimming pool, offering panoramic views of its private beach and the Mediterranean Sea. Taking further advantage of the views, some of the elegant rooms feature a large balcony facing the sea. If you want fantastic seaside views, this is the place to go. Whether you want to soak in these views from your room or on the beach itself, you can access the hotel’s WI-FI anywhere. The hotel’s Le 223 Bar is the perfect place to indulge in modern French cuisine, while if you fancy something different, the rooftop terrace offers La Terrasse restaurant and Le Pool Bar & Lounge for grilled specialties and cocktails. If you’re looking for a modern base to explore Nice, where you can return to and relax after a long day, the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice is a great choice.
Nice Riviera Hotel & Spa
Location: Central Nice, 550 yards from Place Massena and Vieux Nice
Amenities: Sauna | Spa | Hot Tub | Fitness Center | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Breakfast room & lounge bar
Price Range: $150- 230
If you’re looking for a hotel with character, the Nice Riviera Hotel & Spa might just be what you need. Featuring environmentally friendly, bamboo parquet flooring, the rooms are decorated with modern furnishings and offer a splash of color to complete a striking look. This look is softened in the spacious rooms, providing a warm and intimate feel. Offering a charming breakfast room with a buffet breakfast, you can be sure to start your day off with a smile at the Nice Riviera Hotel & Spa. After a day of sightseeing and exploring, the hotel offers a relaxing heated pool and spa, or you can book a session at the wellness center for a full revitalization. End the day with some drinks by the fireplace in the lounge bar, and you’ll be glad you chose this luxurious yet affordable hotel.
Hôtel La Pérouse
Location: The Colline du ChâteauIt, 250 yards from the flower market, Cours Saleya and the harbor
Amenities: Sauna | Hot Tub | Fitness Center
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: Restaurant Le Patio, featuring Mediterranean cuisine
Price Range: $200- 1500
For a luxury escape with unlimited privacy, the Hôtel La Pérouse is without a doubt the best choice in Nice. Located high above the Promenade des Anglais, this luxury boutique hotel offers a real sense of tranquility, while still being only a walk away from the famous flower market, the Nice Opera House, and Old Town. Complete with an elegant Mediterranean décor, you immediately feel comfortable and relaxed, whether eating breakfast on the terrace or relaxing in the heated outdoor swimming pool. As well as the hotel’s other facilities, such as the sauna and fitness center, the hotel also offers concierge services that will help you with anything from booking transport to making restaurant reservations. Some of the most luxurious rooms offer Italian marble bathrooms and a stunning private terrace with seas views, which are enough reasons to stay here in Nice, trust me!
Le Meridien Nice
Location: The Promenade des Anglais, by the Old Town and Nice Train Station
Amenities: Sauna | Spa | Hot Tub | Fitness Center
Restaurants: Breakfast room at the Le Colonial Café and a rooftop restaurant
Price Range: $150- 1100
Located in the most prestigious location in Nice, Le Méridien Nice takes the spot of number 1 in Promenade des Anglais. Nothing says luxury as much as this hotel, offering breathtaking views over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, the famous Bay of Angels, and the city of Nice. If anything, this hotel is the perfect viewpoint to soak in all of the charm that the French Riviera has to offer. It is no different in the rest of the hotel; panoramic views can be seen whilst eating on the rooftop terrace, whilst the rooms offer sea views, sights of the Albert 1st Gardens or the hotel’s stunning patio. With a vast array of views, the hotel itself also offers a relaxing outdoor swimming pool and spa, a fitness center and modern rooms. For those looking to stay somewhere in the perfect location, Le Méridien Nice is our top pick.
Hôtel West End Promenade
Location: Promenade des Anglais, 550 yards from the Vieux-Nice district
Amenities: Sun Terrace | Private Beach Area | Business Center
Restaurants: Two restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine and buffets, both with sea views
Price Range: $140- 460
If there is one thing that makes Hotel West End Promenade unique, it is that it was the first 4-star hotel built in Nice in 1842. With this piece of history, it is very surprising how modern this stylish beach-front hotel actually is. With some of its original character maintained, the elegant furnishings are seen throughout the restaurants, the conference center and some of the rooms. Mediterranean cuisine can be found at the West End’s restaurant Le Siecle, while La Palmeraie serves breakfast and lunch buffets during the summer. What is guaranteed in both restaurants is great food, amazing sea views, and impeccable service. Guests have made note of the extremely helpful and friendly breakfast staff, which goes a long way in starting your day right.
Best Western Plus Hôtel Massena Nice
Location: 100 yards from the Promenade des Anglais, rue Gioffredo.
Amenities: Business Center | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $145- 400
For a piece of modern luxury in the heart of Nice, the Best Western Plus Hôtel Massena looks more like an art gallery than a hotel. Kitted out with sleek furnishings, this hotel is nothing short of smart and professional. Previous guest have raved about the central location of this hotel, as nothing can be more convenient than being yards away from the beach, the Old Town, and transport links. The high level of service is also a feature that is praised here, whether in the hotel bar, the breakfast room or ordering room service. The rooms here are just as stylish, yet emanate an inviting atmosphere that is perfect for the evenings. For those looking to stay somewhere luxurious without having to spend thousands of dollars, this is one of our top picks.
Westminster Hotel & Spa
Location: Promenade des Anglais, 15-minutes from the Nice-Ville train station
Amenities: Sauna | Spa | Hot Tub | Fitness Center | Sun Terrace
Pool: Only in the spa
Restaurants: Restaurant Le Duc serving Mediterranean specialties
Price Range: $150- 730
If you like traditional hotels with a lot of culture, the Westminster Hotel & Spa will not disappoint. Decorated in a belle-epoque style, this hotel offers spacious rooms with contemporary décor and marble bathrooms. Highlights of the rooms include a minibar that is restocked daily with free beverages and the sea views that look particularly majestic at sunrise or sunset. If you like a hotel that provides many small touches that make a difference, then this hotel is a perfect choice. The highest level of service is given here, paying particular attention to making sure guests are as relaxed as they can be. Spend some time in the relaxation area of the spa, or have a leisurely Mediterranean dinner overlooking the stunning beach-front of Promenade des Anglais. Whether you prefer bathing in the luxury of the hotel or basking on the beach, you are guaranteed to be at ease here.
Location: a 10-minute walk away from Armente Garden, Quai Rauba-Capeu
Amenities: Private Beach
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $200- 240
Located on the seafront of Nice’s Old Town, Hotel Suisse is an Italian-style hotel offering a unique elegance on the beach. With beautifully decorated rooms, guests can enjoy panoramic sea views from their private balconies or admire the gardens whilst enjoying a continental breakfast. Really, the views cannot get any better than this! Being a stone throw away from the private beach, Hotel Suisse is the ideal place to soak up the sun of the French Riviera. With guests complimenting the fantastic service rendered by the staff, a stay here while in Nice is sure to be a good bet.
Hotel Villa Victoria
Location: Nice City Center, Boulevard Victor Hugo
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $160- 270
The best thing about Hotel Villa Victoria is the level of attentiveness of their staff; the service here is impeccable with guests making note of the fantastic service they receive. As well as the high-quality service, the location of the hotel is perfect for any type of traveler. Being so close to the beach and town, Hotel Villa Victoria also gives a sense of isolation and tranquility that gives guests the best of both worlds. A buffet breakfast is prepared every morning and served out on the garden terrace. With period architecture and a stunning floral garden, this hotel is the perfect choice for romance and intimacy.
Nice Excelsior Centre Gare
Location: Musician’s Quarter, 19 avenue Durante
Amenities: Massage | Terrace | Garden
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $130- 270
For something luxurious but a little bit different, the Nice Excelsior Centre Gare will give you a run for your money. Located in the heart of the Musician’s Quarter, the interior design of the hotel befits its surroundings. Full of bold colors, block furniture and wall art, this boutique hotel is like nothing you’ve seen before, especially not in Nice! The rooms are beautifully decorated boasting stylish interiors, and you’ll soon recognize that the decor is inspired by travel and the French Riviera. With a cozy reception area and beautifully quiet garden, you can indulge in all the me-time you want. Between the relaxing atmosphere and quirky surroundings, this is one of our top picks for luxurious hotels, exuding style and character.
La Malmaison Nice Boutique hôtel
Location: 500 yards from the Promenade des Anglais, Boulevard Victor Hugo
Amenities: Terrace | Bicycle Rental
Price Range: $160- 200
If you want something a bit different, get taken back in time at the La Malmaison Nice Boutique Hotel. This roaring twenties themed hotel is nothing but inviting, with plush furniture and elegant decoration filling the rooms. The rooms at La Malmaison boast comfortable furnishings, modern bathrooms, and large French windows; this together with retro patterned wallpaper is what gives this hotel its character. This place is definitely a great pick for those who are looking for a pleasant stay while in Nice. Located within walking distance from the beach, the Old Nice and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice and its surrounding areas are at your disposal!
Although not the biggest city, Nice has a plentiful supply of luxurious hotels on offer, but while the choice might be vast, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all are high-quality. We’ve carefully chosen the very best luxury accommodation based on location, facilities, the level of service and overall look. Now all that’s left is for you to select the hotel that ticks all of your boxes!
As soon as you’ve selected where to stay in this beautiful region in France, its now time to explore. If you want to venture further than Nice, check out this South of France itinerary for tips on where to go.
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