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Nice is a melting pot, here you'll find your regular Joes and Joesphines as well as well-heeled holiday makers and celebrities, thus there's an excellent array of choices when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Nice.

Nice is the Côte d'Azur's vibrant capital. Cannes and St. Tropez vie for your attention with their dazzle, but Nice is a proper city - buzzing all the time, not just during celebrity season. If you want to holiday somewhere where there's always something to do, there's glorious, sunny weather, a bright blue sea and the opportunity to people watch in the perfect setting, then Nice is for you.

Nice has been a resort since the 18th Century, when English consumptives were treated to this town's reviving atmosphere. As well as the sunshine and, albeit, pebbly beaches, people also came for the old world opulence, which is at it's most glorious in Vieux Nice - the old town - which has hardly changed since the 18th Century.

In deference to these trailblazing holiday-makers, the main promenade is called the Promenade des Anglais. The charming area around it is one of the best places to people watch, as well as a great place for a spot of shopping or a leisurely lunch - Nice boasts some of the finest restaurants in France.

Shopping and food are one of Nice's great combinations, there's plenty of market food and local produce to sample and include in your own rest cure. The Cours Saleya market and the Marche aux Fleurs are the most famous.

If art revives and relaxes you then there's a number of art museums to visit. The Chagall Museum has the world's largest Chagall collection, for example and Nice also has a Picasso and Matisse museum, and the museums of Fine Art and Modern Art.

Nice is also the kind of city where there's always something going on. And the nightlife is lively. So it's a great choice for sunny city break.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Nice varies from small B&Bs to inexpensive hotels in the centre of town.

Best Places to Stay in Nice

For a sunny city break

  • Charming and discreetly elegant, the Hotel La Perouse is just back from the Promenade des Anglais and has beautiful views of the Baie des Anges.
  • The Hotel Gounod is right in the centre of town, and has stunning views of all of Nice from its fabulous rooftop pool and restaurant. They also have a spa and private beach.

On a budget

  • Right in the heart of the old town, and especially Belle Epoque pretty to boot, the Villa Rivoli is well located and has it's own private beach. The reason rooms start from just £59 per night is some of the 24 rooms are quite small.
  • Fun and quirkily decorated by local artists, the Windsor is in a great spot for both the beach and Nice's highlights. It's also got a great spa and small hammam.

Nice's Best B&Bs

  • Le Castel Enchanté is a bougainvillea-clad Italianate villa with a lush garden a small pool and beautiful sea views. Provencal is style its four bedrooms offer excellent value and privacy.
  • The Villa Kilauea sits on a quiet hill with great views of Nice and the bay beyond. There are just four rooms, so this is also one of the best places to stay in Nice for families - but you do need a car.

Still not sure?

  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Nice,
  2. consider the Côte d'Azur's other treasures, Cannes or St. Tropez?
  3. consult our list of the best places to stay on the Côte d'Azur,
  4. or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
 
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  • Villa Rivoli

    Nice

    Ideally located gem in the old town, with exceptionally pretty, if sometimes small, bedrooms. Belle Epoque villa with charming ambience, small garden, with access to a private beach a short distance away. away. Good value for this location.

    24 rooms from $89
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
  • Windsor

    Nice

    Eclectic and quirky hotel with original decoration and an exotic garden. Good value, set back from the seaside. Rooms decorated, some wackily, by local artists. Laidback and informal. Small pool, but great hammam.

    57 rooms from $105
    Spa  -  Small spa with hammam.
    Swimming Pool  -  Small, unheated pool.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel
  • Le Castel Enchant√©

    Nice

    Delightful B&B in a bougainvillea-clad italianate villa above Nice, with lush gardens, a small pool and seaviews. Very pretty Provencal bedrooms, light and airy, good value for the area. Charming.

    4 rooms from $153
    Swimming Pool  -  Small outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Villa Kilauea

    Nr Nice

    A charming villa b+b high in the hills above Nice, with just three elegant, stylish rooms, and a lovely pool. Good value option if you have a car. Very quiet, would suit a family.

    4 rooms from $166
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hotel La Perouse

    Nice

    Charming and discreet hotel with pool set back from the Promenade des Anglais with classic Bay views. Well positioned for the port, markets and downtown, the beach is across the road and rates reasonable. Elegant, pretty bedrooms, the best with terraces. Good for families.

    60 rooms from $198
    Views  -  Great views of Nice and the Bay of Angels
    Local markets  -  Very close to the Marche du Fleurs.
    Roof terrace  -  With stunning views.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
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