Nice, the Capital of the Cote d'Azur is real, vibrant and buzzing, a melting pot of regular Joes and Josephines as well as well-heeled holiday makers and celebrities. There are masses of places to stay in Nice of varying price and quality. Below is our list of the best places to stay in Nice.
Whether sunbathing on the (annoyingly) pebbly beaches, wandering along the famous Promenade des Anglais (the English established this resort as a cure for consumptives in the 18th Century), eating bouillabaisse in the old Marche aux Fleurs or shuffling along to the Jazz Festival in July, there is always something going on.
When we think of Nice we tend to think of the beach and Promenade des Anglais and if you enjoy multi-people watching and soaking up sunshine, you could hardly ask for a better spot.
Arranging yourself on a lounger, cocktail or other diversion to hand and occasionally picking your way down to the sea for a paddle is a hugely satisfying way to enjoy Nice.
For something more energetic, coasting around the Baie des Anges on rollerblades is a great way to take in your surroundings.
There is masses of amazing art in Nice in several galleries and museums.
The Chagall Museum has the largetst collection of paintings, sketches and sculptures by the artist and there are also museums dedicated to the work of Picasso and Matisse.
The museums of Fine Art and Modern Art could keep you out of the sun for hours.
The Theatre National de Nice puts on regular musical and dramatic performances.
The elaborate Russian cathedral, completed in 1912, just prior to the Russian revolution has easy-to-spot onion-shaped domes and is near the Nice-Ville station.
One of the classic shopping experiences in Nice is the flower market on the Cours Saleya. Off the Cours Saleya, the Rue François de Paule is home to Patisserie, Maison Auer, Alziari, a fabulous deli selling olives and olive oil and the Provençal perfumer Molinard.
The expensive designer shops are all around the perfectly named Avenue Suède and Rue Paradis.
For more affordable clothes and homewares shopping Galéries Lafayette is on Avenue Jean Médecin
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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.
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.
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.
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.