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 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 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 the Vieux Nice - 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.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Nice for you?
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.