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 from budet to boutique and luxury hotel to budget apartment (we recommend that you visit our online partner Booking,com for self catering options).
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.
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Ideally located gem in the old town, with exceptionally pretty bedrooms. Chintz wallpaper, large sash windows and some with small balconies give a wonderfully 'french chic' air. Breakfasts served in the garden. Access to a private beach. A well priced city base.
Delightful B&B in a bougainvillea-clad villa above Nice, with lush gardens, a small pool and seaviews. Very pretty Provencal bedrooms, light and airy with terracotta tones. Plenty of outdoor corners to curl up with a book. Well placed and good value for the area. Charming.
Eclectic and quirky hotel with original decoration and an exotic garden. Good value, set back from the seaside but within walking distance of all Nice has to offer. Rooms decorated, some wackily, by local artists. Laidback and informal with plenty of character and charm.
Charming villa accommodation high in the hills above Nice. The four elegant rooms have soft hues and modern artwork. A large pool has lovely sweeping views. Indulgent breakfasts and friendly owners and hosts. A lovely spot to explore the French Riviera from.
A good Four Star option in the centre of Nice. Contemporary rooms with all the mod cons, fabulous rooftop pool, and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views serves local cuisine. Spa, therapeutic treatments, and its own private beach and beach bar less than 1km away.
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. Lovely patio restaurant and pretty bedrooms, the best with terraces. Well positioned to explore the city.