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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. And it's a melting pot, here you'll find your regular Joes and Joesphines as well as well-heeled holiday makers and celebrities, so as you'd expect there's an excellent array of choice when it comes to picking 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 its most glorious in Vieux Nice - the old town - which has hardly changed since the 18th Century.
What not to Miss
- The Promenade des Anglais - named in deference to these trailblazing holiday-makers. 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. The Cours Saleya market and the Marche aux Fleurs are the most famous.
- If art is your thing then there's a number of 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. Use our guide and start planning your break!
The 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 access to a private beach. The reason rooms start from around £70 per night is because some of them 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 in 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, a gorgeous pool, and beautiful grounds. But you do need a car.
For a self-catering Apartment or private Villa
- Sometimes self catering is the best option, and Nice is full of great properties. For a full list, visit our online partner, Booking.com.
- Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is a large airport with good links to the UK and other European destinations. A taxi from the airport to the centre of town will cost you about €30, or you can catch the shuttle bus for around €6.
- Some people arrive by cruise ship, or their own yacht!
- Alternatively the train journey along the French Riviera is glorious, and you can catch the Eurostar via Lille or Paris, or even try an overnight train from Paris - book a couchette - all the way to Nice.
- If you want to hire a car - which is useful if you’re staying in Nice and you want to see more of the Côte d'Azur - we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- Nice has a delightful Mediterranean climate which means it’s mild and brilliantly sunny for most of the year - excepting winters which are cool and sunny. The Mistral winds keep Nice from baking during the summer months, and keep the rain showers moving, so that Nice gets passing showers rather than days of rain on end. If your aim is to escape the crowds - and Nice is the second most popular destination in France - then it’s better to come in the shoulder seasons, spring and autumn, though winter is very pleasant too if you’re not here to swim.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Nice for you?
- Expand your search to include all the best places to stay on the Côte d'Azur,
- or try checking out the best places to stay in Cannes,
- or the best places to stay in Fréjus,
- or the best places to stay in St-Tropez or St Raphael, or Antibes or Cap Ferrat,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Nice
Villa Rivoli 24 rooms from $91Nice
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.City Style - French finesse in bucket loads in this charming hotel near the sea.Value chic - Great value and stylish accommodationCooking classes - Buy produce from the local market and then master the art of French Cuisine with Christian Plumail.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Le Castel Enchanté 4 rooms from $137Nice
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.Hideaway - Ideally situated in the hills above Nice, recharge your batteries in the leafy gardens before heading down to the madness.Local markets - Take a stroll through the fragrant morning Flower Market at Cours Saleya.Sights nearby - Discover the remains of the ancient Roman city of Cemelenum.Full of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
Windsor 54 rooms from $137Nice
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.City Style - This stylish hotel with rooms designed by contemporary artists, is perfectly located for absorbing the nightlife and beaches.Total relaxation - Chill out in the shady garden, take a dip in the hotel pool and avail of the on site spa treaments and hammam.Great walks - You'll have great fun exploring the narrow, cobblestone pedestrian streets of Vieille Ville de Nice, just 900m from the hotel.Local markets - Check out the Monday morning antique market on the Cours Saleya.Recommended by - I Escape
Villa Kilauea 4 rooms from $149Nr Nice
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.Country Escape - Just 10 minutes outside of Nice yet surrounded by stunning countryside - feels a million miles away from it allLocal markets - Nice’s famous Flower Market is well worth a visit.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor Pool.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Gounod, Nice 43 rooms from $155Nice
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.Views - Stunning views from the rooftop deck and pool.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Local markets - Good for local colour.Spa
Hotel La Perouse 56 rooms from $170Nice
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.Beach Life - Lovely seafront hotel well placed to explore the city, perched right on a cliff and just steps from the beach.Sights nearby - Marvel at the the monastery of Cimiez and beautiful rose garden overlooking the city and Castle Hill.Local markets - Very close to the Marche du Fleurs, a vibrant and colourful way to spend your morning.Views - Great views of Nice and the Bay of AngelsRecommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet