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About 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. 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!

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.

Travel Information

  • 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, Rentalcars.
  • 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?

    Best Hotels in Nice

    • Hotel Nice Excelsior 42 rooms from £70

      Nice (Cote d'Azur)

      This four-star hotel is situated in the heart of Nice. The décor of the rooms draws inspiration from the neighbouring Nice-Ville train station, with postcard theme walls and travel trunk design pieces; book a family room for extra space. Enjoy a drink at the cosy courtyard bar; a charming hotel.

      City Style  -  With custom-made furniture and high-quality linens, this four-star hotel has lots of city style
      Local exploring  -  The hotel's fantastic, central location make it a perfect base for exploring Nice
      Romantic Break  -  The cosy rooms and pretty hotel garden score highly with couples
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the largest church in Nice, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice, a Roman Catholic basilica
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    • Deck Hotel from £75

      Nice

      A charming nautical-themed hotel set just steps from the coast. Bright rooms feature polished wooden floors, large sash windows and tones of bright blues and whites. The rooftop bar serves up superb cocktails and healthy breakfasts are on offer. A convenient and chic choice.

      Local exploring  -  Stay in the heart of beautiful Nice to explore its attractions and beaches
      Local markets  -  Wander around the colourful local flower market, Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya
      Great walks  -  Embark into the old town and enjoy exploring its winding, cobbled streets
      Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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    • Le Grimaldi 47 rooms from £81

      06000 Nice

      An historic hotel that exudes a classic old-world Belle Époque charm with a contemporary twist. Bright rooms feature fine bedsteads, pretty patterned wallpaper and smart contemporary bathrooms. The atmospheric bar has a homely feel. A memorable base.

      Great walks  -  Head to the Parc Phoenix and the Parc de la Colline du Château for some lovely park strolls
      Local markets  -  Have a leisurely wander around the Cours Saleya Market, a flower market
      Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Villa Rivoli 24 rooms from £87

      Nice

      Ideally located gem in the old town, with pretty, traditional 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 accommodation
      Cooking classes  -  Buy produce from the local market and then master the art of French Cuisine with Christian Plumail.
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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    • Villa Otero 38 rooms from £105

      06000 Nice

      A charming hotel in a Belle Époque building oozing feminine glamour. Expect classic furnishings, quirky wallpapers and potted plants in the chequered black-and-white tiled lounge area, while rooms have luxurious fabrics and lovely walls featuring a gilded bird-of-paradise pattern. A gem!

      Local exploring  -  Located in a quiet street close to the buzzing central square and beach, ideal for easy local exploring
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Nice Cathedral and the atmospheric Monastère de Cimiez
      Local markets  -  Wander around the Cours Saleya Market, a flower and fresh produce market
      Great walks  -  Go on a romantic seaside walk along the Promenade des Anglais
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    • Le Castel Enchanté 4 rooms from £105

      Nice

      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 character
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Windsor 54 rooms from £105

      Nice

      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, Michelin Travel
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    • The Jay 38 rooms from £106

      Nice

      A charming Gatsby-themed hotel offering great breakfasts. Expect suitably bold (yet tasteful) interiors, featuring Chesterfield sofas, plush blue velvet and bold floors, with a swanky bar to boot. Rooms have great statement wallpaper in shades of turquoise and chic furniture. A quirky, fun base!

      Local exploring  -  A handy location with sights and shops within easy distance, and beaches just a 5-minute stroll away
      Great walks  -  Head to the Parc de la Colline du Château for a romantic stroll and to admire the waterfall and great views
      Local markets  -  Wander around the local flower market, Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • La Malmaison 46 rooms from £113

      06000 Nice

      A sophisticated hotel on a smart plane-tree lined boulevard with great views from the higher balconies. Modern interiors have plush velvet furnishings set in grey tones, large windows and elegant yet simple decor. Chic rooms are equally polished. A tasteful base.

      Romantic Break  -  This is a lovely spot in a smart part of Nice with lovely romantic views from the balconies, ideal for a couple's retreat
      Local markets  -  Have a pleasant wander around the Marché Aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, a central flower and food market
      Great walks  -  Stroll around the Parc de la Colline du Château with its waterfalls and magnificent views
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • Villa Kilauea 4 rooms from £114

      Nr 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 all
      Local markets  -  Nice’s famous Flower Market is well worth a visit.
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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    • Hotel Gounod, Nice 43 rooms from £119

      Nice

      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.
      Traditional  -  1920s Belle Epoque architecture.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    • Negresco Hotel 125 rooms from £126

      Nice

      The luxurious Negresco Hotel is centrally located in Nice, a short distance from the beach. Feel like a VIP in their opulently decorated and spacious rooms which fuse antique furniture with bright colours-a unique experience! Be sure to try their Michelin 2* Le Chantecler restaurant. A divine stay!

      Sights nearby  -  Visit Promenade du Paillon or the Ancient Fort of Mont Boron
      Great walks  -  Take a lesiurely stroll arounf the Albert 1st Gardens
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
      Opulent
      Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Michelin Travel
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    • Welcome Hotel 35 rooms from £131

      Nice (Villefranche-sur-Mer)

      This chic, intimate hotel exudes old-school charm. The peachy façade, blue shutters and sea view rooms are utterly picturesque. Elegant bedrooms have a traditional feel, yet are fresh and unfussy. Perfectly located in the heart of the postcard-pretty town this is a convenient and stylish stay.

      Beach Life  -  Beautiful Plage de Marinières is a five minute walk away and a free shuttle will take you to the private beach Plage de Passable
      Writing a novel  -  Significantly, acclaimed 20th-century poet Jean Cocteau was so inspired by Villefranche-sur-Mer, that he settled in this hotel
      Value chic  -  Beautiful historic façade, stylish rooms and breathtaking views of the French Riviera creates the feel of a movie set!
      Active Holiday  -  Located right on the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, paddleboarding, kayaking and more is just on your doorstep
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    • Hotel La Perouse 56 rooms from £131

      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. 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 Angels
      Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Tablet
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    • Les Suites Massena 3 rooms from £157

      Nice

      A plush and modern hotel featuring large soundproof suites offering guests both calm and comfort in the heart of Nice. Rooms have a Scandi-chic style with natural materials set against soft grey hues and the best have free-standing baths. A delicious continental breakfast is served. Superb!

      Local exploring  -  Ideally located at the start of Nice's old town - explore the cobbled streets lined with boutique shops and restaurants
      Families  -  This small family-run property caters for families with rollout beds available for children and large rooms
      Short fly break  -  Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is less than 4 miles away - perfect for a quick escape
      Sights nearby  -  Located a short walk from the city's main attractions including Massena Square, Allianz Riviera Stadium and MAMAC
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    • Palais Saleya 26 rooms from £188

      Nice (Côte d'Azur)

      This boutique hotel occupies a renovated 18th-century palace in the heart of Nice. Suites are dressed in a contemporary style with bold design pieces and bright prints. All suites offer separate living space and spacious self-catering apartments are available for groups. A unique and stylish hotel.

      Families  -  The self-catering apartments are perfect for families travelling with children and can accommodate up to 6 people
      Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of the old town, this hotel makes a great base for exploring the sights of Nice
      City Style  -  Located in a heritage building in the heart of the city, this hotel has plenty of local style
      Great walks  -  Explore the charming alleys of the old town neighbouring the hotel on a long walk
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    • Hotel Le Suisse 38 rooms from £275

      Nice (Cote d'Azur)

      This charming, four-star hotel is situated on the seafront in Nice. Rooms are bright and airy, with wooden floors and crisp, white linens. The best suites offer a private terrace; book a Privilege room for panoramic sea views from the French windows. Relax in the friendly hotel bar. A stylish stay.

      Beach Life  -  This hotel is perfect for a beach holiday; guests can take advantage of a deal on parasols and sun loungers at the beach
      Local exploring  -  Situated close to the promenade and the city centre, this hotel is in a great location for exploring Nice
      City Style  -  With its clean, pared-back interior design, this hotel has reams of Cote d'Azur charm
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Castle Hill in Nice, accessible via the Promenade des Anglais a few metres from the hotel. Take the lift up to the top
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