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Cote d'Azur Coast
Goodness, it's crowded on the Riviera these days. If you are prepared to put up with the traffic, the brash holidaymakers on the beaches, the sheer press of people in the towns and villages and the wild expense in return for the glamour that the Côte d'Azur still undeniably possesses, then you will need a cool and comforting hotel to which to retreat: chic but not glitzy and an oasis of calm. They exist: you just have to know which ones they are, and we do, even some that won't remotely break the bank. The order of the hotels in this list bears no reflection on our preference.
La Voile d'Or 45 rooms from $423Saint Jean Cap Ferrat (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat)
A romantic historic hotel on the coast, in the heart of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat just ten km from Monaco. Exuding old world charm through white walls, parquet floors and antique furnishings. Good food, spectacular views and very well located for local exploring in this most exclusive part of the coast.Sights nearby - Visit the royal Palace Monaco at 11.55am for the daily changing of the guard on the square in front.Swimming Pool - Two outdoor salt-water swimming pools with stunning sea views.On the beach - Private beach, small and rocky.Full of character
Brise Marine 18 rooms from $169Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
An Italianate villa hotel on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, only ten km from Nice and Monaco. The simple traditional rooms open onto charming flower-filled terraces with glorious views. A green oasis of calm two minutes walk from beautiful Riviera beaches.Local markets - Visit Nice's exuberant flower, fruit and local produce market in the Cours Saleya, just behind the Promenade des Anglais.Great walks - Take in the wonderful views of and from the peninsula by following one of the coastal paths.Sights nearby - La Chapelle Saint HospiceSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.