10 of the Best Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

Two types head for the Côte d'Azur: those who want to be seen, and those who don't. Those who do crowd together on the coast, jangling their jewels on the Corniche and in St-Tropez, enduring nose-to-tail traffic jams as they crawl along the coast. Those who don't want to be seen head to one of our Guru’s best hotels in the Côte d'Azur hills, and love the region as much for its broom-covered hills as for its raffish, scintillating seaside; for the dry heat, clear light and scent of pine in the air; and for the heady fusion of art and landscape, wine and sunshine, ancient villages and modern sophistication that gives the Côte d'Azur its dazzling character.

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Only a handful of the hotels that are set in the foothills of the Alpes Maritimes just behind the coast have made the cut to our Guru’s list of the best hotels in the Côte d'Azur hills: here they are, both contemporary and traditional, to suit all pockets.

10 of The Best Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

10 of the Best Hotels Views in the Côte d'Azur Hills

Chateau du Domanine St Martin

  • The Château Saint Martin & Spa is a large château in the hills with views to the coast, a spa and a two Michelin starred restaurant.
  • Or there’s the seven room Histoires de Bastide, a charming boutique B&B surrounded by beautiful gardens and views of the Provencal hills.

The Most Romantic Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

La Grande Bastide

  • Try La Grande Bastide, a gloriously luxurious 18th Century country house conversion with views over the valley all the way to the coast - it’s not far from the beach or Nice, but still secluded.

The Best Hotels Escapes in the Côte d'Azur Hills

La Bastide de St Antoine

  • La Bastide de St-Antoine in Grasse has just eight, large rooms, and an excellent restaurant surrounded by lovely gardens and olive groves.
  • Or there’s the Hotel Alain Llorca, a chic hotel in the Provencal countryside with ten elegant, antique filled rooms, a charming terrace, shady gardens and Michelin starred cuisine.

The Best Value Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

Hotel du Clos

  • Auberge de la Madone is a family run hotel right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, surrounded by olive groves and orchards. Rooms here start from €100 per night.
  • Or for €150 per night you could stay at the Hotel du Clos, which is a lovely village hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant.

For A Private Party Feel

La Parare

  • Try the four room luxurious B&B, La Parare, a converted 17th Century farmhouse with a rustic chic, yet romantic vibe.

The Best Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills for Art Lovers

La Colombe dor

  • La Colombe d'Or Hotel is decked with an impressive art collection - Picasso, Chagall and Miro, among others, grace the walls. The style is rustic chic and the restaurant is fabulous.

Hip Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

La Maison du Frene

  • La Maison du Frêne in St Paul de Vence, is a four room boutique hotel in a strikingly done up 18th Century townhouse with an amazing private art collection and vibrant, airy rooms.
  • Or try the Hotel Cantemerle which combines peace and buzz, just inland from Nice and the coast, with a gourmet restaurant, spa and lovely private grounds.

If you can’t find your idea of the best hotel in the Côte d'Azur hills on our Guru’s list you might want to:

10 of the Best Hotels in the Côte d'Azur Hills

  • La Grande Bastide Saint Paul de Vence 14 rooms from £130

    Views  -  Stunning views towards the coast and into the valleys below.
    Romantic Break  -  Beautiful bedrooms with patios straight onto the garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Fondation Maeght, Place du Grand Jardin, Vence Cathedral and Porte du Peyra.
    Swimming Pool  -  A candle lit pool in the evenings is the perfect spot for an aperitif.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Charming 18th century country house with valley and coastal views. Smart rooms and suites in creams with all the mod cons and private balconies. Swimming pool, hot tub, and plenty to do at the beach. Not far from NIce, it epitomises the romance of Provence. See More

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  • Château Saint-Martin & Spa Saint Paul de Vence 46 rooms from £425

    Honeymoons  -  An enchanting fariytale hotel with charming suites, private balconies with spectacular views of the sea.
    Foodies  -  There are several fantastic restaurants including the Michelin starred Saint Martin.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a church designed by Henri Matisse.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool within lovely gardens
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

    A fairytale chateau in the hills, with coastal views. Boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury spa. The classically sumptuous suites with balconies and private villas encapsulate French country chic. Luxury and tranquillity with fine dining. See More

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  • Histoires de Bastide Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Cote d'Azur 7 rooms from £121

    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Large Outdoor Pool
    Spa
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays

    Charming boutique B&B. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the serenity of Provence's hills. Contemporary elegant rooms with private terraces overlooking olive trees. Spa, swimming pool, and close to gourmet restaurants. Utterly romantic. See More

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  • Auberge de la Madone Peillon 17 rooms from £87

    Local exploring  -  Ideal for an active explorer, start with the proerty grounds and work your way to the town and surrounding countryside.
    Romantic Break  -  Wonderful views, delicious food and intimate rooms make this an idyllic couples hideaway.
    Foodies  -  Michelin recommended restaurnt serving locally grown produce in a traditional style.
    Great walks  -  There is wonderful hiking in the surrounding mountains and forests.

    Enchanting family-run inn perched on a cliff-edge high above the Med, with fabulous views. Fantastic on site restaurant serves locally grown produce to the highest standard. Understated rooms with private balconies boast spectacular views of the orchards and olive groves. Romantic. See More

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  • Hotel Alain Llorca Saint Paul de Vence (La Colle sur Loup) 10 rooms from £221

    Country Escape  -  Set into the hillside, yet just 7km from the Med, offers peace and tranquility with a dash of gourmet
    Great walks  -  On the beaches west of Nice
    Sailing  -  Many schools nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Saint Paul de Vence
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A chic hotel in the Provencal countryside. Large, elegant rooms are filled with antiques, white washed walls, and rustic furnishings. Outdoor pool, terrace, and a shady garden. Michelin starred cuisine, intimate bar. Grown-up, peaceful, gourmet. See More

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  • La Parare Cote d'Azur 4 rooms from £115

    Romantic Break  -  Bathtubs built for two, gourmet dinners on the terrace, pool and the beaches of French Riveria close by
    Sights nearby  -  Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, Vence, St Paul de Vence, Eze, Tourettes sur Loup, Biot, Villefranche sur Mer, St Jean Cap Ferrat
    Local markets  -  In Ventimiglia, San Remo and Bordighera
    Cooking classes  -  With chef Frederic Galland
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A gorgeous B&B in a 17th century farmhouse. Rooms are rustic-chic with stone walls, bare wooden floors, and fireplaces alongside large bathrooms. Salt water outdoor pool, terrace and gardens. Spa treatments available. Romantic, laid back and welcoming. See More

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  • La Colombe d'Or Hotel Saint Paul de Vence 25 rooms from £217

    Writing a novel  -  Steeped in romantic history, the hotel was an artists haven during WWII, this is an ideal property for inspiration and escapism.
    Honeymoons  -  A whimsical hotel ideal for romance, with lovely gardens, charming suites, and an indefinable mystique.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A family run hotel steeped in history. Unpretentious style and service lay the set for legendary art work including Picasso and Matisse. The Provençale cuisine is worthy of a visit alone and served in a laid back atmosphere. A truly unique property. 3 night min in high season See More

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  • Hotel du Clos Le Rouret, Cote d'Azur 11 rooms from £130

    Restaurant  -  Michelin recommended restaurant and a bistro for something more relaxed.
    Foodies  -  Restaurant is run by Michelin starred chef Daniel Ettlinger
    Gourmet
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Grasse, the famous perfume capital, plus all the attractions of the Cote d'Azur
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Michelin Travel

    A lovely village hotel with a fabulous restaurant and bistro on site. Rooms and suites in contemporary elegant style. Olive trees scatter the garden and breakfast terraces. Great value for money in a great location. See More

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  • La Maison du Frêne Saint Paul de Vence 4 rooms from £148

    Artworks  -  Fabulous modern art by Hockney, Arman, Gilbert and George, pop-art, as well as pastiches of Picasso and Lichtenstein.
    Local exploring  -  Perfect for following in the footsteps of the great artists who spent time here and nearby.
    Romantic Break  -  These opulent and lavish suites set the tone for romance.
    Local markets  -  The nearby towns of Biot, Tourette-sur-Loup, Valbonne as well as Vence itself hold local produce markets every week.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

    Strikingly done-up 18th century house. Vibrant decoration, large airy suites and a truly amazing private art collection. House party feel and exuding plenty of character. A luxurious a chic townhouse stay and a good base for local exploring. See More

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  • La Bastide de St-Antoine Grasse 18 rooms from £208

    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by beautiful gardens, olive groves and hectares of rolling farmland this elegant hotel is the perfect country escape.
    Foodies  -  The on site restaurant is renowned for its gourmet cuisine and wonderful ambience. Cooking classes are also available.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding gardens, olive groves and farmland, this area is famed for its natural beauty.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux

    Eighteenth century country house in Grasse, surrounded by lovely gardens and olive groves. The romantic rooms are a triumph: simple, stylish and effortlessly elegant. The on site restaurant is famed in the area for its astute use of local flavours. Grown up, charming and wonderfully French! See More

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  • Hotel Cantemerle Saint Paul de Vence (Vence) 26 rooms from £121

    Hideaway  -  A chic yet peaceful hotel set between the mountains and the sea, with fragrant gardens and lovely pool.
    Spa breaks  -  A lovely spa featuring an indoor heated pool, Hammam, Massage room, solarium and an outdoor pool.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Attractive hotel and restaurant set in acres of private grounds 15km inland from the coast in charming Vence. Stylish rooms in a cluster of artfully old-fashioned ochre-roofed buildings. Gourmet restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa. A lovely place to relax and while away a few days. See More

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Written by Leonie Glass

posted Monday, 13th April 2020