The Best Beach Hotels in Nice

The Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the Med, is where youll find some of the best hotels in Nice
The Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the Med, is where you'll find some of the best hotels in Nice | © John Kellerman / Alamy Stock Photo
Kim Gregory

There’s nothing classier than a beach break on the Cote d’Azur. Stroll the promenade in Nice, along the famously long pebble beach with the Mediterranean sparkling in the distance and a backdrop of lush hills. The historic old town is a maze of colourful, restaurant-lined streets where you can explore the flower markets, museums and monuments. Enjoy the South of France at its finest with these hand-picked hotels.

1. Hotel Le Negresco

Eco Hotel

A pink and stylish bedroom at Hotel Le Negresco, with sea views, a bed, green armchairs and a chandelier
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Face the azure waters of the Med from your opulent room or suite, featuring period furniture like velvet-clad stools and royally-silky drapes, pastel walls and remarkable French artwork. Each room is inspired by art from Louis XVI salons to Venetian-style. This five-star spot, built in 1913, has guestbook entries from Dali to Princess Grace of Monaco. With its 18th-century-style Michelin-star restaurant offering surprising gourmet dishes, you’ll live like royalty alongside hitting the beach.

2. Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée

Resort, Hotel

An indoor swimming pool at Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, with sea views from huge windows
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Situated on the Promenade des Anglais – a walkway stretching along the Nice seafront – this five-star hotel is as elegant as its setting. The classic, modern aesthetic makes you feel at home in luxury. Recline on your plush sofa or kick back with a crisp French wine as a pianist charms at the bar – all overlooking the Mediterranean Sea below.

3. Hôtel Suisse

Hotel

A modern bedroom at Hôtel Suisse, with a bed, windows with sea views, a desk, armchairs and lamps
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Rooms here are sophisticated white with features as colourful as the seaside view: blue bed runners, yellow seating and bronze floor-to-ceiling drapes. Hotel Suisse overlooks Nice’s Bay of Angels so you’re steps away from the pebbled beach. Hire a beach cabin for the day, then spend the evening exploring the famous flower market or nearby old town, stopping for some local fare at a streetside restaurant.

4. Le Saint Paul Hôtel

Hotel

A colourful room at Le Saint Paul Hôtel with red and green patterned walls, a bed, table and armchairs
Courtesy of Le Saint Paul Hôtel

Climbing the green hills of Nice, you’ll see a pretty pink hotel with blue chateau-style shutters. Welcome to your fabulous home, Le Saint Paul Hotel, where sophisticated rooms with sleek decor meet a palm tree-lined terrace for you to wine and dine al fresco. Under the year-round Nice sunshine, explore the nearby beach and coves by the seafront Franck Pilatte Boulevard. Perfection.

5. Flots D'Azur

Hotel, Villa

A rooftop outdoor seating area at Flots DAzur, with purple tables and chairs and dark sun loungers
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Simple bedroom decor with blue accents matches the view from your balcony at the recently renovated Flots D’Azur. You’ll be comfortable and relaxed as friendly staff ensure your every need is met. The modern beach hotel is by the promenade in Nice, so it’s the perfect place for a stress-free, relaxing break by the beach. Continental breakfast on the panoramic terrace is a highlight.

6. AC Hotel by Marriott Nice

Chain Hotel, Hotel

A rooftop area with a wooden table, benches, a parasol, plants and sofas at AC Hotel by Marriott Nice
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Beach breaks are made to soak up nature, as is this natural outdoor haven in Nice. Alongside the monochrome, minimalist bedrooms with chic decor such as geometric wall art, you’ll find a pink-lit garden oasis and an outdoor pool surrounded by funky furniture, lanterns and lush green plants. Chill in the blissful outdoor areas on the waterfront by the main beach, or hit the fitness centre. It’s the full package for a rejuvenating French getaway.

7. Le Meridien Nice

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

An outdoor swimming pool at Le Meridien Nice, with sun loungers and parasols overlooking a blue sea
Courtesy of Le Meridien Nice / Expedia.com

With an address like 1 Promenade des Anglais, Le Meridien is the epitome of Nice and the French Riviera: glamorous, exotic and luxurious. Watch the glittering sunset from the rooftop pool or La Terrasse restaurant, which serves local fare and afternoon tea – or sip signature cocktails at the brightly-furnished bar with faux-leaf backdrop. The rooms are classic-chic, with dark wood floors, marble bathrooms and vibrant, gold-rimmed furniture. Look no further for a truly sumptuous break in the South of France.

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