Hôtel Windsor (4*)
This hotel may have a rather traditional look on the outside but it’s anything but on the inside. From its Andy Warhol-inspired lift to its tropical paradise of a heated outdoor pool, the posters of Tintin on the wall allude to the individuality of the rooms. It has 57 of them, 30 of which have been designed by artists in differing modern styles – graffiti walls or comic strips, for example. If you are after something a little more traditional, the remaining 27 rooms offer a more conventional welcome. It’s central, affordable, unpretentious and very, very fun.
Prices start from 80€ (£69)
Hôtel La Villa (3*)
The Hotel La Villa is set on one of the most beautiful tree-lined streets in Nice, in a central location, in New Town. It has 47 rooms and free WiFi, which is quite uncommon for small hotels in France. It doesn’t have a restaurant but it’s so central that this shouldn’t be a problem. This is an affordable base to explore town.
Prices start from 59€ (£51)
Hôtel Villa Rivoli
This little 24-room gem is tucked in the streets a little further back from the sea but is charming, friendly and situated in a beautiful villa built in 1890. There isn’t a restaurant but it’s very close to nearby cafes and bars and provides a little more affordable luxury than the hotels on the main drag. Take breakfast in the garden before heading out to view the sights.
Prices start from 50€ (£43) per night. Book direct with the hotel.
Hôtel Le Meurice (3*)
The Hotel Le Meurice is a more traditional boutique hotel which has come a long way from its beginnings as a brothel. It has some wonderful art deco touches and a beautiful wrought-iron lift. The 23 rooms are traditionally decorated and recently renovated, although maybe on the snug side. It doesn’t have a restaurant and it’s not really big enough to hang out in (it doesn’t have any public rooms other than a small reception) but it is very central and affordable.
Prices start from 72€ (£62)
Hôtel Splendid (4*)
Hôtel La Pérouse (4*)
This upmarket boutique hotel is a bijou elegant affair, perched high on the hills above the town, complete with its own heated swimming pool and amazing views. It’s very close to Nice’s chateau, which sits right at the top. It’s a little bit of luxury away from the crowds. There are 56 rooms and the hotel has its own bar and restaurant for that pre-dinner cocktail with views.
Prices start from 72€ (£62)
Hi Hôtel Eco Spa & Beach (4*)
The Hi Hotel is effortlessly cool. It has 38 rooms and is only 200m from the famous Promenade des Anglais. It has a little hammam, as well as a rooftop terrace to die for, and DJs play music until the early hours. It’s hip and modern and good for the ecologically-minded party crowd.
Prices start from 64€ (£55). Book direct with the hotel.
Le Petit Trianon (2*)
This perfectly formed two-star hotel is centrally located. As you’d expect for its price, it doesn’t have all the high-end amenities like a pool, restaurant or spa, but you don’t pay for it either. It’s a good value option.
Prices start from 55€ (£47)
Hôtel 64 (4*)
This elegant boutique hotel is situated close to the station, so is a little further out from the sea than most boutique hotels. Rooms are soundproofed with free WiFi.
Prices start from 49€ (£42)
Hôtel Le Petit Palais (4*)
This small hotel is situated in the Nice neighbourhood of Cimiez in the hills above the sea. It’s an exclusive part of town, mostly residential, so there isn’t much in the way of local restaurants and bars and there isn’t anywhere to eat at the hotel. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a quiet rest, overlooking the wonderful views and don’t mind a walk into town. It’s close to the Chagall and Matisse museums, both of whom lived locally.
Prices start from 100€ (£86)
17 Avenue Emile Bieckert, Nice