Blending heritage spots with chic contemporary stays, the most atmospheric quarter of Nice has hotels for every type of traveller.
Nice has long been one of the most popular cities on the French Riviera. With its beautiful architecture, delicious local cuisine and long days of summer, it’s easy to see why. The Vieille Ville (Old Town) is the most charming part of the city, with its narrow cobbled streets, great restaurants and flower and antique markets held weekly on the Cours Saleya. These are the best hotels – bookable with Culture Trip – to put you in the heart of Nice’s prettiest neighbourhood.
This refined five-star hotel offers everything you need for an indulgent stay, including elegantly furnished rooms, a gastronomic restaurant and bar and a large subterranean spa whose pool appears to be held up by sculptural tree trunks. Indulge yourself head to toe with a full body massage from Deep Nature or a facial from cult Parisian beauty brand Biologique Recherche. And, as if one pool wasn’t enough, there’s another on the rooftop designed with lounging and cocktails in mind.
This boutique hotel, housed in a historic building in the heart of Nice’s charming old town, is just a few steps from Place Rossetti. The guest rooms are stylishly furnished with a neutral colour palette, paired back wooden furniture and linen drapes. The real highlight here though is the privacy the hotel offers, its hidden location and lovely shaded terrace will make you feel like you’ve found a secret spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Plump for a sea view room and enjoy vistas of the sea and Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais from this five-star luxury address. The beach is just a stone’s throw away, while you’ve also got a freshwater pool back at the hotel. Make sure you head to the hotel’s restaurant during your stay even just for a drink – the terrace offers a fantastic view of the Mediterranean.
Hotel Campanile Nice Centre – Acropolis offers a more tranquil stay away from the buzzy streets of the Old Town but is still only a ten-minute walk away. Even better, you’re just a two-minute walk from Nice’s fantastic Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MAMAC). Rooms are simply designed with cheerful pops of lime and can sleep up to three if you’re travelling in a small group.
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If you’re travelling on a budget, Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel, just a ten-minute walk from the Old Town with chic dorms and private rooms. This hostel is determined to keep you busy; when you’re not in the gym, sauna or knocking back shots during the bar’s happy hour, sign up for some of the activities on offer. The hostel can organise free walking tours, yoga, boat trips and scuba diving.
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Hôtel Suisse, just next to Ponchette Beach, offers sea views over the Bay of Angels, whilst still placing you just steps away from the action of the Old Town. The contemporary rooms and suites feature huge windows to flood each room with light, whilst some even come with balconies to really take advantage of the view. If it’s the beach that you’ve come for, the hotel also pairs up each summer with Opera Beach to offer a special package of lounger, umbrella and cabin for just €20 (£17).
Hôtel de la Mer is housed in one of the attractive 19th-century buildings that surround the historic Place Masséna, known for their distinctive red-facades. Rooms are comfortably furnished and some come with the added bonus of balconies, so you can have breakfast with a view over the square. You’re also less than a ten minute walk from the beach, Cours Saleya, as well as sights such as Nice Cathedral.
This bright and cheerful aparthotel sits just at the start of the Old Town overlooking the buzzy Place du Palais de Justice. Don’t be fooled by its exterior: this 18th-century building has been restored with all new modern interiors decorated with bright pops of colour and contemporary art throughout. If you want to live like a local or are travelling in a group, the apartments can sleep up to eight and come with fully fitted kitchens and living spaces.
Based on the outskirts of the Old Town, this hotel offers a great starting point for exploring the city, while still offering peace and tranquility. Its quiet rooms promise views over the Bay of Angels, which tops lists as a must-visit beach. A real highlight here is the terrace, where you can dine on Provençal cooking under the shade of lemon trees.
These design-led suites offer plenty of space, ultra-cool furnishings and huge standalone tubs for kicking back and relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Situated on Place Masséna, the hotel puts you just at the beginning of the old town and its bars, restaurants and shops whilst you’re also right by the famed Promenade des Anglais. Travelling with the kids? The hotel offers family suites and is just a two-minute walk from one of Nice’s most popular beaches – Beau Rivage.