Best hotels in Nice france
The family-run Au Picardy Hotel on the edge of Old Nice has been catering to backpackers and budget travelers for 3 generations. The 12 rooms are very basic but also very cheap: Double rooms are 35-55€ in low season, with just a tiny mark ups of 5€ more/night in high season. Located right above Multari bakery, you will wake up to the wafting smells of fresh baked croissants, coupled with the sounds of the circling seagulls eyeing the nearby morning fish market.
How about a memorable stay in an authentic 18th century French home? Monsieur Laporte de Rancillacin welcomes you like family to his guesthouse on majestic Place Garibaldi, and you are even invited to a small family dinner with the other guests, cooked by Monsieur himself. This is a hidden treasure if you want a quirky, very familial, very French experience. There are only 4 guestrooms, and with no sign you must be ‘in the know’. They offer deals including the room, breakfast and dinner for as low as 140€ for two. 8 Place Garibaldi +33 4 93 89 21 88
is just across the Promenade de Paillon gardens from Old Nice, giving it the optimal vantage point for a stunning panoramic view spanning the Chateau, the jumble of red tile roofs of the Old Town, the gardens and fountains of the Promenade de Paillon, and the azur Mediterranean Sea in the distance. You get the view from your room, at breakfast, from the fantastic rooftop swimming pool, and especially at sunset from the terrace bar. 4-stars.
Old Nice hotels on the seaside…
Hotel La Perouse You think that’s Hotel La Perouse built into the cliff overlooking the Bay? I did for all these years, but in fact, that’s just the lobby, the hotel itself is hidden up on the Chateau, with absolute peace and tranquility to match its luxurious suites and sweeping sea views. It’s the perfect counter-point to the hustle and bustle of the Old Town… when you’ve had enough, your own private 4-star oasis with pool is just steps away.
Next to glamorous La Perouse is the more moderate Hotel Suisse, a truly terrific 3-star boutique hotel which actually is built into the cliff overlooking the Bay of Angels, and boasts the best breakfast room view, which then becomes the best sunset view for cocktails. Comfortable rooms, superb location, unbeatable views, and view rooms starting at 125€… what’s not to love?
is where Matisse stayed in 1917 when he first came to Nice to cure his bronchitis. It rained the whole month, so he sadly painted the interior of his room over and over. On the final day the sun came out and when he saw the light he was hooked: he stayed the rest of his life. The hotel is now a modern 4-star hotel; the rooms are nice but don’t have a great sense-of-place, but the bar certainly does with furniture made to look like the stones from the beach! The rooms have great views and the hotel has an outstanding location: beach on one side and Old Nice on the other. Seaview rooms starting at 250€.