Haute Luxury to Affordable Boutique: The Nicest Places to Sleep in Nice

The only major city on the French Riviera, Nice is perfectly situated for exploring France's most romantic coastline. Located on a main train line, it's just a quick 10 minutes by train to Cannes, and 30 minutes in either direction will get you to Antibes and Monaco, making it a perfect base for day trips. And because of its relative size, Nice also has more sleeping options than the other towns along the Cote d'Azur, catering to all budgets and style of traveler, from honeymooners to backpackers to families. If you're looking for high end luxury check out Hotel Negresco. If you want a boutique sleep, it's hard to beat the Hotel Suisse. While those on a budget can still get a clean and tidy room at Hotel Lausanne.

Another benefit to staying in Nice over Cannes or St Tropez is the vibe. The city has a certain grittiness – a lived cosmopolitan vibe – absent from the other resort towns. And there is plenty to do, from wandering the narrow cobbled streets of Vieux Nice and stopping for lunch at one of the city's world class restaurants to a sunset stroll down the legendary Promenade des Anglais or just chilling under an umbrella on the city's unique black pebble beach, the entire place feels very chic and very French.

So go ahead a book a room. In this list we've rounded up the best hotels for all budgets and styles of traveler.

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Hôtel Ellington


The atmosphere here is inspired by Duke Ellington and the Jazz Era, when the French Riviera was in its iconic heyday, and this is a good spot to stay if other places are full. In the heart of Nice, it has 110 recently renovated rooms in four...  Read More

Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa


Located in Vence, just outside of Nice on the way to Cannes, Chateau St Martin is a fantastic high end property set on multiple landscaped acres with fantastic panoramic Mediterranean views. Beyond the serene setting, it also has a rich...  Read More

Le Palais de la Mediterranee


One of the top hotels in Nice, this Hyatt Regency managed property has a wonderful 1929 art deco facade and sits right on the Promenade des Anglais fronting the Baie des Anges. The rooms are elegant and feature either sea or city views - the sea...  Read More

Hotel Le Lausanne


One of the best affordable options in town, Hotel le Lausanne is located right by the train station and has small but clean and tidy rooms that are perfectly adequate if you just care about a place to lay your head and would rather spend your...  Read More

Villa Rivoli


Located in a manor house dating back to 1890, Hotel Villa Rivoli fills quickly with repeat guests who return for its affordable prices, family-friendliness and location in the heart of Old Town. The rooms here come in a variety of shapes and...  Read More

Mercure Nice Promenade Des Anglais


The Mercure occupies a great location right on the Promenade and just a few minutes walk from Old Town and many of the rooms have awesome sea views and terraces. They are also done up with contemporary decor and come with flat screen TVs with...  Read More

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Beyond boasting great views of the water from various balconies and terraces in rooms and suites, Hotel La Perouse gets consistently good reviews for its location between the end of the Promendade and Old Town, far enough removed from the...  Read More

Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice


The Radisson has done a good job with its luxury Blu brand in recent years, and this property in Nice is no exception. Yes it's a big branded hotel, but it also is very comfortable with well-appointed and elegant rooms, many with balconies and...  Read More

Hôtel Suisse
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With just 38 rooms, this is a boutique gem right off the legendary Promenade des Anglais that offers the most sweeping views of the Baie des Anges of any hotel in the city. On the outside, Hotel Suisse is all last century's romantic French...  Read More

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Negresco Hotel Nice


The grand Belle Epoque hotel was built in 1912 for a discriminating international clientele and more than a century later it continues to dazzle travelers from around the world with its unique blend of French historical style. Family owned for...  Read More


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