Family-Friendly Spots to Stay in Nice & the French Riviera

Nice and the surrounding French Riviera towns are a great place to take a family vacation. Not only are there miles of coastline and ancient history to explore, but the region is also very child-friendly when it comes to lodging. Whether you're on a tight budget and looking for an affordable guesthouse or splurging on a luxury resort, you'll find these properties not only welcome families, they embrace them. At the five-star Four Seasons Grand Hotel Cap-Feret and the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, both outside Antibes, for instance, you'll find summer kids clubs that offers age appropriate and fun activities that give parents some quality alone time. And even if a hotel doesn't have a child-specific camp experience, like the family-friendly boutique guesthouse, Hotel Suisse, many properties can arrange in room babysitting with a reputable agency. 

Here we offer some of our favorite family-friendly properties both in Nice, which is the only major city in the region, but also along the Cote d'Azur with options in Antibes and Monaco as well – this entire region is easily accessible by train with towns spread just 10 or 15 minutes apart from each other. This easy access to a number of locations is another reason travel in the South of France with families is so popular – it's easy to keep the little ones entertained, especially if they love train travel. 

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

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

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

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

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

Airport - Ceq


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

Hotel Du Cap-eden-roc
Photo courtesy of Hotel du Cap Eden Roc


Located on the peninsula south of Antibes, at the tip of the Cap d'Antibes, this is another magnificent romantic property in a landmark building dating back to 1870. The location feels very private, set between expansive gardens and the ocean,...  Read More

Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo
Photo courtesy of Hotel Metropole


More than one James Bond movie has been filmed at Monaco's most famous hotel, the opulent Metropole. In a central Monte Carlo location just a three minute walk from the equally ritzy Casino Monte Carlo, the property is just a fast 30 minute...  Read More

Hôtel Suisse
Photo courtesy of Hotel Suisse Nice


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

Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
Photo courtesy of Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat


The Four Seasons brand has taken over management of the iconic Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, which is one of the grandest hotels in all of the French Riviera. Located halfway between Nice and Monaco, it is perfect for a romantic getaway. Sitting...  Read More


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