10 Posh French Riviera Luxury Sleeps Less than 30 Minutes from Nice

As the hub city of the French Riviera, Nice has plenty of fantastic top end hotels in which to slumber. Places where you can unwind with luxurious spa treatments and not have to leave the premises to grab dinner, as they have well-respected restaurants right on site. From the old world luxury of the Hotel Negresco, Nice's most legendary old world property, to the boutique poshness of Hotel Suisse Nice, and the modern luxury of the Radisson Blu, there are luxury hotel styles for all tastes in Nice. But beyond the city limits, yet still within a 30 minute train ride of the city along the Cote d'Azur, are some even more extravagant sleeping options. On the cape south of Antibes is the Four Season's latest acquisition, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, which is one of the most classy and glamorous sleeping options in the French Riviera, and perfect for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary. The nearby Eden-Roc is similarly luxe. While the Metropole in Monte Carlo is the ultimate old world aristocratic hotel that's served as the location for more than one James Bond film. And in Eze, which is a stunning medieval town hanging from a cliff between Cannes and Nice, the Chateaux de la Chevre D'Or beckons not only with posh rooms, but also with four delicous restaurants and a seclude location.      

From Antibes to Monaco, Cannes to Eze, here are the top 10 luxury hotels in Nice and surrounding French Riviera towns. 


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 historical legacy, once serving as the home to the Knights Templar. A Relais & Chateaux property, it also features beautifully appointed rooms and suites, an excellent restaurant and a gorgeously designed infinity pool. The onsite Spa St-Martin by La Prairie is the perfect place to just relax for a day. Best of all this property is family-friendly, although it also works equally well for honeymooners or anyone looking for romance in a serene setting. This is also a great choice if you want to be outside the city itself, but still accessible to its attractions. Note the hotel closes annually from late October to late April.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Rooms are opulent and their are awesome panoramic Mediterranean views at this Relais & Chateaux property just west of Nice on the way to Cannes.

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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 sea views, and a great location right on the Promenade. There is a private beach for guests as well as a rooftop swimming pool and the buffet breakfast gets rave reviews for its fresh produce and tasty hot choices. Service is good and the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service to the Old Town, since it is a bit of a hike otherwise.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Another top Nice hotel, it features contemporary elegant rooms, a private beach, rooftop pool, and awesome included breakfast.

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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 views are better - and many have private balconies. The amenities here are one of the reasons to stay. There is a private beach for guests and a mosaic indoor to outdoor swimming pool as well as a hammam and a sauna. While the onsite restaurant features good regional fare and there is a lounge bar for sunset drinks.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: One of the most luxurious hotels in Nice, it features excellent amenities and fabulous location right on the Promenade.

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Hotel Du Cap-eden-roc
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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, and everything from the rooms to the public spaces are old world elegant. Service is equally exemplary, and this is consistently rated one of the world's top hotels. The spa is particularly noteworthy, set among the rocks at the water's edge, it offer's delightfully self-indulgent treatments. The restaurant turns out amazing traditional French fare that's hard to get sick off, while the onsite grill does lighter tapas and sushi. Their is excellent snorkeling and scuba in clear water just off a rocky beach down the street the hotel. Ask the staff for directions to the isolated cove, where you'll also find a dive shop.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A fabulous romantic hotel in a remote location that is consistently rated one of the world's best.

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Chateau de la Chevre d'Or
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The gorgeous medieval village of Eze is built into a cliff hanging over the Mediterranean between Nice and Monte Carlo and is home to the magnificant Chateaux de la Chevre D'Or, which is set on spectacular sprawling grounds that include a castle and panoramic sea views. Rooms here are country elegant, and many feature exposed stone walls, picture windows featuring village or garden views, wood beamed ceilings and top quality linens. Even the most basic rooms have sitting ares, while the suites are very spacious and boast separate living and dining spaces plus balconies and whirlpool tubs – some even have private hot tubs and saunas!. The food here is fantastic with three different gourmet restaurants to choose from plus a bar. An outdoor pool, spa and fitness center round out the amenities.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The suites are beyond elegant extravagent with some boasting private hot tubs and saunas! The restaurants and views are also acclaimed.

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This is the classic Cannes sleep for the rich and famous, and has been so for more than 100-years now. Constructed in 1913 as the Carlton Hotel, the fashionable, over-the-top extravagant hotel, which occupies a prime spot right on the Croisette, is the place to stay during the annual film festival. It is a belle eqoque masterpiece with just 343 rooms done up in Old Hollywood style, and many feature amazing sea views. Fans of Hitchcock should book Suite 623, which has been called the Hitchcock suite since appearing in the director's 1955 film To Catch a Thief, which was set at the hotel. The public spaces are equally grand, and the hotel has its own private stretch of prime beach.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The most storied place to sleep in Cannes, it is a favorite with A-listers, has a private beach, and a seen-and-be-seen vibe.

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Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo
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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 train ride from Nice. Inside a Belle Epoque building dating back to 1866, the Metropole is a timeless classic. Beyond the luxe rooms featuring all the five-star amenities one would expect, the hotel also boasts a 21,000-sq-ft spa, two Michelin-starred restaurants and interiors by Jacques Garcia (of Hôtel Costes fame). Dress to impress here, especially in the casino – this is Europe at its most aristocratic, not Vegas.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The most luxurious hotel in Monte Carlo will look familiar to 007 fans - it's appeared in more than one James Bond film.

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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 Riviera charm: there's the traditional white and terracotta facade, the iron balconies and wooden shutters and even the big block lettering stating the hotel's name. But walk inside and you'll find a modern design with very contemporary rooms featuring minimal white furnishings and muted colors that do little to distract from the awesome views. Beyond the rooms, there is a bar serving old fashioned cocktails and access to a private beach the Hotel Suisse shares with just one other property (but not the general public). Note when booking that three rooms do not have sea views, which is the reason to stay. Avoid if possible.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A luxury boutique sleep in Nice, it has the best Baie des Anges views of any city hotel and a semi-private beach.

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Hotel Le Negresco

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 more than 50 years now, the Negresco's most shining asset, however, is its museum-worthy art collection. Owner Jeanne Augier is an art connoisseur who has amassed a collection displayed at the hotel that includes works by Moretti, Dali and sculptress Niki de Saint-Phalle. The art is mixed into the palatial pink and white building, which itself is a National Historic Monument. Rooms are done up in period decor and have an Old World elegance to them, but don't feel dated. The best suites have balconies fronting the sea, and there is private beach access for all guests as well as a restaurant with two Michelin stars.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The most luxurious place to stay in Nice, it also has a museum worth art collection and a two Michelin starred restaurant.

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Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel
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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 at the tip of the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which juts out into the Mediterranean, it first opened in 1908, and remains the epitome of Jazz Era French Riviera glamour. A destination hotel, it has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill to Charlie Chaplin to Pablo Picasso. It encompasses three buildings on multiple acres lushly landscaped grounds including gardens, pools and tennis courts all tumbling down to the Mediterranean.. Try for a room in the hotel's original core, which have super high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door windows looking onto the sea. The suites are also enormous, but ask for a higher floor for the best sea views.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: It epitomizes Jazz Era French Riviera glamor and is beyond romantic. The location is perfect for a secluded getaway.

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