Nice, France is filled with accommodations ranging from budget to chic. Here are the top picks of the best hotels in Nice, France for those seeking a special and memorable stay in Nice. The list includes a historic and architectural wonder, hotels with fabulous views of the sea, and a family-run hotel with the best of the French hospitality.
1. Hotel Windsor in Nice
This reasonably-priced (in the 100-150 euro range) hotel features everything that makes a French family owned hotel special. The staff, all fluent in English, are among the friendliest and most helpful of any I've ever encountered in my travels. Ask the front desk anything, and they bend over backwards to help. The rooms aren't the fanciest in Nice, but they certainly have the most personality. Each room was painted by an artist. The lush garden courtyard is an ideal place to sip café au lait or dip in the pool. The hotel is a five-minute walk to the beach, Place Massena and the Rue de France pedestrian zone.
2. Hotel Negresco in NiceThe Hotel Negresco is a Nice institution, and its Belle Epoque architecture marked by its pink dome is a focal point of most shoreline photos of Nice. This seafront hotel is the ultimate place to stay in Nice, with richly appointed lobby and rooms. It is known for its luxury services, and its private beach. This is also a pet-friendly hotel, with guest pets receiving the same white-glove attention like a concierge placing water and food for the pet or arranging walks for your pet.
3. Radisson Hotel NiceWhen you are looking for a room in Nice and having a hard time, try the enormous Radisson with more rooms (300-some) than any other in Nice. The hotel underwent a major renovation a couple years ago, and it's one of the few hotels in France offering a full breakfast in the mornings. It is on the seaside Promenade des Anglais, so request one of the rooms with a large balcony overlooking the water. Sample a mix of vodka cocktails at the Absolut Bar. The downside is this hotel's location. While it's seaside, you will need public transportation to get the heart of Nice.
4. Hotel Beau Rivage in NiceIf you like to be in the thick of things, Nice's Hotel Beau Rivage is the perfect choice. It is on the sea, in Nice's charming old town and mere steps from Place Massena, the Rue de France pedestrian zone and the Cours Selaya. The modern, recently renovated rooms feature 23-inch plasma TVs and you can request a sound system.
5. Hotel Suisse NiceBook a room with a balcony that has a view over the edge of the world. At least that is how it feels at the Hotel Suisse Nice, situated where the Nice shoreline pushes out towards the sea. This hotel easily has one of the best views in all of Nice. You know all those splendid shoreline photos you've seen of Nice? Most were taken right about here. The hotel is just below the Chateau, and a 1-minute walk to Nice's Old Port, the Cours Selaya and Old Nice.