HOTELS IN NICE, FRANCE
|Nice is a city in southern
France located on the Mediterranean coast, between Marseille, France, and
Genoa, Italy, with 347 060 inhabitants in the 2006 estimate. The city is
a major tourist centre and a leading resort on the French Riviera (Côte
d'Azur). It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice (Comté
Promenade des Anglais ("Promenade of the English") is a celebrated promenade
along the Baie des Anges, a bay of the Mediterranean, in Nice. Before Nice
was urbanized, the coastline at Nice was just bordered by a deserted stretch
of beach covered with large pebbles. The first houses were located on higher
ground well away from the sea.
Starting in the second half of the
18th century, many wealthy English people took to spending the winter in
Nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast. When a particularly harsh
winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the rich
Englishmen proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway
(chemin de promenade) along the sea.
The city of Nice, intrigued by the
prospect of a pleasant promenade, greatly increased the scope of the work.
The Promenade was first called the Camin dei Anglès (the English
Way) by the Niçois in their native dialect Nissart. After the annexation
of Nice by France in 1860 it was rechristened La Promenade des Anglais,
replacing the former Nissart name with its French translation.
The Hotel Negresco on the Promenade
des Anglais was named for Henri Negresco (1868-1920) who had the palatial
hotel constructed in 1912. In keeping with the conventions of the time,
when the Negresco first opened in 1913 its front opened on the side opposite
Another place worth mentioning is
the small street parallel to the Promenade des Anglais, leading from Nice's
downtown, beginning at Place Masséna, and running parallel to the
promenade in the direction of the airport for a short distance of about
4 blocks. This section of the city is referred to as the "Zone Pietonne",
or "Pedestrian Zone". The banning of cars creates a more serene setting.
Here tourists can find a fine selection of restaurants, specializing in
both Niçoise cuisine and various types of foreign cuisine. There
is also a large selection of cafés where one can sit and enjoy an
espresso or choose from a variety of speciality coffees, gelati and desserts,
and watch the city walk by. There are also plenty of small shops selling
clothing, shoes and souvenirs.
for more hotels in Nice and surrounding areas
Western Alba Hotel Nice
The Best Western Alba is
a traditional Niçoise hotel situated in the centre of Nice, under
one kilometre from the bars, restaurants and attractions of Old Nice. For
those interested in sightseeing, high-speed Internet access is available
for planning an itinerary and checking local information. The hotel's concierge
will also be happy to advise and help with booking tours and making restaurant
reservations. For guests' convenience, the hotel has a 24-hour front desk
and a lift and dry cleaning and laundry services are also on offer. For
business customers, a meeting room is available, and free parking is available
nearby for those arriving by car. Numerous bars, restaurants, cafés,
museums and attractions can be found in the immediate vicinity, with the
Chagall Museum, Russian Church, Matisse Museum and Market all within one
Western Hotel Roosevelt
The Best Western Hotel Roosevelt
is a modern townhouse hotel in central Nice, France. The historic Old Town,
flower market and pedestrianised shopping area are within 300 metres. The
beachfront Promenade des Anglais and Nice train station are one kilometre
away. Nice Cote d'Azur Airport (NCE) is seven kilometres from the hotel.
Best Western Hotel Roosevelt's concierge staff offer sightseeing advice,
maps and guidebooks. A limousine service (surcharge) and airport transfers
(surcharge) are available. The lobby offers complimentary newspapers and
a dry cleaning service (surcharge may apply). The hotel serves a buffet
breakfast (surcharge). Meeting rooms are available for small groups and
there is complimentary wireless Internet access in public areas.
In Nice, France, the Hotel
Negresco is within walking distance of major museums and the shopping district.
The Musee Massena is next door to the hotel and shopping in Rue de France
is two blocks away. Less than two kilometers from the hotel are the Opera
House and Vieux Nice. Nice International Airport is six kilometers away.
Built in 1912, the Hotel Negresco features original Salvador Dali paintings
and ancient Japanese vases. Amenities include complimentary newspapers
and safe-deposit boxes in the lobby. Le Relais bar is open from late morning
and serves beverages only. Rotonde serves breakfasts, afternoon tea and
cake and an a la carte menu. The Chantecler restaurant serves a la carte
and set menus for lunches and dinners daily. Tasting portions are available.
The hotel includes a small fitness room. Complimentary Internet access
SAS Hotel Nice
The modern Radisson SAS
Hotel, Nice is located on the seafront Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France.
The beach is across the road from the hotel and the Jakovsky Art Museum
is one block away. Port of Nice and the Old Town are within four kilometres.
The Radisson SAS Hotel's lobby has marble floors and marble- panelled walls.
There are sea views through large windows. The hotel has a roof terrace
and a rooftop swimming pool (not heated - open late spring until autumn.
The Bleu Citron restaurant serves Provencal specialities for lunch and
dinner from October to April. The restaurant overlooks the Promenade des
Anglais and serves a buffet breakfast throughout the year. In summer, guests
can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, fresh fish and salads in the rooftop Terrace
Restaurant. Cocktails, soft drinks and coffees are on offer in the Poolside
Bar and Lounge, also open in the summer.
De La Mediterranee Nice
Palais de la Mediterranee
is a late 1920s building set on Nice's famous Promenade des Anglais on
the seafront. The decor reflects Art Deco design and the French Riviera's
gambling casino culture, with its pillars and ornate glass decoration.
Hotel guests can lounge on the 300 square foot solarium around the large
outdoor heated pool, enjoy a cardio workout in the fitness room, and indulge
in a cleansing Turkish bath or sauna. Located on the third floor with impressive
sea views from the outdoor terrace, the Le Padouk restaurant offers modern
Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner in a dramatic dining room decorated
in orange and black, with Art Deco touches. After dinner, guests can enjoy
drinks and cocktails alongside live piano music in the bar, decorated in
dark wood and sultry deep red. Egyptian art and French 1930s decor are
evident in the design of the slot machine and gaming rooms in the third
floor casino, while the ballroom follows a Venetian theme.
Residence Nice Fleurs is
located in a peaceful residential district in the centre of Nice, on the
French Riviera, 400 meters from the Promenade des Anglais and the beaches
of the Mediterranean Sea. There are 88 studios and apartments, capable
of accommodating up to four people. Each has a neutral décor with
modern furnishings and features a fully equipped kitchenette. In addition,
all have private bathrooms and benefit from cable television and high-speed
Internet access (surcharge applies). Towels and linen are provided and
changed once a week. Residence Nice Fleurs, in the heart of beautiful Nice,
is a building composed of two wings, one with three floors, the other with
nine, creating a shelter for a large private garden and sunny terrace,
where guests can relax after a busy day. The hotel has a breakfast room
and a bar and parking is available for 10 per day (50 per week).
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