Reigning over the Promenade des Anglais since 1912, and now a National Historic Monument, this queen of Nice hotels is a prestigious address for those who appreciate fine art, French elegance with a side of quirk. But don’t let her age fool you.
It’s still the place to be on the Riviera, even for the young and fabulous. It’s hard to resist a legend, after all.
Since getting a face lift in 2010, the hotel has regained it’s former glory while still retaining what makes this monument special. The public rooms and hallways are loaded with the finest tapestries and masterpieces, sketches, sculptures and paintings. Like sleeping in the Louvre, though probably way more comfortable.
Noteworthy is the Baccarat chandelier in the lobby that has over 16,000 crystals, and was originally commissioned by the last Czar of Russia. It’s one of the largest in the world. Each of the hallways is covered in art work that would make Nice’s local museums jealous.
Take note of the portrait of Louis XIV, one of only three in the world. The others are in the Louvre, and in Versailles. Rumor has it there is a Picasso somewhere, too. See if you can find it.
Each of the 119 guest rooms and 22 suites is individually decorated in period furnishings, with modern touches like flat screen TVs, complimentary internet access, and some of the funkiest (and sparkly) tubs around.
The gourmet 2-Michelin star restaurant Chantecler is also open. Here, Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland and his young team will spoil you with their attention to detail and flair for finely prepared French and Mediterranean dishes.