Nice: Favorite Areas
Nice is France’s fifth-largest city and the capital of the Côte d’Azur, the famed seaside resort nestled on the Mediterranean. It entices glamorous visitors as well as culture lovers, design enthusiasts, and families drawn to the city’s impressive list of attractions, from splendid museums and historic monuments to exciting promenades and fine beaches. One of the many beautiful boutique hotels in Nice makes for an ideal spot to rest one’s head, thanks to their intimate yet chic atmosphere. Fun and upbeat, boutique hotels in Nice offer discerning clients a place to feel at home in the city.
Where to stay in a boutique hotel in Nice?
A Nice holiday begins at the sea
Sophisticated Nice does not sleep; it is a vibrant city that is constantly on the move. First on the list, however, should be a sunny walk down to the renowned Bay of Angels, one of the most exquisite seafronts in Europe. Walk for miles on the waterfront Promenade des Anglais, take a break in one of the gorgeous cafes along the way, enjoy stunning sunsets in the evening, or take a dip at adjacent beaches, such as Blue or Spity Beach.
Visiting Nice’s Old Town
The Old Town is not to be missed, with its lively Place du Palais de Justice, where visitors and locals mix and the colourful Cours Selaya is home to an energetic morning produce and flower market. Restaurants and cafes line the Old Town’s winding streets, and outdoor dining is particularly pleasant. The Old Town is also home to the former house of Nice’s most famous citizen, Henri Matisse. Although it is not accessible to the public, the luxurious townhouse symbolizes the town’s affinity with the painter. Other points of interest include the Nice Opera House, which stages wonderful productions (non-opera fans can simply admire the building’s incredible façade). Amongst historic monuments that must not be overlooked is Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, situated on Place Rosetti, Nice’s most picturesque square. The 18th century cathedral was built to honour the city’s patron saint, a young girl killed in 250AD.
Art and culture around Nice
For culture connoisseurs, there is no shortage of attractions to check out near the many boutique hotels of Nice. La Citadelle de Saint-Tropez is an amazing fortified citadel on the Var Coast, while the Musée D’Histoire Maritime, situated at the fortress’ dungeon, educates visitors on the rich history of sailors’ lives. In the hills above Nice’s Old Town, there are two museums not to be missed. The first is Musée Matisse, home to one of the world’s largest collections of the famous painter’s works, housed in a 17th century villa. The second is the light and airy Musée Marc Chagall, set in a lovely garden. In nearby Cagnes-sur-Mer, Chateau Musée Grimaldi was originally built in 1309 for Ranier Grimaldi, the first sovereign ruler of Monaco. It was bought back by the Cagnes Council in 1937 and converted into a municipal museum in 1937. It features contemporary art exhibitions, Suzy Solidor portraits, and has magnificent views of the surrounding area.