With medieval villages, sweeping coastal scenery, fertile vineyards, bustling food markets, and sun-soaked beaches, the French Riviera is the jewel in southern France’s crown. Here are a few ways to explore the Cote d’Azur, using Nice as a base.
37 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, 06000
One need not be a guest to enjoy a drink at the hotel’s Relais Bar, one of the most fashionable cocktail lounges in Nice, or a meal at the brasserie where its over-the-top carousel theme frames spectacular sea views, or a gander at the glam-kitsch artworks like the Niki de Saint Phalle pop-art sculpture of a giant woman with a tiny head that spins and the enormous portrait of Louis XIV.
Travelers have many options to discover Hotel Negresco as part of a half-day, full-day private or group tour that incorporates a sightseeing excursion of Nice’s most popular attractions as well as food and wine tastings. Many modes of travel are possible, including Segways, bicycles, and even a Citroen Meharis or a helicopter. More extensive tours add a trip to Monaco with a ride down the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, and a trip to the Fragonard perfumery in Eze.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
- Tours may include guide, round trip hotel transport and round trip boat transport, but perhaps not food or drink. Check specific tours for details.
- In Monte Carlo casinos, children must be accompanied by an adult, travelers must present an ID card or passport, and a $10 entry fee may apply.
How to Get There
Hotel Negresco is located on the Promenade des Anglais at the corner of Rue de Rivoli. Many buses pass by: take No. 8 or 11 to the Congres-Promenade stop, No. 9 or 10 to the Rivoli stop, or No. 7 to Dante-Gambetta. Look for the pink turrets of Hotel Negresco across the street.
When to Get There
Hotel Negresco is open to the public every day. Travelers may enjoy the cocktail lounge and the acclaimed restaurants and wander around the premises to admire the decor. With a mild Mediterranean climate, Nice is a pleasant place to visit any time of the year. Come in the spring and the autumn to avoid the crowds and the heat of the summer. Hotel rooms are generally less expensive during these shoulder seasons.
Massena Art and History Museum (Musée Masséna) The Italianate neoclassical villa across from the Hotel Negresco houses the Massena Art and History Museum (Musée Masséna), whose focus is the shared history of the city of Nice and Napoleon Bonaparte, as told through through the personal effects, artifacts, and artwork of the Masséna family. A special highlight is the room dedicated to Napoleon and Josephine, where their love letters to one another rest alongside her cape and tiara and his death mask.
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- St. Nicholas Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas)
- Massena Art & History Museum (Musée Masséna)
- Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)
- Marc Chagall National Museum (Musée National Marc Chagall)
- Massena Square (Place Masséna)
- Molinard Perfumery (Maison Molinard)
- Quai des États-Unis
- Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)
- Place Garibaldi
- Castle Hill (Colline du Château)
- Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse)
- Quai Lunel
- Promenade des Anglais
- Cimiez Monastery (Monastere de Cimiez)
- Mt. Boron (Mont Boron)