Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco is one of the oldest and most revered historic hotels in France. Hotel Negresco edges Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) in Nice and was constructed in 1912. Today, it is not only one of the most famous Nice hotels, but also an important historical landmark. Often described as a living museum, it is perhaps one of the most interesting of all historical buildings in Nice. It is filled with everything from Renaissance paintings to modern works of art, exhibiting owner Jeanne Augier's great love the art world.

Hotel Negresco Nice France
Hotel Negresco Nice France

The massive, pink dome-shaped roof of Hotel Negresco is the most defining feature of the building beset on the famous Mediterranean bay. A walk through Hotel Negresco reveals many significant periods throughout France’s history. Augier has spent years transforming the building into a spectacular showcase of French art meant to inspire and enchant all hotel visitors. Designated a National Historic Building in 2003, Hotel Negresco in Nice earned its reputation through admirable collections and even more admirable architecture throughout.

Hotel Negresco in Nice also offers a sublime location near many points of interest. It is set in the southeastern part of the city near the Promenade des Anglais. This translates into a roughly ten-minute walk to the heart of Nice where there is plenty of excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife. Golf courses are another nearby attraction that woo some guests in. Next to the hotel, guests will find the Musee Massena as well as other nearby museums. Flights into Nice land at the Cote D’Azur Airport, which is a ten-minute drive from Hotel Negresco.

Guest suites inside Hotel Negresco conjure images of royalty through luxurious design and décor. Though suites and rooms share many features and themes, no two rooms are identical. Rich textured wall coverings, kingly beds, gold-plated bathroom sinks, regal antique furnishings, and high ceilings create the feeling of stepping into another world entirely. Each of the rooms and suites were designed by Augier herself—a commendable feat—and her vision was carried through by the most skilled craftsmen in France. The hotel offers many services including transportation rental, room service, a business center, limousine service, city tours, and plenty of tourist resources.

There are countless appealing aspects of Hotel Negresco in Nice. Hotel Negresco restaurants are just one of the famous attributes of this imperial French hotel. The Chantecler is considered one of the finest dining establishments in all of Nice, and in Nice, that’s really a compliment. Many world-renowned awards have been bestowed upon this one of three Hotel Negresco restaurants for both presentation and refined flavor. Upon entry, the most noticeable part of The Chantecler is XVIII century rich wood trim and intricate woodwork complemented by Regency era décor. Gourmet chef Jean-Denis Rieubland sets the menu and it is indeed divine. Expensive is an understatement yet to say that the exceptional culinary experience is excellent is an understatement as well.

The second of the two Hotel Negresco restaurants, La Rotonde, is a French-style bistro rather than a full-fledged restaurant. Hand-carved horses are the highlight of the carousel-theme room which is offset by other special features and charming, twinkling lights. This adds to the amusing and sometimes quirky hotel environment. La Rotonde doesn’t receive as much acclaim as the The Chantecler, which is definitely the more lavish of the two Hotel Negresco restaurants, but the meals are tasty and comforting, which is often exactly what a weary traveler needs.

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