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Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Nice

As the capital of the French Riviera, Nice is a vibrant city that’s home to rich history, incredible architecture, and a colorful culture. A trip to the south of France is not complete without visiting Nice, with so much to see and do throughout its bustling streets. While Nice is the largest city along the dazzling Côte d’Azur, deciding where to stay in Nice requires some research. This guide will walk you through the best neighborhoods in Nice, as well as the top-rated hotels in each area.

Nice is home to turquoise waters, a multitude of museums and markets, along with fantastic shopping and restaurants. Whether you’re looking to soak up some vitamin sea or discover historic landmarks, Nice has something for everyone. It’s the perfect place to settle in for a few days, explore the sights, and take day trips to neighboring towns.

Based on your interest and itineraries, you’ll be able to determine which neighborhood is best for you by the time you’ve finished reading this guide. If you’re still putting your itinerary together, I’d suggest checking out this south of France itinerary that highlights the best of the French Riviera.

At the end of this blog post I’ve listed answers to some FAQs about staying in Nice, including topics like transportation and the best things to do while you’re there.

Where to Stay in Nice: Best Neighborhoods & Hotels

So let’s dive right in! Below is a list of the best neighborhoods and hotels that I recommend considering based on my personal travel experiences and reviews from other expert travelers.

1. Old Town (Vieux Nice)

The Old Town of Nice is a neighborhood that must be explored while visiting, especially if it’s your first time in the city. Old Town carries a rustic charm that makes you feel like you’ve transported back in time to historic Europe. Along its cobblestone streets you’ll find colorful buildings, outdoor eateries, and Nice’s famous outdoor market, the Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

Old Town is great to stay in if it’s your first time visiting Nice, and if you’re looking to immerse in the city’s culture and lively atmosphere. In this neighborhood you’ll find historic landmarks like the Nice Cathedral, the Palais Lascaris museum, and the Nice Opera.

Old Town in Nice

Best Hotels in Old Town

Le Suites Massena ($)

This hotel is a great option for those looking to be in the heart of Old Town while visiting on a budget. For about $200 per night you get modern suites that overlook the city’s main square, Place Masséna. Visitors love the location of this hotel and size of the rooms. Learn more.

Le Suites Massena
Albert 1er

Albert 1er ($$)

This hotel is located right in front of the Jardin Albert 1er and offers views of both the sea and the garden. Rooms average around $300 per night. Guests love the continental breakfast and stylish rooms with balconies. Learn more.

Palais Saleya Boutique Hôtel ($$$)

This 4-star hotel is in a beautiful 18th-century building in the heart of Old Town. It offers apartments and suites that come with kitchens and washing machines, making it a great option for families and extended stay travelers. Learn more.

Palais Saleya Boutique Hotel

2. Jean-Médecin (New Town)

Also known as New Town, the Jean-Médecin neighborhood is where you should stay if you’re wanting to take advantage of Nice’s fantastic shopping. This area is polished and very central to many of the city’s big attractions. Its most popular street is Avenue Jean Médecin, which is lined with boutiques and cute cafes.

New Town is located close to both the beach and train station, and it’s right next to Old Town. We personally loved staying in this neighborhood and felt it had everything we needed!

Jean Medecin in Nice

Best Hotels in Jean-Médecin (New Town)

Le Windsor, Jungle Art Hotel ($)

This art-centric hotel has a lovely garden, pool, and delicious restaurant. Highly recommend eating there if you stay here! Centrally located in Jean-Médecin, guests love the charming rooms, location, and amenities. Rooms average around $150 per night. Learn more.

Le Windsor Jungle Art Hotel
where to stay in Nice

Palm Hôtel Nice ($$)

Three-star hotel with a bohemian design and central location! Guests love the bright rooms (some with terraces) and friendly staff. Hotel also offers a trendy bar to unwind at. Learn more.

Boscolo Nice Hotel & Spa ($$$)

Five-star grand hotel with a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, and rooftop. This hotel is gorgeous and one of the nicest in the city. It’s perfect if you’re looking to treat yourself and stay in the heart of Nice! Learn more.

Boscolo Nice Hotel & Spa

3. Promenade des Anglais

If you’re coming to Nice for its beaches, then the Promenade des Anglais is where you want to be. The promenade is a relaxed yet lively area to stay; it’s home to beachfront hotels and several beach clubs. While you won’t be in the heart of town, you can expect ocean views from your hotel and fresh breezes from the Côte d’Azur.

Hotels are a bit pricier in this area, but it’s definitely a fun place to stay with great energy.

Promenade des Anglais

Best Hotels in Promenade des Anglais

Hôtel West End Promenade ($$)

This 4-star hotel sits right on the promenade and offers spacious rooms, two restaurants, and a bar that face the sea. There’s also a private beach area that guests love. Rooms range from around $200 to $500 per night. Learn more.

where to stay in Nice
where to stay in Nice

Westminster Hotel & Spa Nice ($$)

Another great 4-star hotel where rooms average about $250 per night. This hotel is over 100 years old and offers a gorgeous spa and oceanfront rooms. There’s also a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. | Learn more.

Hotel Le Negresco ($$$)

This historic and iconic hotel is arguably the most famous in Nice! Throughout the hotel you’ll find incredible artwork and sculptures from a variety of eras and styles. The 5-star hotel offers a private beach area, two restaurants, ocean views, nad luxurious designs in every room. | Learn more.

where to stay in Nice

4. Le Port

As the neighborhood’s name gives away, Le Port is located around the port of Nice. It’s recently become of one of the more trendy neighborhoods in the city, and offers some lovely views with boats docked along the harbor. Le Port is right in between Old Town and an area called Mont Boron which has great hiking and panoramic view of the city.

If you’re coming in by boat or want access to some fancy restaurants and nightlife, Le Port is a great area to stay.

Le Port in Nice

Best Hotels in Le Port

Hotel du Pin Nice Port ($)

This 3-star hotel sits directly behind the harbor and goes for about $175 per night. There’s a restaurant with complimentary breakfast, along with tons of cafes, restaurants, and bars nearby. Learn more.

where to stay in Nice
where to stay in Nice

Hotel Le Saint Paul ($$)

This charming 3-star hotel is highly rated and offers oceanfront views and a colorful atmosphere. The hotel has a large garden, Mediterranean restaurant, and a breakfast buffet with views of the sea. Rooms average around $250 per night. Learn more.

Hôtel La Pérouse Nice ($$$)

This 4-star hotel is one of the more well known and luxurious ones in the city. The outdoor heated pool is dug into a rock and the terrace and rooms offer ocean views. Rooms range from about $600-$2,000 per night. Learn more.

where to stay in Nice

5. Gambetta

A bit further west of of Old Town and New Town is the neighborhood of Gambetta, known for its multicultural atmosphere. Because it’s not in the heart of Nice, Gambetta offers some accommodation that are more budget-friendly. There’s several small markets to explore in this area, along with one of Nice’s main attractions, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

The Gambetta neighborhood is close to the train station as well, making it a great option to stay in if you’re going to be taking day trips during your time in Nice.


Best Hotels in Gambetta

Hotel La Villa Nice Promenade ($$)

This 4-star hotel is highly rated by guests and goes for about $250 per night. It offers breakfast, a terrace to enjoy and relax, along with colorful decor throughout. It’s close to the train station, bus stops, beach, and Fine Arts Museum. Learn more.

where to stay in Nice
AC Hotel by Marriott

AC Hotel by Marriott Nice ($$$)

If you’re looking for an amazing rooftop pool and terrace then I’d highly recommend this hotel! This is a 4-star hotel that goes for about $500 per night. It offers panoramic views of the city and sea, as well as a bar and two onsite restaurants. It’s also very close to the beach and sits just above of the promenade. Learn more.

6. Cimiez

Nestled in the northern hillside of Nice sits the quiet and lovely neighborhood of Cimiez. This area is mostly residential and is great for families, art, and history lovers. Cimiez was favored by prominent figures such as Queen Victoria and the artist Matisse (his museum is located here!). The neighborhood features Belle Époque architecture, parks, and charming cafes.

Cimiez is perfect to stay if you’re wanting to explore Nice but avoid the bustle and crowds. The main attractions in this area include Musée National Marc Chagall and Musée Matisse, along with ruins of a Roman city and Regina Palace.

Cimiez Nice

Best Hotels in Cimiez

Hotel Villa Rose ($)

This hotel is carries a 3-star rating and so much charm. It has a beautiful garden with lemon and banana trees where guests can enjoy breakfast and relaxation. Some of the cottages have their own hot tub! Rooms go for about $150 per night. Learn more.

Hotel Villa Rose
where to stay in Nice

Hôtel Petit Palais ($$)

While the name translates to Petite Palace Hotel, you really feel like like you’re in a little palace at this 4-star boutique hotel. Enjoy the outdoor pool, have breakfast in the garden, and soak up the views and darling decor from every room. Learn more.

7. Le Carré d’Or

The Carré d’Or area is a vibrant one and surrounded by upscale cafes and shop. The name translates to Golden Square, and it’s surrounded by bustling landmarks like Place Massena and the Promenade des Anglais. This area is a great one to stay if you’re wanting to be in the middle of high-end shopping and nightlife.

Le Carré d’Or

Best Hotels in Le Carré d’Or

Hotel Villa Rivoli ($)

Yet another charming hotel with cute decor throughout! Villa Rivoli is a 3-star hotel that goes for about $150 per night. The decor embraces both Baroque and classic French styles. Guests can enjoy breakfast at the hotel and several cafes within walking distance. Learn more.

where to stay in Nice
where to stay in Nice

Hôtel de France, un hôtel AMMI ($$)

Highly-rated 3-star hotel with a wonderful terrace and cozy atmosphere. Guests love that it’s in a great location but still feels quiet and tucked away. Rooms go for about $260 per night here. Learn more.

Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel ($$$)

Step into luxury at the gorgeous 5-star Anantara Plaza. Treat yourself at their spa and wellness center, and dine at one of their two restaurants with views of the sea. This hotel is so beautiful and definitely worth the splurge. Room rates range from $600 to $1,900. Learn more.

Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel

FAQs: Deciding Where to Stay in Nice

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions on where to stay in Nice. I’ve also shared some insight into transportation and getting to Nice.

What part of Nice France is best to stay in?

When determining where to stay in Nice, it’s really up to what you’re looking to do and see. Personally, I think that staying in either Old Town, New Town, or Cimiez are best as they offer proximity to main attractions in the city.

Is it nicer to stay in Nice or Cannes?

Nice is more central to other towns throughout the French Riviera. Cannes is absolutely lovely but a bit pricier due to its upscale visitors and attractions. Plus, being able to fly into Nice is a huge perk, and so much of the city is beautiful and clean.

Resources for Traveling to Nice

Rental Cars

We didn’t rent a car while we were in Nice, we found that utilizing the train, buses, and Uber were sufficient for the day trips we took along the French Riviera. Nice itself is very walkable and you get everywhere pretty easily. If you do choose to rent a car for taking day trips, I’d recommend using Discover Cars, they always have great rates!

Getting to Nice

There are several ways you can get to Nice; the most popular is flying into the Nice airport. You can also fly into the Marseille airport and drive, this is a great option if you want to explore more of the Provence region. If you’re wanting a French road trip, you can fly into Paris and drive to Nice, which is about a 9-hour drive.

Best Things to Do in Nice

There’s so many great things to do in Nice, from discovering its history, art, beaches and markets. For a full list of the best things to do in Nice, check out this blog post.

You might also like this 7-day south of France itinerary that will help you plan your entire trip while visiting the region. Enjoy! I know you’ll very much love it there.

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