Regularly named as one of the best places to stay in the south of France, Nice has great hotels set in historic buildings along colorful streets, often with views of the azure Mediterranean Sea. Choosing where to stay is an important decision, as every neighborhood has something to offer, from culture to cafés to a scenic coastline for nature lovers. Art fans will feel right at home with plenty of museums full of famous works and landscapes where renowned artists were inspired. As a bonus, coffee and fresh pastries await you on every corner in French patisseries.
Where to stay
Best Places to Stay for Culture
Stay in a hotel in the Old Town (Vieux Nice) for the famous flower market, historic buildings such as the 17th-century Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, and stunning artwork at the Musee des Beaux-Arts. The family-friendly Cimiez neighborhood is brimming with ancient culture, including Roman ruins in its museum and scattered throughout the park. Choose from elegant hotels dating from the 19th century. Accommodations in the New Town area are close to world-class museums, lively bars, and nightlife hotspots. Stay near the Centre Ville-Gare to see a show at the Theatre Athena. The neighborhood has good hotels and is close to Nice Train Station for day trips. Café culture is important throughout the city. Every neighborhood is perfect for people-watching while sipping a cappuccino or latte.
Old Town Nice
Known for its beaches and abundant dining options, there's plenty to explore in Old Town Nice. Top attractions like Place Massena and Cours Saleya are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Opera - Vieille Ville Tram Station or Cathedral - Vieille Ville Tram Station to see more of the city.
Recommended hotels in Old Town Nice
Known for its stunning beaches and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Centre Ville-Gare. Check out top attractions like Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena, and jump on the metro at Thiers Tramway Station or Jean Medecin Tramway Station to see more of the city.
Recommended hotels in Centre Ville-Gare
Great Neighborhoods for Nature
Although technically outside Nice, Villeneuve-Loubet at the mouth of the river Loup is only a 20-minute drive from the city center. Hotels are within walking distance of the large Vaugrenier Park for observing wild birds, walking through woodlands, and enjoying a picnic. Saint-Paul-de-Vence, known for its contemporary art museums and galleries, is another great place to stay a little distance outside Nice. The lush, green hilltop village has historically attracted many artists, including Matisse and Picasso. Animals lovers might like to book accommodations in Saint-Laurent-du-Var. Just a few miles from Nice, this neighborhood features a special area for birdlife that's home to more than 260 species and has many sea creatures in its waters.
Recommended hotels in Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Where to Stay for Beaches
Accommodations in Gambetta provide golden sandy beaches on your doorstep, alongside a great museum and the Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice. To the east, hotels in Villefranche-sur-Mer offer shallow and inviting waters, making the neighborhood a great choice for sunny beach days for families with kids. Alternatively, hotels in La Californie are only steps from the sand. For a coastal stay away from city bustle, charming Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a popular option, with two sandy beaches not far from Nice city center. The seaside town of Villeneuve-Loubet lies farther west, with lovely beaches, quaint hotels, and a museum celebrating the famous French chef, Auguste Escoffier.