Find the nicest spot in Nice at one of these hotels, whether you're looking for a cozy literary retreat or artistic glamour, all within the main part of town. Given that the city is known for its artistic influences, you can keep an eye out for touches like literary quotations and impressive decor.

La Villa Victor Hugo

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In the tradition of its namesake, La Villa Victor Hugo sits in a Belle Epoque-style building close to the Promenade des Anglais. Accents like painted quotations in the halls and walls of books pay tribute to their literary inspiration at this popular petite boutique.

Start with the breakfast buffet and make a toast with the selection of Champagnes at the 24-hour bar in the evening. When you're ready to explore, the beach, Place Masséna, and train station are just a short walk away.

La Perouse

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Just at the end of the Promenade des Anglais, La Perouse offers stunning views over the Promenade and Bay of Angels. The 56 refined rooms feature woodwork and marble accents set off by bold fabrics and coastal sunlight, and many have a private terrace overlooking the sea.

Outsider under the lemon trees, Le Patio restaurant serves Provencal cuisine for lunch and dinner using seasonal products. The nearby garden bar offers Mediterranean relaxation and an extensive cocktail list if you just want a drink. Bask on one of the several terraces or next to the rooftop swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, then head down to the private beach or stroll over to the Vieux Nice and the Cours Saleya market.

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Palais Saleya

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The Palais Saleya offers both traditional hotel rooms and apartments, making it an excellent option for families or groups of friends. The building was constructed in the 18th century and has been luxuriously restored to a combination of 26 contemporary suites and apartments, balancing apartment independence with hotel amenity convenience.

Breakfast can be served in your room every morning. Then walk out the door to the Place du Palais de Justice at the entrance of the Old Town, just a short walk to both the beach and popular spots like the Avenue Jean Médecin and open-air Theatre de Verdure.

Boscolo Nice Hôtel & Spa

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Find a five-star spot on the central boulevard at the Boscolo Nice Hôtel & Spa. Architect Charles Dumas applied the Louis XVI style, inspired by the 1700s, to the hotel's spacious halls, marble columns, and stained glass. Its 112 crisp white rooms include multiple suites and modern accessories amid the classic decor.

The hotel has two Italian restaurants: the elegant Genesi and the more casual La Pescheria. The rooftop boasts an indoor and outdoor swimming pool next to the Rooftop B-Club, offering cocktails, seasonal barbecues, seafood, and snacks. The Deep Nature Spa pool includes a stylized tree that shoots massaging jets of water and lateral hydromassage alongside the menu of traditional spa services.

Hotel Le Negresco

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No list of hotels in Nice is complete without the Hotel Le Negresco. It opened its doors to the international jet set in 1913 and has hosted guests including Salvador Dalí, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, and Elton John. Its extensive collection of artwork includes pieces from the 17th century through today, from salons dedicated to Louis XVI or Napoleon III to modern street art, earning it a designation as a Living Heritage Company for preserving the hotel's unique history.

The formal, Michelin-starred Le Chantecler restaurant serves impressive gastronomy amid 18th-century decor, or visit Le Rotonde's contemporary bistro for a classic French Riviera experience. The Negresco Bar features music in the evenings amid its 1913 woodwork and a tapestry from 1683.