Updated: Oct 21, 2019
If you’re heading to the French Riviera, the Negresco Hotel (@negrescohotel) in Nice must have definitely caught your eye when planning your adventure. The Journeys of Girls (@journeysofgirls) team was fortunate enough to spend a few nights at this marvellous hotel, and, to no surprise, we had the most amazing experience.
Considered a National Historic Monument, this 5-star hotel situated on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France has been the one of the stars of the Bay of Angels. Both private and French, the 100-year+ hotel features art and furniture from the time of Louis XIII to the modern age. Being French, the hotel has been awarded the Living Heritage Company Label, only given to companies in France showing exceptional expertise in their industry. With artists, celebrities, actors, politicians, and even royals staying here, the stunning Negresco is a jewel both on the inside and outside, and you can find a new picture perfect spot around every corner.
When at the hotel, one must remember that there are 6000 works of classical and contemporary art scattered throughout the building. The art is from five different centuries, and was carefully chosen by the Negresco’s late owner, Mme Augier. These were all dedicated to honouring great talents, and this tradition is ongoing through her legacy. All 100 rooms and 25 suites have their own unique take on a specific era, giving homage to French art. Besides art, the furniture in the hotel is also chosen carefully to match a specific time period in France’s rich history. The furniture can be contemporary, classic, or even baroque.
Most of the rooms, 80%, at the Negresco have a sea view, no matter their style of decor. We visited several rooms, all on different floors.
The first was a Junior Suite on the 5th floor, decorated in the style of the Napoleonic era. The view from the room was fantastic, as there was a beautiful sight of the Bay of Angels.
The bathroom was our favourite part, as it was made of red-coloured marble!
Next, we saw another Junior Suite on the 3rd floor, decorated differently but with the same extraordinary view!
Finally, we arrived at our room on the 4th floor, which was contemporary because it was inspired by French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. We really enjoyed this room because of (once again) the incredible view of the sea, and the fact that you had everything you needed at your fingertips. The small snacks waiting for us in our room were just the cherry on top of the cake!
The bathroom was stunning, having both a large bathtub and shower. The best part about is that they are an EcoLabel hotel, meaning that they do their absolute best to be 100% sustainable. You could see this effort in their shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap bottles. Usually, at hotels you receive multiple small plastic bottles containing these products and you throw them away after your stay. However, at the Negresco, waste is minimized by having larger bottles that are used by multiple guests. The team loved seeing the effort made by this hotel to help protect the environment.
The Negresco also adds to their “French Living” attitude by having two delicious restaurants on site, one of them having 2-Michelin stars! French Chef and “Best Craftsmen” winner Virginie Basselot offers the best recipes and ingredients at both venues. Although we did not get a chance to eat at the 2 Michelin Chantecler, we were still lucky to indulge at La Rotonde for breakfast and lunch, and the food was delicious. The restaurant is designed to resemble a Merry Go Round, and the walls of the restaurant were also covered in gold leaves, adding to the luxurious allure of the hotel.
In addition to the restaurants, the hotel also features a stunning bar where you can go to enjoy a drink. The bar features some of the same wood that was used to build the room more than 100 years ago! On some nights, there is also live music that you can enjoy. There is also a bar terrace where you can enjoy views of the Promenade.
As well, live music can be enjoy