Looking for advice on where to stay in Nice? With so many iconic hotels and nice places to visit, it can be hard to narrow down the best place to stay in Nice. That’s why our in-depth comparison zooms in on every district while also highlighting some of the best Nice hotels.
Even though I don’t reside in Nice, I consider myself an insider. Nice is where I spent all my childhood summers roller-skating down the palm-lined Promenade Des Anglais, where I went clubbing as a teenager, where I spent romantic weekends with my husband, and where we now let our kids make the same memories. I’ve always considered this French Riviera city my second home and, as a result, I know the city like the back of my hand.
Whether you’re looking to discover the best beaches in Nice, the best hotels in Nice, the best things to do in Nice, or the best day trips from Nice, I’ve got you covered.
This is the only guide you need to make an informed decision on where to stay in Nice during a weekend getaway or as part of a French Riviera itinerary.
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Then this short overview of top picks will help you decide on the best places to stay in Nice for your upcoming trip. Keep scrolling for a comprehensive overview of the best areas of Nice as well as a selection of the best hotels in Nice.
Best places to stay in Nice France
Where to stay in Nice for sightseeing: Vieux-Nice
Where to stay in Nice for beaches: Carré d’Or & Promenade des Anglais
Where to stay in Nice for families: Carré d’Or & Promenade des Anglais
(And not Cimiez, as suggested by other bloggers. Continue reading to find out why.)
Where to stay in Nice for culture and art: Cimiez
Where to stay in Nice for shopping: Jean-Medecin & Carré d’Or
Where to stay in Nice for nightlife: Vieux-Nice, Le Port & Carré d’Or
Where to stay in Nice on a budget: Gambetta – Fleurs
Best hotels to stay in Nice France
Best family hotel in Nice: Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée
There are so many gorgeous places to stay in Nice that you’ll be spoilt with choice. Then again, booking well in advance is crucial, especially if you plan to visit Nice during the high season.
Now, without further ado, here’s an in-depth guide on the best places to stay in Nice as well as our hand-picked selection of amazing hotels and apartments for each.
Best places to stay in Nice on the map
A layout of the city is essential to narrow down the best places in Nice to stay. That’s why, for your convenience, we’ve created this interactive map that mentions all of the places in Nice that we’ll zoom in on further down in this article. You can just continue reading to discover every area or you can click the Nice area of your choice to navigate directly to an in-depth overview of that specific area.
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Where to stay in Nice
Let’s zoom in on every place to stay in Nice. Find out what the atmosphere is like and what there is to see and do in every area.
You might notice that the Promenade des Anglais is not mentioned as a separate area. That’s because this coastal boulevard is not really a neighborhood but rather part of the Carré d’Or and Gambetta district (and all other districts further west). The prolongation of the Promenade des Anglais that fringes Vieux-Nice is known as the Quai des États-Unis.
Vieux-Nice (including the Quai des États-Unis)
Nestled at the foot of Castle Hill, bordered by the Place Garibaldi, the Place Masséna, and the Quai des États-Unis lies the historic and touristic heart of Nice. Its maze of meandering streets, colorful facades, and baroque-style buildings make Vieux-Nice, or Old Town Nice one of the most lively and enchanting places to stay in Nice.
Many attractions are located within Nice Old Town, from the Sun Fountain at the Place Masséna to the Lascaris Palais and the Opera house. The most favorite hang-out is the Cours Saleya. This pedestrian promenade is where the popular flower market takes place every morning. In the evening, it transforms into a convivial antique and souvenir market. The many restaurants that line the Cours Saleya are very popular with tourists.
Another amazing place in Vieux-Nice to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening is the picturesque Place Rossetti in the shadow of the Sainte-Réparate cathedral.
Vieux-Nice is located along the Quai des États, which is the extension of the Promenade des Anglais and runs from Beau-Rivage beach up to Castle Hill. It’s home to some of the best beaches in Nice: the Beau Rivage private beach, the Opéra public and private beaches, the Ponchette public beach, and the Castel semi-private beach.
Conclusion: Vieux-Nice is the best place to stay in Nice for sightseeing and, as a result, perfect for short jaunts and first-time visitors.
Best hotels to stay in Vieux-Nice
Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Vieux-Nice.
- Boutiqe hotel: Palais Saleya Boutique Hôtel
Enjoy a carefree stay in a picture-perfect setting. Contrary to what its name suggests, this elegant hotel doesn’t overlook the Cours Saleya Flower Market but is located 2 blocks further north.
- Mid-range hotel: Hôtel Nice Beau Rivage
This hotel offers an unbeatable location, right at the southwest corner of Nice Old Town, next to the Carré d’Or and across from the beach. It even has its private beach at which guests of the hotel enjoy a preferential rate.
- Affordable hotel: Hôtel Rossetti
This minimalist hotel with a contemporary touch is located right next to the Sainte-Réparate cathedral at the convivial Place Rossetti, in the heart of Vieux-Nice.
- Apart-hotel: Ammi Vieux Nice
A tastefully decorated home away from home where every room is equipped with a kitchenette.
Carré d’Or (including the Promenade des Anglais)
As the name suggests, the Carré d’Or or Golden Square is the most prestigious neighborhood in Nice. It’s located just west of Vieux-Nice and bordered by the Boulevard Gambetta.
The Carré d’Or is known for its Haussmannian layout and Belle Époque architecture. Stately homes, former palaces, luxury hotels, and high-end boutiques proudly stand side by side.
Tourist attractions include the Villa Masséna Museum, where you can learn about the history of Nice, and the neo-gothic Anglican Church. The main draw, however, is the beautiful stretch of the Promenade des Anglais. It’s where you’ll find private and public beaches such as Bella Nissa beach, Blue beach, Le Temps d’un Été beach, and Ruhl beach as well as the iconic Le Negresco.
The Carré d’Or is also a lively neighborhood after dark thanks to the ever-bustling Rue Masséna and Place Magenta. For another form of entertainment, you could spend the night at the Casino Palais de la Méditerranée or Casino Barrière Le Ruhl Nice, both of which are located at the Promenade des Anglais.
This is by far our favorite area for a stay in Nice with kids. Many travel blogs will tell you otherwise and promote the Cimiez neighborhood for families. But, after about a dozen of visits to Nice with kids, we can assure you that Cimiez is not the best place to stay in Nice for families. It may be a great place to live in Nice for residents with kids but doesn’t make for the best place to stay in Nice for family travelers. It’s way too far from the tourist attractions and the beach. Know that most of the travel bloggers who suggest Cimiez for families, in fact travel without kids.
Conclusion: Carré d’Or is the best place to stay in Nice for relaxation, shopping, and nightlife. It’s also by far the best area in Nice to stay with kids. Take it from this traveling family.
Best hotels to stay in Carré d’Or
Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Nice’s Carré d’Or.
- Luxury hotels: Le Negresco & Anantara Plaza Nice
The grandeur of the Carré d’Or is reflected in these two emblematic 5-star hotels: The legendary Le Negresco with its unique eclectic style and glorious history and the new Anantara Plaza heritage hotel with its rooftop terrace and a luxurious spa.
- Family hotel: Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée
Another eye-catching property along the Promenade des Anglais. It offers exceptionally spacious rooms (including family rooms) and a panoramic patio with an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Baie des Anges.
- Boutique hotel: Hôtel Villa Victoria
This beautiful property is located along the upscale Boulevard Victor Hugo and features an amazing garden.
- Mid-range hotel: Hôtel La Villa Nice Victor Hugo
This modern hotel is housed in a gorgeous Belle Époque mansion yet located within walking distance of all major landmarks in Nice. A spacious family room is also available.
- Mid-range hotel: Arome Hotel
An intimate boutique hotel that’s just a 3-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais.
- Affordable boutique hotel: Le Dortoir Boutique Suites
Light and bright, the suites of Le Dortoir are a breath of fresh air. This boutique hotel enjoys a privileged location on a tranquil pedestrian street but is only steps away from the action. It’s one of our all-time favorite places to stay in Nice.
- Apartment: La Mignonne
This modern apartment with a balcony is located in the heart of the Carré d’Or and accommodates up to 4 persons.
The Port of Nice is located at the foot of Castle Hill, the location of the former military citadel that separates Nice Old Town from the Port. Castle Hill overlooks the Baie des Anges on one side and the port on the other. The views over Le Port Lympia, named after the source Lympia that fed the marshland that was once there, are picture-perfect.
The harbor is of great economic importance to the city. In addition to the berthed luxury yachts and the day trip ferries to other French Riviera towns, it also accommodates cruise ships and ferries to Corsica, Sardinia, and even Sicily.
The central quay is called Place de l’Île de Beauté, freely translated as Square of the Isle of Beauty, referring to the Corsica connection. It’s home to the neoclassical Church of Notre-Dame-du-Port with its monumental columns.
The ochre Italian-style houses that frame the port house a variety of restaurants and cafés. It’s a lively place where the atmosphere is always on top.
You’ll also find many antique shops and some unique boutiques in this neighborhood of Nice. Le Port is also home to the flea market Les Puces de Nice and a monthly open-air brocante at the Place Garibaldi.
Conclusion: The Port is the best place to stay in Nice for antique shopping, trendy boutiques, and nightlife. It’s also the perfect starting point for day trips from Nice.
Best hotels to stay at the Port
Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in the Port district.
- Mid-range hotel: Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port
A fresh and clean hotel located within walking distance of all major landmarks and close to the Place Garibaldi, where two of the city’s tramlines halt.
- Mid-range hotel: Hôtel Le Saint Paul
The best location to stay in Nice if you want a room with a view of the Mediterranean for a very reasonable price. It’s located on the eastern side of the port, near Coco beach and towards Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, so it’s a bit further away from the tourist attractions in Nice than other hotels on this list.
- Apartment: L’Abeille
Spacious and well-appointed boutique apartments just steps away from Place Garibaldi. This property even has its relaxing garden.
The Avenue Jean-Médecin forms the commercial heart of Nice. It interconnects various Nice neighborhoods such as the Carré d’Or, Vieux-Nice, the Musicians, and Carabacel districts as it leads to the railway station. Tram line 1 follows the entire length of this high street.
A variety of shops, malls, and eateries line Avenue Jean-Médecin. You’ll find the Galeries Lafayette in the southern section, a collection of boutiques and fast fashion brands in the middle section, and a more diverse offer in the northern section.
The starting point of this avenue crosses the Place Masséna, which is one of the most striking places to visit in Nice. It connects to the Promenade du Paillon with its enchanting water mirror fountain. This park is a popular hangout for families.
I noticed that several travel sites refer to this part of the city as New Town but I have no idea where they picked it up. This avenue has been around since the 19th century and is not known as New Town locally.
Conclusion: Jean-Médecin is the best place to stay in Nice for shopping.
Best hotels to stay in Jean-Médecin
Here’s our selection of the best places to stay near Nice’s Avenue Jean-Médecin.
- Mid-range hotel: Best Western Hôtel Lakmi Nice
The elegant decor of this hotel makes it a wonderful place to retreat after a day of shopping.
- Mid-range hotel: Sonder at Yelo Jean Médecin
This hotel features a minimalistic design and is located close to the train station. The tram will get you to the center of Nice in no time.
- Affordable hotel: Hotel du Centre
The cozy decor and the breakfast terrace make this hotel an excellent choice for a budget-friendly stay in Nice.
Gambetta – Fleurs (including the Promenade des Anglais)
This is the westernmost neighborhood on our list of places to stay in Nice. It’s located right next to the Carré d’Or, right along the Promenade des Anglais. It’s named after two streets that frame this area: the Avenue des Fleurs and the Boulevard Gambetta.
You won’t find any major tourist attractions in this tranquil corner. Then again, it’s located close enough to the other Nice neighborhoods so that you won’t have to miss out on anything. What you will find is plenty of local shops and restaurants.
From an architectural point of view, the Gambetta – Fleurs quarter is a true stunner thanks to the stately Art-deco and Belle Époque facades of the city palaces and mansions that line the streets.
In the south, this pleasant neighborhood is fringed by Voilier beach and Forum beach.
There aren’t that many hotels in the small Gambetta – Fleur district but the existing ones happen to be very reasonably priced.
Conclusion: Gambetta – Fleurs is the best place to stay in Nice on a budget.
Best hotels to stay in Gambetta – Fleurs
Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in the Gambetta – Fleurs neighborhood.
- Upscale hotel: AC Hotel Nice by Marriott
Modern rooms and an excellent location with an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean. The rooftop bar and restaurant are a hotspot in summer, thanks to yoga sessions, acoustic music, and live DJ sessions.
- Boutique hotel: Hôtel La Villa Nice Promenade
Bright and cheerful rooms in a gorgeous ochre-hued building just steps away from the Promenade des Anglais.
- Mid-range hotel: Hôtel Amour Nice
Vintage chic with a romantic twist and located right on the Avenue des Fleurs.
Cimiez is situated north of the city center, on the site of an ancient Roman city with its amphitheater and public baths. The Archaeological Museum of Nice-Cimiez and Garden of the Arenas allow you to learn more about this fascinating history and visit the ruins and vast olive groves.
In the 9th century, a Monastery was built in Cimiez by the Brothers of the Abbey of Saint-Pons. While the Monastery is certainly worth a visit, the true highlight is its garden with its romantic fountain, the climbing roses, exotic trees, and Mediterranean plants.
During the Belle Époque, Cimiez became a hotspot for European aristocrats. As a result, the most opulent mansions and palaces were constructed to accommodate this new clientele. One example is the Excelsior Regina, the residence of English Queen Victoria.
The Cimiez neighborhood is a haven of peace is a nice place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the Nice city center.
Conclusion: Cimiez is the best place to stay in Nice for art and culture.
Best hotels to stay in Cimiez
- Affordable hotel: NH Nice
This contemporary hotel with its well-appointed rooms is conveniently located in the southern corner of the Cimiez district, not too far from Vieux-Nice and the Port.
- Apartment: Sunny State of Mind
This sunny top-floor apartment with its delightful balcony makes for the perfect home away from home.
FAQ on where to stay in Nice
By now you must have a good idea of which Nice area you should stay in. Let’s conclude this Nice accommodation guide with our best answers to some frequently asked questions.
How many nights should I stay in Nice?
It all depends on your travel plans: Is Nice the sole focus of your visit or do you plan on exploring more places on the French Riviera?
A weekend break in Nice will allow you to soak up the atmosphere and visit the main tourist attractions. If you also plan on visiting more than one museum or spending some time at the beach, then four nights would be perfect.
Nice’s central location makes it an excellent travel base to explore the French Riviera. If you plan on taking day trips from Nice, then you could easily spend a week in Nice.
Is Nice, France, a walkable city?
It is for the most part. The main areas in Nice are all connected by either the scenic promenade or the charming streets of the Old Town. The only exception is the Cimiez district. While you could technically walk from the Promenade to Cimiez, it’s not the most pleasant uphill walk.
Thanks to Nice’s excellent public transportation network, you can get to Cimiez in 15 minutes. Line 5 runs from stop Masséna – Guitry in Downtown Nice to stop Arènes – Musée Matisse in Cimiez.
Which is the most expensive area to stay in Nice?
As the name suggests, that’s the Carré d’Or. It’s where you’ll find the iconic hotel Le Negresco, the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée, the Boscolo Nice Hotel & Spa, and the new Anantara Plaza.
Which is the most affordable area to stay in Nice?
The most affordable places to stay in Nice would be the Libération area (nicknamed La Libé) just north of the Nice-Ville train station and the Gambetta – Fleurs area. Villa Saint Hubert is a well-rated budget hotel in the Libération neighborhood.
Then again, we mentioned other affordable hotels that are located in the center of the action as well. Because of their excellent situation, Le Dortoir Boutique Suites in the Carré d’Or & Hôtel Rossetti in Vieux-Nice are our favorite budget hotels in Nice.
If you’re looking for more space and privacy without the hefty pricetag, then one of the tranquil suburbs or Nice might be for you. Our favorite is Mont Boron, the verdant hill east of Nice. It’s where you can find some gorgeous French Riviera villas with private pools such as this one.
Which are the areas to avoid in Nice?
Don’t let your search for affordable accommodation in Nice lead you to the lesser safe neighborhoods. Examples are Ariane and Roquebilière. Luckily, these districts are located far enough from the city center to end up there by accident.
After dark, the Nice neighborhoods north of the Port and east of Cimiez are to be avoided. The same goes for the direct vicinity of the train station.
That’s it for this in-depth guide on where to stay in Nice, France. Have you visited this French Riviera city before? Then we’d love to hear all about your favorite area to stay in Nice! If you’re yet to discover it then, by now, you should have a good idea of which area in Nice is right for you. If so, then don’t forget to book well in advance. And hey, why not bookmark or pin this page on where to stay in Nice for future reference?