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Côte d'Azur Hotels

$300-$399
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Beau Rivage
24 Rue Saint François de Paule
Nice
France 06300
Tel: 33 4 92 47 82 82
www.nicebeaurivage.com

In another sign of Nice's accelerating South Beach–style comeback, the venerable 119-room Beau Rivage (Chekhov and Fitzgerald scribbled here) has been made over by influential French interior designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Think louvered teak window shades over leather window seats, chaise longues upholstered in charcoal worsted wool, flat-screen TVs, and contemporary oil paintings. The rooms don't offer much in the way of views, but the beach and the Promenade des Anglais are just out the door, as are many of the city's best restaurants, shops, and museums. The only fly in the ointment? Slack service.

$300-$399
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Boscolo Exedra Nice
12 Boulevard Victor Hugo
Nice
France 08000
Tel: 33 4 97 038 989
reservation@exedranice.boscolo.com
www.boscolohotels.com/eng/hotels/exedra_nice/luxury-hotel-nice.htm

Like an art gallery waiting for an installation, the Exedra in Nice—a historic Belle Époque hotel that was recently taken over by the Italian luxury chain Boscolo—is an exercise in extravagant white space. Set on a busy boulevard just off the central Place Masséna, near Nice's old town, the hotel's lobby is an expanse of white marble with a glass winter-garden roof and oversize chairs set at huge tables, with copper horse statues and a red-felt pool table. The bar, an open space adjacent to the lobby, offers some wood-toned relief from the bleached-out public spaces (drinks are the usual luxe-hotel price, around $20 and up), as does the Michelin-starred fish restaurant, Pescheria, in a glass box that looks onto the sidewalk. The hotel's lovely underground spa includes a pool, hammam, and sauna, and at 5,400 square feet provides enough space for those seeking solitude. The 113 generously sized rooms are future-retro, with white wooden floors and rain showers done in gold mosaic tiles and partitioned from the living area by glass walls. Go for the deluxe rooms, which start at 330 square feet (basic rooms are 250 to 300 square feet). It all feels very stylish, and it certainly appeals to a trendy, international party crowd. But depending on your tastes, all that white either makes the place feel a bit chilly—a big contrast to the vibrant, buzzy city outside—or like a pleasant refuge.—Ralph Martin

$400 or more
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Château de la Chèvre d'Or
Moyenne Corniche Rue du Barri
Èze
France
Tel: 33 4 92 10 66 66
reservation@chevredor.com
www.chevredor.com

In a medieval village perched on a cliff above the Mediterranean between Monte Carlo and Nice, this property is divided between a castle and surrounding buildings. Among the four restaurants, the namesake La Chèvre d'Or serves a dégustation dinner that is "nouvelle cuisine with a theatrical presentation." Staff "give you your space." New in 2010: a suite with a terrace whirlpool. The hammam has sea views.

(37 rooms)

$400 or more
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Château Eza
Rue de la Pise
Eze
France 06360
Tel: 33 4 93 41 12 24
info@chateaueza.com
www.chateaueza.com

Atop one of the most dramatic peaks on the Côte d'Azur, the ten-room Château Eza has the feel of an old Hollywood hideaway. You'll have to climb a winding street in the town of Eze to find the tiny excuse for a lobby—a bench and some chairs set off a narrow passageway—but then the adventure begins. Rooms are set into the cliff, and each has a door onto the street. The biggest draw is the view: vertiginous, cloud-level vistas of the entire Riviera, extending on clear days to St. Tropez and even Corsica. The guest rooms (once you've torn yourself away from the window) are high-end homespun Provençal, with checked linens, fleur-de-lis wall coverings, and much stone. Rooms come in standard, superior, and deluxe sizes; there are also junior and big suites. The junior suites have the best views, while the larger suites have tiny balconies and whirlpool tubs. Avoid the standard rooms, which look into the village rather than toward the coast. The Eza is certainly not a value proposition in terms of room size and amenities; what you're paying for are the views and the otherworldly location. With that in mind, off-season could be considered a bargain, with basic rooms starting at $260 (they go for $915 during the Monaco Grand Prix in May). Whether you stay at Château Eza or not, you should eat at its Michelin-starred restaurant, which serves vertical seafood creations that match the peerless vistas and even has a special table for two that sits on a promontory outside, dangling over the cliff and coast. Say it's your anniversary when reserving.—Ralph Martin

$400 or more
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Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
71 Boulevard du Général-de-Gaulle
St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
France 06230
Tel: 33 4 93 76 50 50
reserv@grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com
www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com

You may never see more entitled-looking children than at the Grand Hôtel du Cap, a family-friendly but ultraluxurious palace on 17 manicured acres overlooking the Mediterranean from St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Like its similarly named competitor down the coast, the Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc, the Grand Hôtel du Cap specializes in treatment worthy of a pasha, with prices to match (standard rooms start at $820 in high season, and suites quickly go into the thousands). The hotel reopened in May 2009 after extensive renovations and the construction of a curvilinear terra-cotta wing which has regular or deluxe suites, each with its own infinity pool. The ceilings in the old core of the hotel are dizzyingly high; the lobby is filled with light and has sea views (and includes the original glass-doored, wood-paneled elevator); the pool has its own funicular railway connecting it to the hotel; and there's a Michelin-starred restaurant on the terrace. All the guest rooms are done up in a low-key, predominantly white and beige decor, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows overlooking the sea. The suites in the historic hotel are huge, with dazzling sea views from the higher floors. Other features include automated lighting and curtains as well as beyond-luxury linens, huge flat-screen televisions, and walk-in wood-paneled closets, even for the lowest-category rooms. Guests tend to check in and stay on the premises for weeks at a time: no mystery why, as you watch the sun set over well-tended cypresses and the big blue sea, knowing that the real world is a million miles away.—Ralph Martin

$200-$299
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Hi Hotel
3 avenue des Fleurs
Nice
France 06000
Tel: 33 4 97 07 26 26
hi@hi-hotel.net
www.hi-hotel.net

This has to be the most moderne hotel on the coast, designed by the school-of-Philipe-Starck Matali Crasset with all the wacky concepts you can handle: raspberry-colored bedrooms with open closets; an all-wood room with bed set into the floor; yellow glass shower stalls, or clear glass sinks and black slate tubs; a wall lined with monkey bars; wall-to-wall electro-triphop-jazz DJs…You get the picture. If your spiritual home is Ibiza eight years ago, you'll love its 38 quirky rooms.

$200-$299
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Hôtel Château de la Tour
10 Avenue Font-de-Veyre
Cannes
France 06400
Tel: 33 4 93 90 52 52
reservation@hotelchateaudelatour.com
www.hotelchateaudelatour.com

Sitting in its own palm-lined park in the hills above Cannes's western outskirts, the Château feels like a slice of southern California slipped onto the Côte d'Azur. Sure, there's the Château itself (really a pair of old Provençal-style estate houses), but it's the hedged-off grounds that really get your attention. A long outdoor terrace contains the Château's restaurant on one side and a cabana-style bar on the other, ending in a landing with a lap pool, all set in a lush grove of palm trees, pines, and floral bushes. The restaurant serves excellent fish (sea bass in anise sauce, especially, is spectacular) and Provençal dishes in an almost ridiculously relaxed poolside ambience; the late 20s–early 30s clientele keeps its oversize sunglasses on while sipping tropical-colored drinks. Back inside, rooms are covered in traditional prints and white-painted boiserie, including headboards and armoires. Of the 34 rooms, standard and superior ones are on the small side, but the blue-tiled marble bathrooms compensate. Superior-class rooms have balconies overlooking the gravel driveway, a great way to play lord or lady of the manor.

$400 or more
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Hotel de Paris
Place du Casino
Monte Carlo
Monaco 98000
Tel: 377 98 06 3000
Tel: 377 98 06 25 25
resort@sbm.mc
www.montecarloresort.com

This 1864 sprawling Belle Époque hotel is near the sea, Place du Casino, and the opera house, garnering it a perfect location score. With white or mahogany furniture and marble bathrooms, "classic rooms blend with the view to give a peaceful sense of being in another world." Alain Ducasse's travels across France inspire Le Louis XV's menu, and at the top-floor Le Grill, "the breakfast buffet is the best wake-up."

(182 rooms)

$400 or more
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Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc
Boulevard Kennedy
Antibes
France 06601
Tel: 33 4 93 61 39 01
Fax: 33 4 93 67 13 83
www.edenroc-hotel.fr

From this resort on nine forested acres, most rooms have views of the sea and the Lérins Islands. The restaurant serves traditional French cuisine "that you can't get enough of," while the grill turns out tapas and sushi. Get treatments at a spa set among the rocks at the water's edge. Villa Eleana, with two floors, three bedrooms, and its own pool, opened in 2010.

(122 rooms)

$400 or more
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Hôtel Hermitage
Square Beaumarchais
Monte Carlo
Monaco
Tel: 377 98 06 4000
Tel: 377 98 06 25 25
resort@sbm.mc
www.montecarloresort.com

This 1900 landmark has a signature glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel that "sparkles like a jewel." Rooms in beige and red or beige and blue have busy wallpaper—some have views of the sea, others of the yacht harbor. The morning's catch is the basis for seafood dishes at Vistamar. The newly opened Crystal Bar pours wine and champagne by the glass.

(280 rooms)

$400 or more
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Hôtel Martinez
73 La Croisette
Cannes
France 06400
Tel: 800 888 4747 (toll-free)
Tel: 33 4 92 98 73 00
Fax: 33 4 93 39 67 82
www.hotel-martinez.com

This 1927 Art Deco palace defines Cannes's Croisette and is a favorite of jet-set families thanks to the large suites, palm-lined pool, and private beach. The lobby has given over its old-fashioned style to businesslike polished marble, but hallways and many of the 412 rooms still retain a strong Art Deco imprint everywhere from lamps to carpet patterns. Be aware that only the Prestige rooms (the top category) have sea views; the rest look out onto the city or the surrounding hills. The amenities are top-notch, including the Michelin-starred Palme d'Or and a Givenchy spa. It all comes at a steep price (the breakfast buffet is $48 a person and things only go up from there), but the beachside Zplage restaurant and bar is a relative bargain.

$400 or more
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Hotel Metropole
4 Avenue de la Madone
Monte Carlo
Monaco 98007
Tel: 377 93 15 15 15
metropole@metropole.com
www.metropole.com

This 1886 neoclassical hotel near Casino Square has a contemporary edge and a glass-domed atrium. Modest guest rooms have textured carpet, floral beddings, and more often than not Mediterranean views. Chef Joël Robuchon's modern Japanese Yoshi is "pretty hip," with a garden that's secluded from Monte Carlo's busy streets. Bronze-colored leather, copper, and black slate characterize the spa's interiors.

(141 rooms)

$400 or more
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Hôtel Negresco
37 Promenade des Anglais
Nice
France 06000
Tel: 33 4 93 16 64 00
Fax: 33 4 93 88 35 68
www.hotel-negresco-nice.com

With its world-famous pink dome, white wedding-cake facade, and liveried porters, the Negresco is as iconic as hotels get. No wonder it is referred to as a "Museum Hotel." (This preserved-in-aspic feel applies to many of the guests as well.) The interiors are intense: The Salon Royal alone has an Art Nouveau cupola ceiling designed by Gustave Eiffel, vermilion walls, white pillars, and chests full of expensive Negresco-branded knickknacks. The 145 rooms are decorated with layers of details spanning French history from Louis XV to the Belle Époque. The atmosphere can be a bit like a theme park—those porters wearing sansculottes start to look a little silly on your fifth or sixth trip through the doors. But the location right on the Promenade des Anglais, looking onto Nice's pebble beach and the startlingly turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, can't be beat.

$200-$299
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Hotel Renoir
7 Rue Edith Cavell
Cannes
France 06400
Tel: 33 4 92 99 62 62
contact@hotel-renoir-cannes.com
www.hotel-renoir-cannes.com

Tucked on a tiny street behind Cannes' police headquarters, the Renoir's understated Art Nouveau townhouse exterior is slightly deceiving. The lobby is nondescript, but the hallways are lined with leather and mirrored tables and the 26 rooms are pure 1950s Hollywood glamour with a light beige palette, wall-to-wall cream-colored carpeting, and silver-painted furnishings. The sea-view rooms also overlook a busy boulevard and include a fair amount of street noise, while those facing inland are quieter. In either case, the neighborhood is a treat in itself: Away from the glitz of the beach, it's an enclave of Beaux Arts facades and tile roofs, mixing Parisian bustle and Mediterranean ease.

$200-$299
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Hotel Welcome
3 quai Amiral Courbet
Villefranche-sur-mer
France 06230
Tel: 33 4 93 76 27 62
resa@welcomehotel.com
www.welcomehotel.com

A gem of a place on the seafront at relatively unspoiled Villefranche-sur-Mer which, while no great metropolis, makes a great touring base between Nice and Monte Carlo. All 36 rooms have satellite TV, minibars and a/c, and the standard ones, with their louvered doors onto curly-iron-railed balconies, are an amazing value. The decor, with its light blue walls and nautical stripes—or all-over florals in the suites—is adorable, too. Meanwhile, splashing out on a still reasonable corner room with a pair of balconies buys you one of the best views on the Riviera. Beaches and boats to Cannes and Monaco are close by the hotel, and a dive shop lies right in front. There's also a cute wine bar with seafront terrace, and lots of nearby restaurants. As management is fond of pointing out, Jean Cocteau was among the fans of this longstanding institution.

Closed November 11th through December 21st.

$300-$399
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La Colombe d'Or
Place du Général de Gaulle
St-Paul de Vence
France
Tel: 33 4 93 32 80 02
contact@la-colombe-dor.com
www.la-colombe-dor.com

This 1920s café turned hotel has a strong artistic heritage, and past guests Matisse, Miró, and other painters have left behind "artwork better than at many museums." The restaurant serves traditional Provençale dishes such as chicken fricassee with cream and morels under the dining room's exposed beams or the terrace's overhanging trees. Rooms and suites have a rustic feel, with wooden bed frames and patterned canopies.

(25 rooms)

$400 or more
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La Reserve de Beaulieu & Spa
5 Boulevard Général Leclerc
Beaulieu-sur-Mer
France 06310
Tel: 33 4 93 01 00 01
reservation@reservebeaulieu.com
www.reservebeaulieu.com

Once a seafood restaurant, this early-twentieth-century Florentine-style villa between Nice and Monaco occupies "an idyllic part of the world," hence the perfect location score. Rooms in cream and gray overlook a pool set just above the sea. Restaurant des Rois uses local fish and regional meats in classic preparations like suckling veal and South Finistère scampi.

(39 rooms)

$200-$299
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Le Cagnard
Haut de Cagnes
Cagnes-sur-Mer
France 06800
Tel: 33 4 93 20 73 21
resa@le-cagnard.com
www.le-cagnard.com

The cliff-side Le Cagnard is in the preserved walled medieval city of Haut-de-Cagnes (about halfway between Antibes and Nice), with a ruined castle and impossible-to-navigate narrow streets (rent a Mini). The hotel is small but charming, with a tiny reception alcove and a mazelike arrangement of 20 rooms spread across multiple floors with entrances from many of the town's tiny streets. Decor is old-fashioned Proveçal for the most part, with medieval accents and a range of sizes and configurations. All rooms are considered "sea view," though you may have to crane your neck to catch a glimpse. The best views, however, are from the terrace of the Michelin-starred restaurant, capturing the mountains and the water in one panorama.

$200-$299
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Le Grimaldi
15 Rue Grimaldi
Nice
France 06000
Tel: 33 4 93 16 00 24
zedde@le-grimaldi.com
www.le-grimaldi.com

The Belle Époque Le Grimaldi is the epitome of a boutique hotel. The lobby is small and simple and the 46 rooms are done in a restrained, luxurious range of colors and textures. Set on a quiet street in Nice's commercial center, the Grimaldi is just two blocks from shopping and five minutes' walk from the beach. The rooms are all unique and range from Provençal prints paired with massive wrought-iron beds to beige-and-black high-contrast setups. Though the prices are low, mattresses are firm, bathrooms are expansive, and the friendly concierge is quick to respond. Rooms on high floors have views over Nice's red-tiled rooftops, and an upgrade to the deluxe room is worth it for the extra space and a sitting area.

$400 or more
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Le Mas Candille
Boulevard Clément Rebuffel
Mougins
France 06250
Tel: 33 4 92 28 43 43
info@lemascandille.com
www.lemascandille.com

If you were Picasso, you too might choose to live in the exquisite hilltop, predominantly 15th-century cobbled-street Mougins for 15 years, but since you're not, a stay at this gorgeous 18th-century Provençal farmhouse will have to suffice. Not by any stretch of the imagination a secret, the Mas with its adjunct Bastide—newly built in the vernacular—nevertheless feels secluded, set in spacious, gated grounds planted with cypress and olive trees, mimosas, and lavender. Accommodations are quite spectacularly varied decor-wise, and while it's true the 20 rooms in the original Mas have more character, the 20 Bastide rooms have better balconies and more space. Some of that decor is a little too varied: While many rooms are in shades of beige with wainscoting and subtly striped or discreetly patterned walls, others are exercises in the use of extreme wallpaper, or floral fantasias blooming with cabbage roses and Louis XIV-ish furniture. You can always escape into the spa, Europe's only Shiseido-branded one, with aromatherapy treatments, or dip into the mountain-view infinity-edged pool, or watch DVDs on your Bang & Olufsen—or eat. Chef Serge Gouloumès at the main restaurant, Candille, is very highly regarded—and won his first Michelin Star in 2005. In the summer, you can also eat at the more relaxed poolside La Pergola.

$300-$399
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Le Mas de Pierre
Route des Serres
St-Paul-de-Vence
France 06570
Tel: 39 4 93 59 00 10
Fax: 39 4 93 59 00 59
info@lemasdepierre.com
lemasdepierre.com

The Riviera benefits from a charming hotel like Le Mas de Pierre, just outside terrifyingly popular St-Paul-de-Vence. Views of the distant countryside are visible from the pool. The 50 rooms, divided between seven newly built stone mas (traditional farmhouses), have Provençal furniture and color schemes of cantaloupe, canary yellow, and lavender, with flat-screen TVs and marble baths piled with fluffy towels. The real luxury, however, is the peace and quiet—the only sound you'll hear on a summer night is the crickets—and the fact that every room has a terrace or balcony. The one missed beat is a pricey restaurant with fancy food, when what you'd really rather have in this setting are fresh salads, pasta, and Provençale classics. The fitness area includes a hammam. 

$400 or more
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Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
40 Avenue Princesse Grace
Monte Carlo
Monaco 98000
Tel: 377 98 06 25 25
resort@sbm.mc
www.montecarlobay.com

Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, who did Paris's George V conversion for Four Seasons, it's a $260 million Art Deco-style extravaganza of 334 rooms set on 10 acres, all with balconies—75 percent of which have that all-important Med view. The signature treatment at Le Spa Cinq Mondes is the Royal Lulur Ritual, a treatment package inspired by the wedding day customs of the princes and princesses of 16th-century Indonesia. It includes a Turkish bath, papaya scrub, Lulur exfoliation, and Balinese massage. There's also a 320-foot lagoon pool with sandy bottom, an indoor pool and a kiddie pool, four restaurants, several bars and, of course, a casino. If that's not enough gambling for you, the Sporting Monte-Carlo, with Alain Ducasse's Bar & Boeuf nightclub/restaurant, is next door.

$400 or more
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Palais de la Méditerranée
13-15 Promenade des Anglais
Nice
France 06000
Tel: 800 888 4747 (toll-free)
Tel: 33 4 92 14 77 00
commercial-pdlm@concorde-hotels.com
www.lepalaisdelamediterranee.com

Hotel operators love to bandy around idiotic phrases, of which "A Legend Reborn" is one of the most annoying, but this ocean liner of a hotel in the dead-center of Nice really was a legend. Opened in January 2004 after an almost $150 million renovation as a Concorde hotel, the grandiose, fanciful 1920s mansion is shooting for its former status as the "Tender is the Night" era Riviera place-to-be. All the entertainers stayed or played here (the ballroom seated 1000): Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Mistinguett, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand…in fact, half the movie stars and Euro-royals of the interwar period. Now the South Beach-kitsch neoclassical-meets-art deco exterior with its distinctive double tier of pillars is home to grand public spaces: a pool with a colonnaded portico and a lobby with black and gold pillars, polished marble floors, and gigantic arched windows. After that, the 188 rooms with their wenge and sycamore furniture, and their cranberry-and-gold or ocher-and-black or butter-and-sky-blue color schemes appear sadly bland. Facilities too are somewhat thin: a sauna-hammam, a theatrical, disconcertingly all-red restaurant and bar, a bunch of meeting rooms, and a casino. So maybe the legend isn't exactly reborn, but the place couldn't be more central.

$400 or more
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Royal Riviera
3 Avenue Jean Monnet
St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
France 06230
Tel: 33 4 93 76 31 00
info@royal-riviera.com
www.royal-riviera.com

In 1999 the estimable Grace Leo-Andrieu took charge of this noble creature, which has been perched for over a century on the Cap Ferrat peninsula, one of the least built-up corners of the coastline. The ambience is all grace—pun intended—and calm, with cool polished white marble and black-and-white checkerboard floors, muted slate colors, polished paneled doors, and a Greek key motif borrowed from the nearby Villa Kerylos. A recent sprucing-up extended the neo-Hellenic ideas into the 78 bedrooms, most of which overlook the orange and olive trees of the landscaped—by Jean Mus, no less—gardens to the sea. But beware of the standard rooms whose "mountain views" are not necessarily so bucolic. There are 16 further options with lavender and apricot walls and balconies or terraces in the Orangerie. With well-regarded chef Bruno le Bolch at the helm at Le Panorama, plus a Sundari spa, a large pool, a private beach, and caring, multilingual staff, this is a special getaway spot—such a getaway in fact that, if you want to see any bright lights, you'll need a car.

Closed December through mid-January.

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