Beau Rivage, Nice
Tel: 33 4 92 47 82 82
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:In another sign of Nice's accelerating South Beachstyle 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.2005 Hot List
When to go: As the British royals sussed out ages ago, Nice is nice in winter.
Which room to book: os. 405 and 406 overlook relatively quiet side streets