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Hôtel Negresco, Nice 

37 Promenade des Anglais
France 06000
Tel: 33 4 93 16 64 00
Fax: 33 4 93 88 35 68
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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.

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