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Boscolo Exedra Nice, Nice 

12 Boulevard Victor Hugo
France 08000
Tel: 33 4 97 038 989
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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

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