Sipping a signature Fitzgerald85 cocktail (champagne based and made for the 85th anniversary of the property) in a leopard-print armchair at Bar Fitzgerald
Learning to water-ski just off the hotel’s private beach
Prestigious patrons (apart from Fitzgerald) have included Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf, Catherine Deneuve and George Clooney
What To Know
A $2 city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Free parking; valet parking is an additional $41 per day
No swimming pool, though guests can use the facilities (pool, hammam and health club) at sister property Hotel Juana
The vintage elevator is beautiful but tiny, so you may have to wait or take the stairs
Parking on site
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Historic high society hotel on the French Riviera where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote Tender Is the Night
From the Venetian terrazzo mosaics of the Grand Hall to the comfy Art Deco armchairs and pastel frescoes, owner Marianne Estène-Chauvin has brilliantly preserved the original ambience of this former private villa, where F. Scott Fitzgerald penned Tender Is the Night. A nautical theme runs through the hotel, with mahogany panels, marine brass lamps and graphic rugs created by Jules Flippo in the style of the legendary French cruise liner Le Normandie. While the Belles Rives is inconspicuous on the main street, its splendor is easily seen from the sea, including its grand balconies and waterside terrace, created by architect Christian Macé using Italian terra-cotta tiles, as well as the iconic jetty, which stretches out into the azure waters of the Mediterranean.
Bed and Bath
The 43 guestrooms feature eye-catching Art Deco furnishings, step-out balconies and the cozy feeling of being in a luxe cabin on a transatlantic liner. The bathrooms are perfect for pampering, with Penhaligon's toileteries, and all have big tubs, many made of Carrara marble. Classic Cape View Rooms are spacious and look out over fragrant pine groves, while Deluxe Sea View Rooms offer panoramic vistas across the water as far as the Esterel Massif.
A meal at the hotel’s chic restaurant, La Passagère, has become even more memorable with the recent appointment of talented young chef Yoric Tieche, who inventively interprets local cuisine with such dishes as soupe de poisson à la Marseillaise and foie gras roasted with mango and marinated turnip leaves. Much of life at the Belles Rives revolves around its beach, where you can relax with a massage or speed off on a private boat trip, while children are kept busy at the fun kids club. Every Thursday night in summer the sandy beach is transformed into a thumping open-air nightclub.
In the Area
Juan-les-Pins hosts one of Europe’s top jazz festivals every July, and the jazzy vibe continues at Le New Orleans, a cool cocktail bar just off the beach. Book a table at the casual
Hotel Belles Rives
33 Boulevard Edouard Baudoin
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Hotel Belles Rives is Nice (NCE-Cote d'Azur) - 13.9 km / 8.6 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.