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What We Love

  • A scenic hilltop château on the French Riviera, with breakfast and a junior-suite optionThe elegance and history of Chateau le Cagnard – part of the hilltop town’s original city walls
  • Sampling complimentary breakfast, then drinking in the view on the peaceful sun terrace
  • The magical restaurant, with its hand-painted frescoes and retracting ceiling
  • Choosing between a room or a junior suite

What To Know

  • The building dates back to the 13th century
  • Nice and the Bay of Antibes are just a few miles away
  • Hotel staff is helpful but sometimes has an aloof attitude
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A boutique château hotel on the French Riviera, with glorious sea views, a suite option and breakfast

The Lowdown

A little local history when you’re staying in a hilltop château in Provence is expected, but the Michelin Guide-recommended Hotel Château le Cagnard has it in spades. Built in the 13th century as part of exquisite Haut de Cagnes’ city walls, it’s a beautiful maze of medieval stone arches, grand old fireplaces and tumbledown turrets – all dripping with deep-green vines.
From the intimate lounge to the charming guard room, there are plenty of nooks to sneak off to with a book, and the sun terrace is the best of them all, with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The pièce de résistance here is the magical restaurant, where fine Provençal cuisine can be served under the stars on warm nights, in the frescoed dining room with a retracting ceiling.
The prime location is just as dreamy at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Nice and the Bay of Antibes are just a few miles away, so be sure to drop in on some of the stars’ favorite haunts while you’re in the area, from Belle Epoque Cannes and moneyed Monaco to the gorgeous beaches of Beaulieu and Villefranche.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1 per person, per night is payable at the hotel upon check-out.
The village has two complimentary public parking spaces, as well as parking spaces along the many alleyway. However, finding a space during high season can be quite difficult. You can also park at Le Planastel, a parking house near the entrance to the village, and there are some convenient parking lots at the edge of the village, where you can park and take a complimentary shuttle into the village. Please visit the hotel’s website for more information.

Rooms and suites

Each of the rooms and suites has been named after a prominent artist associated with Haute de Cagnes. The slate floors and original stonework keep the rooms cool in the summer, with beautiful antique seating areas and great big beds to keep things cozy. The en-suite bathrooms have elegant stone sinks and heated floors. Opt for a Junior suite instead of a Deluxe room if you want a spacious seating area and beautiful views.


Château Le Cagnard’s restaurant serves Provençal cuisine in an elegant dining room, with a frescoed ceiling and open-air terrace looking out over the Bay of Antibes.


Château le Cagnard is in the hilltop village of Haute de Cagnes, on the French Riviera. The village itself is extremely pretty – full of narrow, winding streets around a sleepy village square – and the sea is just a couple of miles away.

How to Get There

Chateau Le Cagnard
54 Rue sous Barri
Cagnes-Sur-Mer, 06800 France


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Barbara S

Fabulous hotel in stunning location with amazing rooms and suites. Stayed six nights and would definitely return Staff were so so helpful and the rooms were spotless. Gorgeous bedding !! Views were wonderful.

Absolutely gorgeous hotel

One of our fave hotels on a driving trip through Italy and France.
Perched near the top of the old town, with gorgeous views from the little terrace and our room, this is a quirky, higgledy-piggled hotel, stylishly decorated and with loads of charm.
Our room was beautiful, the bed and bed linen were sumptuous, the toiletries were gorgeous and view beautiful.
Staff are fab, young and enthusiastic. It’s a total hit for us
Don’t forget to make a dinner reservation - we ended up in the restaurant (still gorgeous with a retractable roof but less atmospheric than the tiny terrace) but managed to move for pudding - the food was excellent by the way.
And don’t drive to the door - we did and that was a BIG mistake but had already gone ‘too far’ before we realised and just had to plough on with 1” on either side of the car! We’re not doing that again!

Good hotel for day trips in the region

We stayed here on vacation for 5 nights. The hotel is located on top of a hill in Cagnes-sur-Mer, about 20 minutes on foot from the train station for any moderately fit person. Service was excellent, with the staff going out of their way to make you feel welcome (Carla especially had great tips for activities in the region). The view is wonderful and the hotel manages to strike a balance between an authentic medieval feel and modern comfort. Only downside was the town Cagnes itself, which was not an attractive holiday destination. However, Monaco, Nice and Cannes were all less than an hour away by train, making this hotel a great choice if one is planning on doing day trips in the region.