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What We Love

  • A museum-quality art collection all over the hotel
  • Fantastic location directly on the Promenade des Anglais
  • Beautiful views of the water from around the property
  • The hotel has two legendary antique-filled restaurants on site
  • Makes for a romantic stay in Nice

What To Know

  • Decor varies from room to room
  • Fifth floor rooms are recently renovated
  • The overall style may seem charmingly quirky or heavy-handed, depending on your point of view
  • The nearby beach is pebbly

Amenities

  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Hotel Negresco seduces visitors from the moment the signature gilded dome and neon sign come into view. The hotel gives me an incomparable view of the Cote d’Azur. I can see the Baie des Anges, the palm-fringed Promenade des Anglais, and even the snow-topped Alpes Maritimes in the distance.

There’s a special thrill waltzing into the lobby of a French national historic monument and knowing I get to check in. Negresco is one of the very few grand French hotels still in private hands, with 117 guestrooms and 24 suites decorated in wildly varying styles from Louis XIII to Art Deco. The hotel itself is home to a museum-quality art collection.

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Every room in the hotel is different. Decor, by the owner, is occasionally over-the-top. These are rooms to remember, full of the escapist joys of delightfully over-wrought accessories, four-poster beds and gorgeous views.

Before dinner we walk down to Negresco’s beach. It’s important to know that all beaches in the area are pebbly and not sandy, as newcomers are often surprised.

For dinner we choose between the hotel’s two restaurants. The Regency-style Chantecler, one of the top restaurants in Nice, has magnificent 18th-century woodwork. La Rotonde Brasserie has antique gilded carousel horses that can be delightful or a little heavy-handed, depending on your point of view.

Either way, the food lives up to my expectations. We dine on Nicoise fare socca, a chick-pea pancake, pissaladire, the slightly sweet onion tart topped with anchovies and black olives, soupe au pistou (tomato, basil and garlic soup), a delectable array of seafood and, of course, many variations of classic salade nicoise.

Just like Negresco itself, the meal is an escape from the ordinary.

How to Get There

Le Negresco
37 Promenade des Anglais
Nice, 06000 France

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 3157 Reviews
Large attractive hotel
Warby P

Visited the bar and hotel as it has some history. Bar was good with great service. Lots of attractive artwork, some very old. Originally British designed with many modern architecture as well. Opposite the beach and main promenade

Mixed expeoennx
jocelyng61

I feel like I need to write two reviews since my husband and I stayed in one room, and our adult children stayed in the other.

First, my husband and I had a very nice experience. Checked in with no problem, staff was friendly and helpful. Great valet service. Sea view room was lovely. The bathroom had gold sinks, bidet, shower pan and tub, which seemed gaudy and dated, but it was a nice size.

Our children arrived in the morning (several hours before us), and their room wasn’t ready. To summarize an hours-long situation, they were repeatedly told the room would be ready “soon,” “in a half hour,” etc. They ended up spending hours in the bar instead of going out and doing something. We weren’t there, but my understanding was that the front desk didn’t seem very sympathetic to their jet-lagged plight. Also unclear is why they weren’t given a different room.

On the plus side, the room they got was HUGE. The bathroom was stunning and also enormous. No view but wow. Gorgeous.

Breakfast was included with our rooms and was excellent.

The night before we left, my son ordered room service late. Another long story short, after repeated calls, trips to the lobby, etc., he ended up leaving the hotel at 11:45 and getting a panini at some take-out place nearby. Needless to say, he would never stay there again.

To his credit, the manager Mr. Majeranowski was extremely apologetic and professional when I gave him the rundown on what happened with our son. Unfortunately, there was nothing he could really do at that point.

The hotel is very special and in a great location. Hope to give it another chance someday.

Disappointing
JaneLancaster83

Many of the staff were surly and rude, especially Cyril who was meant to be the manager of the restaurant on the outside terrace. He has appalling manners. On our first evening we witnessed him being very rude to 3 ladies who wanted to sit on a free table out of the way to have a cigarette. He threatened to call security to have them removed and this is no way to treat guests in a 5* hotel. He set up our table for dinner and when our drinks were served, he disrupted our meal and ordered us to move to another table. We have never experienced such appalling customer service in any of the many 5" hotels we have stayed in, and as a result we booked all of our family meals outside the hotel. Negresco lost a lot of business from us as a result of this awful man who has no understanding of the hospitality business.

On our last evening we wanted to have a glass of Champagne on the clearly empty terrace. He ordered us into the bar area which was completely full with no seat available. When we insisted on drinking our champagne on the empty terrace he threatened us with hotel security too, so the incident with the 3 ladies is obviously standard behaviour for him. Needless to say someone in the bar had some sense and we were permitted to stay on the terrace - what an honour?! This should be normal service in a 5* hotel.

We have stayed in the Negresco many times and the staff have been wonderful. We were last there 1 year ago and we wonder what has happened to the hotel. Even the tall man who showed us to our rooms was rude and impatient and when the key didn't work, he rolled his eyes and argued with the receptionist to try to avoid solving the problem. He refused to take our bags to the store and made us carry them there ourselves.

We have recommended this hotel to many friends and family. We won't be doing that again for sure. We hope the Negresco management are going to get their act together and provide guests with the 5* service they pay for