Where to Stay in Nice in 2024 | 7 Top Areas (With Hotels!)

Aerial view of a Nice, France with clear blue waters, a large cruise ship docked at a pier, and a mountainous backdrop, showcasing the vibrant urban landscape by the sea.

Planning a trip to Nice, France? You’re probably wondering where to stay in Nice, and I couldn’t be more excited to help you plan your trip!

When I spent a whole summer in Southern France, I visited Nice’s hidden gems and immediately fell in love! 

From experience, I can tell you that the Old Town is THE best area to stay in Nice due to its vibrant ambiance, top-notch attractions, and historic gems.

Now, I went a step further and compared ALL the areas and hotels in this enchanting Mediterranean city! 

Read this post because I will present my absolute winners in the way that it is very easy to book your ideal accommodation.

Reading this post will save you SO much time, and you’ll be able to grab a hotel and book in an instant! Easy!

Make sure you book your stay in advance, as this Riviera city is packed with tourists all year long!

If you are in a hurry

Check out my ultimate pick of the best hotels to stay in Nice for all budgets:

luxury hotel
Historic luxury hotel facade with a distinctive pink dome, palm trees, and a view of the sea, embodying the elegance of seaside architecture.
mid-range hotel
Cozy outdoor balcony setup with a modern spherical chair, plants, and a variety of stylish seating options, creating an inviting urban oasis

Hotel de France

Best mid-range hotel

budget hotel
Contemporary hotel room with a large bed, minimalist decor, and soft lighting, featuring a balcony

Hotel 64 Nice

Best value for money


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a handy map so you can visualize each of the areas I’ll cover below:

Colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Nice, France, with distinct zones marked for Vieux Nice, Promenade des Anglais, and other notable neighborhoods.
PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS
for beaches
LE PORT
for hipsters
JEAN-MÉDECIN
for shoppers
CIMIEZ
for families

Below you can read about each one of them and check out luxury, mid-range, budget, and apartment options.

1. Old Town (Vieux Nice) – best part of Nice to stay in for the first time

Lively street scene in an old town with people dining at sidewalk cafes, nestled between traditional ochre buildings under a bright blue sky

If you are a first-time traveler, the Old Town (or Vieux Nice in French) is THE best place to stay in Nice! With its labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and tall pastel buildings, it is the heart and soul of the city

Some of the most important attractions, such as Port Lympia, are located within walking distance. Plus, here, you’ll find charming cafes, eclectic markets, and some of the best ice cream shops!

This is also one of the best areas to stay in Nice for nightlife!

If you are a history and architecture buff, this ancient quarter houses the baroque-style Palais Lascaris and the stunning Nice Cathedral located on the small but beautiful Place Rossetti. 

You also shouldn’t miss Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) for an AMAZING panoramic view to the city! You take a tourist trolley train or even an elevator but I would definitely recommend walking, it is beautiful, not very hard and should take about 30 min. 

In addition, a must-visit attraction in the area is the vibrant Cours Saleya, a flower market that beautifies the streets with colorful flowers, as well as the musical instrument collection at Palais Lascaris.

If you want to try street food in Nice, socca is the local dish you must try here! It’s this griddled pancake made of chickpea flour and olive oil – give it a try at Chez Pipo! Maybe more importantly, Chez Acchiardo is the place to eat Salade Niçoise!

The Salade Niçoise originated in Nice sometime in the 19th century. The classic recipe contains tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and anchovy filets. 

If you want to stay in Vieux Nice and fully immerse yourself in the history and culture, here are some great hotels and apartments:

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Nice: a dining area with a modern table set under chic hanging lights, a bright open-plan living space with colorful accents and geometric patterns, and a cozy bedroom with a tropical mural

One of the best boutique hotels in Nice, centrally located right at the entrance of the Old Town. The rooms are very stylish and spacious. They offer all kinds of amenities, including daily coffee and an airport shuttle. Guests can also enjoy a continental breakfast in their rooms. All the main attractions are within walking distance!

Other accommodation options in the Old Town

mid-range
Open living area with wooden dining table, white orchids, and a kitchenette, featuring eclectic art and a bright, airy atmosphere

A charming 18th-century property with air-conditioned rooms and a private kitchen

budget
Minimalist bedroom with a large bed, abstract wall art, and neutral tones

Enjoy the view of the narrow cobblestone streets in this modern hotel with a great terrace

airbnb
Bright and airy studio apartment with a teal accent wall, modern furniture, and pops of color

Charming apartment decorated with great attention to detail at the bottom of the Castle Hill

Things to do in Old Town 

  • Climb the Castle Hill of Nice for fantastic Riviera views
  • Shop like a local at the local market Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya
  • Admire France’s second-largest musical instrument collection in Palais Lascaris
  • Catch a show at Opéra de Nice

2. Promenade des Anglais – for strolls, people-watching and beaches

The famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, with a sweeping view of the beachfront and azure Mediterranean waters, the bustling promenade lined with palm trees, and the cityscape in the distance

Do you enjoy going for a stroll and feeling the breeze while relishing the scenic sea landscapes? The best place for that is the 7 km (4 mi) long Promenade des Anglais – a boardwalk that stretches along the French Riviera.

Promenade des Anglais extends all the way to the airport. As you walk along with it, you’ll come across pristine beaches with astonishing views of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Some of the beaches are private and some are public (15 private, 20 public) and have their own chaiselongs. The cost is from €20 to €50 depending on the beach. 

TIP: You can enjoy Nice’s public beaches for free! Just bring your own towel!

The literal translation of the area name is “Walkway of the English.” It is called this because the aristocrats from England who immigrated to the South of France in the 18th century loved to stroll there – and soon, you will too!

If you’re here for the beach, on some parts of the promenade, you can rent out wakeboards and try all sorts of fun watersports! 

Luxurious hotels, restaurants, and casinos are located in this area of Nice, and prices are higher than in other areas. 

Nonetheless, if you can afford it, you can stay at lush hotels overlooking the sea like Negresco, where celebrities from all walks of life and industries stay (think Beatles, Grace Kelly, Dali…)! In World War 2, this hotel served as a hospital, but now it demonstrates all the beauty and luxury you can find in Nice!

You don’t have to be a guest of Hotel Negresco to visit, just stop by to see the lobby!

Similarly, Palais de la Méditerranée (technically in Carré d’Or, but situated at Promenade des Anglais Avenue) and the Insta-perfect La Chaise de SAB are all located in this area!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of Hotel Negresco: a luxurious bedroom with golden drapes and baroque elements, a magnificent white and gold lobby with a grand chandelier, and the iconic hotel exterior with its Belle Époque architecture against a clear blue sky

This is a great accommodation in Nice with 5 centuries of history exhibited through its design. Guests can enjoy a free buffet breakfast, drinks at the bar, or a meal at the Michelin-star Le Chantecler restaurant. The hotel also offers a private beach where you can try water sports.

Other accommodation options in Promenade Des Anglais

mid-range
Chic hotel lounge with mid-century modern furnishings, a large street-facing window, and a welcoming ambiance highlighted by a variety of plants and warm lighting

Situated at just a 2-minute walk from the sea, this hotel is modernly designed and offers a delicious breakfast

budget
Modern hotel bar area with high stools, a staircase leading to an upper level, and a bright, open space inviting social interaction

An affordable stay across the Promenade des Anglais suitable for couples and families

airbnb
Stylish bedroom with bohemian accents, patterned textiles, and indoor plants

This stunning studio is equipped with an AC, and it is steps away from beach and several good restaurants

Things to do in Promenade des Anglais

  • Soak up the Mediterranean sun on the sandy beach
  • Walk the entire promenade (~1 hour)
  • Check out the Jardin Albert 1er seafront esplanade

3. Le Port – the trendiest neighborhood to stay in Nice

Panoramic view of a marina lined with multi-colored buildings, luxury yachts moored along the docks, and the bustling cityscape of Nice, France in the background

Quartier du Port (Port Quarter) is the area around the port and is currently one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Nice! 

I have recently been to the port area in Marseille, Nice’s big brother, and that one was so and so. The port area in Nice is completely safe, charming, and stylish! And the views are pretty amazing, too. 

Some of the most eclectic restaurants and bars are located here. Le Plongeoir, right by the port, serves the most delicious fresh fish and has absolutely fabulous views!

Vieux Port has a lot to offer its visitors. Just walk around and gaze at the number of yachts parked in the marina, or stroll around Puces de Nice, the famous flea market.

A trip to the flea market will give you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s routine and feel like a local! If you haven’t noticed already, the French LOVE their flea markets! 

You can also cruise to St. Tropez or Cannes from the Nice Port!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of Résidence La Villa Léonie: the stately facade of the villa adorned with lush greenery, an interior featuring a traditional bedroom with a pink bedspread and wood-burning fireplace, and a view from a balcony showcasing the surrounding landscape and sea.

A luxury villa with a balcony and the interior design of a 19th-century home. You can enjoy fantastic panoramic views from the terrace, while some rooms have sea views. They require a minimum stay of 4 nights.

Other accommodation options in Le Port

mid-range
Rooftop swimming pool with sun loungers, overlooking a scenic view of Nice with the hill of Colline du Château in the distance, under a sunny sky

A famous hotel in Nice with an outdoor swimming pool just 10 minutes from the Old Town

budget
Contemporary bedroom with twin beds dressed in grey and rust-colored linens, soft lighting, and minimalist décor, creating a calm, relaxing space

A top trendy 3-star hotel with a convenient location less than 3 minutes from the port

airbnb
Bright and modern living room with hardwood floors, white walls, two purple couches, and a dining area with a white table, enhanced by natural light from large windows.

This sunny spacious Airbnb is located in a trendy area. Believe it or not, it can host up to 10 people, and it is pretty affordable!

Things to do in Le Port

  • Walk to the Grotte du Lazaret
  • Catch a break at Parc Vigier
  • Stroll to the port’s lighthouse
  • Grab dinner by the port and enjoy the views

4. Jean-Médecin (New Town) – best for fashionistas 

The ornate façade of Musée Masséna in Nice, surrounded by lush palm trees and manicured gardens, reflecting the city's rich cultural heritage.

Jean-Médecin, or New Town, is the perfect choice to stay in a modern area near the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais.

As you explore the wide boulevards, you can have a drink at a fancy bar or enjoy a meal at an exclusive restaurant. 

This area is a shoppers’ paradise if you’re into high-end brands or local designers. Malls like Galeries Lafayette and Nicetoile (map) are available next to shops like Levi’s, Celio, Foot Locker, and others on Avenue Jean-Médecin.

Plus, you can attend a perfume workshop at Molinard Perfumery and create your own perfect scent!

Art and history lovers can indulge in world-class museums such as the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum.

Jean-Médecin has plenty of great accommodation options, and it’s right next to a train station so you can easily go on day trips out of Nice! Check out these wine tours for the most incredible experience!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel: a contemporary hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering city views, a minimalist but elegant lounge area, and the hotel's modern exterior with reflective glass panels

One of the best places to stay in Nice and beyond! This 5-star hotel has 2 on-site restaurants, a spa and wellness center, and various breakfast options. The posh interior and outdoor seating area are to die for!

Other accommodation options in Jean-Medecin

mid-range
View from a balcony with a breakfast spread overlooking a tree-lined street in Nice

Centrally located, it offers a fabulous breakfast and clean rooms with very helpful staff

budget
Simple yet elegant bedroom with a large double bed with navy blue accents, soft lighting, and a vibrant painting above the headrest

Accessible by lift on a third-floor residential building, here you’ll find small but cozy rooms in the heart of Nice

airbnb
Compact living space with a dark sofa, wooden furniture, and a dining table set with wine glasses

A small but cozy studio at walking distance from all the best sights in Nice, perfect for two people

Things to do in Jean-Médecin

5. Cimiez – where to stay in Nice for families

Manicured garden with vibrant flowers and greenery in front of an historic, sandy-colored building with a backdrop of clear blue skies

Cimiez is a great choice for families with children who want to stay in a quiet and safe area in Nice.

Established atop a hill, Cimiez is just a few minutes from the Old Town. Being a residential area, the atmosphere here is peaceful and relaxing, and the magnificent Belle Époque architecture adds more to its charm.

Cimiez started as a Roman outpost but became more fashionable since it was Queen Victoria’s favorite vacation spot! 

Artists, such as Matisse, loved this area! Today, Cimiez hosts many remarkable museums like Musée Matisse

Cimiez offers a lot of possibilities for a family to enjoy their holiday with parks and child-friendly activities. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of Hôtel Le Petit Palais: sun loungers by a tranquil outdoor pool, a bright bedroom with classic French doors and patterned wallpaper, and the charming hotel exterior with Mediterranean-style architecture and lush gardens

This hotel, located literally in a charming palace, is only 10 minutes from the Chagall Museum. It has a swimming pool and incredible views of the whole city! Recommended room – classic double room with a sea view and a balcony.

Other accommodation options in Cimiez

mid-range
Jacuzzi on a rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of Nice, featuring clear blue skies and urban architecture, offering a luxurious relaxation spot

Located near Cimiez, I love this colorful and cool hotel Nice that offers air-conditioned rooms and complimentary breakfast

budget
Modern bedroom with a large double bed against a mustard yellow accent wall, simple furnishings, and a view of the outdoors, combining comfort with a touch of color

A nice hotel with family rooms for up to 4 travelers on a budget; one of the best cheap hotels in Nice

airbnb
Quaint rooftop terrace with white sculptural furniture and hanging plants

This might just be my favorite Airbnb in Nice, just check out the pictures!

Things to do in Cimiez

6. Gambetta where to stay for budget travelers

The striking Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice with its colorful onion domes and elaborate architecture, standing out against the greenery and cloudy skies

Are you looking for something more affordable yet safe? Gambetta is your answer! This neighborhood is a bit further West of the Old Town, but it is the most recommended area for budget travelers.

Moreover, this area is great because there is something for everyone’s interest here. It has a rich past, culture, fashion, and cuisine. Walking around it, you can discover attractions like St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (map), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice and numerous small markets. 

The great thing is that the train station is quite close, so, if you arrive by train, it will be very convenient to get to your hotel.

Accommodation here is cheaper than in other areas, but I have to say it was not easy to find stays that meet my strict quality standards.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of AC Hotel by Marriott Nice: a sleek bedroom with panoramic sea views, a stylish modern hotel building with a unique sculpture, and a comfortable sitting area with expansive windows overlooking the Nice coastline

This 4-star hotel will surprise you with its outstanding service and cleanness! Not only do they have a big outdoor swimming pool, but some rooms also face the sea! 

Other accommodation options in Gambetta

mid-range
Exterior view of Hotel Locarno in Nice with a curved facade, located on a sunny street corner, reflecting the charm of the city's architecture

This 3-star hotel is only a 3 min walk to Promenade Des Anglais. It has a fantastic rooftop terrace to enjoy the view and soak up the sun!

budget
Modern bedroom featuring a plush bed with a striking blue headboard, matching accent pillows, and wall-mounted reading lights

This urban-style hotel offers modern rooms, friendly staff, and your personal phone with unlimited internet access

airbnb
Spacious living room with a gray sofa, dining area with a glass table, and minimalist decor under a high ceiling with an arch window

Beautiful luxury apartment with A/C that looks as good in pictures as in real life!

Things to do in Gambetta

  • Relax at the beach
  • Visit the Fine Arts Museum
  • Stroll past the Gambetta Boulevard like a local
  • Head out to the Promenade des Anglais and walk to the Old Town

7. Le Carré d’Or – where to stay for beautiful architecture

The iconic Palais de la Méditerranée hotel in Nice, showcasing its grandiose white Art Deco façade with bas-relief sculptures, surrounded by lush greenery and set against a clear blue sky

If you want to explore the best of Nice’s Belle Epoque architecture and vibe, pick a hotel in the Carre d’Or area! This posh area is filled with pedestrian-friendly streets, and it borders Promenade des Anglais!

This area is home to the Massena Palace Museum of Art and History and the Casino Palais de la Méditéranée, so there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy! When you’re not sightseeing and enjoying the architecture, you can relax at the Jardin Alsace Lorraine.

The luxurious Negresco hotel that I mentioned in the Promenade des Anglais section is technically the intersection between the 2 areas! This means all the beach attractions will be within walking distance, too.

Boulevard de Victor Hugo here is packed with budget and mid-range hotels catered to couples, families, and large groups, so you’re guaranteed to find a place for your specific travel preferences!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three pictures of Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée: a trendy dining area with artistic lighting, a serene bedroom with a tufted headboard and warm lighting, and a spacious indoor swimming pool lined with loungers

A 5-star hotel situated just across the beach on Promenade des Anglais! You can treat yourself to their on-site spa, hammam, casino, and fabulous terrace with panoramic views. This is one of the best hotels in Nice for couples when you consider the price, amenities, and location!

Other accommodation options in Le Carré d’Or

Mid-range
Charming outdoor patio with red wrought-iron chairs and a matching table, set against a backdrop of sun loungers and lush greenery

A romantic 4-star accommodation with a convenient location and a buffet breakfast

budget
Elegant hotel room with a stylish black bed frame, blue accent cushions, and a contrasting tan wall

A centrally-located hotel with AC. free Wi-Fi, and a charming Provencal décor

airbnb
Compact and trendy studio space with a spiral staircase, minimalist furniture including a sofa bed and a dining table, accented with chic lighting and contemporary wall art

A lovely apartment for the creatives and everyone looking for a home away from home in Nice

Things to do in le Carré d’Or

👑 Luxury price:€300
💵 Mid-range hotel:€150
🛏️ Budget:€80
📍 Best area:Old Town
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Le Negresco
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Palais Hongran de Fiana
👛 Best budget hotel:Hotel 64

FAQs about best places to stay in Nice, France

Busy outdoor market scene in Nice with shaded stalls, diners at outdoor cafes, and historic yellow buildings

🚶 Is Nice, France a walkable city?

Absolutely! Nice is a super walkable city compact in size. The Old Town is pedestrian-friendly, and its cobblestone streets and vibrant markets make it an ideal destination for leisurely strolls.

🤔 Where should I stay, Nice or Cannes?

Stay in Cannes for a romantic getaway and luxury shopping. Nice has more diverse activities for families and those seeking an active vacation (but it doesn’t lack shopping and romantic gems, either!)

🛏️ What are the best beachfront hotels in Nice?

Hotel Le Negresco (one of the most famous Nice hotels), Hôtel La Pérouse, and Hyatt Regency are 3 top-rated beachfront hotels in Nice! It’s hard to choose just one South of France hotel on the beach, so go for the one that best fits your needs!

🎄 Where is the best place to stay in Nice for Christmas?

Best Western Hotel Lakmi Nice in Jean-Médecin has fabulous Christmas decorations and makes a great place to stay in Nice for Christmas! Place Masséna is beautiful in December when the Christmas markets and activities are in full swing.

✖️ Which areas should I avoid in Nice, France?

Areas to avoid in Nice, France, include L’Ariane and parts of Old Town. L’Ariane is far from the city center and off the beaten path, so you wouldn’t want to stay here anyway. Don’t walk around the Old Town at night to avoid unpleasant situations.

✅ Is Gambetta, Nice safe?

Yes! If you’re worried about safety in Nice and Gambetta, you can relax! Gambetta is a residential neighborhood to the west of Old Town, and it’s just as safe as any other area in Nice.

Conclusion

Yulia, the writer of the article with outstretched arms sitting on a balustrade with a panoramic view of Nice's coastline and port area in the background, under a clear blue sky.

This was my extensive guide on where to stay in Nice to help you plan your trip! I included tips about the 7 best neighborhoods in Nice and the best hotels and apartments you can find in each area.


If you haven’t already chosen a place, here are my 2 favorite options: 

  • Hotel Negresco – a historic hotel with a private beach and Michelin-star restaurant
  • Le Meridien Nice – breathtaking views and an incredible infinity pool

Nice is perfect every season, and the best hotels get booked fast, so make sure you secure your spot ahead of time!

I hope this article was helpful and I wish you a pleasant holiday in Nice! 

If you’re continuing your vacation in France, check out my posts for the best places to stay in St Tropez and Paris.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

Enjoy visiting Nice, France!

Yulia


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