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Must-see : the « Promenade du Paillon »

Also called « Coulée Verte », this park is a green paradise stretching from MAMAC to the Promenade des Anglais. You can find among the 1600 trees, 6000 shrubs and 50 000 perennial plants, a wide range of species from Asia, Africa and America.

Open from 7h00 to 21h00 between the 1st of October and the 31st of March and from 7h00 to 23h00 from the 1st of April to the 30th of September, the Promenade is perfect for a family afternoon, a jogging or just a break. Water jets, atomizers, and playgrounds are also waiting for you !


Nice’s architectural style

It’s impossible to talk about Nice not mentioning its very specific architecture. The city, just like the whole coast from Cannes to Menton, is a symbol of the Belle Epoque period. Many very beautiful places built at this time became must-see places!

In the 1900’s, the famous architect Charles Dalmas left an indelible mark on the city carrying on Italian traditions such as jutting out decorations, moldings and friezes. The famous Promenade des Anglais remains the best example of this period.


The Contemporary Area (surrounding the hotel)

Running into the hotel, the Promenade des Arts is the evidence that Nice is a true den of artists. Make sure to take time to visit this area, cradle of modern art. You can especially admire the “Tête Carrée”, a 30 meters high face sculpture in the shape of a face.


The “Promenade des Anglais”

Famous all over the world, the Promenade des Anglais (also known as “Prom”) covers 8km. Palm trees, blue chairs, shingles beaches… It became unmissable to at least have a look around there.


Gardens and green spaces

Nice, thanks to its Mediterranean climate, offer inhabitants and tourists many gardens and green spaces – about 3000 hectares. In the 19th century, the first parks were located on Mont Boron hills. Nearby the port, you can also find the Vigier park, a former private landscaped garden, where grew a lot of outstanding tree species.

Nice is also well-known for its flowers market, held every day on Saleya Avenue, and ranked by France’s National Council for the Culinary Arts as being one of the country’s special markets.

Plants lovers can also go to Parc Phoenix, at the western entrance of Nice, where they can find some twenty theme gardens displaying more than 2500 plant species, a lake and some very exotic animal species.


Nice’s cooking

Nice’s typical cuisine has been influenced by the climate and 2700 hours of sunshine a year. Many dishes remind Provençal and Italian flavors. The most emblematic foods are the olive of Nice (PDO since 2001) and the “Socca” (a thin crepe made with chickpea flour cooked in a big copper dish). The famous Salade Niçoise mixes seasonal vegetables, eggs, anchovies, peppers… Stuffed vegetables are another regional specialty, which can be made from aubergines, cabbages, tomatoes or even zucchini blossoms.

Sweet lovers, here is a great visit : the Confiserie Florian, nearby the old port, where you can discover their handmade techniques to make candies and chocolates – you can even taste it in the end of your visit !


History and Heritage

History and museum lovers get more than they bargained for: take a walk from Cimiez Arenas to St Nicholas’ Russian Orthodox Cathedral, by way of the basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice and the Castle of Nice, offering an incredible view over the whole bay, the port and the old-town.

In the old town, the Cathedral of Saint Reparata, the Chapel of Mercy, churches of Saint Rita and Gésu are wonderful architectures of the Baroque architecture in the XVI and XVII centuries.



City of art and history, Nice has more museums than any other city in France after Paris. A 5 minute walk away from the hotel is the Museum of Modern Art. You can also find museums dedicated to famous artists such as Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. If you want more, there are also the Musée Masséna, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Natural History Museum, the Palais Lascaris, the Museum of Asiatic Art…


For antique dealers and old books lovers

If you’re an antique or book lover, you should go to Nice’s marina area and find there more about a hundred antique shops. On Mondays, most antique shops are closed and a bric-a-brac is held on Saleya Avenue. The occasion for lovers and tourists to discover their very latest finds !

For books buffs and collectors, a second-hand book market is held every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month on Palais de Justice square.


Shopping in Nice

You have various options if you want to go shopping in Nice. In the old town’s pedestrian area, you can wander along the colorful typical alleys, exploring the little shops selling souvenirs and local produce.  If you are looking for luxury boutiques or ready-to-wear fashion stores, you can find what you’re looking for going to Jean Medecin Avenue as well as the pedestrian street behind Albert Ier’ garden.



Most bars and clubs are located in the old town, particularly on Saleya Avenue.


Culture and Shows

Nice Carnival
The “C’est pas Classique” Music festival
The Nice Jazz Festival
The MANCA International Contemporary Music Festival


Two cinemas on Jean Médecin Avenue (3 km from the hotel)


Acropolis : 100 m
The Palace, meetings and dinner shows : 100m
Promenade des Arts : 500 m
Vieux-Nice : 2.00 km
Cimiez : 3.00 km


Opera/Concert Venues
Acropolis : 100 m
Théâtre de Verdure : 2 km
Palais Nikaïa : 10 km


Casino Ruhl
Palais de la Méditerrannée


Around Nice

To access the main attractions of the region, you can use the French Riviera Pass



Jean Bouin sports complex is in front the hotel. There you can find :

  • A skating rink
  • An olympic pool, Turkish baths, Jacuzzi, etc.
  • A gym

Vauban Stadium (1 km from the hotel) :  soccer and basketball grounds as well as athletics tracks.

ALLIANZ RIVIERA Stadium mainly hosts matches playes by its resident football club, OGC NICE, but also Rugby matches and concerts.
The Nice Golf and Country Club and Mini Golf at the Carol de Roumanie Park.
The Nice watersports centre (sailing, kayaks etc.) 2 km from the hotel.

Jet Skis at St Laurent du Var, 11 km from the hotel.
Cycle rental: the “vélos bleus” (1€ for the day, 5€ for the week).

Bowling (and French billiards) 200 m from the hotel.

Skiing – the closest resorts are Isola 2000 and Valberg, 85 km from the hotel.

Annual events: Ironman (Triathlon), Alpes Maritimes Marathon, International Figure-Skating Cup, Europétanque, Challenge International de Lutte Henri Deglane:

Useful links
Nice Tourist and Convention Office
Côte d’Azur regional Tourist Office
Nice Acropolis Convention and Exhibition Centre
Museum of Modern Art
Palais Nikaïa
Louis Nucéra Library
Nice National Theatre
Chamber of Commerce
Nice City Hall
Consulates: Italy, Tunisia, Netherlands, Germany, Algeria, Austria, Mauritania

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