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Le Palais de la Mediterranee • Nice, France

Palace along the promenade

Palais de la Mediterranee - Exterior

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Le Palais de la Mediterranee is situated on the Promenade des Anglais, the beautiful beachfront at the center of everything in in Nice. Built in the 1930’s, the ornate and grand white facade has been restored to its Art Deco grandeur in a massive restoration in 2004.

The hotel, a landmark of style and elegance, has a commanding position on the Baie des Anges overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Convenient to all destinations on the Cote d’Azur and a gateway to the French Alps, the magnificent setting attracts international jetsetters, upscale families and luxury adventurers. Still possessing a casino, the air of the nightlife of the 30’s lingers in the halls of this place.

The third floor contains distractions of another sort — a beautifully designed indoor/outdoor pool, a gastronomic restaurant, fitness rooms, comfortable lounge and a sun terrace with spectacular views. The restaurant, Le Padouk, is a warm, wood-paneled temple of Mediterranean cuisine, with a to-die-for terrace opening up to a serene sea view.

Palais de la Mediterranee - Pool

Beyond the beautiful period public areas of the hotel are the glorious rooms which are strictly sleek and contemporary. Most of the 188 rooms have balconies and every modern amenity is included in the stylish and strictly 21th-century room decor.

Palais de la Mediterranee - Guest room

Le Palais de la Mediterranee
Location: 13-15, Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France; 30 minutes from airport

Luxury style: Grand elegance on the promenade; great choice for travelers wanting the excitement of the city with museums, fishing villages, beaches, sailing, restaurants all within several kilometres of this interesting slice of the Riviera. An air of history lingers and you will feel like a character in a 30’s movie fantasy of wealth and plenty, lounging at the bar, trying the gaming rooms, strolling by the place.

What we’ve heard: You can risk your luck at the glamorous casino, but better to while away the time with a long cool cocktail or a glass of champagne at the happening bar.

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Hotel Martinez • Cannes, France

Gracious Art Deco palace along the Croisette

Dining al fresco at the Hotel Martinez Cannes

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There’s only one place to be in Cannes, and that’s on La Croisette, the promenade that runs along the shore the entire length of the city. The Hotel Martinez has stood guard over the Croisette since 1929, an Art Deco ode to good living by the sea. Nearby is the Palais des Festivals Center home to the Cannes Film Festival.

The hotel is set on palm-fringed grounds facing the Mediterranean and the 420 guest rooms, decorated with 20’s and 30’s-style furniture in soothing marine tones, have either seaside or hillside views.

Hotel Martinez guest room

Marine-inspired guest rooms

Four restaurants are available to suit any mood or taste: The Beach Restaurant serves a lively lunch; La Palme D’or, with two Michelin starrs, offers panoramic views of the Bay of Cannes and Provencale cuisine; Le Relais Martinez Restaurant serves buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and Le Restaurant de la Plage offers buffets of traditional dishes of the region.

Besides extensive pool and beach areas, the Hotel Martinez is host to one of the few Givenchy spas where guests can unwind and relax after a busy day in the screening rooms.

Champagne is always appropriate.

Hotel Martinez
Location: 73 La Croisette, Cannes, France; 20 minutes from the Cote d’Azur Nice International airport

Luxury style: The Hotel Martinez is on many a celebrity’s dance card during the Cannes Film Festival, but it’s popular with the locals year-round because of its canny mix of elegance and laidback coolness.

What we’ve heard: For that perfect film fest after-party, take one of two penthouses on the top of the Hotel Martinez, each one over eight thousand square feet with its own sauna, dining rooms, two bedrooms, and a massive terrace with t0-die-for views of the Mediterranean.

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Hotel Palais Maeterlinck • Nice, France

Spectacular sea views, tranquil seclusion on the Cote d’Azur

Palais Maerterlinck • Nice, France - Exterior

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The Hotel Palais Maeterlinck, once the home of Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck, has one of the most privileged settings on the Mediterranean coast. The intimate property (only 40 rooms) sports several different architectural styles, with Greek columns aside the more Baroque main building.

Hotel Palais Maeterlinck • Nice, France - Suite

The action here is all about levels, the terraces, the balconies, the pool and the rocky beach which can be reached by funicular from the terrace. All rooms have sea views and balcony.

The Renaissance-style restaurant Melissande offers gourmet French food and has seating on a terrace, in the Winter Garden and in summer, service poolside. The large heated pool looks out to the sea and a Jacuzzi is available in summer.

Hotel Palais Maeterlinck • Nice, France - Terrace & Mediterranean view

Hotel Palais Maeterlinck
Location: 30 blvd Maurice Maeterlinck, Basse Corniche, Nice, France; 12 kilometres to the airport.

Luxury style: For people whose idea of a perfect holiday is to gaze out at endless sea from their balcony, perhaps with a good book and a chilled aperitif at hand. The spaciousness of the 3.5 hectare grounds is a blessing in the crowded summer months.

What we’ve heard: The beach, although rocky, is quite private and a good alternative to the crowded beaches in town. It is reached by funicular from the property itself.

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