63 Best Hotels in The French Riviera, France

Albert Ier

$ | 68 av. de Grasse, Cannes, 06400, France

In a quiet residential area above the Forville market—a 15-minute walk uphill from La Croisette and beaches—this renovated neo–Art Deco mansion has tastefully decorated earth-tone rooms that are both minimal and tidy. You can have breakfast on the flowered, shady terrace or in the family-style salon. The owners speak English and take friendly service to a new level.

Pros

  • Ideal location for price
  • Low nonrefundable rates
  • Delicious coffee and breakfast

Cons

  • Need to be in reasonable shape for the walk up the hill
  • Needs some TLC
  • Small rooms
68 av. de Grasse, Cannes, 06400, France
04–93–39–24–04
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Brise Marine

$$$ | 58 av. Jean Mermoz, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France

With a Provençal-yellow facade, blue shutters, balustraded sea terrace, and pretty pastel guest rooms, Brise Marine embodies a picturesque Cap Ferrat hotel. Guest quarters are well maintained and feel like bedrooms in a private home—many have windows that provide views of the gorgeous peninsula, stunningly framed by statuesque palms. Spend the extra €60, and get a balcony.

Pros

  • Views, views, views
  • Excellent value for location
  • Very close to Paloma Beach

Cons

  • Some rooms are small
  • Parking €18 a day
  • No restaurant on-site
58 av. Jean Mermoz, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France
04–93–76–04–36
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Feb., No Meals

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Carlton Cannes

$$$$ | 58 bd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06414, France Fodor's Choice

To much fanfare, the rebranded Carlton Cannes, the grande dame of La Croisette since 1913, reopened in March 2023 after a multiyear, €350 million renovation, and the work of 750 specialized craftsmen led by restoration specialist Richard Lavelle was evident in the skillful preservation of every detail—from the faience and Carrara marble scales on the lobby floor to the Paolo Venini Art Deco chandeliers. Now a Regent hotel, under the Intercontinental Hotel Group, the Carlton Cannes also offers two large new wings that house 37 luxury residences for longer stays. In addition, the property has the largest infinity pool in Cannes and an enclosed inner courtyard that is a spectacular garden paradise. For a truly private green space, though, book the very spacious penthouse, which has a landscaped rooftop garden. A stay at this hotel also lets you enjoy the first private beach in Cannes: the Carlton Beach Club, which opened in 1928. The Riviera restaurant is complemented by the Camelia Tea Lounge and Bar 58.

Pros

  • Historic spot with high-tech fitness club
  • Largest infinity pool in Cannes
  • Room 623, the Alfred Hitchcock Suite, where Grace Kelly kissed Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief

Cons

  • €30 cocktails
  • Deposit for entire stay is due at time of booking
  • No business center
58 bd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06414, France
04–93–06–40–06
hotel Details
332 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Château de la Chèvre d'Or

$$$$ | Rue du Barri, Èze, 06360, France Fodor's Choice

Bordered by gardens that hang from the mountainside in nearly Babylonian style, this hotel encompasses an entire stretch of the village, streets and all, and, in addition to divine accommodations, it delivers breathtaking Mediterranean views—at a price. The fanciest guest rooms feature peasant-luxe fireplaces, faux 15th-century panel paintings, and chandeliered rock-grotto bathrooms; nearly all rooms, though, have exposed stone and beams, and even the cheapest have views over Èze's charming tile roofs (but you'll kick yourself if you don't pay the extra for the terrace and sea views).

Pros

  • Insane views
  • Fabulous heated infinity pool
  • Michelin-starred restaurant plus three other dining choices

Cons

  • No elevator
  • Cobbled walk to reach hotel
  • Some rooms have bathtub shower
Rue du Barri, Èze, 06360, France
04–92–10–66–66
hotel Details
45 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar., No Meals

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Château de la Messardière

$$$$ | 2 rte. de Tahiti, St-Tropez, 83990, France Fodor's Choice

For unforgettable luxury—whether you're a couple seeking romance or you want a family retreat—head to this historical château just 10 minutes from St-Tropez but a world away from its bronzed beach crowds. Set back from the coastline amid 30 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, the property has breathtaking Mediterranean views and guest rooms with private outdoor terraces. Your every need is met with amenities that include three pools, tennis courts, three fabulous restaurants (one by Japanese celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa), and several bars. Tucked away in a lovely corner of the grounds, a recreation area for children ages 4–16 has a cinema, a big kids-only pool, pinball, a pirate play ship, cooking classes, and much more—with all-day attendants so adults can relax on their own.

Pros

  • Stunning grounds
  • Unprecedented offerings for kids
  • All the touches that make a stay special

Cons

  • Eye-popping prices
  • Not all rooms recently renovated
  • Not near the beach
2 rte. de Tahiti, St-Tropez, 83990, France
04–94–56–76–00
hotel Details
99 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Château du Domaine St. Martin

$$$$ | 2490 av. des Templiers, Vence, 06142 Cedex, France

Occupying the site of an ancient Knights Templar fortress and set amid 34 acres of private greenery designed by Jean Mus, this hilltop domain has 180-degree panoramic views and is complete with a helicopter pad. Inside are light, airy public salons, where afternoon tea and rare Champagnes are offered, and luxurious guest quarters; there are also two- and three-bedroom villas accented with beautiful antiques. But Le St-Martin, the Michelin-star restaurant (yup, there's a dress code!) with an 8,000-bottle wine list, is perhaps the best reason to come here. Chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois's creations are superb, and the terrace views over Old Vence to the Baie des Anges are eye-popping. On the last Friday of every month, there's a wine tasting at the underground Les Canthares.

Pros

  • Flawless views and service
  • Biodiversity refuge that supports a bird-protection charity and provides nesting boxes
  • Superb Michelin-starred restaurant

Cons

  • Buffet breakfast €40
  • Nothing really within walking distance
  • Minimum stay required during some periods
2490 av. des Templiers, Vence, 06142 Cedex, France
04–93–58–02–02
hotel Details
46 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–Apr., No Meals

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Château Le Cagnard

$$$ | 54 rue Sous Barri, Cagnes-sur-Mer, 06800, France Fodor's Choice

There is no better way to experience old Haut-de-Cagnes's grand castle views than to stay in this acclaimed 13th-century manor, perched on the ramparts of the Grimaldi fortress. No detail was unturned to complete the storybook allure: rooms, named after artists connected to the village, are gorgeously Provençal and look out over the Vieille Ville and on to the sea, while the bathrooms are so luxe you'll want to take them home with you. If you're arriving at the town square by shuttle bus, the hotel's voiturier will be sent to pick up your luggage.

Pros

  • Free shuttle bus to Cagnes-sur-Mer
  • Gorgeous setting ideal for romance
  • Lots of steps to work off decadent meals

Cons

  • Half the rooms are outside the hotel in the village
  • Breakfast €25
  • No on-site parking
54 rue Sous Barri, Cagnes-sur-Mer, 06800, France
04–93–20–73–22
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Cheval Blanc St-Tropez

$$$$ | St-Tropez, 83990, France

Perhaps the most opulent of St-Tropez's luxe hangouts, La Résidence de La Pinède—with its balustraded white villa built in 1936—has been transformed into Cheval Blanc St-Tropez, an LVMH property. It’s still the only hotel where you can dip your feet right into the sea from a private waterfront, but French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte refreshed the interiors, with the predominant theme being light. The Guerlain Spa (featuring a snow shower) transforms you with the Glamor Saint-Tropez: three experts provide a facial or body treatment, pedicure, manicure, hair styling, and a beauty makeover in just 90 minutes, leaving more time to linger over dinner at chef Arnaud Donckele’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, Vague d'Or (set menu from €360). You're already dropping some serious cash here, so it's worth paying extra for a seaside room where you can lean over the balcony and take in the coastal views.

Pros

  • Only St-Tropez hotel with a private waterfront
  • Three-Michelin-star restaurant
  • Children welcome

Cons

  • Insanely expensive
  • For the price, some rooms are small
  • Only 30 rooms
St-Tropez, 83990, France
04–94–55–91–00
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–mid-May, Free Breakfast

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Excelsior

$$ | Promenade du René Coty, St-Raphaël, 83700, France

This urban and friendly hotel combining straightforward comforts and a location on the waterfront in the center of town attracts a regular clientele. Guest rooms are done in trendy earth tones and deep mauves; be sure to request a room with a view of the sea.

Pros

  • Minutes from the sea
  • Decent-size rooms
  • 18 rooms are sea-facing

Cons

  • 30% deposit at time of booking
  • €14/day public parking
  • Early church bells ring from nearby
Promenade du René Coty, St-Raphaël, 83700, France
04–94–95–02–42
hotel Details
32 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Five Seas Hotel

$$$$ | 1 rue Notre-Dame, Cannes, 06400, France

Housed in the town's old post office, steps from the Palais des Festivals, Five Seas has plentiful amenities—a rooftop pool, personal shoppers, jogging routes, yacht charters, and dog sitters are all at hand—and a stylish interior that evokes voyages to the Far East. Decent-size rooms dressed in red fabrics blend with exquisite dark-wood furniture against all-white linens and bathroom fixtures. The view of Le Suquet from the Restaurant Panoramique by Le Roof may be dazzling, but it's nothing compared to the food, including the continental breakfast (€25).

Pros

  • Free minibar for nonalcoholic drinks
  • Year-round heated pool
  • Fantastic rates off-season

Cons

  • Who needs a bathroom scale when vacationing in France?
  • Can be tricky to find when driving
  • Luxury comes with a hefty high-season price tag
1 rue Notre-Dame, Cannes, 06400, France
04–63–36–05–05
hotel Details
45 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel

$$$$ | 71 bd. du Charles du Gaulle, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France Fodor's Choice

Now managed by the Four Seasons, this extravagantly expensive hotel at the end of the peninsula has long been the exclusive playground for Hollywood's elite, and it continues to set the standard for discreet Cap-Ferrat luxury, with amenities like Michelin dining and two new private villas (Beauchamp and Clair-Soleil). Guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces with views of crashing waves and far beyond out to sea. Even the Kids' Clubhouse here outshines the offerings at other area hotels.

Pros

  • Every detail is well thought out and every need promptly attended to
  • Elegant, state-of-the-art spa
  • Picnic experience in chef's garden

Cons

  • Forget it if you're on a budget (breakfast alone is €60)
  • This level of luxury can be overwhelming
  • Can feel snooty
71 bd. du Charles du Gaulle, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 06230, France
04–93–76–50–50
hotel Details
74 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Feb., No Meals

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Hôtel B. Lodge

$$$ | 12 rue de l'Aïoli, St-Tropez, 83990, France

All of the small, delicately contemporary rooms at this attractively priced, four-story charmer overlook the Citadelle's green park, some from tiny balconies. If there are more than two of you, ask for the pretty loft with an extra cot and a private spiral-stair entrance. Continental breakfast (included) is served on the petite terrasse outside; the cozy Barock bar is open April to October.

Pros

  • Very good value for location
  • Breakfast and Wi-Fi included
  • All rooms have air-conditioning

Cons

  • Four-night minimum stay in high season
  • Two parking spots
  • €10 cancellation fee
12 rue de l'Aïoli, St-Tropez, 83990, France
04–94–97–06–57
hotel Details
13 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed 5 wks in Jan. and early Feb., Free Breakfast

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Hotel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes

$$$$ | 10 blvd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06400, France

Set smack dab on the famous Croissette, facing the Palais des Festivals, a stay at this Grand Dame hotel at any time of year is a high-end pleasure thanks to the classic-contemporary rooms (many with balconies), soaring suites, and unparalleled views of the azure Mediterranean beyond (and during the film festival, ocean-facing rooms give guests front-row views of the iconic red carpet). The hotel’s elegant Fouquet’s restaurant and bar—offshoots of the famous Paris Fouquet’s, a haunt of French movie stars and politicians—adds a touch of film star glamour. Or you can dine on grilled specialties designed by Michelin-star chef Mauro Colagreco on the hotel’s private beach. There’s also a photogenic outdoor pool, a full-service Diane Barrière spa by the sought-after Parisian brand Biologique Recherche, a private projection room, and a private beach and jetty.

Pros

  • Off-season bargains
  • Private beach with beach chairs
  • Easy walking distance to shopping and the old town

Cons

  • Not an intimate hotel
  • Pricey room service
  • Some rooms are quite small (check when you book)
10 blvd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06400, France
04–92–98–77–00
hotel Details
349 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Boscolo Nice

$$$$ | 12 bd. Victor Hugo, Nice, 06000, France

A top-notch restoration completed in 2023 has transformed this Belle Époque extravaganza into a supermodel of a hotel, where the lobby feels otherworldly (think the white-on-white, Rococo-ed rooms at the end of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey), and the white-and-cream guest rooms have things like cascading, diamondlike ceiling lights, sculpted rose door handles, and the very latest in push-button luxury. The hotel's Italian restaurant can be hit and miss, but it has a great terrace, and the basement contains one of the most striking spas around (there are even plasma TVs in the saunas, though you don't get to pick the channel).

Pros

  • Striking spa
  • Near shops and restaurants
  • Five blocks from the beach, but who cares when you have the rooftop Bclub?

Cons

  • Service can be hit and miss
  • Skip the hotel's €65 airport taxi and book direct for €32 flat rate
  • €39 breakfast (but lots of cafés close by)
12 bd. Victor Hugo, Nice, 06000, France
04–97–03–89–83
hotel Details
112 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hôtel Château de la Tour

$$ | 10 av. Font de Veyre, Le Cannet, 06150, France

Nestled in a 5,000-square-meter park a 10-minute drive from Cannes and near a beach, this boutique hotel on a 19th-century property feels like a mini-retreat. Relax in your room with a view of the sea, the Estérel Massif, or the park, or lounge by the peaceful infinity pool before indulging in a fabulous meal at the on-site restaurant. But should you want to explore the area, you can reach Cannes on one of three local buses—No. 1, 2, or 20 (€1.60)—or by train from the Cannes la Bocca station after a 10-minute walk.

Pros

  • Hotel is feng shui designed
  • Excellent breakfast of homemade crêpes, eggs, and bacon
  • Parking included in price

Cons

  • 100% of reservation charged with cancellation two days beforehand
  • Uphill location, so mobility issues can arise
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty
10 av. Font de Veyre, Le Cannet, 06150, France
04–93–90–52–52
hotel Details
33 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar., No Meals

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Hôtel Colette

$$ | 5 pl. de la Gare, Cannes, 06400, France

Considering its proximity to the beach and Palais des Festivals, this boutique hotel facing the train station is extraordinarily affordable, particularly if you book ahead for stays in the off-season (mid-October through June). You can buy ferry tickets to Sainte Marguerite island off Cannes from reception.

Pros

  • Stylish contemporary rooms
  • L'Occitane toiletries
  • Wii Nintendo free on demand

Cons

  • €25/day parking at nearby car park
  • Wi-Fi reception isn't great
  • Rooms are on the small side
5 pl. de la Gare, Cannes, 06400, France
04–93–39–01–17
hotel Details
45 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hôtel de la Darse

$ | 32 av. Général de Gaulle, Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230, France

The most desirable rooms at this simple yet welcoming 1950s hotel have balconies with sweeping panoramas—so who needs luxury fittings and fabrics when you can have a view of the old harbor for a reasonable rate? Even the kid's breakfast (€5) is half the regular price. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the bustle of the town center, an advantage in peak season.

Pros

  • Splurge for terrace
  • Away from the crowds of town
  • Good deal for Villefranche

Cons

  • No elevator
  • A walk to the center of town
  • Early-morning-delivery noise
32 av. Général de Gaulle, Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230, France
04–93–01–72–54
hotel Details
21 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Dec.–early Jan., No Meals

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Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez

$$$$ | 1 traverse de la Gendarmerie, St-Tropez, 83990, France Fodor's Choice

When you walk into the lobby of this sleek five-star hotel, you may be too excited about the open space—a novelty at properties in this tiny fishing port—to notice the rooftop pool suspended 15 meters in the air, with its glass floor peering down at you. Designed by Sybille de Margerie, rooms here are a throwback to the swinging 1960s and groovy 1970s—think white lacquer furniture paired with geometrics and colors—while embracing today’s technology. The selection of hip bars and lively restaurants will keep your palette interested, the Clarins spa will appeal to all the senses, and the free beach shuttle is a welcome bonus.

Pros

  • Only hotel in St-Tropez with rooftop pool
  • Unique rooftop bar with 360-degree views
  • Free beach shuttle

Cons

  • Some rooms are snug
  • Not always American-level service
  • Five-night minimum stay in summer
1 traverse de la Gendarmerie, St-Tropez, 83990, France
04–83–09–60–00
hotel Details
90 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Feb., No Meals

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Hôtel de Provence

$$ | 9 rue Molière, Cannes, 06400, France Fodor's Choice

This affordable choice has a fabulous location, and its very gracious owners go the extra distance to ensure guests have the service and experience of a much-higher-caliber modern hotel. The renovated rooms are clean but small, so opt for a garden-facing balcony to open up the view. There is no pool or spa, but sipping wine (only €5 a glass) out on the garden patio will remind you of all that you don't have to do. Owned by the same people and some 200 feet away, off Rue d'Antibes, the Hotel Victoria is also an outstanding value with the added benefit of a pool.

Pros

  • Close to Cannes city center
  • All-day continental breakfast for €10.80
  • Free cancellation

Cons

  • Only 10 parking places (€19 per night)
  • Smallish rooms
  • No spa or pool, but partners with Institut Aurélie beauty center
9 rue Molière, Cannes, 06400, France
04–93–38–44–35
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar., No Meals

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Hôtel des Deux Rocs

$ | Pl. Font d'Amont, Seillans, 83440, France

This property exudes Provençal style, with its tiny square with a trickling fountain, venerable plane trees, green valley views, and two massive imposing rocks (and that’s just on the outside). The fireplace in the salon and the bright, mixed fabrics in the bedrooms round it all off. Enjoy breakfast (€15) or dinner in the romantic stone-and-beam restaurant or on the terrace under the trees by the fountain.

Pros

  • Old stone house with modern quirky interiors
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Romantic restaurant

Cons

  • No air-conditioning
  • Damp in wet weather
  • In need of some renovations
Pl. Font d'Amont, Seillans, 83440, France
04–94–76–87–32
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Nov.–mid-Mar., No Meals

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Hotel des Gorges du Verdon

$$$ | Rte. de la Maline, La Palud-sur-Verdon, 04120, France

Set at an altitude of 3,000 feet, this four-star Châteaux & Hôtels Collection escape has breathtaking panoramas of La Palud's countryside from the breakfast table, plus plenty of activities for non-hikers. You'll also find the right amount of post-day pampering for the whole family, including a spa and heated pool. Traditional cuisine makes up the daily changing menus (with vegetarian options), and the hotel also opened a second restaurant, Le Styx, in town.

Pros

  • Ping-Pong table, boules, tennis, and heated pool
  • Excellent Cinq Mondes spa
  • Botanical garden

Cons

  • Some rooms are small
  • Pricey menu but food is tasty
  • Expensive compared to other local accommodations
Rte. de la Maline, La Palud-sur-Verdon, 04120, France
04–92–77–38–26
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–Easter, No Meals

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Hotel des Mimosas

$$$ | Rue Pauline, Juan-les-Pins, 06160, France

In an enclosed hilltop garden studded with tall palms, mimosas, and greenery, this is the sort of place where only the quiet buzzing of cicadas interrupts silent nights. Many of the guest rooms—modestly decorated in Victorian florals—overlook the sizable original pool; its presence helps make up for the quarter-mile hike down to the beach, but at these low prices, can you really complain?

Pros

  • Incredible park with pool
  • Easy 10-minute walk to train station
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Two-night minimum some months
  • Free Wi-Fi but signal can be weak
  • Not open year-round
Rue Pauline, Juan-les-Pins, 06160, France
04–93–61–04–16
hotel Details
34 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr., No Meals

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Hôtel du Cap–Eden Roc

$$$$ | Bd. J.F. Kennedy, Antibes, 06160, France Fodor's Choice

Open since 1870, this extravagantly expensive hotel reminiscent of The Great Gatsby era is still the mainstay for A-Listers and those with deep pockets for good reason—with 22 acres of immaculate gardens bordered by rocky shore, it embodies the fantasy of a subtropical French Riviera idyll. The Villa Soleil joined forces with the neighboring Eden Roc tearoom in 1914 and expanded its luxuries to include a swimming pool blasted into seaside bedrock. After the Great War, two stylish American intellectuals—Sara and Gerald Murphy—rented the entire complex and invited all their friends, a stellar lot ranging from the Windsors to Rudolph Valentino and Marlene Dietrich. Their most frequent guests were Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who used it as the model for Hôtel des Etrangers in his Tender Is the Night. Large, sun-drenched rooms are thickly carpeted and furnished with antiques in the main Second Empire mansion; the waterside Pavillon Eden Roc wing is more modern and has sheer-horizon views. Everyone dresses formally for dinner in the Eden-Roc restaurant, the Champagne Lounge, and historical La Rotonde piano bar. To celebrate its 150-year-anniversary, the hotel opened the private Villa Sainte-Anne, which has its own infinity pool. In 2023, 46 suites were reimagined; the Dior spa was launched; and Michelin-star restaurant chef Sébastien Broda shared the limelight with 33-year-old Gabriel Le Quang, the hotel's pastry sous-chef, who won the 2023 title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier-Confiseur, making him one of France's best pastry chefs.

Pros

  • Hands down one of the world's best hotels, booked well in advance
  • Buffet breakfast included
  • Fascinating glimpse into 20th-century history

Cons

  • If you're not a celebrity, tip big to keep the staff interested
  • Insanely expensive everything
  • Formal dress required for dinner in restaurant and bars
Bd. J.F. Kennedy, Antibes, 06160, France
04–93–61–39–01
hotel Details
111 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–mid-Apr., Free Breakfast

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Hôtel La Jabotte

$$ | 13 av. Max Maurey, Antibes, 06160, France Fodor's Choice

At this adorable boutique hotel just steps from a sandy beach, tastefully decorated and colorful rooms surround a central courtyard, where guests relax over a gorgeous breakfast (€10--€15) of fresh-baked pastries and homemade jams. The genuinely charming owner keep guests coming back with thoughtful touches: hand over your cell phone or tablet on arrival and get rewards, from free breakfast or bottle of wine to a 3% discount on your stay.

Pros

  • Very warm welcome is a pleasant contrast to some of the better-known hotels
  • Free beach umbrellas and mats, SUPs to rent
  • Switch off your mobile phone and save

Cons

  • Breakfast not free
  • Often booked up
  • Checkout 10 am
13 av. Max Maurey, Antibes, 06160, France
04–93–61–45–89
hotel Details
9 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hôtel Lemon

$ | 10 rue Albert 1er, Menton, 06500, France

Subtropical gardens and 19th-century architecture are two of Menton's main attractions, and this hotel a few minutes' walk from the train station gives you a taste of both and at prices rarely seen along the Riviera. The owners are green-friendly and use recycled furniture, organic paint and cleaning supplies, and—a first—recycling in the hotel. Lemon trees and centuries-old palm trees shade the courtyard where a breakfast (€10) made with local and organic products is served.

Pros

  • Plenty of charm at rock-bottom prices
  • Five minutes to the sea
  • Rooms are basic but tasteful

Cons

  • Parking can be difficult
  • Some street noise
  • No air-conditioning
10 rue Albert 1er, Menton, 06500, France
04–93–28–63–63
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hôtel les Restanques

$ | Rte. des Gorges du Verdon, D952, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, 04360, France

Only a 10-minute walk from the village, this motel-style property offers excellent value and has tidy, spacious rooms, some of which open onto a terrace and garden. The service is very friendly, and to make your stay ever better, there's a heated pool with a panoramic view. Our verdict: absolutely charming and affordable.

Pros

  • Spacious rooms
  • Lovely view from the pool
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Rooms facing the pool can get noisy
  • Any cancellation forfeits deposit
  • No minibar in room
Rte. des Gorges du Verdon, D952, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, 04360, France
04–92–74–93–93
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov. 15–Mar. 15, No Meals

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Hôtel Martinez

$$$$ | 73 bd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06400, France

A face-lift gave this hotel, part of the Hyatt Group for over a decade, a sleek, 1930s Hollywood–style glamour, and, during a stay here, you'll definitely feel like a celebrity, whether you're lounging on the private beach, La Plage, designed by architect Pierre-Yves Rocher, or enjoying modern Mediterranean cuisine by two-Michelin-star chef Christian Sinicropi in the burl-wood-and-ebony-adorned Palme d'Or restaurant. If want something extra special, book the 1,250-square-meter (13,450-square-foot) penthouse, which is one of the largest in Europe.

Pros

  • Prestigious setting, impeccable service
  • Decadent and endless breakfast buffet
  • Spacious bathrooms with Fragonard products

Cons

  • Smaller rooms have limited closet space
  • Parking is €48/day
  • Some rooms and reception could use a sprucing
73 bd. de la Croisette, Cannes, 06400, France
04–93–90–12–34
hotel Details
410 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hôtel Negresco

$$$$ | 37 promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000, France

This white-stucco slice of classic Riviera extravagance accommodates well-heeled guests in elegant, uniquely decorated rooms replete with swagged drapes, fine antiques, and a few quirky touches (like plastic-glitter bathtubs). Built by Henri Negresco and opened in 1912, the landmark still epitomizes La Belle Époque, thanks to its marble columns, gilded ceilings, and qualité du Louvre collection of Old Master art. Its awe-inspiring glass ceiling has even been listed as a historic monument. Chef Virginie Basselot has added some modern touches to the menu at the Michelin-starred Le Chantecler. For less fuss (though still expensive), try the carousel-adorned La Rotonde brasserie. For a taste of the Old Riviera, retreat to the vintage walnut-and-velour bar (the best on the coast) for the cocktail of the month. Indulge for at least one day at the hotel's private beach (loungers €45 for front row) or at the hotel's new spa.

Pros

  • With 6,000 works of art it's like staying in a museum
  • Best bar on the Riviera
  • Spa and private beach

Cons

  • €35 breakfast
  • Check whether room has bathtub or shower
  • Strict cancellation policy
37 promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000, France
04–93–16–64–00
hotel Details
128 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hôtel Provençal

$$ | 4 av. Maréchal Joffre, Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06360, France

Within walking distance of the port, this inexpensive, family-run hotel might not look like much from the outside, but it is friendly and accommodating. The rooms are large and humbly decorated; half of them have a sea view, while the other half look out over colorful rooftops (and have cheaper rates). 

Pros

  • Balconies with sea view (ask for this when booking)
  • High-quality breakfast served on the terrace
  • Super beverage prices at bar

Cons

  • Modest decor
  • Village-facing rooms may have street noise
  • Bit of a hike up to hotel from beach
4 av. Maréchal Joffre, Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06360, France
04–93–76–53–53
hotel Details
43 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid Oct.–Apr., No Meals

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Hôtel Renoir

$$ | 7 rue Edith Cavell, Cannes, 06400, France

This boutique hotel is in a graceful mansion on a residential backstreet behind the city center and within reasonable walking distance of La Croisette. It's equipped with modern comforts, and its design is a mix of contemporary elements and classic features like a red-carpet entrance and a 1950s Hollywood–style bar. Sea-view rooms overlook a busier street, and although all rooms are soundproofed, for maximum quiet, ask for a room on the backstreet side.

Pros

  • Super-friendly and helpful staff
  • 15-minute walk to La Croisette
  • Gluten-free bread and almond or soy milk on request at buffet breakfast (€20)

Cons

  • Affiliated beach is pricey
  • Shower separated by glass screen
  • Small elevator and steep steps at the entrance
7 rue Edith Cavell, Cannes, 06400, France
04–92–99–62–62
hotel Details
31 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed 3 wks in Jan., No Meals

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