Review: Le Negresco Hotel (Nice, France)


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Wednesday newsletters all the time characteristic a resort or flight overview.

Final month, I loved a brief break in France, the place I stayed at some iconic motels (French Riviera + Paris). You possibly can learn my opinions right here:


Right this moment: Assessment of Le Negresco Lodge (Good, France)

For over a century, Le Negresco Lodge has been writing the legend of Good and the French Riviera. Inbuilt 1913, the resort is a powerful, privately owned Belle Époque palace, categorized as a Nationwide Historic monument. The resort is ideally located on the seafront promenade overlooking the scenic Bay of Angels on the Mediterranean Sea. The spectacular salons are richly furnished with a group of antiques and extraordinary up to date artistic endeavors. The inventive visitor rooms, with evocative names just like the Suite Louis XVI, Pompadour, and La Traviata, are a novel concord of historical past, custom, and modernity. Le Negresco can be house to town’s best restaurant, the Michelin-starred Le Chantecler.

Have you ever ever stayed at Le Negresco Lodge? In that case, what was your expertise? Go away a remark.

On this overview (extra data and photographs beneath my Youtube clip & slideshow):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Having fun with an enviable seafront location in Good, Le Negresco Lodge is ready alongside the curving Promenade des Anglais, providing some of the stunning views of the Bay of Angels. The property is simply throughout the well-known promenade from Good’s in style pebble seaside, and subsequent door to the landscaped Mediterranean gardens of the Massena Palace Museum of Artwork and Historical past. Many eating places, artwork galleries, and outlets are closeby, whereas it’s solely a ten minute stroll to Good’s Previous City (‘Vieux Ville’), the place slim and shaded streets are lined by historic homes and church buildings. Good Worldwide Airport is about quarter-hour by automotive.
  • The legendary resort is known as after Henri Negresco (1868–1920), who had the palatial resort constructed in 1912. Negresco – a younger Romanian and son of an innkeeper – was appointed as a director on the Municipal On line casino of Good on the time, and had a dream to construct a lavish resort for a prestigious clientele that might deliver cash with them to play at his on line casino. After elevating capital, Negresco employed Édouard-Jean Niermans – the progressive architect accountable for the ‘café society’ – to design the resort, which opened to a lot fanfare in 1913. When WWI began the next yr, the friends stopped coming, Le Negresco went bankrupt and the resort grew to become a hospital. After the World Wars, it reopened as a resort, however slowly declined and sunk into oblivion.
  • In 1957, Le Negresco was offered to the Breton self-made millionaire Jean-Baptiste Mesnage, who purchased it for his paralyzed spouse (because it was the one resort in Good on the time with a carry for wheelchairs). His daughter Madame Jeanne Augier – an eccentric hotelier – developed a ardour for the resort, and devoted her life to bringing the resort again to its days of glory. Her efforts payed off and Le Negresco slowly turned from a forgotten gem right into a must-visit vacation spot for the wealthy and glamorous. Jeanne Augier determined that each resort room ought to have mink bedspreads, and she or he additionally devoted suites to butterflies, Napoleon and King Louis XIV. Three years after her passing, Le Negresco’s resort workers nonetheless affectionately refers to Jeanne Augier as “Madame”.
  • Le Negresco’s white stucco, neo-gothic façade is essentially the most well-known and photographed landmark of the French Riviera, not least due to its imposing pink dome, allegedly a reference to the breasts of the architect’s mistress. Nevertheless, if the skin is opulent then the within is much more so, particularly in resort’s well-known rotunda, which is situated simply behind the reception & concierge space. Referred to as ‘The Royal Lounge‘ and listed as a historic monument, the big marble-floored rotunda incorporates a beautiful glass-ceiling rotunda punctuated by an outsized Baccarat chandelier, which was initially constructed for the Russian Czar Nicolas II. As soon as an impressive ballroom, at this time it’s the right place for grandiose receptions or spectacular occasions.
  • Le Negresco Lodge owes its sturdy id partly to a giant assortment of art work and interval furnishings, which incorporates over 6,000 references. Exhibited each within the resort’s public areas and in its rooms,  the artwork assortment spans greater than 5 centuries, from Louis XIII to the modern-day. All artistic endeavors have been collected by Jeanne Augier, who embellished the resort as if it might be her own residence (which it was as she lived in an house on the resort’s sixth ground). A few of the most stunning items on present are Niki de Saint Phalle’s Nana Jaune within the Royal Lounge, a sequence of seven brightly coloured rugs designed by Raymond Moretti, ground carpets produced from an authentic work by Yvaral in 1974, and a Louis XIV’s portrait canvas by Hyacinthe Rigaud, equivalent to that exhibited on the Louvre or Versailles.
  • Fitted-out and customized with interval furnishings, every of the resort’s 102 rooms and 26 suites has been impressed by essentially the most exceptional intervals of French artwork. Each room is totally different and has a narrative to inform, with some just lately refurbished rooms that includes a minimalist design whereas others are decidedly opulent with deep colours of crimson, blue, and gold for carpeting, wall-coverings and drapes. Throughout my go to, I used to be upgraded to a deluxe room with a small French balcony that missed the gardens of the Massena Palace Museum and the ocean past. Embellished in a gothic theme, the room featured a kingsize mattress with ensuite lavatory outfitted in a vibrant blue and white striped wallpaper. Lalique toiletries have been offered.
  • One among France’s most prestigious institution, Le Negresco has a all the time attracted the wealthy & well-known. Many head of states, royalties, politicians and vital personalities have stayed on the resort. This consists of VIPs and celebrities like Queen Elizabeth II, Ernest Hemmingway, Michael Jackson, Brigitte Bardot, The Beatles, Prince, Winston Churchill, Madame Pompidou, Princess Grace, le Maharadjah de Patiala, the King of Nepal, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, and Salvador Dali. Elton John even featured Le Negresco within the video for his track “I’m Nonetheless Standing’. The resort  was additionally used as a filming location many occasions, with greater than thirty movies having been shot there (e.g. “La Cage aux folles” and “Le Héros de la famille”).
  • Well-known for its doormen dressed within the method of the workers in 18th-century elite bourgeois households, full with red-plumed postilion hats, the resort affords two eating places and one bar (all of them on the groundfloor going through the Promenade des Anglais:
    • With its luxurious wordwork relationship again to 1751, the resort’s one Michelin starred restaurant Le Chantecler affords an 18th-century decor which is each ethereal and luxurious for distinctive dinners. Highlights from the menu embody tartar of sea bass and oysters, lemon cream and caviar from Sologne, lamb loin fillets au Vaudouvan, artichokes and herb gnocchi
    • A greater-value possibility is La Rotonde Brasserie, which serves a breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner in both an indoor eating room (the place carousel horses add a light-weight and enjoyable contact to the decor) or on a small out of doors terrace.
    • With its genuine walnut woodwork relationship again to 1913 and a powerful 1683 tapestry, Le Negresco’s Versailles Bar is a snug place to get pleasure from a drink or eat a snack. Within the night, it strikes to the rhythm of jazz, pop and soul.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • Le Negresco shines with a location alongside the Promenade Des Anglais, a museum-like decor, spacious rooms, and a string of wonderful eating places & bars. Sadly, it lacks leisure and wellness services: there is no such thing as a pool, no spa, and no non-public seaside membership, which is a bummer, particularly for considered one of France’s most iconic motels. Consequently, the resort feels extra like a metropolis resort than a seaside resort, regardless of its seafront location. The excellent news is that the resort realizes that it’s approach behind its rivals on this area, and it plans an entire overhaul over the following years, with the addition of an indoor pool, a devoted wellness middle, and a seaside membership.
  • Friends’ reactions are as diversified because the resort’s overwhelming decor: some are wowed by the distinctive design and plenty of artwork items whereas others categorical disappointment and really feel the decor is weird and dated. I had blended feeling throughout my keep: I appreciated the artwork (and the story behind it) that was on show within the foyer and visitor rooms ground, however I used to be not a fan of the bizarre gothic design of my just lately refurbished room. It’s vital to comprehend that once you keep at Le Negresco Lodge, you commit your self to staying in a spot that was designed by one single individual, Jeanne Augier, who apparently had a really exceptional and eccentric design spirit.
  • Rooms on the resort’s entrance facet have pretty sea views however pay attention to the noise from the road through the night time (Promenade des Anglais is busy day and night time). In case you have troubles sleeping, it could be higher to e-book a room away from the seaside.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 9/10
  • Design: 8/10
  • Pool: N/A
  • Rooms: 7/10
  • Meals: 8/10
  • Breakfast: 8/10
  • Spa: N/A
  • Service: 8/10
  • Worth for cash: 6/10
  • General expertise: good – 8/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Lower your expenses: get complimentary VIP perks when reserving through Virtuoso (e.g. improve, each day breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD meals & beverage credit score).
  • Lower your expenses: learn right here my ideas for getting the most effective deal at a luxurious resort like Le Negresco Lodge (and/or obtain many free perks).
  • Learn my ideas for making ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

One of the best time to go to the French Riviera is through the late spring to early fall (late Could by way of September). Spring brings balmy days splendid for coastal walks plus the return of untamed flowers and luxurious greenery. In the summertime, heat climate draw crowds to the area’s many coastal cities and seashores, so that you’ll must share the surroundings with giant crowds. Fall is quieter, cooler, and rainier, although early fall remains to be nice, with the ocean heat sufficient for a dip.


HOW TO GET THERE

The resort is a brief taxi drive from Good Worldwide Airport (quarter-hour), which is served by most main airways (click on right here for an up to date record of airways providing direct flights to Good).


PHOTOS

Under is a number of my photographs of Le Negresco Lodge. To view extra resort photographs (together with breakfast & dinner photographs), click on right here.

HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL ENTRANCE
LOBBY
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LOBBY
ROYAL LOUNGE
ROYAL LOUNGE
ROYAL LOUNGE
ROYAL LOUNGE
ROYAL LOUNGE
ROYAL LOUNGE
ROYAL LOUNGE
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
DELUXE ROOM
DELUXE ROOM
DELUXE ROOM
DELUXE ROOM
DELUXE ROOM
DELUXE ROOM
DELUXE ROOM: WELCOME AMENITIES
DELUXE ROOM: VIEW
DELUXE ROOM: VIEW
THE NEGRESCO BAR
LE CHANTECLER RESTAURANT
LE CHANTECLER RESTAURANT
SALON VERSAILLES
SALON VERSAILLES
ROTONDE RESTAURANT
ROTONDE RESTAURANT

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