Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Hotels in Nice, Marseille + The Côte d'Azur

Complex of stone buildings and a Michelin 2-starred restaurant set on a cliff above the Mediterranean. 

After their Le Cavendish relaunch, Guy and Christine Welter transformed this lovely 1884 villa in central Cannes into 11 beautifully appointed apartment suites with four-star luxuries. The eclectic styling mixes postmodern and Belle Époque, all elegant lines and rich colors.

A monument to the endearingly loopy vision of pastis magnate Paul Ricard (who built it in 1962), the 19-room Le Delos was recently reimagined by British designer Carolyn Quartermaine, who brought cohesion to the eccentric mix.

One of the more affordable hotels in St.-Tropez, “Le Sube” is situated directly on the Vieux Port above the Café de Paris. The exterior is typical of Provençal by-the-sea architecture, with smooth stucco walls, wooden shutters, and metal balustrades.

Ever since Brigitte Bardot vacationed on these shores, St.-Tropez has been the French Riviera’s most glamorous destination. But for guests on less than a movie-star budget, Les Palmiers, a three-story house set in a thicket of tropical trees, has 25 cheerful, affordable rooms.

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