Review: Le Negresco Hotel (Nice, France)

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Wednesday newsletters all the time characteristic a lodge or flight assessment.

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


At this time: Overview of Le Negresco Lodge (Good, France)

For over a century, Le Negresco Lodge has been writing the legend of Good and the French Riviera. In-built 1913, the lodge is a powerful, privately owned Belle Époque palace, categorised as a Nationwide Historic monument. The lodge 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 set 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 also be dwelling to town’s most interesting restaurant, the Michelin-starred Le Chantecler.

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

On this assessment (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 about alongside the curving Promenade des Anglais, providing one of the lovely views of the Bay of Angels. The property is simply throughout the well-known promenade from Good’s well-liked 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 Many eating places, artwork galleries, and retailers are closeby, whereas it’s solely a ten minute stroll to Good’s Outdated City (‘Vieux Ville’), the place slim and shaded streets are lined by historic homes and church buildings.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 lodge is known as after Henri Negresco (1868–1920), who had the palatial lodge 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 lodge for a prestigious clientele that may convey cash with them to play at his on line casino. After elevating capital, Negresco employed Édouard-Jean Niermans – the revolutionary architect liable for the ‘café society’ – to design the lodge, which opened to a lot fanfare in 1913. When WWI began the next 12 months, the visitors stopped coming, Le Negresco went bankrupt and the lodge grew to become a hospital. After the World Wars, it reopened as a lodge, 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 lodge in Good on the time with a carry for wheelchairs). His daughter Madame Jeanne Augier – an eccentric hotelier – developed a ardour for the lodge, and devoted her life to bringing the lodge 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 lodge 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 lodge employees 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. Nonetheless, if the surface is opulent then the within is much more so, particularly in lodge’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 large marble-floored rotunda contains a gorgeous 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, right this moment it’s the proper place for grandiose receptions or spectacular occasions.
  • Le Negresco Lodge owes its sturdy id partly to a massive assortment of art work and interval furnishings, which incorporates over 6,000 references. Exhibited each within the lodge’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 lodge as if it might be her own residence (which it was as she lived in an condominium on the lodge’s sixth ground). Among the most lovely items on present are Niki de Saint Phalle’s Nana Jaune within the Royal Lounge, a collection of seven brightly coloured rugs designed by Raymond Moretti, ground carpets comprised of an unique work by Yvaral in 1974, and a Louis XIV’s portrait canvas by Hyacinthe Rigaud, similar to that exhibited on the Louvre or Versailles.
  • Fitted-out and customized with interval furnishings, every of the lodge’s 102 rooms and 26 suites has been impressed by essentially the most exceptional intervals of French artwork. Each room is completely 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 ignored the gardens of the Massena Palace Museum and the ocean past. Adorned in a gothic theme, the room featured a kingsize mattress with ensuite rest room outfitted in a vivid 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 essential personalities have stayed on the lodge. 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 lodge  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 employees in 18th-century elite bourgeois households, full with red-plumed postilion hats, the lodge gives two eating places and one bar (all of them on the groundfloor going through the Promenade des Anglais:
    • With its luxurious wordwork courting again to 1751, the lodge’s one Michelin starred restaurant Le Chantecler gives an 18th-century decor which is each ethereal and opulent 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 choice is La Rotonde Brasserie, which serves a breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner in both an indoor eating room (the place carousel horses add a lightweight and enjoyable contact to the decor) or on a small outside terrace.
    • With its genuine walnut woodwork courting again to 1913 and a powerful 1683 tapestry, Le Negresco’s Versailles Bar is a snug place to take pleasure in 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 personal seaside membership, which is a bummer, particularly for considered one of France’s most iconic resorts. Consequently, the lodge feels extra like a metropolis lodge than a seaside resort, regardless of its seafront location. The excellent news is that the lodge realizes that it’s manner behind its rivals on this subject, 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.
  • Visitors’ reactions are as different because the lodge’s overwhelming decor: some are wowed by the distinctive design and lots of artwork items whereas others specific disappointment and really feel the decor is weird and dated. I had combined 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 essential to appreciate that while you keep at Le Negresco Lodge, you commit your self to staying in a spot that was designed by one single particular person, Jeanne Augier, who apparently had a really exceptional and eccentric design spirit.
  • Rooms on the lodge’s entrance aspect have pretty sea views however concentrate on the noise from the road in the course of the night time (Promenade des Anglais is busy day and night time). When you’ve got troubles sleeping, it is likely to be higher to ebook 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 perfect deal at a luxurious lodge like Le Negresco Lodge (and/or obtain many free perks).
  • Learn my ideas for getting ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The most effective time to go to the French Riviera is in the course of the late spring to early fall (late Might by means 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 massive 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 lodge 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 checklist of airways providing direct flights to Good).


PHOTOS

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

HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL EXTERIOR
HOTEL ENTRANCE
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
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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