Le Negresco is a world famous lavish hotel located on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. It is one of the most beautiful and noticeable landmarks on the French Riviera with its palatial exterior and decadent rococo interiors. Le Negresco posses a world-class art collection and it was the rendez-vous place of artists, writers, politicians, and members of the high society from all over the world. So spending a few days in this palace hotel was truly transcending experience.
Le Negresco was built in 1912 by Henry Negresco, expatriate from Romania. (He became very successful casino director in Nice.) In order to make this place really special, Henry Negresco hired the most important architect of his time, Édouard-Jean Niermans. He designed hotel for the reception of royalty. Its majestic facade resembling a Royal palace rather than a hotel. Eight kings were present when the hotel opened in November 1912. From the late fifties, the hotel is owned by Augier family, which helped Le Negresco to reach heights that probably even Henry Negresco couldn’t imagine.
Main lobby in the Hotel Negresco, Nice
Madame Jeanne Augier, a co-owner with her late husband Paul Augier, was (and still is, despite her old age) a driving force behind making Le Negresco hotel a place we adore today. A personal friend of the most important icons in contemporary culture, like Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Jean Cocteau, with love for innovation and bursts of creativity, Madame Augier made Le Negresco a must-see place for all lovers of art and beauty.
Guests of renown over the years have included Royalty- Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, King Ibn Saoud and the Shah of Iran all stayed at Le Negresco as did film stars such as Ava Gardner, Catherine Deneuve, James Dean, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Marais, Grace Kelly, and Gina Lollobrigida.
Grace Kelly and the Begum, the widow of Aga Khan III, born Yvonne Blanche Labrousse, attending a fashion show at Hotel Negresco, Nice, December 1962
Legendary stories about the Negresco in the 1960s and 1970s include Richard Burton once leaving a jewelry case with a diamond necklace he had purchased for Elisabeth Taylor in the hotel bar, James Brown spending a night chasing his wife up and down the hotel corridors in a wild fit of jealousy, Michael Jackson once disguised himself as a prostitute to avoid being photographed by the paparazzi and the Red Army Choir holding a private concert in the hotel bar in honor of Jeanne’s husband Paul Augier.
The one of a kind interior design imaginatively and courageously blends, the most classic Louis XIV Empire art with the most daring, surprising and eyecatching contemporary art. We were situated on a fourth floor, with long corridors filled with serigraphies of our favorite artist Salvador Dali, along with beautiful photograph of him with Madame Augier. Each room, each hallway on each floor, each suite is different, no two featuring the same interior design not even layout. The decoration of each one of the 94 rooms and 31 suites has been inspired by the most outstanding periods of French art and history. Rooms have been individually decorated to reflect different styles with art decó furniture of highest quality and exceptional marble baths. French balcony with a view over the Promenade des Anglais was a welcome bonus in our fantastic room and we can recommend with ease rooms with that spectacular view.
Suite des Anges
We started each day with rich breakfast in hotel’s brasserie Le Rotonde. And what joy it was just to sit in that magical place, designed like 19th century merry-go-round, all along with wooden horses and automatons. Let’s not forget that there is a magnificent terrace on the Promenade, where you can enjoy a real atmosphere of Cote d’Azur.
La Rotonde brasserie
Le Negresco’s main restaurant, Le Chantecler, is, of course, Michelin-starred and serves a delicious meals “inspired by Provence”, to quote its main chef, Jean-Denis Rieubland, a star-chef with two Michelin stars. Le Chantecler is also known for its exceptional wine cellar that contains 15 000 bottles, as well for its clientele, that ranges from HRH The Queen Elizabeth, to the other kinds of royalties, like the iconic actor and director Clint Eastwood and many of his Hollywood contemporaries.
Le Chantecler restaurant
Le Negresco’s Le Relais bar, has a clever interior that reminds of the real English pub, with subtle touches that are here to spice. Like hotel’s main restaurant, this bar is also well known for its star-studded clientele. Legendary thespian Richard Burton used to enjoy the contents of Le Relais’ cellar.
Le Relais bar
For the ones with habits quite opposite from the mentioned gentleman’s, Le Negresco offers well equipped gym, as well as a private beach, right across the Promenade.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in aristocratic and glamorous Le Negresco hotel in Nice, a true gem of the French Riviera. Its magnetism, present in its over 100 years long history, is still overwhelming as it always was and, without a doubt, it will continue to be in a years to come.
Address: 37 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France
Phone: +33 4 93 16 64 00
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