Where to sleep in Nice: the best neighborhoods to stay

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How to find the right neighborhood to sleep in Nice? This guide describes what they are the best and most comfortable areas to stay to visit and stay in the fifth largest city in France and one of the most beautiful and touristic!

Lying on the pebble beaches of the Bay of Angels, Nice is one of the most charming cities in the Côte d'Azur. Thanks to its privileged location and its offer of historical monuments, gardens, museums and restaurants of international fame, the city has always been a meeting place for artists. Nice welcomes over four million tourists every year.



The metropolis of Nice enjoys a dream Mediterranean climate, an ideal situation between sea and mountains, not far away.Moreover, it is very well connected with all the other cities and villages of the region and is easily accessible by plane, train, car and bus.

Nice is also known internationally for its own carnival, which for 15 days makes the city one of the main tourist destinations in the France.

In the city theaccommodation offer is abundant and varied, but you have to know where to go. The neighborhoods of Nice are quite different from each other and the atmosphere and price of accommodation vary according to the area where you book. Here is our selection of the best areas to stay in Nice.

Where to sleep in Nice

Il historic center and the entire waterfront all the way to the port are excellent places to stay in Nice. Also there periphery offers advantages to consider. By booking in one of the many neighboring municipalities, such as Saint-Laurent-du-Var, you will find all types of accommodation at a lower price than holiday homes in the heart of Nice.



Even for the suburbs, you must always book in advance for holidays during the summer: the Côte d'Azur and Nice in particular, being very popular destinations, they are very busy at this time of year.

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Old Nice

Nice Old Town - Image from Pixabay

Staying in old Nice is a great option for those wishing to enjoy the charm and picturesque atmosphere of the city. The historic district has kept thesoul of a small village, with colorful houses and a maze of narrow streets leading to beautiful shaded squares.

Located on the edge of the sea, the old town is a small triangle compressed between Jardin Albert 1er and the port of Nice. It is a lively neighborhood, full of small, typically Provencal terraced cafes and restaurants. It is also found close to the main monuments of the city such as the Fountain of the Sun, Place Masséna, the Church of Saint-Jacques Le Majeur or the Basilica-Cathedral of Sainte-Réparate.

To move to other parts of the city, from the center of Nice, you can use the bus or the tram (tram line 1, at the Opera-Vielle Ville stops). To move to other nearby cities there is the suburban train. The train station is a 20-minute walk from the center of Jean Médecin Avenue.

Old Nice is a good area to sleep in Nice if you are not on a budget. In fact, cheap accommodation is rare, on average you pay 80 to 100 euros per night for a double room.


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City center, Avenue Jean Médecin

Avenue Jean Médecin è the most important commercial and recreational area of the city of Nice. Here you will find many restaurants, themed bars, cinemas and shopping centers. The avenue, about one and a half kilometers long, begins in the Fountaine du Soleil area, on the Promenade du Paillon and reaches Voie Pierre Mathis (the southern ring road).


There are many shops to see in the area such as the Galleries Lafayette or the Nice-Etoile shopping center. Around the boulevard there are several interesting monuments and buildings, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the largest in the city built in the mid XNUMXth century.

The “Promenade des Anglais” in Nizza - Foto da Istock

It is in this part of the city that the central events of the Nice Carnival, in particular, the parades of allegorical floats of the Battle of Flowers. The carnival is celebrated in the months of February and March.

At the end of the Avenue Jean Médecin is the Nice train station (Gare de Nice Ville) which offers the possibility of traveling to other locations on the Côte d'Azur. Tram line 1 runs along the boulevard and is a good way to reach the historic center.

Sleeping in Nice near this station offers two advantages, more reasonable prices in mid-range hotels and the proximity to a key means of transport to travel and move around the region.


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Le Port and Piazza Garibaldi

Nice marina -

Nestled between the old town and Mont Boron, Le Port is a residential neighborhood set around a small cove that houses the marina of the city. Behind the port is Mont Boron, the largest urban park in Nice. The views from its top (191 meters) over the old city are incredible.

The neighborhood is a lot well served by public transport and is one of the most commercial areas of Nice. It houses many restaurants, bars and cafes where it is nice to relax during the sunny days or stroll through its streets to discover the beautiful colored facades, with the typical southern architecture.


The port is located near the Nice-Riquier train station and the old town, and is the landing point for various cruises traveling in the western Mediterranean.

The 81 bus allows travelers to move around Mont Boron and get closer to Piazza Garibaldi, not far from the historic center.

It is a nice neighborhood to sleep in Nice, especially for its authentic atmosphere and its proximity to the sea. The neighborhood offers many alternatives to stay. The offer of accommodation in the area is wide and varied: pensions, apartments or luxury hotels, you are spoiled for choice. Only downside: this area is very popular and you need to book in advance to be sure you get a free room.

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Liberation - Borriglione

At the end of Avenue Jean Médecin, the Libération - Borriglione district has seen a real revival in recent years. Located near the famous hill of Cimiez, this cosmopolitan area has a lively nightlife. It is one of the favorite meeting places for young people in Nice on weekends.

The district offers a pleasant environment with terraces where it is possible to have fun, with shops, restaurants, a multiplex cinema and a sports complex. Don't miss the huge open-air market held every week around the Place Charles de Gaulle.

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Promenade des Anglais

Hotel Le Negresco Nizza - Image from Pixabay

It is one of the most famous avenues in the world: created in 1820, it is 7 kilometers long and runs along the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), between Nice airport and the old town. The waterfront is also home to renowned buildings, including the hotel The Negresco, which hosts the biggest international stars of entertainment and cinema every year.

To sleep in the Promenade des Anglais area, you need not have a tight budget: the countless hotels and luxury residences that line the Promenade can be very expensive, especially during the Nice Carnival. However, you will benefit from all the exceptional services offered by the large hotels located near the sea.

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Sleeping in Nice - Riquier

Located a stone's throw from the port and the historic center, Riquier is a lively and dynamic neighborhood, frequented by many young people. If you are on a business trip, you will also appreciate its ideal location, close to the exhibition center and Nice Saint-Roch train station. In this neighborhood, you will find numerous hotels to sleep in in Nice.

On foot or by tram, you can reach the main tourist attractions of the city. Around the Riquier district, do not miss the visit to the MAMAC (Museum of modern and contemporary art) or a walk to the Parco Castel of the Two Kings.

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