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What hotel in south of France?

Carlton, Hotel Royal-Riviera, Miramar?
For first time, w toddler. Thanks

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@sgilpert - Which city in the South of France you will be base in and how many days you plan on spending there?

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Hello. We will fly into Nice. Not sure what town/hotel to go to for about 9nights.
We have a toddler..I did stay some time in St Remy and did like the town. This time we are flying into Nice and would like more of a coastal town w beach seafood, ,cute shops, beautiful scenery and child friendly.
Nice, Cannes..? I listed three hotels ? Not sure where to stay..? Thanks

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Depends on your budget. The two that get talked about the most in terms of fancy hotels in Nice are Le Negresco (doesnt have a pool but just started a beach club) and Hyatt Regency. We are headed there this summer and splitting the stay.

There are a lot more options if you look beyond Nice especially if you are looking for more sandy beaches.

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Your toddler might like the beach at Villefranche and you might like the Welcome Hotel there. Ten minutes from Nice by train.

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We have stayed at both Hotel Royal Riviera in Beaulieu sur Mer and the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche sure Mer. I would recommend both of them. You can see photos and information on them on tripadvisor.com and booking.com and hotels.com.

Hotel Royal Riviera has a pool and beach and you can walk to St Jean Cap Ferrat on Maurice Rouvier which is lovely. It also has a great breakfast.

A seaview room at Hotel Welcome with a balcony is great. The charming town of Villefranche sur Mer has a wonderful waterfront and shale beach and great restaurants.

You can take the regional train and buses to Nice, Eze, Monaco, Menton, and Antibes for fun day trips.

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Will the Hotel Royal Riviera be close enough to watch the Tour de France ? My husband would love to watch the race..where is the best place to watch that?

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Well, I just looked at the map of the stage and it doesn't show that it goes particularly close to the Rivera Hotel, but you can go here to see: https://www.letour.fr/en/arrivee-tour-de-france-2024/arrivee-tour-de-france-2024-etape-21

The best place is where you like the place. The finish line in Nice will be crowded and mostly filled with the paying guests for the VIP seating. Since its an ITT, its great as you have 150+ riders going one at a time, providing you with at least a few hours of entertainment. The Welcome Hotel is closer to the route, but I bet that the road it takes is more up a hill from the sea, but I don't have any particular knowledge to verify. You would have to make your way up there to see it. I would possibly ask the hotels if they have any suggestions on finding a spot nearby. It is 34km, so that is 34km of space to be on the side of the road.

Hotels' prices in that area are definitely up to account for the demand in that time.

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The Carlton was recently renovated and is a top of the line hotel, right on La Croisette in Cannes. The Miramar is not too far behind. The Royal Riviera may be a bit behind but the area is more related than La Croisette (but note it is further away from things on foot).

In Nice, the five star Anantara Plaza opened last year and is across the garden from the finish area (but due to the greenery and distance I'm not certain there will be a view --- they tend to set up bleachers in the square for major events like this). The Hyatt Palais de la Mediterranee in on the Promenade but the balconies don't overlook the street. (The Negresco is also on the Prom -- but no balconies). La Perouse, also recently remodeled (and with the best views), is also above the race course but you may only get the course in one direction. Le Meridien is a step down but the balconies are excellent and fully exposed to the course. Two new very high end hotels are slated to open in June --- Hotel du Couvent in the old town (part of the Marriott group, not on the course) and the Maison Albar Le Victoria (between le Meridien and Anantara Plaza, but this opening date still seems a bit aspirational as reservations are not yet open)..