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Language: French | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time:UTC+1:00 | Average flight time: 2hrs 20mins
Vieux Nice (the Old Town) is the noisiest area in Nice once the sun sets, which makes it less ideal for hotels. There are some lovely hideaways, however, including converted convents and townhouses with roof gardens.
On the subject of after-dark outings, visit our Nice nightlife page to discover the hotspots.
Vieux Nice is rarely cheap though. If you can, stay on its fringes – it’ll be quieter and cheaper.
Further inland begins an area known as Jean Medecin or ‘downtown’, the city’s original ‘new town’.
Reasonably priced and attractive, this district sits within convenient strolling distance of both the sea and the railway station. A swathe of accommodation is located here, including some excellent three-star Nice hotels.
Just to the west is restaurant-rich Thiers, aka the Quartier des Musiciens, and then Gambetta, where more modern, funky hotels offer space and designer smarts.
In the other direction is the fast-developing port area. Perhaps with the superyachts in mind, this quiet spot has a tendency towards upmarket prices.
Looming above, Cimiez and its Belle Époque villas are lovely and snoozy, with easy access to the Matisse and Chagall museums. This is one of the city’s exclusive preserves, full of four-star Nice rooms and boutique residences.
There’s no one chief area in which to find cheap hotels in Nice in 2018, with some bargain options within a cocktail’s throw of the Mediterranean. Generally speaking, however, the further from the sea you are, the cheaper it gets – with the exception of exclusive Cimiez.
A famously affordable option is Hôtel Régence, its Art-Deco lobby and brightly-coloured rooms within ten minutes of the seafront. Cheap hotels in Nice don’t come much more arresting.
Nice’s hotels offer deals sporadically throughout the year, but most regularly during the marginally quieter winter months of January and February (apart from around Carnaval).
One thing always worth watching for is a new or renovated property – any Nice hotel opening or reopening in 2018 or 2019 is likely to announce itself with a limited-time offer. Keep an eye out for these.