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Basilica of Notre-Dame

A hotel stay in Nice

During your stay in Nice, take the time to visit the largest church in the city - the Basilica of Notre-Dame, located close to Avenue Jean Médecin. Building began in 1864 at the instigation of Monseigneur Sola, the Bishop of Nice. It was mostly financed by the donations of numerous people, both from France and abroad, who wintered in Nice. Work progressed quickly during the first year; in 1865, the nave and 8 side chapels had already been constructed. However, a lack of funds soon slowed down the project and when the church was inaugurated in 1868, it had not yet been finished. Its completion finally came in 1879, followed by its consecration in 1925. It was finally given the title of basilica in 1976.

Built by architect Charles Lenormand after the plans of his father Louis Lenormand, the basilica is based on the neo-Gothic Saint-Serge d’Angers but also takes certain elements from Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, such as its façade with its three porches beneath a rose window and two sets of bay windows. Its choir is particularly interesting with its 7 absidiole chapels and its remarkable stained glass windows, finished in 1868. Inside, there is also the great organ as well as the Umbraculum near the altar, which takes the form of a half-open red and golden parasol. A central destination for the city's Catholic community, the Basilica of Notre-Dame also serves Nice as a high-quality performance space for music, hosting numerous concerts and recitals.

Discover Nice

Its cultural heritage and way of life

Nice tourism

The Côte d’Azur’s capital is the ideal place for a holiday. The Promenade des Anglais, the sun-bathed beaches, Place Masséna, Old Nice and Cours Saleya, the tree-lined gardens, the museums, the carnival, the jazz festival - Nice really is the capital of joie-de-vivre.

Promenade des Anglais

Nice owes its international fame to the Promenade des Anglais. Stretched along the Baie des Anges, it was originally just a 2 metre-wide path created in 1820 by a visiting English vicar using his own funds. Baptised the “chemin des Anglais” (the English path) by the local population, the enlarged pathway was inaugurated in 1931 by one of Queen Victoria’s sons.

Place Masséna

Built in the middle of the 19th century, Place Masséna, an icon of Nice, is a must-see right by the hotel. On the north side, you’ll find elegant buildings and arcades adorned with Pompeiian red. On the east side, you’ll get beautiful views looking towards the hills.

Old Nice

Until the 18th century, the old town was the entire city of Nice. In these picturesque surroundings, admire the Baroque palaces and churches, the colourful façades and the quaint little streets.  At the heart of Old Nice, experience Cours Saleya, with its warm and lively market.

Nice and its beaches

As a certified child-friendly “Famille Plus” destination, Nice has an array of activities for young and old alike. With such a nice climate, you’ll want to make the most of its numerous beaches. 15 private beaches and 20 public beaches stretch out over 7 km. The water is high-quality and meets European standards.

Nice Carnival

The city has events and festivals throughout the year that remind you of all its tremendous joie-de-vivre. The Nice Carnival, the Côte d’Azur’s top event, held at the end of winter just before Lent, has a whole line-up of unforgettable shows which are well worth a trip to Nice.  Each year, it attracts nearly a million visitors from around the world.

Boat rental

Interested in a trip on a high-performance and glamorous Italian boat? We offer half- or full-days rentals of an Invictus 280 GT, which can host up to 8 people. It’s the perfect boat for sweet escapes to the Baie des Anges or the Lérins Islands.