Q: What is it? A: One of the most legendary and well-known hotels in the world. Also legendary: The price of their breakfast.
Step into the time machine…
It feels like something out of a movie set. The doormen are wearing 18th-century outfits (complete with long socks and those red-plumed postillion hats). Enter the hotel and you’ll be looking at a chandelier with 16,309 crystals, originally commissioned by the last Czar of Russia; Nicholas II. Henri Negresco’s idea was to create a hotel that would attract the wealthiest and most famous. In 1912 it opened its doors to the Becks and Poshs of its time. In 2003 it was declared a Monument Historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
It still has style. Or has it?
Starting 1957 the Madame Jeanne Augier decided to give the hotel the most outstanding facelift ever. All of a sudden rooms featured mink bedspreads (those are now gone). Her passion for art brought royal portraits to the Salon Louis XIV and you’ll find paintings by Salvador Dali and sculptures by Sacha Sosno and Niki de Saint-Phalle in the lobby.
When I’m having a drink in the wood panelled Relais bar, I can’t but start wondering who this hotel is really for? Service is outstanding. The environment sure is something you will talk about later, but is it relaxing? My take on it is that you’re not supposed to be comfortable in this hotel. You’re supposed to be amazed. And if that’s what you want from a hotel, then the Negresco sure delivers.
I am still trying to recover from breakfast.
It’s quite cool to sit down to have breakfast outside, with the Mediterranean Sea just a stone’s throw away. But it would be rather nice if you were actually served a proper meal. Continental breakfast Negresco style means 1) one cup of coffee, 2) a tiny glass of orange juice, 3) four thin slices of toasted white bread with jam and 4) a green apple that had been very skillfully cut into leaf thin little layers. Price: €28 per person, apple included but not service.
Consequently I didn’t ask for a pen to sign the bill. I called the waiter for oxygen.
37, promenade des Anglais
06000 Nice, France
+33 4 93 16 64 00
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Useful info (quote from the hotel website):
”Domestic animals are accepted in the Hotel Negresco and your pet is welcome to stay in your room. A note will be placed in the room to inform our staff of the presence of your faithful companion and a rug and bowl for water will be provided.
If you wish, our concierge will make arrangements for your animal to be taken for a walk. Daily rate: 17€-”