Hotel Negresco

Nice, France

The Hotel Negresco is located on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. It was named after Henri Negresco (1868–1920), who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. Today it is considered as the landmark of so-called Belle Époque era in French Riviera.

Henri Negresco was the son of an innkeeper. He was educated and worked as a confectioner at the luxurious Casa Capșa in Bucharest, Romania, left home at the age of 25 going first to Paris then to the French Riviera where he became very successful. As director of the Municipal Casino in Nice, he had the idea to build a sumptuous hotel of quality that would attract the wealthiest of clients. After arranging the financing, he hired the great architect of the 'café society' Édouard-Jean Niermans to design the hotel and its now famous pink dome.

The spectacular Baccarat, 16,309-crystal chandelier in the Negresco's Royal Lounge was commissioned by Czar Nicholas II, who due to the October revolution was unable to take delivery.

Henri Negresco faced a downturn in his affairs when World War I broke out two years after he opened for business. His hotel was converted to a hospital. By the end of the war, the number of wealthy visitors to the Riviera had dropped off to the point that the hotel was in severe financial difficulty. Seized by creditors, the Negresco was sold to a Belgian company. Henri Negresco died a few years later in Paris at the age of 52.

Over the years, the hotel had its ups and downs, and in 1957, it was sold to the Augier family. Madame Jeanne Augier reinvigorated the hotel with luxurious decorations and furnishings, including an outstanding art collection and rooms with mink bedspreads. Noted for its doormen dressed in the manner of the staff in 18th-century elite bourgeois households, complete with red-plumed postilion hats, the hotel also offers renowned gourmet dining at the Regency-style Le Chantecler restaurant.

Le Chantecler has two stars in the Guide Michelin and 15/20 in Gault Millau. It has previously been under the leadership of famous chefs such as Bruno Turbot and Alain Llorca, who left to take over the equally fabled Moulin de Mougins. The restaurant features a fabulous interior with gobelins and roccoco furniture in untraditional colourings of pink, lime, lemon, cerulean etc.

In 2003, the Hotel Negresco was listed by the government of France as a National Historic Building and is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The Negresco has a total of 119 guest rooms plus 22 suites.

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Founded: 1912
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in France

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Can Firtina (5 months ago)
It’s been awhile since we visited this restaurant but I still remember how great the atmosphere and the service were! This is very good option for fine dining in Nice. I would suggest making a reservation early enough though.
Kelsey Burns (6 months ago)
This was a good restaurant! Given the price, I wish the service and food were a bit better though. I would maybe go again for an appetizer or light bites!
Mariann Franciosi (6 months ago)
And just like the first, second and voila my 3rd time (plus with my family) this time around on my birthday.. Exquisite food, an absolute perfect selections of desserts , and a soothing piano played by a local artist. Staffs are attentive, positive energy and really meets certain expectations. HAYAT, were absolutely amazing and the rest of her colleagues. I can’t wait to dine here again ,probably very soon.
Maria (6 months ago)
First good stop in Nice and this one does not disappoint! Right on Promenade des Anglais, this restaurant offers a good location, great food, and a nice atmosphere. We sat outside but there was someone playing the piano inside and you could make song requests.
Annika Oravecz (7 months ago)
Very disappointing experience. We had a reservation at 21:15. Asked in the hotel lobby where can we find the restaurant. They showed us the way which turned out to be a closed door to the restaurant. We got seated and waited 15 minutes before we got a drinks menu. Waited another 5 minutes to get the food menu. We ordered two cocktails, they were very good, and a bottle of rose. We were delighted after 20 minutes to receive some water, which turned out to be crazily overpriced. Good thing is that they have a big menu compared to other restaurants. We ordered escargots, foie gras, poultry, lamb, soft peach biscuit and the coconut panna cotta. + we got gazpacho in the beginning as an amuse-bouche, which was quite good, probably the highlight of the meal. Appetizers: Duck foie gras was delicious, escargots tasteless, the bread with the escargots were good. Main course: Poultry arrived cold, without any flavor. Lamb was average. Desserts: Not much taste, not worth ordering. Waiters are professional, and very polite, however we don’t appreciate the 20 minute wait for a menu, and we felt like they forgot about us. We won’t go back and won’t recommend the restaurant either.
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