"Au coeur des feux et des fastes de la Baie des Anges, un palace-étoile: le Negresco" Salvador Dali "In the heart of the lights and pomp of the Bay of Angels, a star-palace: the Negresco" Salvador Dali  Built in 1912, overlooking the famous Bay of Angels, and classified a National Historic Monument in 1974, the Hotel Negresco is one of the few remaining privately owned palaces still existing in the world. Jeanne Augier, owner and chairman, has created a unique living museum. Her desire to share her passion for art with her clients. Throughout the hotel, epic periods in the history of France are represented, from the renaissance to the 3rd Millenium.
How the Stage was Set HISTORY IN BRIEF 1913: The brainchild of hotelier Henri Negresco (see below), the hotel was opened. 1920: The hotel had stumbled into decline after World War I and Mr Negresco died a ruined man in Paris. 1954: The hotel was bought by the Augier family – better times loomed large. HISTORY IN DETAIL 1868: Henri Negresco was born in Bucharest. 1868-1913: The Early Days of Henri Negresco Negresco worked in his father’s inn until the age of 13, when he opted to travel west in search of his fortune. He worked his way though many cities before landing in Paris. In the City of Light he won a reputation as the best "maître d'hôtel" in town, working at The Helder. Thereafter, he became manager of the restaurant at the Municipal Casino in Nice. It became the premier restaurant along the Côte d’Azur, favoured by kings, princes and rich Americans such as the Rockefellers, Vanderbildts and Singers. Negresco started to dream of building a palace on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. A wealthy industrialist by the name of Alexandre Darracq became interested in his plans and together they visited the most prestigious European and American hotels to see for themselves just what was expected. Prominent Dutch architect Edouard Niermans was chosen to build the hotel. 1913: The hotel was inaugurated in triumph. 1914: World War I broke out and the hotel was turned into a hospital. 1918: By then, the vast majority of the Riviera's wealthy clientele had completely disappeared and Henri Negresco realised that he was ruined. 1920: Negresco died in Paris at the age of 52. 1920-57: The Negresco was owned by a Belgian company. 1945: After World War II tourists started to come back to the Côte d'Azur, but it was different to before. This was the age of short-stay tourists and business travel as opposed to the long-duration guests of yesteryear. Gradually the hotel declined. 1957: The hotel fell into the hands of the Augier family. Madame Jeanne Augier reinvigorated the hotel with luxurious decorations and furnishings, including an outstanding art collection and rooms with mink bedspreads. 1974, October: The hotel was proclaimed a National Historic Monument.
Over the years, the hotel has been graced by the likes of: From the World of Politics Queen Elizabeth of England Emperor Hirohito of Japan Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco Aga Khan III King Baudoin of Belgium President Truman Winston Churchill From the World of Business Nelson Rockefeller From the World of Art and Literature Jean Cocteau Marc Chagall Henri Matisse Picasso Dali From the World of Entertainment Rostropovitch Rubinstein Montserrat Caballé Charles Aznavour Louis Amstrong The Beatles Elton John Gilbert Bécaud Maurice Chevalier Yves Montand Mireille Mathieu Edith Piaf Michael Jackson Frank Sinatra Brigitte Bardot Jean-Paul Belmondo Tony Curtis Charlie Chaplin Catherine Deneuve Alain Delon Marlène Dietrich James Dean Kirk Douglas Clint Eastwood Elisabeth Taylor Richard Burton Orson Welles MarIon Brando David Niven Charles Bronson Cary Grant Gary Cooper Ava Gardner Sophia Loren Gina Lollobrigida Burt Lancaster Anthony Quinn Alfred Hitchcock Omar Sharlf Rudolph Valentino Walt Disney.
119 Rooms
22 Suites
The decoration of each one of the 121 guestrooms and 24 suites has been inspired by the most outstanding periods of French art and history. Rooms have been individually decorated to reflect styles as different as Louis XIII and art deco. Madame Augier designs the rooms and her team of workmen and specialist craftsmen see that her ideas become reality. The most recent technology has not been forgotten and every room is equipped with LCD television sets and ADSL Internet access.
Le Chantecler ------ La Rotonde ------ Piano Bar Le Relais
The Negresco is the choice of The Most Famous Hotels in the World in Nice. This town on the beautiful Côte d’Azur was founded around 350 BC by the Greeks of Massilia (Marseille) and has known a rich history since then. Highlights include the port, the old town and of course the Promenade des Anglais, whose development in the 19th century marked an important chapter in the history of tourism. Before Nice was urbanized, the coast at Nice was just bordered by a deserted band of beach covered by large pebbles. The first houses were located on higher ground well away from the sea. Starting in the second half of the 18th century, the English took to spending the winter in Nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast. When a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the rich Englishmen proposed a useful project for them: the construction of walkway (chemin de promenade) along the sea. The city of Nice, intrigued by the prospect of a pleasant promenade, greatly increased the scope of the work. The Promenade was first called the Camin dei Anglès (the English Way) by the Niçois in their native dialect Nissart. After the annexation of Nice by France in 1860 it was rechristened La Promenade des Anglais, replacing the former Nissart name with its French translation
There is a private beach located opposite the hotel.
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Country: France
City: Nice
Opening date: 1913

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General Manager Nici Spitz
Hotel Manager: Mr. Guy Bellet


37 promenade des Anglais
06000 France, Nice

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