As I mentioned (here) I spent a few days in Nice last week and got to stay at one of The Leading Hotels of the World; Le Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais. The palatial hotel with the famous pink dome was named after Henri Negresco who had hired architect Édouard-Jean Niermans to design the place in 1912. After World War 2, in which Le Negresco was used as a hospital, the hotel was sold to the family Augier. Madame Jeanne Augier then renovated the hotel and filled it with luxurious decorations and furnishings. The hotel now more looks like a museum as it holds Madame Augier's impressive art collection, including works by Moretti, Dalí and sculptress Niki de Saint-Phalle, mixed with historical paintings and rare antiques.
Every room in the hotel has its own unique design and every floor is decorated around its own theme. Having breakfast in the La Rotonde Brasserie made me feel like I was Alice in Wonderland. The bold coloured decor based on a 18th century carousel makes for a fabulous warm and yet bright restaurant. The breakfast itself also made me wish I was more hungry in the mornings as all of it looked and tasted outstanding. My favourite part of the hotel had to be the Royal Lounge, though, a.k.a. Le Negresco's "soul" which can be found under the large glass dome (classified as a Historical Monument). With its chandelier containing 16,800 pieces of Baccarat glass this space is truly breathtaking.
Overall this hotel stay has been an incredibly enjoyable experience and Le Negresco turned out to be the perfect place to celebrate my Birthday at.
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