Nice has become one of France's most gay friendly cities.
As well as being a popular holiday destination along the French Riviera, it has an awesome gay scene, along with its own gay carnival, the “Queernaval“, in February.
Whether you're looking for romance, party, or just plain good old fashioned tranquility, Nice has got you covered. There are a variety of gay friendly hotels in Nice to suit all preferences. These are out 5 favourite:
The Hyatt Regency Nice: luxury!
The ultimate luxury experience.
The Hyatt Regency is located on the prestigious promenade des Anglais, offering spacious and luxurious accommodation. Breakfast is served on a terrace with stunning views across the Mediterranean sea.
The warm humid summer months will make the outdoor pool a delight to cool off in and the indoor pool, sauna and Turkish baths will be particularly alluring during the cooler winter months.
Gym bunnies will be in paradise at the plush fitness centre, but given the proximity to the Promenade des Anglais, you'd be better off going for an outdoor run.
Hotel Ellington: excellent location!
Located in the heart of Nice on the stylish Boulevard Dubouchage, Hotel Ellington is a unique experience for all its customers. It is based in a typical old style Nice house and the interiors inspired by the famous jazz singer Duke Ellington.
From Hotel Ellington you are spitting distance to the main shopping roads and minutes walk to the beach, gay bars and the quaint Old Town of the city.
It's also very close to Place Massena where all the Lou Queernaval action happens during the Nice Carnival in February.
Hotel La Perouse: for stunning sea views
Hotel La Perouse is located right at the end of the Promenade des Anglais at the foot of Castle Hill.
This boutique hotel offers some of the most impressive panoramic views across the city and the mountains beyond.
It's also well located near the Old Town, minutes to the beach and also close to Nice's famous flower market – a must see for every visitor.
Hotel Windsor: funky and quirky
At Hotel Windsor, each room has a unique concept. Instead of commissioning interior designers, the hotel instead invited artists to individually style every detail, from the furniture, overall layout to the wall decorations.
Each room is then named after the individual artist who designed it, such as Peter Fend, Felice Varini, Olivier Mosset and more.
The Windsor also has a unique swimming pool set in a lush tropical garden, with bamboos, fruit trees and birds singing in the background, creating an atmosphere of serenity.
Villa Kilauea: romantic getaway in the hills
This is a very elegant oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still close enough to the city for the super gay life, restaurants and famous Promenade des Anglais.
As such, you need a car to reach this B&B, but it's definitely worth it for the peace, tranquility and very romantic atmosphere.
The Villa Kilauea only has 3 rooms (Jasmine, Rose and Lavender) and the Orchid Suite, so it's advisable to book way in advance. Each has direct access to a garden and private terrace with armchairs.
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For more French inspiration, check out our Lyon gay guide.
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