The most stunning point of view of Nice
At Hôtel La Pérouse, you are in an extraordinary place : it's an address you’ll jealously keep to yourself so that it won't become too well-known. Its setting is exceptional, both because of its architecture and its location in the heart of the city.You have access to the most beautiful private beach in Nice at the foot of the hotel.
An invitation to explore the city and its attractions
Cours Saleya, which is a pedestrian passageway, is the most typical corner of the Old City of Nice; its famous flower market is a real treat for the senses. In 1766, it featured rows of elm trees that replaced mulberries which had been planted in the preceding century. By the end of the 18th century, the practice of strolling along this lane had become the preferred pastime of a rich clientele on holiday. This was the beginning of an idea that would bloom in full glory on the Promenade des Anglais.
You may prefer visit the The Chagall Museum designed bythe architect André Hermant (1908-1978); he was a former partner of Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier. Chagall's wish for a 'home" and spiritual setting required a calm atmosphere that would not be disturbed by an imposing architectural presence. The large exhibition room, where twelve paintings are hung illustrating Genesis and Exodus, was developed from a layout based on three interconnecting lozenges that create twelve walls, one for each painting. In the beginning, God created the Garden of Eden... It was therefore logical to plant a garden to welcome visitors before they enter the museum. Mediterranean plants are obviously the garden's outstanding feature, including olive trees, cypresses, pines and live oaks.
The Matisse Museum's permanent collection is presented in the rooms of Villa des Arènes, a Genoese mansion dating from the 17th century. The collection currently includes 68 paintings and gouache cut-outs, 236 drawings, 218 prints, 57 sculptures (nearly all of Matisse's sculpted work) and 14 illustrated books, as well as 95 photographs and 187 objects belonging to the painter, completed by silkscreen prints, tapestries, ceramics, stained glass windows and documents.
The Botanical Garden, the Monastery garden (Italian-style) and the Chagall Museum garden (Mediterranean-style) are a few steps away. They exude the generosity of the local climate and the living art of the Riviera. The Old City of Nice is only two minutes distant and the port, which is the starting point for Mediterranean cruises, is a five-minute walk. The view of the bay is unique and always surprising.
A walk in the sunny streets and beaches of Nice
From The “Promenade des Anglais” (English Walkway) to the harbor/harbour area, from the Piazza Garibaldi to the Saleya walkway, from Place Massena to Albert I gardens, there is no shortage of interesting walks in Nice. Lose yourself in the streets of Old Nice, enjoy a gelato (Italian Ice), admire the “Baie des Anges” (Bay of Angels) and the French Riviera from the top of the castle hill, and be sure not to miss the historical Cimiez arenas.
The Shopping in Nice!
Nice’s famous flower market is open every morning except Monday, on the “Cours Saleya “in Old Nice. There are hundreds of varieties of flowers and shrubs. The atmosphere is friendly, warm and poetic, adorned by the fragrance of flowers and sunshine. Monday morning is reserved for the flea market that gives the “Cours Saleya” a delicious charm of the past.
A past rich in surprises, cultural relics and historical sites
The city of Nice has many buildings with unique architecture. Over the centuries, Russian, English, Italian and French influences have shaped the architecture of the city. Many monuments, squares and buildings are witness to this: the churches of St Réparate and St. Rita, the impressive Russian church , the monastery of Cimiez and beautiful rose garden overlooking the city and Castle Hill.
Recreation and relaxation on the seafront
Nice does not lack the resources for leisure and relaxation. With its many miles of sunny beaches, there are lots of activities available to you: boat trips, diving, swimming, parasailing, etc…
History of the Old Nice
The hotel is located precisely on the “quai Rauba Capeu (Rauba Capeu quay) at the end of the “promenade des Anglais”-(English walkway), in line with the “quai des Etats-Unis” (United States quay). It goes around the castle hill and connects the waterfront and the harbor/harbour area. Robea-Capèu means “Who steals the hat’ 'in Nissart, a language of the Nice City. As its name says, this area is particularly exposed to the wind. Until 2002, few tourists and walkers go there for that very reason. Since then, numerous civil engineering projects have transformed this piece of the quay into one of the most frequented of the region, where visitors can enjoy a unique view on the “Baie des Anges”. This original architecture allows everyone to enjoy the beauty of this landscape while being sheltered from the wind and spray. However, the authenticity and wild rocks was preserved.
Castel beach can be found at the end of the magnificent “Promenade des Anglais” (English walkway) and offers an exceptional view on the “Baie des Anges” (Angels Bay) and the “Promenade des Anglais”, which is lined with palm trees.