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The unexpected palace

100 years… the Negresco has been overlooking one of the French Riviera’s most beautiful bays for a century. This large white vessel moored at the Baie des Anges has become a legend. A legend of a very French art of living forged year after year. Unique and timeless, the Negresco is above all a place where everything is possible, flamboyance served on a tray. The unique rooms are equipped with exceptional authentic furniture and works of art from Louis XIII period to today. Facing the Mediterranean Sea on the famous Promenade des Anglais, the hotel is a few minutes’ walk away from Nice old town

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History & portraits

The Negresco first opened its doors on January 8th, 1913. The hotel, designed by Henri Negrescu, immediately attracted a brilliant international clientele, Kings of the old and the new world : the Vanderbilts, Portugal’s Queen Amélie, the Grand Dukes Vladimir and Dimitri... Since then, numerous people have signed the guest book: the artist Dali, Princess Grace of Monaco, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Elton John,… many celebrities have enjoyed a stay on the French Riviera to live a little of the ‘Negresco myth’. Jeanne Augier is the guardian of this myth. Owner of the Palace since 1957, this great lady - with deeply-rooted convictions – has devoted her life to the preservation and the development of this unique heritage.

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Staging the art

Negresco owes its strong identity partly to a large art collection comprised of over 6 000 references. Jeanne Augier's passion for her establishment expresses itself through one strong idea: presenting her guests the great hours of French art. That way you can admire the generous forms of Niki de Saint Phalle's Nana Jaune in the Royal Lounge or the series of seven brightly colored rugs designed by Raymond Moretti. Floor carpets were made from an original work by Yvaral in 1974. The rooms display an impressive collection of works by great artists from every period. The Versailles Lounge hosts Louis XIV's portrait, identical to that exhibited at the Louvre or Versailles. This canvas by Hyacinthe Rigaud is one of the most beautiful pieces on show.

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