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F. Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels


In the moment that the famous writer and his family needed to find “a new rhythm to our lives” as Fitzgerald wrote, they left their home on Long Island for the South of France, hoping to find a cheaper place to live and some quietude do write. They traveled through the then-cheap French Riviera Hotels. Many of the sunbaked restaurants, villas, and hotels they frequented still exist on the mythic stretch of coastline he dubbed “a playground for the world.”

Here’s where to walk in the  French Riviera Hotels in the same way that Fitzgerald did.

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F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 1Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

The stately Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France, has held court on the rocky Côte d’Azur since the 1870s—playing host to everybody from Hemingway and Picasso to Liz in Dick to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The world’s most glamorous have flocked to Hotel du Cap since Scott’s day: his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy, the models for Dick and Nicole Diver, once rented the hotel for an entire summer, drawing compatriots like the Fitzgeralds, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso into their magnetic orbit. Of course, nowadays the hotel is packed during the summer and is the virtual center of the universe during the Cannes Film Festival.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 2La Colombe d’Or, Saint Paul de Vence

Opened in 1920 as Chez Robinson, an open-air terrace cafe, and bar. Scott and Zelda have known fans of the hotel’s restaurant, a traditional French spot featuring the main dining hall, private room, and garden terrace, reportedly spending many a raucous evening at La Colombe D’Or. It was here that a jealous Zelda once threw herself down a flight of stairs after Scott drunkenly flirted with the dancer Isadora Duncan.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 3Hotel Continental, Saint-Raphaël

While Gerald and Sara Murphy were living at the Hotel du Cap, waiting for renovations to be completed on their retreat Villa America, the Fitzgeralds stayed at the Continental Hotel in Saint-Raphaël in 1924. It’s here that Scott wrote the majority of The Great Gatsby.

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Monte-Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo

“Once in the middle twenties, I was driving along the High Corniche Road through the twilight with the whole French Riviera twinkling on the sea below. As far ahead as I could see was Monte Carlo … when life was literally a dream.” – On Authorship, Scott Fitzgerald. Monte Carlo Casino was a favorite destination for the couple, mentioned frequently in their letters and writings.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 5Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo

Here, the hard-reveling couple would drink themselves into a stupor, with Scott reportedly a fan of the hotel bar’s gin fizz and mint juleps.

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Ruhl Plage, Nice
Zelda wrote of dining on the terrace where “stars fell in our plates … and we were alone with the deep blue grandeur and the filet de sole Ruhl, and the second bottle of champagne.”
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Hôtel Beau Rivage, Nice

The Hotel Beau Rivage was another spot where the couple stayed and played—although, in Zelda’s words, more “economically” than at other spots. Today, the hotel has been renovated, offering air conditioning, a private beach, and a terrace front restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 8Hôtel Belles-Rives, Juan-les-Pins

In 1926, Scott, Zelda, and Scottie returned to the Riviera and rented a seaside house in Juan-les-Pins. Take note of the letter from Fitzgerald to Hemingway in 1926, framed and on display in the lobby: “With our being back in a nice villa on my beloved Riviera (between Nice and Cannes) I’m happier than I’ve been for years. It’s one of those strange, precious and all too transitory moments when everything in one’s life seems to be going well.”

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The Best Luxury Hotels According to Instagram

Instagram is evidently the sharing platform for aesthetically striking and inticing locations, views and in this case hotels. This article will show you the Top 10 Instagrammed Luxury Hotels seen on the app in 2016 making them arguably some of the most popular hotels in the world.



  1. The W Hotel, Barcelona
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The W Hotel is without a doubt one of Barcelona’s most luxury hotels. Boasting incredible views of the city and sea, what more could a traveller want to feast their eyes upon.

  1. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


This oasis of sun, sea and sand attracts travellers from all over the world to soak in the rays. With stunning beaches and the bluest waters this is one of the most instagrammed luxury hotels.

  1. Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas


This is also probably one of the largest as it is made up of 9 luxury hotels in the complex giving it’s visitors the best photo opportunities.

  1. Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas


Las Vegas, the city of lights does not lack in Instagrammable sights and scenes. This bustling gambling centre constantly offers many snapable moments. It’s not surprising that the impressive Aria Resort & Casino is one of the most shared hotels on Instagram.

  1. The Venetian, Macau

The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Macau

Luxury Hotel The Venetian located in Macau is renowned for it’s stunning setting. Also home to much gambling, this luxury hotel offers something truly unique which people can’t resist to upload.

  1. Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel


This luxury hotel boasts many of the world best DJ’s putting on their set.

  1. Wynn Las Vegas


Las Vegas once again features in this list of most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels. For similar reasons as the Aria Resort but this time they have incredible flower displays that people clearly cannot get enough of.

  1. Fontainebleau, Miami Beach


This luxuy hotel is also a much Coveted party destination. Boasting Justin Bieber as their New Years act, they may just stay high on this list going into the New Year.

  1. Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai


As most people know Dubai is truly the place to go if you’re looking for the highest-end most luxury hotels. With many to chose from, The Atlantis is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes and a truly impressive location.

  1. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas


Las Vegas’ Luxury Hotels aren’t few but the Cosmopolitan is known as one of the city’s coolest and trendiest spots



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