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F. Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

See also: New Luxury Hotel Design: “Lean Luxury” in Munich

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15 Best Luxury Hotels to Stay in Madrid During Casa Decor

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From May 8 to June 18 happens an exhibition of interior design, with a unique format in Europe, which takes place every year in a different location in the center of Madrid – Casa Decor. We believe that a show like this deserves the best accommodation for you to stay, that’s why we bring to you today our top 15 of the best luxury hotels to stay during the exhibition.

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Hotel Ritz, Madrid

The Ritz has undergone extensive renovations but has managed to hang onto a lot of its original hotel design so expect classic luxury at every turn. Sumptuous carpets made down the road at the Royal Tapestry Factory ensure that every step you take is in cushioned comfort.

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Gran Mélia Palacio de los Duques

Although the building has been comprehensively revamped, original features remain. There is a Velázquez theme throughout the hotel with large reproductions of the great master’s paintings and the color scheme is inspired by the tones of his palette, with shimmery fabrics in hues of ochre, indigo, and maroon.

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Westin Palace

This is one of those hotels where you step through the door and enter a different world. La Rotonda, as the restaurant and lounge area under an ornate stained-glass dome is called, is a circle of elegance where locals and guests meet for coffee and drinks at all times of the day. There are a good gym and sauna, but no pool.

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Only You Hotel Atocha

A massive 19th-century building on a landmark corner site has been given an industrial-style makeover, with exposed pipes, black and white stripes, boxing posters and artworks with a sporting theme. Gentle jazz adds to the New York vibe. Stenciled lettering and a red stripe running along the walls in the corridors lends a bit of multi-storey car park chic.

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NH Collection Madrid Suécia

The Suecia opened in the 1950s and for decades the hotel was a meeting place for Swedish residents in Madrid. Star designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán has cleverly remodeled the ground and mezzanine floors, where Art Deco details mix smoothly with contemporary Scandinavian style in the stylish restaurant and café. Definitely, a place to slither off a bar stool after one too many Daquiris.

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Urso Hotel & Spa

The Urso opened at the end of August 2014 in an early 20th-century palatial building. Although it is in the center of Madrid, a muted palette of cool green, gray and cream tones and delicate Japanese prints create an air of calm and discreet chicness. Black and white photographs throughout the hotel give a fascinating insight into how the city has changed over the last century.

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Hotel Urban Madrid

The first thing you will notice about this unusual hotel is its form — a glass-encased tower studded with black Zimbabwe stone, and seamed with champagne-coloured steel beams. Make sure you try out the wave-shaped flap chair by Edra that reclines at six different angles.

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Tótem Madrid Hotel

You step into a world of minimalist luxury where all the materials are high quality. Charcoal, teal, dusky pink, cerise, navy, and purple all play a part in the color scheme, popping out against a palette of shimmery neutrals. The original wooden staircase has been restored and lends a sense of grandeur.

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ME Madrid Reina Victoria

The glamor of the Reina Victoria’s former life has filtered through to the present day but now it is all Skandi-chic with Eames-style chairs inside.

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Vincci The Mint Hotel

Designed by the renowned Jaime Beriestain, Vincci The Mint occupies an elegant, early 20th-century building and lives up to its name with cool green shades throughout, from peppermint to pistachio, pear, lime, olive, and emerald.

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Double Tree by Hilton Madrid Prado

In an elegant traditional building with a white frontage, the Madrid Prado is every inch a boutique property and a very welcome addition to the city’s luxe hotel scene. It’s an excellent choice for those attending Madrid’s gastronomic, fashion and art events.

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Hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid

Top Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has created fresh, sensual interiors using a palette of jewel and berry shades with gold details and sweeping curves. A sculpture of a giant zebra-striped bear doffing a top hat dominates the ground-floor lobby and cartoon-like masks decorate the walls in the corridors, along with flamenco-themed artworks.

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Hotel Unico Madrid

The Único is nothing if not dramatic. The property was originally a grand residence and it still has a discreet, private feel.

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Gran Meliá Fénix Hotel

The hotel’s interior highlight is undoubtedly the lobby. Take a seat in one of the red velvet banquettes, and drink in the scene: a vast, circular room supported by Ionic columns made from yellowed, fibrous marble, and a palace staircase at one end. The room is crowned with a modernist stained-glass dome fizzing with color and decorated with impressions of noble ladies with sausage curls.

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There are terrific restaurants and a buzzy lobby where guests look up in wonder at the vaulted ceiling, which is actually a 300m LED screen that projects 3D images, videos, photos and all sorts of wizardry.

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Did you decide where are you going to stay during the exhibition? Let us know! Don’t forget to visit ou Pinterest for more best hotel projects.

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