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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.”

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A Glimpse Inside from the Notorious Hotel Costes in Paris
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A Glimpse Inside from the Notorious Hotel Costes in Paris

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The Hotel belongs to the Costes family that has built one of the coolest properties in the world, but they insist on staying under the radar. As the creative director Elodie Costes says the hotel “it’s like a club, to give a unique atmosphere away from the city and the crowd”. Also, the Hotel Costes in Paris is very popular among celebrities as Kevin Spacey, Rihanna, Beyoncé and the Beckhams. Get to know more about it in this post.

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The Hotel Costes in Paris is fully booked during haute couture fashion weeks in te city and has a partnership with the designer Alexander Wang and and CDs of Hotel Costes music, spun by the famed DJ Stephane Pompougnac. The cool thing is that the property created a burgeoning global brand that also includes collaborations with Apple Music, the ultra-chic swimwear line Eres brand and even a nail polish by Essie. The sound is a central part of the Hotel and there is a type of music according the time of the day.

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The grotto-like pool feels completely removed from the bustling city streets outside. Unlike many hoteliers, the strategy of the Costes is to stay as low-key as possible. That´s why the company says it turns down many press requests and has no outside public relations agency. You can’t even book a room on third-party websites. For Hotel Costes, being under the radar is part of the mystique. In an age of branded everything, the Hotel with its distinct identity, has a way of running a bit counter-cultural,and even the magazine associated with the hotel talks about everything except about it.

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The brand was started by the media-shy Jean-Louis Costes, who doesn’t speak to reporters and his brother, Gilbert, in 1983. The Costes were pioneers in the boutique hotel category, and The New York Times called Jean-Louis “a Parisian version of Ian Schrager.” In the early 1980s, he turned to now-starchitect Philippe Starck to design his first restaurant, Café Costes, in Les Halles. In 1995, they opened Hotel Costes with a hotel decor that did not have the same sleek, clean lines as many other boutique hotels being built at the time. Their vision was an homage to Napoleon era with a modern twist design. The baroque hotel room decor as in the image above come as a surprise.

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Hotel Costes is one of those rare hotels that has been able to move successfully into branded products. It launched a candle line with Olivia Giacobetti, a famous French perfumer and the couture swimwear and lingerie line Eres partnered with the Hotel create a glam bathing suit. Their concern is being too overt. In the Hotel Costes playbook, coolness rides on, and is cultivated by a level of discretion and secrecy. The new phase of the hotel, for completion in the fall of 2018 will have larger and more modern rooms with stunning panoramic views of the city.

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