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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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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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Best New York design hotels

In the most multicultural city of all world you will find a bit of all countries in a very contemporary way. If you are looking for a place to stay in New York, here are a list of the Best New York Design Hotels, where you can relax and sleep, or take the best of the over all view.

Paramount Hotel

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Paramount Hotel is one of the hottest, most vibrant places to be in the heart of all the action that defines New York City. Experience the buzz in a captivating setting of historic architecture, distinctive modern art, glamorous décor, where you can find the latest lighting decor by Delightfull and the sultry Paramount Bar & Grill.

The captivating, fashionable, reinvented Paramount Hotel – steps from the greatest New York Attractions, Events, and Activities. And, when you’re ready for a reprieve, we’re here to pamper you with Luxurious Accommodations, attentive Guest Service, and modern amenities. More Information

Ace Hotel

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Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, near the Theater District, the Ace Hotel is a unique new boutique hotel and 269 rooms. There is a subway stop right around the corner and it’s within walking distance of many popular destinations like Times Square, Macy’s, and the Broadway theaters. The lounge is perfect to schedule a meeting, because its cozy and vintage environment very inviting.

They have a range of different rooms to suit travelers with different needs, from loft suites with separate living areas to cozy rooms with twin bunkbeds. The guest rooms feature original art by local and international artists and quirky details, there are  no two rooms are quite the same.

Gramercy Park Hotel

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The Gramercy Park Hotel is more than a unique luxury property, it’s a work of art, with Julian Schnabel. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan and bordering on New York City’s only private park, the legendary hotel has, for almost nine decades, opened its doors to the world’s most creative spirits.

Haute Bohemian heritage represents a sensuous vision of artful diversity, from the eclectics Rose Bar and Jade Bar to the lushly landscaped rooftop garden, all was made to guest s feel unique. The property’s seven specialty suites are each unique, with spacious living rooms, some with dining rooms, and bathrooms with custom sculpted soaking tubs.

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Hotel Standard High Line

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The Hotel Standard High Line is the new heart and soul of the prodigious New York fashion, art and media worlds. The hotel’s panoramic views scaling the Hudson River and Manhattan’s magnificent skyline grace each of the 337 guestrooms on 18 floors with a sense of particular privilege, the same privilege of being “King Standard”, as the New York Daily News calls it.

Wythe Hotel

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The Wythe Hotel opened watchful eyes in may 2012 as a hotly anticipated new centre of hip happenings in the hyper-trendy Williamsburg neighbourhood in Brooklyn. The 73-key hotel was developed by Two trees Management, well known for their early pioneering in the transformation fo DUMBO, and Morris Adjmi Architects was selected to convert this former Industrial loft building in order to capture and retain the raw post-industrial and offbeat bohemian vibe that has come to define this corner of Brooklyn. More Information

Crosby Street Hotel

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The Crosby Street Hotel is the first American venture of Firmdale hotel group, design by Tim and Kit Kemp. The interior look is classic Kit Kemp, elegant and quirky yet entirely cozy, inspired by the outpouring of creativity comes from original art, predominantly by little-known British and Irish artists.

Located in the center of SoHo the hotel serves an English Afternoon Tea in The Crosby Bar all day. It includes a variety of teas served in the traditional style with delicious cakes, scones, tarts and sandwiches. Champagne is a glamorous addition.

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The Nomade Hotel

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The Nomade Hotel is one of the latest additions to New York’s North of Madison Square Park district, a housed in a converted turn of the century Beaux-Arts building,fully restored to its original splendor and its magnificent interiors are the inspiration of the multi talented French architect/interior and garden designer Jacques Garcia. More Information

Hôtel Americano

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Hôtel Americano is located in the middle of Chelsea’s art gallery district, where you can celebrate the love of contemporary art and their passion for Manhattan, one of the passion of Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha, owners of the hotel group Habita.

This hotel was build with the purpose of telling a story about Latin America and New York. The Hôtel Americano has a cool industrial Manhattan veneer but a warm Latin soul, focus on architecture, design and gastronomic pleasures.

The James New York

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A towering city hotel, The James New York turns heads in one of Manhattan’s most stylish neighbourhoods and it’s not just because it’s the tallest building on the block. Cool-hunters lured by art-covered walls linger over drinks at Jimmy, the rooftop bar, and the working chef’s garden used by the David Burke Kitchen adds eco-love without going full-blown granola.

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