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F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 9
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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.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 4
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.

F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 6
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.”
F.Scott Fitzgerald favorite French Riviera Hotels 7
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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Ready to go on a hotel tour through French Riviera Hotels? Let us know which one was your favorite! Don’t forget to get more luxury hotels inspirations on our Pinterest!

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The best casino hotels in Caribbean

The Caribbean has a multitude of terrific casinos, and the vast majority of them are full-service, large-scale gaming Meccas. Here are the top 10 casino hotels in Caribbean, with an emphasis in the capital of Caribbean gaming: Puerto Rico.

Atlantis — Bahamas

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Simply put, this is really the gold standard for Caribbean casinos.

Hard Rock Punta Cana — Dominican Republic

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This massive 45,000-square-foot casino is also notable for a great poker programme, with cash games every night at the Hard Rock Poker Room.

Resorts World Bimini — Bahamas

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The newest (and smallest) casino on this list, Resorts World Bimini is a bright casino (it even has windows) with a very intimate vibe. And its small size makes you feel like you’re a high roller, even if you’re playing the penny slots.

Stellaris Casino — Aruba Marriott Resort

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Casino Metro — Sheraton San Juan

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El San Juan Resort & Casino

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This 13,000-square-foot casino is great looking, with more of a Monte Carlo-style feel than a Las Vegas one.

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Casino Royale St Maarten

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No, this isn’t the one where Bond played Le Chiffre, but it is the largest and best in St Maarten.

Royal Beach Casino — St Kitts Marriott

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This casino is on the small side, but it’s one of the hot spots in St Kitts. And a tremendous place to watch a sporting event.

Casino del Mar — La Concha A Renaissance Resort — San Juan

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The La Concha is one of the hottest hotel night spots in the area, and it’s no surprise that the casino is, too.

Treasure Bay Casino — Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama

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Las Vegas in Grand Bahama. The 35,000-square-foot casino has it all, with 400 slot machines and 30 gaming tables.

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