Several cheap hotels and other accommodation can be found around the airport area, making it a good base for attending football matches and exploring the city. Some of the best hotels in Nice are located right in the city centre close to the Old Town and within easy walking distance of the beach.
The area around the Allianz Riviera itself is a pleasant semi-rural district of farms and local housing. Cheap bed and breakfast accommodation and small hotels can be found here. You will find a few places to enjoy a meal or drink, but for the best dining and lively nightlife, make the short journey into Nice itself.
Nice is bursting with history, attractions and fine restaurants. The port area, Lympia, is a fascinating working harbour full of colourful boats, and staying in cheap hotels near the port gives you a taste of authentic Nice with interesting sea views.
Wherever you stay in the city or its suburbs, be sure to spend some time strolling along the Promenade des Anglais, the place to see and be seen, and enjoy some fresh seafood in its fine restaurants. This promenade area gives you a real sense of the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Nice. You might just be lucky enough to find some cheap out of season deals in hotels in this area. Several top beachfront hotels in Nice are just steps away from the beach.
The city’s excellent public transport system means that wherever you stay there will be plenty of buses and trains heading into the city centre or to the Allianz Riviera Football Stadium. Once you are in the centre, you will find it compact enough to explore on foot.
Enjoy a coffee or al-fresco lunch in the picturesque Place Massena, and visit the Rusca Palace and St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, both in the Place du Palais. Take a climb up to the Colline du Chateau. There is little left of the castle itself, but your effort will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Baie des Anges, the port and across the city.
The Chagall and Matisse Museums are two of the city’s must-see galleries. All of these attractions are conveniently on your doorstep if you have booked cheap accommodation in the city centre itself, and the Allianz Riviera is only a few minutes away.