One cannot speak of the district of Cimiez in Nice and not mention the anchor of the area, the historic Excelsior Régina Palace.
Practically across the street from the Musee Matisse, construction of this majestic former luxury palace hotel started in 1895. Designed by architect Sebastien Marcel Donohoe, it took only 18 months to complete and for the time it was considered to be state of the art having electric lighting by incandescent lamps, plumbing and central heating and yet staying true in keeping with the romantic Belle Époque design style.
If you are a movie buff and have a keen eye you will notice portions of the Regina Palace have been used as location shoots for the movies: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Good Thief, mainly of the latter.
To this day the former Excelsior Régina Palace is exquisitely maintained. It would be an obvious privilege to live in such a characteristic building with a long history with panoramic views of the surrounding city of Nice all the way out to the sea.
Making your way and viewing the intricate details of the Regina Palace is a must on your tour of Nice-Cimiez.