A Vertiginous Killer View of the Côte d’Azur at Château Eza
February 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM
The French Riviera is famous for being rather photogenic, and if you’ve had a chance to explore the south eastern coastline, you know this to be true. No surprise then that hotels try and take advantage of their setting to offer views of the sparkling blue Mediterranée.
It will be even less of a surprise that those views often come with a serious price tag, so here is our tip for enjoying a killer hotel view without having to check in at all: the terrace at Chateau Eza in Èze Village, midway between Nice and Monte Carlo.
Perched almost precariously on a hilltop, you can see the Cap Ferrat peninsula in the distance, with Èze-sur-Mer directly below at sea level. To get to Èze Village, we’d suggest taking the Moyenne Corniche, one of three famous scenic drives between Nice and Monte Carlo. You’ll leave your car behind just outside the village wall to explore its tiny streets on foot.
You’ll find Chateau Eza on the eastern edge of Èze, quietly tucked away where it has been for nearly 400 years. Formerly the residence of a Swedish prince, there are now just 12 rooms and suites.
If you were inclined to check in, go for a Superior Double Room or higher, as you’ll be guaranteed a balcony – these start from €440 (about $600) a night. A coffee on that terrace will set you back far less though.