The hotel was built around 1890 by the architect Monsieur Blanchi, born in
Nice. He is reknownd for his constructions of the Belle Epoque.
The former Hotel "Pavillon de Rivoli" was built for a clientele "bourgoise"
who came several months to stay during the winter time. A that
period Nice was mostly reknowned for its winterseason and only few hotels
had opend during the summer month.
The "Belle Epoque" of the French Riviera
In 1888, Stephen Liegeard invents the name "French Riviera". It
becomes then the inescapable and popular meeting of the world elite, the
winter, then the summer. It From these brilliant years, we still have
testimonials to a life-style that will always remain an illustrious part
of the Côte d'Azur's heritage.
It's surprising to find on the Côte d'Azur such an extraordinary
blend of styles and eras, fads and fashion too.
The architectural styles
Architectural symbols of the "Belle Epoque", palaces and palatial hotels
evoking fantasy and luxury, the stuff of dreams, a real ode to pleasure.
The seafronts - the Croisette in Cannes, Promenade des Anglais in Nice,
Promenade du Soleil in Menton - have kept their line-up of palatial
hotels. Their monumental façades decorated like wedding-cakes, the lobbies
and receptions all reflect the intense high-society life-style for which
they set the scene.