The Hotel Windsor occupies an unassuming, turn-of-the-century building in a residential area of Nice not far from the shops and the station. Once in the reception hall, however, a Thai shrine takes centre stage, an artwork that changes every year adorns the walls and a humoristic hologram occupies one corner. The soundtrack of a space ship launch livens up the lift ride to the fifth floor which has been turned into a fitness room (eastern style) and Moroccan hammam. This place is definitely different and very à la mode.
Thirty two of the bedrooms have been decorated by contemporary artists mostly along clean, simple line. Some feature white on white, others bold colours, one has a wall covered in graffiti; each is unique. One room is decorated in sand colours by an artist who imagined himself in the chamber of a pyramid. Gold stars shine out of a midnight-blue night sky and music from Lawrence of Arabia starts up when you go into the bathroom. The remaining bedrooms are more uniform with modern frescoes of Italy or oriental scenes, natural fabrics and stylish white bathooms; some have terraces. In summer, breakfast is served in the delightful garden full of exotic trees, shrubs and flowers, in winter in the bistro-style restaurant. We hear from a recent visitor that a trip up in the lift is a ‘must’ for anybody visiting Nice for the first time.