The last major town before the French border with Italy is that of Menton, a colourful and vibrant fishing port with oodles of charm and the kind of streets that look like they’ve been plucked straight out of a storybook. And so if you’re looking for a place to stay along the French Riviera for a luxurious and romantic weekend, then you may well want to choose Menton. Here’s your ultimate guide to the best of Menton Hotels, and an accommodation guide for every budget.
Introducing Menton, the pastel jewel town of the French Riviera
Pretty, picturesque, pastel, and by the sea: it doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to the French Riviera, a stunning stretch of coastline that’s otherwise known as the Côte d’Azur (turquoise coast) thanks to its stunning sea colour. Comprising of towns and cities such as Nice, Cannes, Antibes, as well as hidden gems such as Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Eze, you certainly won’t regret any trip you book to this part of l’Hexagone.
Menton itself is located around a half-hour train journey away from Nice, and just 10 km away from the tiny principality of Monaco. Once there, highlights of this Italianate town include a museum about Jean Cocteau, a glittering fishing port offering views onto the pastel old town, and the view from the Cemetery of the Old Château, which is hands down the best view to be found in Menton.
Things to know before booking Menton accommodation
If you’re like me and want to see as many major attractions as possible, then don’t make the travel mistake of booking to stay too far away from central Menton. Instead, spend a little extra and make the most of your time in the city (or even in the old town itself) by being able to walk to all of the major attractions.
Although most people in the tourism industry speak great English, it’s only polite to learn a few words of the local language, in this case, French. So as to help you get by, I highly recommend bringing along a French phrasebook like this one.
You should also know before you visit Menton that the plugs are different from those in many parts of the world. Bring along a universal travel adapter like this one so you can charge your electrical items abroad! Finally, it’s worth noting that, in general, Menton hotels are significantly cheaper than those of Nice or Monaco, meaning that the town is a great place from which to base yourself for exploring the wider region.
Luxury hotels in Menton
Hôtel Napoleon, 29 Porte de France, 06500 Menton, France
Truth be told, one of the most luxurious hotels in Menton is that of Napoleon, a four-star establishment which is well-reviewed across booking and review sites. Close to the sea and featuring luxury amenities such as an outdoor pool, 24-hour reception desk, and some rooms offering beachside views, other highlights include free Wi-Fi and a bar on site.
Hôtel Princess et Richmond Menton, 617 Prom. du Soleil, 06500 Menton, France
This four-star hotel in Menton is situated just a few minutes walk away from the beach and features luxury amenities such as a hot tub, indoor pool, and a bar on site. Other facilities include Wi-Fi, beach access, and rooms featuring TVs and minibars. Some rooms offer sea views.
Mid-range hotels in Menton
Hotel ibis Styles Menton Centre, 10 Rue Villarey, 06500 Menton, France
For a well-reviewed mid-range hotel in the very heart of all the action, the three-star Hotel ibis offers casual yet comfortable rooms. Other amenities of this Menton hotel include beach access, free breakfast (with some bookings), room service and a bar on site. Some rooms even have balconies which offer fantastic views of the Mediterranean sea.
Hôtel Royal Westminster, 28/30 Avenue Félix Faure, 06500 Menton, France
Steps away from the Musée Jean Cocteau and not far away from the maze of streets that make up Menton’s old town, the Royal Westminster Hotel is set alongside the backdrop of the Promenade du Soleil. As beautiful on the outside as the rooms offered within, this hotel boasts a Belle Epoque facçade with some rooms offering sea views. Other facilities at this three-star hotel include a fitness centre, pet-friendly amenities, and air conditioning.
HOTEL RIVA ART & SPA – Menton, 600 Prom. du Soleil, 06500 Menton, France
Luxury can be found on a mid-range budget at Hotel Riva. Situated along the Promenade du Soleil in the middle of all the action in central Menton, this hotel offers amenities such as a hot tub, bar on-site, pool, and beach access. Other highlights include a restaurant and spa.
Budget accommodation in Menton
Hôtel Lemon, 10 Rue Albert 1er, 06500 Menton, France
A little further away from the beach than some of the other places to stay in Menton, Hôtel Lemon can be found in a quiet and calm neighbourhood of the town. Amenities of this budget two-star hotel in Menton include free Wi-Fi, a bar on site, room service, and beach access.