The Winter Palace in Menton
18 June 2018
During the winters of the Belle Epoque, Menton was the residence of the British upper classes and also the resort of the European aristocracy. Menton is where the British inadvertently invented the Riviera. Architectural symbols, the palaces reflect the intense social life of this period.
Among them, the Winter Palace hotel, with its 220 rooms, was built in the early twentieth century on the plot of the Riviera Palace hotel. Designed by architect Albert Tournaire, the Winter Palace combines a classic Parisian style with elements of Italian art. The park is planted with palm trees, olive trees, mimosas, and clumps of various flowers.
In 1957, the british Islands Hotels & Winter Palace Company decided to turn it into apartments. Facades and roofs of the hotel were listed as historical monuments October 29, 1975. Above the terraces, you can see two turrets with yellow polychrome tiles. Arches and columns adorn the entrance hall and in the lounge, artwork represent the local flora (oleanders, lemon, roses and Passiflora). The palace has been awarded as "Heritage of the twentieth century" March 1, 2001.
Its location on the hill gives it a breathtaking view, while being only a few minutes walk from the railway station and the seaside.