The building that today forms the Hotel Westminster was originally two villas. They were joined together in 1878 with the idea of building a hotel, the construction of which was entrusted to the French architect Louis Castel. In 1904, the already renowned Westminster added an extension at the back to create the Hall of Frescoes, a restaurant, the 'Belle Epoque' lounge, and new guest rooms.
Although the hotel has undergone modernisation throughout the decades, the beginning of the century atmosphere of the Westminster has been preserved. The Hotel Westminster still radiates a sense of the era, and is one of the most representative establishments of the arts and culture in southern France.
It is true that stepping into the Westminster is like stepping back in time. The hotel's majestic architecture is impressive, to say the least. Marble, panelling, gilding, a stately staircase, large spaces, moulded ceilings covered in frescoes... it's like entering one of the most beautiful private mansions in the middle of the Belle Epoque era. While the entrance hall, which seems to run the entire length of the building, is vast and high-ceilinged, the adjoining small narrow lounges bring a touch of intimacy and warmth that could otherwise be lacking in this grandeur.
In this immenseness, the reception desk seems almost lost, hidden in a small alcove in the wall. It's quite surprising, almost anecdotal. In any case, it contrasts perfectly with the huge room just a few steps above, where guests take their breakfast. White pillars, a very high ceiling covered in a fresco, large windows, and chandeliers that give a chapel-type feel to this magnificent room that is no less welcoming.
Of course, the Belle Epoque decor is accentuated by the numerous paintings (landscapes, 19th century portraits) and beautiful pieces of furniture and mirrors (the one on the first landing of the staircase is superb).
Decorated in shades of pink, the dining room of the 'Le Farniente' restaurant is private and sophisticated. With a capacity of 33 place settings, it's the perfect spot for intimate dinners. In summer, meals become a true moment of relaxation with the terrace, which overlooks the Promenade des Anglais and affords a view of the sea, filled with tables to accommodate up to 80 diners. Guests can instantly unwind before or after a meal with a drink in the colonial-style bar, 'Le Westminster'.
There are 7 rooms available at the Hotel Westminster for seminars and meetings (the President, Belle Epoque, Massena, Meyerbeer, Wagram, Rivoli and Verdi). Two of these are in the same style as the Belle Epoque reception, and are really something to see. The meeting rooms can accommodate from 15 to 200 people, in a 20m² (Wagram lounge), 30m² (Meyerbeer and Rivoli lounges), 35m² (Verdi lounge), 50m² (Massena lounge), 110m² (Hall of Frescoes and Belle Epoque lounge) and 190m² (President lounge) space. All of these lounges benefit from natural daylight.