Hotel du Cap: Literary Luxury on the French Riviera

By Ali Pinero

As I stepped off the bus in the south of France, I was welcomed by an endless array of sunshine, warmth, and an ocean so blue I had to look twice to make sure it was real. I was exploring the beaches and sites along the Riviera, making my way to Nice, when I came across the infamous Hotel du Cap, which I immediately recognized as the inspiration for Fitzgerald’s Hotel des Etrangers in his novel, Tender is the Night. In between Marseille and the Italian border, it lies along the French Riviera, placed gracefully on the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes.

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