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Late Hotelier Had Ties to The Rich And Famous

Written by Chief Editor.

The BBC has revealed that one of France's most flamboyant hoteliers has died at the age of 95, bringing to a close an era of glitz and glamour on the French Riviera.

Jeanne Augier ran the pink-domed Negresco hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice for more than 60 years after inheriting it from her father in 1957.

There, she welcomed guests including the Beatles and the Sultan of Brunei.

Augier devoted her life to the hotel on the seafront, whose flags were at half-mast following news of her death.

Her success in building the hotel up into a favourite among celebrities saw it develop a client list with names such as Salvador Dali and Elton, who featured the hotel in the video for I'm Still Standing.

The establishment is named after its Romanian-born founder, Henri Negresco, and has more than 100 rooms, each with their own unique furnishings and French art collection pieces.

It opened in 1913 and quickly became popular with European royalty.

In 2016, the Negresco was used as a field hospital following the Bastille Day lorry attack that killed 84 people in the city.