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In the early evening we arrived at our hotel in Nice. We would be here for two nights and the entire entourage was looking forward to a little respite from the travelling.
The Boscolo Plaza Hotel was probably the finest we were to stay in during this tour. It was quite opulent and you could buy Rolex watches and …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsB4 Nice Plaza
Great hotel, wonderful location right on the main Plaza.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews B4 Nice Plaza
Very happy hour or two
Lovely meal in the restaurant here, very refined cooking,
Maitre'd and staff were most attentive
Ground floor bar is pleasant and has a "happy hour" from 5pm to 6pm when drinks are two for the price of one.
You can have the bill added to your Boscolo hotel bill
even if its another hotel in the group/City
Service was excellent, as was the food.
Classic rooms are not so nice
Stayed at the hotel during a conference.
The location of the hotel is excellent (very close to the seafront).
The pulic area (lobby, bar) is nice decorated. The staff at the reception was friendly and helpfull.
However in general the service in the hotel was not very well managed (e.g. minibar was never restocked during my 3 nights stay, after using the laundry service they did not put a new laundry bag into the room, rooms were cleaned in the late afternoon...).
The classic/standard rooms are below standard. Very old and in urgent need of renovation. Also no internet access in the room (but wifi in lobby for 10€/2hours).
The breakfast buffet in the basement was also far below expectation. I never understand why hotels put the breakfast room into the worst location (basement). I highly recommend to have breakfeast somewhere else.
Not Up To Standard
From reading the reviews, it seems that most hotels in Nice are a dissapointment and the Plaza was no exception.
We stayed at the Boscolo Plaza for 4 nights in Aug/Sep. All I can say is that the staff were friendly enough, but the service and facilities were not up to the standard of a 4 star hotel.
On the first day, we came back to our room at 3:00 PM to find it had still not been cleaned. The hotel staff told us that it was "normal" for rooms to be made up any time until 5:00 PM. After complaining, our room was done at midday every following day, but don't count on it unless you ask!
The hotel has a sun terrace on the top floor which forms part of the bar. There are numerous sun loungers, but no parasols to provide shade from the oppressive heat. When I raised this with staff, they told me that generally parasols were not available because they blow over in the wind! Not suprising really, because their trendy design made them look like they had "sails" on them. Anyway, they did me a favour, brought one over and I spent the morning holding on to it. How much does it cost to get a few decent parasols for gawds sake! We were then harrassed into buying drinks from the bar when the waitress gave our bottle of Evian an evil look!
Now I dont know about you but I don't feel like I'm on holiday when I'm sitting in the blazing heat, with no shade or water and being forced to buy alcoholic drinks with salty peanuts.
The next day we decided to pay for a lounger, parasol and pool at the Meridien!
The hotel is meant to be soundproofed, but it is definitely not as can be confirmed by a fellow guest who stayed on the fifth floor and could hear chairs scraping across the ceiling from the 6th floor restaurant above. A wedding party made the stay unbearable for her and this was meant to be a luxury room.
Also, the air conditioning is useless. I had the engineer come up to try and fix it and he managed to get a tiny trickle of cool air out of it. Because Nice is a noisy place, you'll need to keep the balcony door closed. Every morning, we woke up in a hot sweat!
Our next door neighbours ordered room service and the plates were left out for 24 hours before I rang reception to collect them. Apparently the hotel had a shortage of staff.
Now here's my main gripe (if I haven't given you enough already). We asked for a wake-up call for 6:30 in the morning so we could head off early for the market at Ventimiglia. The reception duly noted it down and we went to bed and slept well. The next morning we awoke at 8:30 with no wake-up call! I've never known a hotel not to get this right
My final complaint - breakfast. It's ok but not great. A choice of cereal, re-heated croissants, a few slices of cheese and yoghurts, awfull coffee, but nothing that you won't get in a 3 star hotel.
The only thing going for the hotel is the location. One block away from the main shopping street, although the Meridien is too.
If I had to go to Nice again, I would stay in the Meridien.
Nice room and location
We stayed at this hotel in July, 2005 as a short term stay, prior to flying out of Nice on a morning flight. We used a last minute internet reservation special, booked from our previous hotel, and paid €209/night. The ocean view room was huge, quiet, clean, had a tub/shower, large sink and really good air conditioning. It was a little sparsely furnished (the room view on expedia is pretty accurate) but fine. The pedestrian mall was right behind the hotel, with multiple choices for restaurants and multiple botiques, Vieux Nice was nearby across the Place Massena, and Galeries Lafayette was very close for shopping for necessities. I liked the hotel breakfast Buffet, and they were able to adjust the cost for my wife, who wanted only coffee. We encountered no attitude problems with staff. Only downside was the lack of washcloths. Overall, I thought this was fine, and probably the biggest room we stayed at on our trip. Cab fare for us to the airport was 30€.
A pleasure to stay in
following the rather negative reports on the trip advisor website,I approached my stay at the plaza with apprehension,I need not have been concerned the room was lovely ,light & airy the decor of the room & hotel was excellent & the staff were helpful & friendly,the location could not have been bettered we really enjoyed our stay.
The Good Outways The Few Problems
The hotel has an excellent location situated accross from the water, a few blocks from the historic district, and directly behind the hotel are the pedestrian streets lined with nice restaurants and shops that actually take American Express. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous. Now for the down side. The roof was closed which had a bar and lounge chairs. Our first room had a wonderful balcony but the door would not lock. We changed to a smaller room and that balcony flooded at night when it rained and there was no where for the water to drain. The balcony had four inches of water on it and we couldn't even open the door or the room would flood. Don't eat brakfast at the hotel. There are terrific outdoor caffee's behind the hotel. Don't drive in Nice. Its 28 Euro a day to park the car and Nice is impossible for driving. Did I mention don't drive in Nice.
Large rooms, comfortable twin beds but that's all.
The hotel description and pictures didn't represent this hotel accurately. We booked thinking that we would be getting luxury. The hotel is in serious need of total renovation. The carpet is so old in the hallway (which they have tried to clean so many times) the fumes give an immediate headache. The hotels rooms were large and the twin beds pushed together to make a king were pretty comfortable. However, next time on a romantic vacation in South France I would like to sleep in the same bed with my husband. Luxury NO, we had seperate sheets, no comforter on the beds, and no shower curtain. I will pay for luxury next time.
Far from Luxury
Couldn't agree more with previous reviewer.
Unfortunately I left hotel picking to someone else in the group this time.
The Boscolo website does a lot of false advertising.
Beware the rooms look nothing, not even similar to the pictures portrayed on the website. This goes for everyone in our party.
The Boscolo website gives you the impression they're Four Seasons level. I was looking forward to staying at such a luxurious place however was very disappointed when I got there. The hotel is not dirty or really bad just old and in need of a good refurbishing. If you're expecting luxury look somewhere else.
The Boscolo does not have cable TV, the only english channel was Eurosport and CNN. Their PPV system is also a bit unconventional. Looking for internet ? Don't have it.
Should you rent a car beware there is no parking in the hotel or valet. There is however a parking lot next door for 30Euro/day
All in all if you don't want to be disappointed stick with the names you know and the quality you've gotten used to. There's a Le Meridien literally next door.
Overrated and Overpriced
We've just returned from a rather wonderful week in Nice, staying at the Boscolo Hotel Plaza. The hotel has an excellent location - a short walk to all the main attractions and we enjoyed staying there. However, numerous small niggles gradually combined to take the shine off an establishment that markets itself as a luxury hotel.
Firstly the room decor - hotel decor was fine but it had been a couple of years too many since our room was painted. Then we had two power failures that blacked out the whole hotel for several hours and for which we received no information, advice or compensation. As a result of these we were locked out of our (electronic) room safe for a while and later on the room lock itself failed. Oh and there was a hole in the ceiling outside the room through which the air-conditioning leaked and about which noone seemed to worry very much, even after we told them. Some, but definitely not all of the staff had a slightly snooty attitiude as well.
On the whole it wasn't as bad a stay as this may sound, but with the mysterious additional charges and breakfast not being included when we thought it was, our stay added up to poor value for money. I don't mind paying for quality providing I get it, and at the Boscolo Hotel Plaza I felt I didn't get what I paid for.