Hotel Gounod Nice
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We had quite an early train to catch to Nice, that left from the Gare de Lyon which was two metro trains away, so it was a bit of an early morning. Still managed to have our yummy free breakfast at the hostel though, and grabbed some lunch from the bakery across the road before we headed to the station. We were cutting it a little fine and so were power-walking it over to the regional train part of the station, searching on the screens for the platform our train would be ...
... the ocean. They have jasmine vines covering all the rock walls, so it smells like jasmine EVERYWHERE. There are fountains everywhere, you always hear at least three at a time, which makes David super happy as he loves the sound of running water.
Technically our hotel, La ChŔvre d'Or, is in the village of Eze. It was listed ...
... up to the top of the citadel (there is nothing left of it). Maija and I hoofed it up the 200 stairs, Paul and Dorothy took the elevator. There is a lovely park at the top with views over Nice and on the other side, the Nice port. Lots of families were out today. Later in the afternoon we walked along the Promenades des Anglais. There were a few people in the water but not many. It is still only ...
... went in and asked guy if he would open our bottle of wine even though we had not bought it from him. He did make comment on the quality and suggested next time he would sell us much better wine. So we had won, we could have a “gourmet” roll with wine on the beach while watching the really game brave the cold Mediterranean water.
A bike ride along Promenade des Anglais
The next adventure was to hire a bike and ride along ...
... a bakery for some midnight snacks, and headed to the hotel, where we ate dinner in the charming restaurant. After dinner, not ready for the evening, our day in Nice, and my birthday to be over with, we walked back down to the casino...but we were unable to go in because they said John could not wear his beach shoes in...guess a dress code kicks in during the evening hours....so , yes, James, John IS wearing his flip flops all over Europe, no matter what ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gounod Nice
Stayed here a couple of times and, although basic, the hotel is clean and tremendously good value. Rooms have BBC 24 news so you can keep up to date and the roof terrace of their sister hotel Splendide has views to die for! Fab restaurants nearby, wonderful French cooking. Try the Barracuda, especially the reasonably priced pate fois gras Mmmm...
Just as the reviews say
Just returned from a four night stay at the Gounod, it was just like all the reviews said an old typically French hotel but very clean and comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff. The buffet breakfast was ideal to start the day. The location was a short walk from the promonade and not too far from the old town. A couple of restaurants to mention which were close to the hotel The Bleu Maison and The Barracuda which are on the street which goes straight down to the promonade from the hotel. If you go to the Barracuda get there early as its always busy.
A Bit of Heaven
My (now) wife and I enjoyed a wonderful week at the Hotel Gounod during the last week of March in 2003. Service was exceptionally friendly courteous and efficient. Our room was spacious and the decor was quite charming. I would give the Hotel Gounod 5 stars based upon my experience there which I think I could easily expect on my next visit.
The proximity to the heart of Nice and to the beach was great. we did rent a car but also did alot of walking trips about the nearby area in which there is a great diversity of cultural interests. The train to Cannes, Marseilles, Monaco and into Ventimiglia, Italy is also just a short walk from the hotel. the Promenade Des Anglais which is a main drag along the Riviera beaches is a 2 minute walk. Go there and Say hello to Laurent, one of the Hotel's most exceptional employees.
We stayed at the Gounod for 3 nights last August 2003 on our honeymoon after reading several positive reviews. Our room was very large, air conditioned, and clean. The decor was slightly dated, but the Gounod is definitely great value. The front desk was also quite helpful. The location was good - only a few blocks to the beach, shopping and promenade.
Gounod is nice
I stayed in the Grounod for three nights, based on the reviews I read here. I┬ m pleased. FYI, I'm new to European travels so I have very little for comparison. I stayed in a single with a double bed during the start of Carnaval in mid-February. I agree with the previous reviews, a bit drab in spots, bathroom updated, centrally located, a safe area to walk at night. Also, breakfast was good with lots of fresh rolls, even eggs, staff helpful, room cleaned everyday. Sharing arrangement with the Splendid┬ s pool is worth a look for the 360 roof top view. Besides being a bit drab in spots, the staff was a bit enthusiastic in promoting the restaurant at the Splendid, the Victor Hugo. I found plenty of good dining opportunities around with reasonable prices. I worked pretty hard to find the best rated hotel with the best price, and my research led me here and I┬ m glad to find the reviews were accurate.
Liked the Gounod
Just arrived home after 4 nights at the Gounod. The hotel is in a typical French style, a touch drab and dreary in places, but overall of a reasonable standard. Although facing a narrow internal courtyard so we had no view whatsoever, our room was absolutely massive, with built-in wardrobes, a bathroom and a separate shower room. The room was clean and comfortable, with a very good double bed, a couple of armchairs and a table, nice colour TV with satellite and pay films. The room was cleaned daily, together with fresh towels and bed linen.
Breakfast was buffet style, served in a room off reception, and was of comparitively good quality. Service was attentive at all times, and we were generally made to feel welcome. Car parking costs 12E per day, although we managed to find spaces on the road each evening. The hotel is situated in a fairly nice area, within 15 mins walk of the main shopping area, and a few mins drive to the seafront and express road.
Having previously stayed at the 4* Acropole in Nice, the Gounod is superb in comparison. As long as you dont expect standard "Holiday Inn" style accommodation, the Gounod does represent good value for money.
Charming, friendly hotel
We stayed at the Gounod for 8 nights in November 2003. It's a charming.
lovely, well-located hotel. The management , maid service, and breakfast buffet were all excellent. We loved our room and felf totally safe and secure there. If we are fornunate enough to be able to return to Nice, we can't imagine staying anywhere else. l
We liked everything about it
We stayed for 4 nights in August 2003. It was perfect for us - 2 adults and our 2 children (ages 7 and 16). We had what they defined as as suite. It was 2 bedrooms sharing a hall that had a bathroom and small kitchen. It was everything we needed. The bedrooms were a good size.
The bathroom was huge. With the extreme temperatures in Nice last week it was great to have the refrigerator - we stored lots of soda and water. The front desk was nice and helpful. The breakfast was filling.
The location could not have been better - close to the beach and shopping - but away from the noise. Access to the pool next door made it even better. We would gladly stay there again for our next visit.
They also offered off street parking. We stayed in room 207 - if you find our bottle of red wine that was left behind - we hope you enjoy it.
I concur with Mr Bedfordshire. We also booked a suite (one room with double bed, second room with comfortable sofa bed) in early August 2003. Spacious, lovely bathroom, decent sized fridge too. You are also allowed to use the outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi at the sister hotel, the Splendid. Its only 3 star and there's no restaurant as such (but a decent breakfast room) or bar, but that does mean you get a good price! Recommended!
Very French, Very Good
I returned from Nice yesterday, 10 February, 2003, leaving behind the sunshine but bringing with me the satisfaction of finding a comfortable, value for money central hotel in Nice. I stayed in a 2 bedroom suite with 2 girl friends (we are in our 30s & 50s). The bedrooms were large and the bathroom wonderful - plenty of well lit mirrors and tons of space. The staff was extremely friendly and efficient. The hotel is modernised but has not lost its "Frenchness". All 3 of us said we would definately stay there again. Our one criticism would be their breakfast coffee (a bit bland) but there was plenty of hot milk to go with it and plenty of fresh rolls etc. The hotel is situated just minutes away from one of the main pedestrian street that is chock-a-block with great restaurants and bars. February is a good time to go as the crowds have not arrived, but there is plenty of atmosphere and and sunshine. Go for the Gounod Hotel!