Mercure Nice Centre Grimaldi
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Nice Centre Grimaldi
Good all round
Only the night before we flew to Nice, whilst collating my travel papers, did I realise I'd booked the 'wrong Grimaldi'. Thinking I'd made a terrible mistake, I got that sinking feeling, but needn't have worried.
For the type of hotel (3* 'Budget chain') we were more than pleased with everything we found. The location was great, seeming to be no more than a short stroll from the beach, restaurants, shops, sights and train station.
The room was clean, air conditioned and was recently refurbished. It had a clean bathroom, with bath (albeit a small one) in room safe (free!) & minibar (not so free -but some room to stash your own drinks!!! ). It also happened to have a (double!) bed that gave me a better nights sleep than some 4 & 5* hotels I've stayed in. The room was also quiet with the added bonus of a balcony.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
If you are the trendy type, looking for contemporary styling and minimalist lines, or alternatively after classic styling and grand proportions, you'll not get the wow factor you are looking for at this hotel. once you take away those emotional yearnings for surroundings and clientele that befit the type of person you like to think you are (like I do), you are left with a solid choice of hotel. Yes it is basic, and I'd venture to say a little bland, but put in perspective we ate well, slept well and were in clean and safe surroundings.
Overall, for what we wanted - somewhere clean, friendly, well located that was to serve primarily as a comfortable base, The Mercure Grimaldi exceeded our expectations.
Would gladly recommend this hotel to anyone.
Great Location-Average Hotel
We had a twin bedded room for four nights May,2005. The rating is a combination of some great qualities and very negative ones. The front desk was very friendly and even gave us a choice of rooms. The location is perfect and the beds firm and comfortable. However, the noise from the room above was excessive and annoying. Street noise was heard but not overly bothersome with the windows shut. We slept with the a/c on fan to try to avoid disturbing noises. At least the room a/c would cool the room during the heat of the summer. The room was very generic--gray carpet, white walls, no decorations, and cheap furniture. Room was very small and dimly lit. The bathroom was well lit and bright. Last year we stayed at Le Grimaldi, one block away and the difference between the two is dramatic. Le Grimaldi is only 25 Euros more and well worth it. Normally the rate at the Mercue Grimaldi is 125 E but I booked on their website for 115 E. The standard room at Le Grimaldi is 140 E where rooms on a court yard are available to avoid street noise.Neither hotels have parking available. We paid 22 E per night in a structure one block away because street parking is never available. We learned our lesson and will not try to save a few dollars. Ambiance and the class of guests do make a difference.
Very Comfortable Stay
The hotel is ideally located 5 mins away from the beach, 10 mins from old town, 10 mins from the train station, and right next to Massena where everything happens. Yet we never heard any street noise in our room at night. We had a room right above the lobby which probably offered a bit better view... Rooms are small by the US standards but that's true for mostly any hotel in town. A perfectly clean and updated bathroom was a big plus. All staff are friendly, upbeat, and speak good English. Excellent maid service. Buffet breakfast is a bit uneventful (other than fresh squeezed juice) and not really worth the 12 Euros. There is really no downside to staying here especially considering the budget rate. The hotel was completely sold out when we were there.
Excellent hotel situated in the heart of Nice. Nice room. Stayed here with my husband and 15year old daughter. Staff very helpful. Did not eat in the hotel at all so cannot comment on this. About 10mins walk from the promenade where we had breakfast in MacDonalds. Hotel is 30 seconds walk from loads of lovely restaurants and it is hard to choose which one to eat in. Nice shops near hotel too.
A Great Place to Stay in Nice
We stayed here in April 2005 after reading the reviews on this site. The price was reasonable, and we were impressed with the room and the service. The staff spoke English (we speak no French) and were friendly and helpful. The location was good - there are cafes, restaurants, and shops nearby, and it's a short walk to the sea (5-10 mins) and to Old Nice (10-15 minutes). Although we paid a special low rate, we had a spacious corner room. We would definitely stay here again.
Very well located hotel. It is very close to all that you need to see in Nice. The shops, plenty of restarants and sights are close by including the promenade. The room was a good size, clean and modern bath and wrap around deck.
Dont miss La Cigale for a middle eastern meal (walk straight down to hotel to the sea direction till it ends, take a right the 1st left and follow that street about 1/2 way down). Very very good food - ate there 3 times. Take out is cheaper. Noori in Pl Grimaldi is also good. Torrefazione next to La Cigale is a good coffee shop. Have lunch or a drink opp the Palais Dela Mediterrane on the promenade on the beach. Its very romantic. 4 cheese Pizza is good there.
Good location and good value for the money
Best part of this hotel was the location -- 15 minute from the train station, 10 minute walk to the beach and close to shops and restaurants. Hotel staff was helpful and courteous. Hotel itself is clean and in good shape but can't really say more than that about it. Our room was quite small and the walls were kinda thin (we could hear the family in the next room getting ready in the morning).
Roomy and well-located
We had a stay at the hotel in June 2004, we really liked it. 10- 20 mins walk from the train station and less than 10 mins to the beach, also it's close to the restaurants and shops. Room is big and has A/C. It's also safe since lobby door was locked at night so only hotel guests have access to the hotel.
We'd stay here again
We stayed here in October 2004. Excellent location, 10m walk from station, 2 mins to pedestrian area, 5 mins to beach. Hotel is clean and well presented, standard room for 98 euros well priced. Rooms have bath, tv, minibar air con etc and were very clean. We'd stay here again. Staff friendly and courteous, with tips on where to eat etc.
This hotel is part of the Accor chain of hotels (IBIS, Novotel, Mercure etc). It is very well located in Nice, being close to cafes, restaurants etc. It is about 10 minutes walk from the sea front and about 10 minutes from the main station. The staff were friendly. The rooms were of good quality for that type of hotel, bathroom was very new. No complaints about the hotel except they have installed a new security card system to get into the room, and it usually took us about 10 attempts to get in! Thoroughly recommended for a trip to Nice.