Le Meridien Nice
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We drove up to Nice from Toulon this morning and, in a word, we're not impressed. We checked into the hotel and found that the room that I'm pretty darned sure was supposed to have a balcony or patio had neither. So, for a combination of points and money, we have a standard room looking out on the apartments behind. Not exactly what we thought we …
... per item not load and that would cost like a weeks accommodation to have clean clothes. We had afternoon tea of macarons on the wharf at the beach. The French man at the macaron place got confused because meg and I ordered after the boys and he said 'I thought the guys bought enough for four' hehe no. Meg an I got three each. I got a vanilla, Nutella and a caramel. Very yummy! Walking back to the hotel locals had set up some stalls selling ...
... cars following a resident get bounced into the air as the cylinder reemerged from the hole in the pavement with a pneumatic hiss. The car’s undercarriage was pinned and the front of the car was held aloft in a humiliating display for all to see. Eventually the police would appear and make the cylinder retreat back into its hole, and sometimes a tow truck had to be called to drag away the car.
Meanwhile, the old men were still playing petanque on ...
... anywhere. Tour buses a plenty. After an hour of driving through every narrow road in the town, driving at walking pace ( we did see heaps though, just by car ) change of plan, go to Cannes. Cannes was much better. Nice beaches, very layer back and no where near as busy. Spent a lovely day winding ...
... from the rest of the town – a challenge for getting across it. We stopped to take a look at the beach – stony with pebbles (I just don’t get the appeal of sitting on a pile of small and bumpy rocks to sunbath) and headed off to find Château-Musée de Cagnes-sur-Mer. Getting through road construction and poor signage we managed to arrive at the museum right before they shut down for lunch. The Renoir exhibit was OK not great ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Nice
Le Meridien is an excellent choice when staying in Nice. Make sure to request a high floor because this hotel is all about the view. The view from our room was simply incredible--mountains, gardens and the beach directly in front of our room! Very romantic (I stayed here for my honeymoon)Another reason to stay here is the location. It is simply the best location in Nice--right on the beach and near the old city. You can't beat it. Also top-tier is the roof top pool--although small, the pool and restaurant are very upscale and have fabulous views.
Le Meridien also has a very nice hotel restaurant and a glamorous casino. While the lobby and the rest of the hotel are above average, there is not much of a wow factor there. The "health club" is but a few machines--hardly even a gym, but who wants to be in a gym on the Riviera anyway. Nice all about the promanade and the old city.
Excellent location but beware the extra costs
When I booked this hotel, I explicitly asked if there was an additional charge for using the pool and was told it is free. However, the reality is that whilst use of the pool is indeed free, there is nowhere to sit next to it other than the sun beds on the terrace, for which there is a charge of €10/day (assuming you arrive early enough to reserve one). Also, a small bottle of water is available for €8 at the pool, €6 from the minibar or 40 cents from the local supermarket - the supermarket version doesn't come with a slice of lemon but I remain unconvinced that it justifies the price difference.
Other than that, the buffet breakfast is good and the location is perfect.
Stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in August. Outside appearance of hotel was not too promising, but once inside, very nice. We booked a classic double room, no specific view. There were a few problems with the room:
1: the double bed was actually two beds pushed together.
2: The bath was a little dirty.
3: The standard of the room was lower than what i expected for a 4 star hotel.
But other than that, hotel staff were friendly and efficient, breakfast was good. The restaurant on top floor terrace serves delicious food but expensive. Though the best thing about hotel was the location!!! Brilliant because place massena, where all the cafes are found is just behind the hotel, and the old town is just 5 mins walk away.
Overall we had a BRILLIANT stay.
What a rip off!
We booked this four star hotel partly for location and partly for facilities. Location can not be faulted but the facilities - for which the hotel gets the four stars - are a complete rip off. Guest have to pay about £5?/$8 to use the gym at any convenient time, and pay £8/$12 to use a sunbed on the roof top terrace, which may not sound like a great deal of money but when one has already paid a premium for a 4 star hotel one doesn't expect hidden premiums for what is then standard. Mini bar and bar prices were far more expensive that usual as well.
A disaster - should have checked out ...
A fun experience for my wife, myself and my 5 year old. Gave us a free upgrade to a superior room with a sea view at a low internet price.
Food was very good. Room and hotel as a whole were a little tired, but staff tried hard and the location is great.
We enjoyed the rooftop heated pool, especially our young daughter, and could have easily stayed longer.
I would recommend it if the price is right - if you are paying rack rate or even close, its not worth the very big bucks!
Kick back place
I stayed at Le Meridien Nice for my honeymoon. I was able to book a Deluxe Room Sea View on the internet. I called Le Meridien to confirm that I will be getting a Sea View room and they reassured me that this is what I am getting. The second I walked into the room, all I sea is the mediterranean sea. Breathtaking beginning to my stay. The room decoration was typical to waterfront hotels. No bells and Whistles but who needs that when you have the sea in front of you. I loved this hotel and its scent that smelled so fresh. The breakfast buffet was very good and i looked forward to it every morning. Again, no bells and whistles there but it had all i needed. Eggs, granola, cheeses, awesome juice, yogurt, tasty bread, cold cuts... so basically no need for more than that, it's enough to start you off and if that was not enough there are plenty of Cafe's behind the hotel. By far the best location, even better than the Negresco which is a bit further down. Rooms were clean and the service was good. I am very picky when it comes to hotels. This one scored high with me. I would definitely stay there again.
Meridien is Ok
The Meridien is OK, but the rates reflect the location. The room was standard, and there was no view. You are paying for LOCATION. The location was great. So - Great location, so-so hotel.
Good location but a little noisy...
I stayed there for 5 nights around Christmas. It was a package deal that I booked from expedia.com for a little over $2000 USD (including air). The hotel has a very good location. I had a seaview room on the 9th floor. The carpet is busting at the seams throughout the hallway.
My room was very spacious and clean, if you can look pass the funny smell from the shower curtain! As a light sleeper, I was awoken a few times by the traffic noise at night, even though the balcony door was well insulated. I would highly recommend a room facing East (Jardin Albert 1er) where you can see the Mediterranean to the south at the same time. It will cost less plus it is quieter. Hotel staff were friendly and efficient. The American breakfast costs 22 Euro, not worth the money. I will definitely come back because the location cannot be better.
Nice hotel in Nice
The hotel was a nice experience. Extremely well located and especially if you manage to get a sea view room on the upper floors you will probably have the best panorama view in Nice. You can see plains leaving and ships coming all the time and at the same time you can enjoy the pulse of the Nice night life under your feets. Worth a try !
Just returned from 3 1/2 weeks in Europe. We stayed in 4-5 star hotels in Venice, Rome, Florence, Rapallo, Nice, Montreux, and Paris. Of all the hotels we stayed at in Europe this was one of the most disappointing. The location was good right on Promenade des Anglais, in the heart of the city, facing the Mediterranean sea. But the accomodations were not very clean and the buffet breakfast was sub-standard. One good comment, had some of the best french onion soup of my life from room service.