Travel Blogs from Nice
Road trip! Happy to leave Marseille, it was about a 4hr drive with a stop for lunch - the boys couldn't resist wings and ribs from Buffalo Grill - yep sure felt like we're on a road trip after that. So happy we've decided to drive, there is just no way you would get all these incredible views otherwise. Nice is very beautiful, again it's coastal with wide roads lined with palm trees and an abundance of restaurants ...
We had a great early breakfast this morning and headed out for our 8:48 train to Milan Centrale. We had about 10 minutes to switch trains in Milan to go to Ventimiglia. The first train was pretty crowded (second class) and we had to play the "seat game". Someone was in our seat when we got on (after a dash to find our coach). So we sat in two empty seats. Luckily the lady sitting in our seats left after the first stop. In Milan, we quickly found our train ...
... of the casino, which was very ornate, followed by a half hour walk to the Royal Palace which had view back over Monaco. The village around the Palace was also very nice with lots of small shops. Walking back to our Hotel, we walked past the huge motor launches at the port, there was also a cruise ship at the port. The weather was quite warm, so we put on our swimmers and took the hotel ...
The trip took about an hour, then after receiving local maps, which turned out to be our life saver, we were all set free with specific instructions to meet back at the car park underneath the Oceanographic Museum at 3:30pm sharp, with a warning that if people were late they would be left behind. (Ahhh but of course people didn’t listen to instructions, more on this later).
We visited the western peninsula first including the Cathedral and Town ...
... the last stop on the Italian side before crossing over. There was only one problem. It was 11pm and the last train of the day had left an hour earlier. I was stuck in the station until the next morning when the lines started running again. Reserved to my fate of not making it to France until another seven hours, I found a quiet corner of the station, already packed with people in the same situation, curled ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Negresco Nice
What a dissappointment!
I must say, that this hotel was the utmost dissappointment possible. We went there this June and still can't believe how this Hotel can get away with charging 600 Euro for a Seaview room which was so tiny, dirty and badly presented. Also the service was nearly not existing and the fact that instead of just putting some cotton, shower cap etc into the bathroom they put a tiny sign saying to contact housekkeeping if one was in need of such. Also the towels were so old and badly used that one could actually see through them.
The beach was another disappointment. tiny and cramped, with non-existing waiters, very very old and used sunbeds and the same old and feathery towels as in the bathrooms.
Housekeeping services such as turn-down etc also didn't exist and this in a hotel which claims to be one of the best in the world carrying up to six stars. This stay was so disappointing that we just had to write this review to warn everybody that wants to stay in Nice and is willing to pay a lot of money for a "nice" hotel. Our tip: JUST DON'T STAY AT THE NEGRESCO unless you want to sleep under a 200-year old dusty sheepskin blanket!
Viva La Negresco
Stayed there July 11th with my wife for just one night before a cruise. I had stayed there 17 years ago with my family and although not much has changed it is a 1st class hotel without a doubt. Great location in Nice for a short trip. We stayed in an interior room (no sea view) and we found it very comfortable and very roomy. With the Euro so strong it was quite pricey ($390) but if you can afford it and appreciate a luxury hotel it wont disappoint you. ---The only thing that one can say bad about the property is the elevator is VERY slow but you can always take the grand staircase !
Nix the Negresco
My parents and I left Avignon, France from staying at Hotel d'Europe (absolutely wonderful!!!) for 2 days in Nice at the Negresco. A major, major disappointment for the money that we spent on two sea view rooms (510 and 410 euros). The room was small and smelly and the decor was hideous, worn and outdated and most likely decorated by someone on hallucinatory drugs. This extends onto the whole hotel. It almost seemed like a bad joke was played on us. The only redeeming quality of the hotel was the wonderful waiter on their private beach. Please take my advice. I should of heeded previous advice on trip advisor, next time.
Average at Best!!
This hotel was average at best! It needs a lot of updating to put this hotel in 4 / 5 star rating! For example, the carpets are worn and dated, bedding is old and rooms are poorly decorated. Our TV sit on top of the small fridge that they call a mini bar! Rooms need clocks, better lighting, two beds pushed together are not a King size bed!! Bathroom needs toliet paper holders, better lightning, and tiles need replaced. If you are from the states and need an electrotic converter be sure you pack one! They don't have any US converters or they will tell you to buy at the Boutique. Which brings me to the service, they were helpful at times as long as you are willing to give them a tip but most of the times they were rude and unfriendly! We were very disappointed in this hotle and I would not recommend it anyone. We used Amex reward points for our stay and if I were paying for this hotel the rates they charge I would of stayed elsewhere!
Grand style, shame about the loo rolls!!
We have just returned from staying at The Negresco Hotel. Great trip - a surprise Xmas gift for my husband. Thought the sea-view room was a little small for being an "upgrade", and no comfy armchairs to sit in either.... Hotel has a character and charm all its own. Disagree with reviewer on the food in The Rotunde brasserie - we found it excellent, good value and good service. All in all a positive experience - obviously you are paying for the famous name and the great location and sumptuous decoration in the main parts of the hotel. If you want an bog-standard, glitzy, all-sparkling American-style hotel room, then don't go to the Negresco - but if you want something a bit different with a lot of character, then you will enjoy this. Speaking of bogs, do take your own loo roll - we had to go out and buy some after discovering that our huge bathroom only had some tiny interleaved sheets - we couldn't believe that we were staying in this Belle Epoque hotel, in this grand setting, with silk wallpaper, an 8ft wide bed and this awful, unusable loo paper!! Pavarotti has stayed here - bet he couldn't have managed with that paper!! Loved the trip though. Sure you will too. Pamela Barratt, Cheshire, England
Not a great end to an otherwise fantastic honeymoon
We stayed last September in the Negresco as it was our last night in the beautiful South of France on our honeymoon. We spent the previous 14 days and nights in another beaautiful hotel in the St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Our room was really nicely decorated with a sea view. But after a pleasant dinner we were exhausted and went to bed, but found we could not sleep as a room nearby were extremely noisey. We reported this to reception who said they would do something about, the noise but it continued for another hour and when we called reception to check why, they said there was no noise, I invited them up to our room to listen but they declined. Needless to say we were exhausted in the morning and when we requested a late check-out they declined. When we were leaving we requested a taxi which the quite rude porters got for us, then they insisted on receiving a tip from us, which we declined. Then we recieved a very nice gesture with one of their fingers as we drove off from the front door to the airport! Not very classy eh!? Which was really a pity as we found everywhere and everyone else on our honeymoon to be lovely.
Hotel was nice but don't eat at "La Rotonde"
Hotel was very very very nice, however, I had a major issue with the breakfast, "La Rotonde". The food was terrible and the service was the worst I have ever experienced. They were slow and confusing and I couldn't eat my omlet because it was horrible. I hightly recommend Negresco Hotel, but I advise you to stay away from "La Rotonde"
Okay place to stay, recommended. Could use updating though.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Negresco and do recommend it.
Beautiful building!We especially liked its location, beach is across the street, Palais Massena is right next door, and about a 5 minute walk to the Vieux Nice area where bars and restaurants abound--good distance so you're spared from its noise. Rooms with a sea view are recommended but quite costly; the medium and lower cost rooms seem small but comfortable, no good view, not well-lit, and look a bit worn and old. Walls are not too soundproof. Bring ear plugs. As typical of European hotels, rooms do not have iron/ironing boards, bring your own or pay to have your clothes pressed. The decor and artwork around the hotel is fascinating and worth a look--you'll either love it or hate it! Concierge and other services are average. Do pet the resident orange cat that has the run of the house, he/she is very cute, a warm touch to the hotel!
My husband and I have stayed at the Hotel Negresco four times and enjoyed every visit. The hotel is grandly elegant and has so much original artwork that it rivals some museums. Each floor has a reception area displaying works from a different art historical era and hallways are lined with original prints/paintings by artists such as Dali, Leger and Dubuffet. Public areas are equally impressive, with an ornate Louis XV sitting room and a huge crystal chandeliered ballroom.
As for the hotel rooms, each is individually decorated, with oriental throw rugs and plush fabrics. While most of the rooms are fairly large, with large bathrooms, some at the lower end of the price scale are smaller and look a bit worn. However, everything is immaculate and the staff is always very helpful and gracious if there is a problem.
Finally, the hotel's two dining rooms (one is formal, the other casual) are excellent . My only complaint is that the walls are not really soundproof and one can usually hear hallway noise as well as noise from adjoining rooms. All in all, though this is a terrific hotel and I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Nice.
Splendor from Days Gone By
The Negresco in Nice is situated on the Promenade des Anglais, which runs along the sea-front. It is the main thoroughfare in Nice and is lined with hotels and condo buildings.
The hotel is a tribute to an era gone by and is reminiscent of the Belle Epoque style. The hotel was built in the early 1900s and, in the 2nd world war, was used as a hospital. It now contains the world's largest Aubusson rug and in the hotel's ballroom hangs a magnificent Baccarat chandelier (its twin, I believe, hangs in the Kremlin in Moscow).
We received a very warm welcome upon checking in at the hotel and, thankfully, the hotel is staffed with valets/doormen to assist with parking cars and getting luggage to the room.
With only a quick glimpse of the hotel, one quickly realizes this is a special place. The decor is overwhelmingly unique, with each floor having a different design them as one exits the lift. It is worth the time to visit each floor just to see the decor.
The rooms are very well thought out, with highly stylized decor and large bathrooms with huge bathtubs. The rooms with views to the sea are, obviously, more expensive, otherwise the other rooms overlook an inner courtyard with views down to the top of the ballroom's domed roof.
The cuisine at the hotel deserves the highest marks, at both of the restaurants.
Overall, this hotel will afford a wonderful stay while in Nice.