Le Palais de la Mediterranee
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... floating in a beautiful, serene place lost to time.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Palais de la Mediterranee Nice
Very nice, shame about the breakfast
We spent 3 nights in an Executive Room (a junior suite in all but name) over Easter 2005. Apart from a small lobby on ground level, the bulk of the hotel is on the third floor. Here there is a very pleasant bar, a restaurant with Michelin-star pretensions, a large function room used for breakfast and a large terrace area with sun loungers. There is also a novel 'half inside, half outside' heated pool. There is also a sauna / hamman and a small fitness room.
The seaview rooms (70 out of 188) are certainly the ones to book. The six sea-view Executive Rooms are directly in the middle of the building (one per floor) and have the broadest views. The Executive Rooms are also about 50% wider than the standard rooms and so have a far larger balcony - only the Exec Rooms have a sun lounger as well as a table and chairs.
The room itself was very well decorated, with a totally separate toilet. The bathroom had a separate shower cubicle and bath, with a heated towel rail. Toiletries were average - no toothbrush, no razor and we had to request conditioner.
The in-room facilities are excellent. A very calming pale blue and cream colour scheme. Frette (I think) linens. A Krups capsule-based coffee maker. A flat LCD TV. A CD player with a jazz compilation. Lighting was as bad as all European hotels (there were no ceiling lights at all!) but there were two powerful bedside spotlights so you could still read.
The sea-facing wall was all glass, comprising two sets of doors opening onto the balcony. There was no traffic noise despite the Promenade des Anglais passing outside.
We never ate in the main restaurant - very expensive, with even the set menu being Euro 75. There is Mattisse-themed brasserie in the casino part of the hotel which was very good and well priced, but oddly you have to walk out of the front door of the hotel to get to it - there is no internal link.
The biggest problem was breakfast. They serve the buffet breakfast in the main function room. The chairs are function chairs (ie the sort you sit in at a conference). Service is useless - on all three days we never got any drinks until we accosted a member of staff. There is no facility to order any cooked items not on the buffet. To be honest, you are 100% better off having a room service breakfast on your balcony - we would have done this if our rate had not included a free buffet breakfast. The food from the buffet is good quality, however - its just service that grates.
For quality of room and general service (apart from breakfast), this hotel is easily the best we have ever stayed at in Nice. HOWEVER .... if your aim in Nice is to sit by a pool and sunbathe, my recommendation remains La Perouse. The rooms are worse but the ratio of pool and sun loungers to number of guests is far better than all of the big hotels.
Really perfect, pure luxury
My wife and myself passed a weekend at the cote d´azur, end of february, to catch some sun. 3 nights in 3 different hotels. The Palais ... was even better then expected. We booked with " The leading hotels of the world" and got a really good rate, a third lower than the official hotel-rate. But not enough, we were upgraded from a city-view room to a sea view room. Great lobby, pure elegance, really spacious room, perfectly equipped, B&O-television..., enormously friendly people .... and the location is as good as the Art deco fassade. All in all a really perfect hotel, the best we have ever been. When you go to Nice, go there!
Brand new hotel, in a perfect location.
It was a pretty chic hotel, in the middle of the Promenade. Very nice experience.
The only problem, was with a front desk clerk (who was lying about a room upgrade availability), but was promptly fixed after complaining.
The Best of Everything
The Palais de la Mediteranee combines the best of everything. It has a gorgeous historical facade with a hip, modern hotel behind it and is perfectly situated on the Promenade des Anglais facing the sea. As this was our first time in Nice, we booked this hotel primarily for location. We also liked the fact that they are aggressively price promoting as it has only been reopened about a year. The rooms are lovely and the balconies overlook both the Mediterranean Sea and the pool terrace. The pool is an indoor/outdoor combination in a striking half moon shape with plenty of seating and space for everyone. Everything is spotless and outrageously chic, after all it is French. The bars offer complimentary hors d-oeuvres which is a nice touch. Service everywhere in the hotel, the rooms, bar and front desk was first class and very helpful.
As for the location, it could not be improved upon. It is an easy 15 minute walk to the main shopping area and the boulevard along the water is one of the safest parts of town. There are literally dozens of cafes within a 10 minute stroll. The airport too is easily reachable in 15 minutes or less. We would stay here again if in Nice!
Praise for the Palais
The Palais de la Mediterranee is an outstanding all-new hotel in a well-known historic setting. The architecture and design touches resonate well and all services and staff were top-notch. The word must be out, as this under-200 room property is well booked. If you plan on arriving on an early flight, ask to freshen up in the nicely appointed fitness center and enjoy a leisurely lunch on the 3d-level deck, as an early check-in is not likely to be available. If the price seems a tad high, blame the US dollar, not the hotel, as the PDM definitely delivers the value. Balance the budget by cjecking out the many local and ethnic restauarants on the nearby Rue de France and surrounding streets off the Promenade.
Excellent service, great setting
We stayed over weekend in October and were really impressed by the excellent pool and poolside food, friendly staff and the great views through the original facade to the sea. We've spent several summers in Nice staying at Meridien, Palais Maeterlinck and Negresco and this is by and away the best all round. The executive sea-view room was really nice with LCD tv, CD player, fresh linen and great bathroom. Highlight were the friendly staff. Everyone had a smile on their face and were down to earth which is unnusual for staff in this part of the world.
We stayed for 3 nights in July 2004 and were very pleased with the hotel and level of service. The tasteful room featured a large balcony with a nice view of the sea and the pool/patio area below. We would not hesitate to stay here again.
I can't say enough good about this new hotel. The facilities are top notch. The service was professional and at the same time friendly. We arrived without our bags as they had been lost by the airline. The concierge phoned the airline several times a day and located our bags. Every single employee went out of their way to help us have the best vacation possible. We had two garden view rooms booked and they upgraded both rooms to oceanviews which were very picturesque. Automatic blinds on the window assures no light in the room until you are ready to wake up. Midday snacks to our room everyday and twice a day maid service added to our delight. Our room included a scrumptious American style breakfast with fresh baked pastries. Currently, this hotel is offering some package specials which I feel are undervalued so get them while you can.
I just came back from this beautiful, brand new hotel! Decor is kind of ethnic mixed with new technology (plasma screens in your room and everywhere around the hotel). Service is impeccable, maybe cause the hoel just opened a couple of months ago and want to build up a good reputation. Excellent location. Casino still was closed, will be opening next month.
Looking for luxury in Nice?
The Palais de la mediterranee is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in the cote d'azur, the staff are extremly welcoming and friendly, the facade is reflected in the interior...so it just doesn't look grand, it is! The facialities are great sauna, hammam, gym, heated pool. The food is good but the restraunt and bar are a bit expensive so be warned! But if you are looking for a fantastic room in a luxury hotel then stay here i will definately be going back !! I can't comment on the casino as this was not finished when i visited. the rooms have all the mod cons, internet, flat screen tv's (bang and olfusen! in my room!) luxury bathrooms with seperate shower and bath, huge comfortable beds and regular visits from housekeeping, not to mention electric blinds! We loved it!