Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
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We were so tired when we arrived last night that we went to the hotel restaurant and had a glass of wine (diet Coke for Gilles) and a beautiful cheese and salad plate for dinner. Not sure which cheese was best...the brie, the camembert, the triple cream or the goat cheese...all were exceptional, not pasturized and just melted in our mouths, along …
Leaving Florence we travelled to Nice on the French Rivera. Arrived at Pisa by 9am. Had mainly a toilet and photo stop, spent a bit of time getting those essential tourist shots of us pushing the tower back up. Lots of fun doing group ones. That's about all there is to see there, lots of tourist vendors selling the same items including Rolex …
Lend your support to the Leaning Tower of Pisa before following the Italian Riviera coast to France. Stop in Monaco to see its harbour, Monte Carlo Casino and drive the Grand Prix circuit before continuing to elegant Nice. Relax and enjoy the next day on the legendary Cote D’Azur. This lovely town is enchanting France at it’s very best …
On our way out of Santa Margherita this morning, managed to take some very nice, different photos. Then, the scenery towards Monaco was stunning....very hilly, but always with the sea in the background and, as was the case most days, another fine sunny day. As we rounded one particular sweeping right hand curve, to our left below us was the tiny …
Today we left for Pisa and saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa and it certainly leans more and more every day. So they restrict how many people can climb up, not that we were anxious to climb all the steps to the top, The author of the children's story Pinnochio lived close here.
Then on to Monaco, a separate state from France. We saw the famous …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Radisson Blu Hotel Nice
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Beautiful modern hotel located on the boulevard overlooking the Mediterranean on the French Rivera. Ask for a room facing the Mediterranean for a wonderful view. Need to take a bus or taxi to get to the center of the city, although the hotel did provide a free shuttle into the city during specified times during the day. The hotel had free WiFi available but the signal was weak in the room, but I was able to use it in the reception area.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Very good hotel now it's been refurbished
We'd already booked this hotel when I read the other reviews but, thankfully, the recent refurbishment has been a great success. Our room was really excellent - lots of light bright colours and a terrific view across the Baie des Anges - well worth the extra.
There IS a lot of traffic noise from the Promenade des Anglais but, to be fair, the double glazed doors onto the balcony stopped most of it.
Rooftop pool, terrace and summer restaurant were super. Only criticism is that unless you book a special package rate, as we did, you have to pay something like 16 Euros each per day for the use of a sunbed, mattress and parasol which in a 4 star hotel you'd expect to be included!
Also slightly disconcerting was the fact that the restaurant was having a themed German week and everything on the menu seemed to include dumplings! It would have been better to include a couple of German "specials" as, for me, one of the best things about eating in France is discovering the local and regional dishes.
All in all we had a great stay and found the staff, rooms, facilities and service very good.
We ended up at this hotel, after a previously booked hotel turned out to be a nightmare. The hotel was nice and clean and bright, the staff extremely helpful, especially the concerige, excellent. The location was a bit out, but the pool and food etc were worth the effort. Would definitly stay here again...
Nice Hotel, Rip off Taxis.......
Excellent rooms, very modern furniture design and fitments. Lovely views of Nice and the setting sun from the promenade side of the hotel. Good food and service in the restaurant, pleasant helpful staff. On the downside very poor English language TV channels unless you can exist on a diet of business news ! Taxis an expensive ripoff to the centre of Nice and it's too far to walk. True fare is 10 Euros but many drivers charged 15 to 20 Euros. Good value for money otherwise......would visit again, but avoid those taxi drivers or learn enough french to argue !
A great hotel but an inconvenient location
We were slightly apprehensive after reading the reviews but I'm glad to say after the very recent refurbishment, some of which was still taking place) the hotel has greatly improved. We paid the additional charge to have sea view with a balcony and although worth it, the constant traffic noise can be a bit of a problem. You are also really near to the airport so there can be some noise from planes taking off, although this wasn't too much of a problem for us. Also if you want to be near the action this certainly isn't the hotel for you. You are about a 25 minute walk from the centre which can be a bit of a trek but public transport is available, although buses stop running quite early. Taxis are also quite expensive. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly and despite the distance from the centre and noise we would stay at the Radisson again.
Radisson SAS Hotel above average
We think this hotel was above average because: Helpful people, big and clean rooms, good service with our rental-car. We also loved the swimmingpool and the rest of the top floors. The most important: Our friends lost a watch and the service around that was exellent. We will be staying at this hotel on our next trip to Nice!
Having read the reviews already posted, which could be summed up as awful location, dreadful rooms and non-existent service, I was not looking forward to staying at this hotel - the only reason for going was that it was an organised business trip as I would certainly never have booked it out of choice after reading the reports! So accepting that it might not be in the best location and expecting the worst of the facilities I arrived with trepidation. The initial impression of the lobby did alay some fears, however on seeing the room it was apparent that whilst the lobby had been re-furbished the rest of the hotel certainly hadn't. Decor aside (or more precisely lack of in the case of the bed which simply had a white duvet cover thrown on top) the room was incredibly tatty eg. bath cracked around the plug and going rusty, TV held together with a bit of plastic, mattresses that sunk to the floor when sat on and to top it all off a yellowing plastic notice on the bathroom wall stating the cost of the towels should any go missing! This is not what I (or any-one else come to that) would consider to be a 4* star hotel. In fact to avoid mis-representation and total disappointment to future guests I suggest it should be down-graded to a 3* (at the very best) until the entire hotel has undergone total refurbishment.
It's beauty is only skin deep!
Nice on the outside and beutiful lobby, but large rooms were tacky and furniture was falling apart. Everything was ridiculously extra. Hotel was far from city centre and area around wasn't great. I would not stay here again!
Retro in a bad way not a good way!
We stayed in in mid July 2003. My partner and we dismayed to find that the hotel was so far to the centre of Nice, we decided to get a car to get around. The hotel was very close to the airport, but we felt that the air traffic was problematic. The rooms: Not attractive considering how much you were expected to pay. The rooms may be retro, but certainly not in a trendy way. If you decided to stay in Nice, ensure to stay closrer to the centre in a qwirky hotel like the HOTEL NEGRESCO.
Not bad, we had a good time
We stayed in this hotel for a week this July. The hotel is very convenient for the airport but aircraft noise isn't a problem. The town is a bit of a trek in the hot sun but the busses are pretty good.
The decoration of the rooms is a little 70s in style but I could apprecitate the retro feel.
We had a room overlooking the sea and the road noise from the Prom was noticable but with the great view it's easy to ignore. At night the double doors and curtain cut out 98% of the noise.
The service was generally good no real complaints.
Overall I'd give this hotel 3/5, not bad for the money.
Was it a 5* experience?
The hotel itself was quite nice and the pool and rooftop bar area were lovely.However, the service was awful!!! On many occassions at the bars and restaurant we were overcharged and on one occassion we were asked to pay the wrong bill.Additionally, on check-out we arranged to leave our luggage in the hotels secure room until we left for the airport. When we returned to collect it for the airport they could not find it and suggested that perhaps someone else had collected it!!! They showed were rude and unhelpful and could not be bothered to find the luggage which they had lost.Perhaps some customer training is in order!!!!