Travel Blogs from Nice
... pointed in some vague direction and said "let's walk this way". Eventually we found our way to the coast and walked along the pier looking at all the very expensive boats. As the French guy said on the train, the religion of Nice and Cannes is money, and spending exorbitant amounts of it. On the way to the historic area, we saw the Back to the Future car which was pretty exciting. Many people were getting their photo taken with it. We also saw some Can Can dancers who ...
... were free pay phones so that was handy. While waiting we met 2 American guys (Patrick & Craig) who were on a year abroad from NYU! After waiting forever we finally checked into the hostel. We hadn't eaten dinner yet and were starving but we weren't close to anything. But at the hostel they gave you a free bowl of pasta with the purchase of a drink. Easy enough. We like to drink! So we had the pasta and spent the night chatting with the 2 Americans. We had no plans for the ...
... we visited a famous French perfumery and had a quick tour of how perfume is created as well as a smelling sample time and getting some good deals on French perfume. We also had a little photo stop from the top of the mountain of Nice before driving into Monaco and walking around the palace square. We then finally made our way to the casino, Monte Carlo. The building was beautiful but smaller than I imagined. We went into the main room ...
... 120km, and 2 hours plus travel time.
A no brainer, really.
A few tips for the novice toll user:
1/. Know which queue is for credit card, and which for cash
2/. Make sure credit cards work
3/. Turn on English translation to see if credit cards work
4/. Pray no one is behind you when credit cards DON'T work!
Guess you know what happened.....dumb-**** Aussies holding up the toll booth waiting for attendant to take our cash!
A word of warning to Maddy, Sal, ...
... night on the ship; and after the 2 harrowing days trying to get everyone to the ship on time we all looked elegant. We had a delicious meal and crashed.
Highlights of Nice, France - the castle on the hill, the spectactular views of the French Rivieria, our gnome Henry taking in the sights of all the beautiful women sunbathing on beach, and good food.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Univers Hotel Nice
My advice to anyone condidering this hotel in Nice is don't. We booked the hotel through the Easyjet website and expected a clean, warm room. When we arrived on 17/1/05 we were allocated a room on the 4th floor. On arrival to this floor in the lift we had to climb over black bin bags full of rubble where renovation work was going on and the builder was waiting to remove the rubble in the lift. The floor was dusty and when we got to the room, twin(double booked)The room was freezing and the ensuite was grotty. I am asthmatic and the dust was everywhere. We returned to reception and asked to be moved which in fairness the clerk obliged and moved us to a room on the 2nd floor. The lift was covered in dust and even the corrider on this floor was dusty, the room was freezing, the bathroom had a shower and no curtain. Due to my asthma we were unable to remain in the hotel and booked into another hotel. On checking out we were not offered a refund and ended up paying for another hotel. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Great Location but!!!!!
This hotel is very well located but we found the hotel to be smelly;the staff were neither helpful nor friendly;the breakfast room was cramped and at best resembled a school canteen.We were most disappointed and would not recommend it.
Great location , pleasant friendly staff ,large room with big bathroom and very good double glazing as it fronts two busy streets .However it was let down by luke warm water for bath/shower which spoilt our stay to be honest .I asked front desk to look into it which they did straight away but just told us to leave tap running longer , still luke warm after 20 mins and remained so for our stay , glad it wasnt a cold spell brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.Would only go back in summer months because of this but brekky very good .
We came to Nice for my sisters 40th birthday. This hotel was easy to book throuh easy jet as there were 16 of us in all staying for different lengths of time. Most stayed for 4 nights. It suited us all fine I think because some of us were quite noisey and in and out of each others rooms and coming in at 4.00 am. There are a few safety issues though,like the shakey bannister on the marble stairs and not being able to turn on the the lights till you got up the stairs. The corridors are pitch black if you cant find a light switch - which is a pressed timer button thingy - and it is quite scary if you dont know where you are going. Breakfast was ok just cheap croissants, bread, ham and cheese plus drinks. The reception staff were layed back but could speak english and they were friendly.
Good location, average hotel
The location of this hotel is great - very close to the beach/nightlife/shops. However the hotel really doesn't deserve its three star rating compared with other three star hotels I have stayed in. The walls are paper thin and we were constantly woken by the sounds of our neighbours coughing or watching TV. The breakfast room is tiny and an absolute joke - on our first morning it was overcrowded and they had run out of most food and said there wasn't any more - so we didn't bother after that. The reception staff are fairly laid back but helpful with taxi bookings etc if asked. They also let us check into our room two hours early.
In conclusion, great if you want a cheap hotel for a couple of days, just don't expect too much!
Recommended, Great Location, Clean
My family of 5 stayed for 8 nights May/June 2005. We were well satisfied with the hotel. Great price compared to others, clean, great breakfast buffet included in room price, fruit, croissants, ham, cheese, latte, coffee, cappucino, juices and cereal. Very efficient maids and want you to leave when they come to clean room, and front desk not assist in getting luggage to room. Excellent location for all activities, especially shopping and proximity to Vieux Nice, beach is several blocks, but not at all too far to walk. Front desk did speak English. Bought through OctopusTravel, and they had better rate than could have bought directly with the Hotel.
Stayed at this hotel in March and found it very good, after reading the other review we were worried but to no avail. The room was large and had heating by air con, or a heater in the room. Double and single bed in the room and the bathroom was huge and all clean. The breakfast was adequate cereal, bread, coissants, fruit salad, cheese and ham, plus juice and coffee ect. Our room was well decorated, we booked through octopuss travel as well .
After a great vacation in Zermatt staying at the Albana (highly recommended), I was looking forward to a few relaxing days in Nice. The Universe is located on the corner of Ave Jean Medecin and Rue de Liberte in the Place Messena area with lots of great shops and restaurants. It's only a few blocks from the beach and within walking distance to the both the train and bus stations (about 15 mins to each). The entrance is hard to find, and the front desk clerk who works the afternoon shift will happily watch you struggle with bags as he sits behind the desk surfing the internet, talking to his friends on the phone and smoking as he talks to you. Don't expect his demeanor to change throughout your stay. The rooms are small and although recently painted are not worthy of the 3 stars they purport to have. The bedspreads are dirty and contain many holes and stains. Don't even think about using one of the extra blankets as they too are riddled with holes and look like they last saw a washing machine back in 2000. Although it fronts two busy streets the double glazed windows are pretty good at shutting out the street noise. There is very little storage space in the tiny closets, which were dirty and contained broken shelves. I would suggest you bring your own coat hangers as our room only had two. The desk (without chair) was falling apart and the carpet felt (and looked) like it needed a clean. The headboards (shiny laminex) contained writings from previous guests. The beds were soft and sank in the middle. The bathrooms were also dirty. The toilet seats were broken, there was mold around the bathtub and floors and no shower curtains. Don't expect the wireless internet to be working either. They often turn it off for no apparent reason. When it does work, you will need a password to access it, but the surly front-desk clerk won't tell you what it is. On the positive side, the clerk who runs the morning/day shift is a joy to work with and helped find us new rooms which were marginally better. But for the same amount of money you'd be better off staying at the Hotel Alba (a few blocks north on Ave Jean Medecin). We checked this one out as an alternative and wished we'd stayed there from the start. The place has just completed renovations and looks great.
Unhelpful and Unclean
We booked this through Octopus travel (Easyjet). When we arrived, the room was freezing (Arrived in Feb). When we complained they gave us an electric heater which wasn't very effective. The rest of the hotel was also cold (Maybe they were trying to save money!). The bathroom wasn't very clean either and there was no plug for the bath (Presumably to stop you using the precious heating system).
So, all in all, a very uncomfortable 3 nights stay.
Location, Location, Location
If there's one thing that makes this hotel stand out, it's the location. Right in the heart of Nice, near shops, restauants and only a few minute walk from the beach. Theres bus stops literally round the corner and the train station is about a 15min walk. Within the hotel, theres insnt must to moan about. Our room was pretty big and comfortable as a result even though the decor was a bit out of date. Only niggles were the lack of a minibar and the window view was of another window!! Staff were helpful and friendly.