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... Cannes the kebab place was closed :( craving one we looked up on the Internet for kebab places in Cannes. We enjoyed our kebabs and marvelled at the curios sauce that had a taste that wasn't quite recognisable. We headed back down to the beach waking all the way along the shore the pathway was lit up by rainbow lights that danced in patterns on the floor! We sat on the wall facing the water making shadows with the light on our backs. Then back to the hotel and ...
... of bright red tartan pants with a massive bling belt. The buckle was a huge Union Jack, white shoes and a bright red tee shirt. Obviously an aging rocker!!! Heaps of Police around, most on bikes but came across some on Segways, had to get a photo of that. We walked on down thru the main business area as Mag thought there might be a market down near the beach. Sure enough there was. Mag had looked for one in each of our stops but this was the first one that ...
... located in a parking garage. Well, it’s not exactly in the parking garage itself, but just off “Level 0,” which is three circular stories below the “+3” entrance level. We had arranged a rendezvous with old friends whom we had met there. We saw Anne with her infant son Emmanuel, who inexplicably was no longer a baby, but now ten years old! And our good friend Paula was there too.
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Not as nice as I expected
the hotel was a bit disappointing and not what I would consider a 4star. It is in a fabulous location - close to all and very safe. The first room I was given was horrible but after consulting the front desk, the manager upgraded me to a sea view room without hassle. Staff pleasant and breakfast was ok. Overall, ok but not worth the money.
Not very pleasant at all !
Stayed at The Westminster for 2 nights last month and not a pleasant experience. The hotel commands an excellent position directly on the sea front and a convenient walk away from the main shops and flower market. The external facade is beautiful but inside you will find a run down, dilapidated and very tatty hotel. Our room was an absolute disgrace with a 1970's shower room, a totally useless free standing a/c unit from the same era and 2 silly little beds pushed together. We complained straight away to be advised that no refurbished rooms were available and anyway, as we had booked through an agency that we were only entitled to the crummiest rooms they had. I would steer well clear of The Westminster....a 2 star at best !
Cozy room with great view
The small fifth floor room with teensy balcony gave an amazing view both night and day of the sea and action on the Promenade; the central location was perfect. With the exception of the constant daily problem of exchanging travelers checks or cash for Euros, the staff seemed perfunctorily helpful.
The buffet breakfast was wonderful, and the quiet little bar a joy in the late afternoon.Original paintings and antiques interesting. Would definitely stay there again.
I saved Nice for the last leg of our trip. I made reservations at this hotel after reading various reviews of this hotel and others. We had an upper floor room that had a great view. The room was nice and the bathroom looked as though it had recently been renovated. It was great for bubble baths after a long day of sight seeing. Location was great, service was good, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The breaksfast buffet was very nice and had a large assortment of breakfast food to choose from. I would stay there again and would recommend it to my friends.
Rooms a bit disappointing
Stayed 4 nights at the Westminster in March 2002. We had 2 different rooms - neither were of 4 star standard although the view of the sea was exceptional. Breakfasts were quite good.
I wouldn't recommend the Westminster.
Great time in Nice
Just got back from 7 nights in the Westminster in Nice (July 2003). Had a great time, room was lovely, newly renovated and very clean. We initially got a small room but when we asked were there any bigger rooms, we got one no problem. Staff were helpful, concierge and house staff exceptionally friendly, restaurant staff were typically French! The hotel is in a great location for visiting the centre of Nice and there are some lovely restaurants in the streets around it.
Really enjoyed the Westminster
We had a fine stay here - one of the new rooms in a great location.
Very clean, helpful and friendly.
A rather sad hotel but could improve
With location, presence and impressive underlying architecture and decor, this hotel lives off its history and reputation as one of the top class hotels in Nice. An honest re-appraisal would indicate a rather shabby, even run-down, establishment that wants to remain as a respected Nice hotel but that falls a long way short of the very best. I stayed in June 2003 for four nights with my wife. Location is excellent for sea view and walking to centre attractions and restaurants etc. but one must be aware of a major dual road separating the hotel from the promenade and beach (its true also for most of the big hotels). This is not so much a practical problem as a noise problem (even in front view premium rooms), which, despite the claim of soundproofing, the noise is still evident throughout the night. The balcony? Forget it - even without the noise the pigeons messed it up for you. The exterior and public rooms generally maintain the historic ambience but are in need of re-decoration. Generally, the hotel is quiet and dull with few visitors to the bar and restaurant observed during my stay - consequently we always went elsewhere for meals and drinks. The breakfast room (a magnificent room) is dreadfully warm with no attempt made to alleviate this by opening windows, use of fans or anything. Meanwhile our bedroom, whilst very acceptable in space and facilities, was tired looking - the beds and carpet were near end of life in my opinion, the wallpaper seams peeling. Slow refurbishment may be in progress (but no evidence of this, except a sign, during my stay in June 2003). The staff are, it seems, as confused as the hotel is of status. Whist most were superficially helpful, some clearly were wanting you to go away with any real challenge or problem - and we had a few basic things like hiring a car and obtaining a taxi - in difficult circumstances - they didnt deal with. I had to organise these things myself. If youve stayed at a good class hotel elsewhere this lack of service will bemuse you. In summarial and no inherent constraints to be so much better. Its not a bad hotel but disappointing considering its star rating, compared to its promotional material and now comparing with other hotels. Maybe a management problem in part, maybe a financial constraint to improve the décor, but certainly the biggest hurdle is in the staff culture - currently three star falling well short.
A lovely hotel-Côte d'azure
Go to a lovely family hotel located nearby Monaco at the french Riviera, The Westminster hotel. All the rooms have a splendid seaview and balcony! The hotel gives last minute prices at the link: ... Visit their web site:...
This is a 4 star hotel?
This hotel is very well located just a block away from
the Hotel Negresco across the street from the Promenade. From the outside it appears to be a very grand, elegant, 4-star hotel. However, once we arrived we found it a little different. The hotel is in need of a total renovation. It appears that they might be doing this renovation little by little. For example, our room had a card key, a new door, and a refinished bathroom, while others in parts of the hotel did not. The carpet is in pretty bad shape, as was the only elevator... However, what really disappointed us about this hotel was our bed. Our double room came with two twin beds joined together, which normally is just fine,
but in this case, one of the matresses was just awful. Reception was unable to remedy this situation, so we had to live with it. The street outside is also very noisy, so if you have a sea-view, don't plan on leaving the windows open.
With all that said, we did only pay $125 US per night and had one great view of the water and a great location... so I really shouldn't complain too much!