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... who make food for me to enjoy! The only drama of the evening occurred when Lucy watched her knife fall, in slow motion, over the balcony to the street 3 levels below... all was fine, no passers by at the time, no cars of bikes skewered and the rescue of the knife was completed. After a quiet dinner in I was ready to sleep but Lucy & Lynda went for a stroll looking for Lucy's bus stop ready for her departure in the morning.
Lucy's next stop - Italy! Ours - Burgundy!
... to settle in at for the next few hours. The cafeteria was inside, but had an outside terrace. The terrace was literally on a train platform and loud and smelly so went say inside. Stacey, Theo would have lost his mind here! Trains coming and going every few minutes. So on the terrace of this cafeteria is where pigeons like to hang out. When the door to the cafeteria opened the pigeons would fly in. The cafeteria staff would get mad and chase the birds out. So ...
... spent the evening on the net and brainstorming trying to figure out what to do with poor Tobi. There is no Australian embassy in Nice so Tobi is off to Paris (as the rest of us venture to Munich) where he will get a new emergency passport at the embassy. He will then met us wherever we may be once it's all sorted. Hopefully the rest of our time in Nice has better luck! It is really beautiful here and putting aside our issues we are still enjoying ourselves ...
Well..... I was not really invited to the royal wedding party in Monaco which took place Saturday, and have not even watched the daylong coverage on TV. However, I am in Nice (pronounced like niece) which is just 1/2 hr away from Monaco, along the same coast. I am living at a friend of a friend's house just 5 minutes away from the beach of the beautiful Mediterranean. I have left Lei Chambris in the Provence Thursday evening last week. It ...
... serves as the home and workplace for the Prince. Each room is ridiculously over the top, with every square inch covered in some sort of decoration. I really wish they would've allowed pictures! There are paintings in every room of famous people in Monaco's history. You know you've made it when you get your likeness done in a life-size painting! Every room had a different motif and a different story. There were ancient vases, chests, documents, etc, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Westminster Nice
Room was very comfortable with great views! Location was perfect and we enjoyed ourselves. Staff was very helpful.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Westminster Nice
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!