Ah, Nice. The sunshine, the sea, the glitz and glam of the Côte d’Azur. This hot spot on the French Riviera is one of the places I was looking forward to visiting the most during my recent trip to France. Our stop in Nice came at the tail end of a week of traveling through Provence and the South of France. The trip thus far had been a whirlwind of trains, cars and different hotels, so I was looking forward to settling down in Nice for a few days. I didn’t know too much about the town to start, but I knew I wanted a beachfront hotel that was near all the action. I had the luxe Hotel Negresco or Le Meridien in mind, but with some of the higher end properties pushing over €500 a night during the height of the summer, we ultimately opted for something a little more economical. The Radisson Blu Nice fit the bill with its seaside location and luxury amenities.
We arrived in the afternoon and were able to head right up to our room. Upon entering, one of the first things that I noticed was a unique theme that I can only describe as “Caribbean Chic.” The wall was adorned with a photo of a Caribbean Carnival dancer and chili pepper sculptures decorated the wall. All decor aside, it was comfortable, and while not spacious, it was perfectly big enough for my husband and me. We were located on the highest floor, which made for easy access to the rooftop pool. The rooftop was the highlight of the hotel for me. The views it offered of the Promenade des Anglais and the Mediterranean were priceless. The pool area was clean, relaxing and offered a great cocktail menu. What’s better than lounging by the pool with a cocktail, right? We also gave the rooftop’s restaurant, La Terrasse, a try for lunch one day. The food was good, and were were able to score a overlooking the water, which made the meal memorable. In addition to the views, the staff was friendly and helpful. One of the best perks the hotel offered was the complimentary shuttle bus to Vieux Nice (Old Town), which saved us quite a lot of time and money in cabs. Lastly, never to be under appreciated, was the free wi-fi.
It was on our first night in Nice that we realized that the location of the hotel is not as centrally located as I would have desired. After leaving the hotel to walk in search of a restaurant, we soon found that to be much harder than imagined. The Radisson Blu is situated at the western end of the Promenade des Anglais. Much of the action is located about a mile and a half to the east, centered around the famous Hotel Negresco. This meant that the complimentary shuttle or a cab was usually needed to get to the populated part of the Promenade or Messena Square. While it may have been a little farther than we hoped for, we did enjoy some nighttime walks along the Promenade de Anglais back to our hotel.
One of the other things that stands out are the additional costs that seemed to be around every corner. The hotel’s private beach was over €20 a person, which we were told was needed to cover the charge of the beach chairs and towels. Even their rooftop pool set us back over €20 per person, per day. While it seemed crazy to me to be charged for use of the hotel’s pool, apparently these types of charges are the norm for comparable hotels in the area.
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