Le Meridien Nice

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    I am in this property now and am most happy with everything I am finding. Especially because there are numerous negative comments in some other BB I thought it a good idea to describe the truth as i see it.

    The arrival leaves a great deal to be desired. The entry lobby is tired and unattractive, setting the stage for a disappointing experience. When I arrived at the front desk I was checked in efficiently and was told, only after I asked, that I had an upgrade to a deluxe room facing the sea. The clerk also saifd there were no other Platinum benefits, but handed me the card for my choice anyway. I chose the wine rose which turned out to be an excellent wine, not the thing I had expected.

    Now for the room. I expected little but thus is what I got. Meridien NCE bed.jpg NCE east from Meridien room.jpg NCE Meridien bath 1.jpg NCE Meridien rm 2.jpg NCE meridien rm 3.jpg
     
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    Once I managed to recover from my modest deluxe room with two terraces that allow a dirct view of about 260 degrees of Nice, I regained my composure enough to realize I needed to use the bathroom. Here it is: NCE Meridien bath 1.jpg

    Frankly I have never had a view like that from a bathroom.
    But there is more from the other terrace:
    NCE N from meridien rom.jpg NCE s from meridien.jpg
     
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    I was told there were no other benefits but, being tired and jet-lagged Mrs. JB and i decided to have breakfast in the Terrace restaurant on the top of the hotel. There we were told that a continental breatfast was part of our benefits. We were quite astonished to find a large variety of breads and pastries, several pieces of fruit and large fresh fruit juice provided with our coffee. This was very good, high quality and would take a more gluttinous couple that we to finish it. I have not taken photos.

    The bad:
    1)Parking is in a public lot under the building that serves the zone piettone, Casino Ruhl, Hotel Mercure and Le Meridien. Parking is Euro 23 per day (standard for central Nice).
    2)The entry and reception area are quite off-putting. Not nice!
    3) Despite nice benefits the staff is trained to understate them. most of us are not accustomed to that.
    4) There are no porters anywhere in evidence, so you need to schlep your own bags everywhere.
    The good:
    1) Almost everything else
    2) The butler, who can do almost anything
     
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    Is this on the western end of Promonade des Anglais, even farther from the center than the Negresco?

    The view is amazing and the sort of built in sofa almost makes it seem like a junior suite.

    If you've never had an amazing bathroom view before, you need to get out more. I would suggest the W Hong Kong (cool corner room, not the suite which has a huge but interior bathroom) or LRM Shanghai.
     
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    It is just on te seaside from Place Massena, a few blocks east of the Negresco. Yes, I have had my share of nice views. This one impresses me more because so many people told me this property is poor.
     
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    Oh, then it's right in the center of the seaside activity and walking/strolling strip. That's a good location if you want to be in Nice and not one of the smaller towns or Monaco.
     
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    That is why we chose it. After 26 years with our house in the formerly rural part of Saint-Paul we wanted to stay where we often have gone for evenings. It is within easy walking distance of vieux Nice, Place Massena and the Port also. Thus an excellent location for being in Nice.
     
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    Wow, although a quiet area of Saint Paul seems hard to beat, unless you really want to be right on the beach for some reason--I don't, although I like to see and even hear the sea.
     
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    Our quiet area of Saint-Paul had turned into a fairly noisy area after a road wa built in the valley below us. Luckily for our sale the property values went up as a result. From our perspective it should have been the opposite. Now we're looking for a replacement, one that is zoned against new development, to the extent that zoning can deter development, that is.
     
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    That must be increasingly hard to find in that area of France, given that (I think) you don't want to be too far from stuff to do like restaurants or the airport, although I realize that there are helicopter and hydrofoil options. The last time I was in the area with my own car, I remember driving up beyond and I think to the west of the Chateau Saint Martin in the direction of the other fancy hotel up in there (with some private swimming pools?) and it seemed surprisingly rural, although it was quite far from the sea. I remember another time driving down the Napoleonic Route and being surprised by how rural and inaccessible parts were that weren't objectively so far from the coast and cities. It's really a funny sort of geography and landscape in this regions when you think about it. The walled hill towns are fun to visit but extremely inconvenient.
     
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    Very true. There are parts of La Colle (originally a farm village that serves Saint-Paul) that are seemingly wild countryside but are still 15 minutes from NCE. Around Chateau Saint Martin and along the old road to Grasse are a number of otehr such places, although those are very far from NCE, maybe 20 minutes. We love the area for the diversity, among other things.:) Stimpy, IIRC, used to live in Cagnes sur Mer, although he now lives in another part of France. The entire region is growing more and more, but there still are large pockets of rural character.
     
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    I have fond memories of the walled village of Cagnes-les-Haut (?), but I was shocked the last time I was in the area to discover that the famous old restaurant with a small modest R & C hotel is closed. I think it was called le Cagnard. I stayed and ate there several times when I wanted to be close to the airport but not in Nice.
     
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    Thanks for the short review, jbcarioca.
    Interesting read!
     
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    Le Cagnard is still open, but it closes in January, as do most smaller hotels in the region and many restaurants too. BTW, it is actually Haut de Cagnes, but nobody would fail to know it by your chosen name either.
    http://cagnard.free.fr/index.php
     
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    Could the place be under new ownership? Several years ago it was closed at the end of summer and locals told me then that it was closed permanently. Surely by then the chef/owner was a very old man.
     
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    Yes IIRC there were new owners about four years ago who closed it for several months while they made restorations. Allegedly it is better now than it was before. I do not know personally because I have not been there since the changes. I do not regularly go to Haut de Cagnes because the parking is so limited and the streets are Narrow!
     
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    My family lives just a couple blocks down the street from the Le Meridien. I've always been tempted to stay there, so thanks for the review. It's just that SPG Plat benefits sucks in Europe...
     
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    The rooms needed renovation when I last stayed there and in fact even much earlier. However, it was always meant to be some modest rooms with a restaurant in a very French style. I liked it for what it was and for the modest prices of some rooms.

    I wonder whether R & C is forcing/pressuring them to upgrade as the more moderate R & C properties are becoming extremely rare.

    I've sometimes lucked into late day free overnight parking in some legal spaces just before entering the village and the last time I stayed there, I put my car into the underground elevator revolving garage which I don't remember as being outrageously expensive, just slow to retrieve the car when I needed to go to the airport. I once started to drive through the narrow streets to what my map showed as a good parking place but I quickly became very upset and could not get out fast enough. I once saw a car apparently get stuck in one of the archways.
     
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    Thanks. I only made the review because I have parked under the hotel since the early 1980's but had never been inside it until this week. We are now searching for a place to buy in vieux Nice to replace our house in Saint-Paul. We seem to have lasted less than a year without a prermanent place here. Addictive, that is what it is.:D
     
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    I'm curious: Why specifically Nice rather than some of the other towns that are also close to the airport?
     
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    Tough question. Easy answer. We have several friends and some favorite spots that are near vieux Nice, and everything is in easy walking distance too, so we decided on that logic. We also like many other nearby locations so it is not yet a final decision. truth be known between Marseilles and Genoa there are hundreds of locations that we'd like, not to mention the entire Croatia coast. So too are many otehr places around the world, so it is an entirely arbitrary choce mostly based on established friendships in this area.
     
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    Thank you JB , We really like the hotel , but have wondered why it didn't get more respect. You are exactly right on all points. we are looking forward to our next stay in May 2012.
     
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    You will probably like it more next time you stay. It will be closed from early November until 27th December for renovations, which will include, I was informed total renovation of public areas (much needed) and completeion of renovation for thsoe rooms that have not yet been renovated.
     
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    BTW, let me be the first to congratulate you on your Gold status that you'll have about 3rd September.:D
     
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    Thank you
     
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