We stayed at the Royal Hotel for just one night on 31st August 2012. We were in nice for the football being played at Monaco that evening.
The receptionist was friendly enough, but our room wasn’t ready. It was about 11am. We were asked to return after 2pm. I asked for them to call me as soon as the room was ready but they didn’t, so we returned at around 2.30pm. We had left our bags in a side room. No tags were added to the bags, it was a ‘trust’ scenario that someone didn’t pick up half a dozen bags that weren’t theirs and just walk off with them. One normally received half a tag, with the other half tied to your bag. But our bags were safe and I doubt they’ve ever had problems with their informal storage room system.
Our room was on the top floor (5th) and faced the city. We did ask for a sea view but were declined, which is accepted as we’d booked through Booking.com and paid about €150 for the night, excluding breakfast. We asked for an extra bed, which was provided for an extra €25.
The room was tired. We understood there were some rooms that had been refurbished, but we certainly weren’t in one of those. The bathroom felt very old and didn’t suit such a location. I can’t speak for the refurbished rooms but if they are all being brought up to date then that can’t be too soon.
Breakfast the following morning was €14. It was quite poor, to be blunt, with just French sausages, round processed bacon and scrambled eggs offered as hot food, some Swiss cheese and york ham offered as cold option, and then fruit and croissants/breads on the side. Yogurts and pancakes were available, too, but whilst this sounds a decent spread it most certainly wasn’t. The sausages, bacon and eggs were poor, as well.
The beach is across the road. I say beach, but as anyone who has been to Nice will know it is just 15 metres to the water and is all man-made with pebbles. There is the long promenade to walk along, which is quite pleasant. The main train station is about 20 minutes walk north, whilst the airport is 15 minutes in a bus to the west. The bus (nbr 98) costs €4 and runs every 20 minutes from the bus stop 50m from the hotel in the direction to the airport. It stops at terminal 2 first, then terminal 1.
Trains to Monaco Monte Carlo cost €3.60. Another option is to go by boat, from Nice, around the rocks and arrive in Monaco port. They do a tour, where you can then go up to the Prince’s palace etc. It’s worth doing. A tram operates up to the station, but this is a about a 400m walk to the east from the hotel, from memory.
The hotel, being based in the excellent location of Promenade des Anglais, is ideally located for informal lunches and dinners in the abundance of pizzerias and other restaurants along the front and in the road behind, right up to the main Nice Ville station. Many of the football fans tend to go to the old town, about 800m walk east from the hotel. Wayne’s Bar was quite popular the night before the game and the lunchtime of the football match we attended.
I’d go back, but I’d be asking for a refurbished room to be guaranteed before I went. I’d also be going out for Breakfast.
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