Throughout the year, I organise several short break holidays for a group of like minded friends. The timing of the holidays are based upon birthdays, anniversaries etc of members of the group. January each year, see us packing our bags and jetting off somewhere to celebrate the wedding anniversary of one of the couples in the group.
This January we decided to pay Nice in the South of France a visit.
Before deciding upon the hotel to be used, I always visit Trip Advisor and the actual hotel's own web site to get a balanced view as to whether the hotel will meet our expectations.
For some time now, we as a group have taken to using the Radisson Hotel group for our hotel accomodation. That is because it is felt by the group that the hotels within the chain offer a very high standards of service, cleanliness and supberb locations. With all that in mind, I chose the Radisson Blu Hotel located on the Boulevard des Anglais as our base for the latest short break.
We travelled from Gatwick to Nice and , as is our normal practice, we used the local bus service to get us to the hotel. The bus fare is four Euros for a 24 hour ticket, which means you can get on or off buses as many times as you like within a 24 hour period (good for getting 'downtown'). Excellent value for the money.
It's not until you arrive outside the hotel on the Boulevard that you realize the hotel is not that far from the airport.
I had pre booked rooms with balconies overlooking the Mediterranean.They were a little difficult to find on the web site I used to book the rooms, but it was worth every ounce of effort!
As soon as you enter the hotel entrance you are struck by the size and brightness of the place. It is open, spacious, immacutely clean and there is 'a buz' in the reception area with people moving about, both staff and guests.
The reception area is clearly marked and the staff were extremely efficient when dealing with our reception. They were aware of our pending visit and I was met by the Operation Manager, Monsieur Pecorella who personally welcomed us to the hotel. After the formalities of signing in, we went up to the sixth floor to our rooms. As we walked down the corridor to our romms,we were strcuk by the light and airy decor and the smartness of the building.
Upon opening the door into our room, and then moving out onto our own personal balcony (with table and chairs) we were met with the wonderful view of the Mediterranean below us. Breathtaking!
The room was a good size and well decorated (very modern style and colours). The bathroom area was also spacious and spotlessly clean and fully equipped.The bed was out of this world!
Lying on the bed were our white bath robes and slippers. On the table was a hand written welcome note from Monsieur Pecorella together with drinks and sweets.Everything was in place to make guests feel special, which we did!
Although the Promenade des Anglais carries a huge volume of traffic, moving both into and out of Nice city, the triple glazed french windows totally blocked out the noise. Even when aircraft, taking off from the airport glided across the bay enroute to some other destination in the world, they could not be heard. There was no noise from adjoining rooms or hotel machinary either. A total paradise.
The hotel has an open air pool and fitness facilities on the 8th floor which one can imagine are well used during the height of the season.
The restaurant is spacious and the breakfast was excellent. The selection of food was huge and the staff were very attentive.
Being responsible for leading the group, I research the area we are travelling to, but there are always questions needing answers, such as twhere to eat, what to see; details of which can only be obtained from local knowledge.The Concierge staff were first class dealing with my enquiries.
It had been decided whilst enroute to the hotel, to hire a car for our stay.That is something that is normally done from home, long before we travel on our breaks. However this time it was an impromptu decision. The Concierge staff were excellent . Not only did they arrange the hire almost at the drop of a hat, but quite unsolicited, produced a map and identified on it, places of interest to visit. One of those was a small walled town to the west of Nice, called St Pauls. Breathtakingly beautiful, and a wonderful place to see all forms of art! We would never have found it, had it not been for the hotel staff drawing it to our attention.
Another indication of the high level of service and attention by staff is the fact that bath towels are changed both in the morning and evening.
The location of the hotel is such that you could walk into the city of Nice itself along the Boulevard, if you felt energetic. Takes about 45 minutes at a stroll. Conversely, there is a frequent bus service (Nos. 9 and 10) both to and from the city, with bus stops almost outside the hotel. The last bus back from the city is about 9.30pm after which its taxis. They are easy to find near the main Casino building and cost about 15 Euros.
Due to inclement weather back in England (snow) our flight was cancelled and there was the prospect of having to stay in Nice for a further 6 days until a vacancy became available with the Flight Carrier we used (Easy Jet).
When the reception staff were asked if we could stay for the extended period, we were offered the rooms we had vacated that morning. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
Yes, the hotel is a little more expensive than some in the area, but the location, facilties, level of service, cleanliness and attention to the wants/needs of guests easily outweigh the cost. Would we come back here to this hotel again? Absolutely Yes!.
Our next trip will be Coatia. Thankfully there is a Radisson Hotel in the city we intend to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the famous Promenade des Anglais and facing the sea, the Radisson BLU Hotel Nice is a contemporary hotel, blending luxury, elegance and wellbeing. The hotel offers the most beautiful panoramic roof top terrace (700sqm) in town with outside swimming pool, pool bar & lounge and restaurant with breathtaking view overlooking the Bay of Angels. Facing the hotel, the private beach "Regence Plage by Radisson Blu" welcomes you with restaurant and bar lounge in season. Sunbeds and umbrellas with additional rent of coast. Elegant and spacious rooms and suites, most of them with private terrace and sea view. All rooms are equipped with the comfort of an International hotel (individual climate control, cabled TV) and free high speed Internet access. (100 Mega) Our hotel benefits from an exceptional location; close to the historical city centre & the port and the train station are just a 10 minutes-drive. The International Nice Airport is just a 5-minute drive from the hotel. The infrastructure of the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice is ideal to keep fit thanks to the health club with fitness room overlooking the sea including sauna, hammam and fitness equipment. ... more less
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