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Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Ranked #52 of 204 Hotels in Nice
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“The perfect spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2010

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.

In summary.

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.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2009

Read reviews and had to agree with last one IT CAN BE DONE ON A BUDGET!Stayed for 2nites lovely room overlooking the beach(22 degrees even in dec)Had nice breakfast in cafe behind hotel only 8euro!Bought wine and beer and chilled it in fridge in room.Bathroom nice big size!Went to La Maison de marie and had a wonderful meal defo worth a visit!Then Proposed to my girlfriend in Monte Carlo topped off super day!!Enjoy ps she said YES

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2009

My boyfriend and I recently visited Nice for the first time and stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel. After reading fairly negative reviews on here we were both quite apprehensive about our stay but actually had an absolutely fantastic weekend and LOVED the hotel.

We went fully prepared for the fact that the hotel was going to be expensive - thanks to everyone on here for the pre-warnings - and it was BUT we didn't let this spoil our fun. We'd booked the holiday package via lastminute.com (£500 for flights and hotel) and were working to a fairly strict and tight budget (£500 for both of us) so knowing in advance that the hotel would be expensive enabled us to plan accordingly.
Breakfast is something like 20euros each - not really an option for us so... we took breakfast bars with us to give us that initial energy boost and then got breakfast from the gorgeous boulangerie at the back of the hotel. Sitting on the beach eating our petit-dejeuner was bliss!
We also had read on here that drinks from the hotel were really expensive so... we bought wine from the local shop (again on the road behind the hotel) and kept it in the mini-bar. This meant we were able to have drinks whilst getting ready to go out in the evening and then didn't need to spend as much at dinner. Thrifty!
There's a lot of constenation on here about the charge for the use of the pool (15euros each for towels, sunlounger and mattress). We decided that, as we were only there for a long weekend, we'd probably only want to spend a day chilling by the pool as there were so many other things that we wanted to see and do. We reasoned that we'd probably spend over 30euros if we went into town so actually, spending that to relax by a gorgeous roof-top pool overlooking the sea was actually ok with us. We bought a cool-bag from the local supermarket and loaded it up with drinks and fresh baguettes from the boulangerie and went up to the pool to set-up camp. As it turned out they didn't charge us as the weather had been fairly tempremental in the previous days and so they didn't want to take people's money if we were all going to have to run for shelter if the weather turned again - it didn't and we had a gorgeous day. We also justified that since we hadn't spent money on the pool we could treat ourselves to a drink from the bar (7euros for a beer!!).

Many people have commented on their disappointment at the hotel's location. It IS a long walk from the town centre and, as the Promenade des Anglais curves around the seafront, you never actually feel like you're getting anywhere. After walking the distance a couple of times on the first day we decided that we'd get the bus. This actually was one of the BEST bits of our holiday! The bus service is fantastic - a euro with as many hop-ons and offs in one direction as you like: "Deux billets s'il-vous-plait' became my token phrase for the weekend!" We saw other people in the hotel who couldn't quite seem to move away from using taxis (20 euros one way!) or the hotel shuttle (quite restrictive) and couldn't understand the resistance to a hugely reliable and wallet-friendly public transport service. We felt like locals and loved it!
The hotel offers trips to Monaco/Monte Carlo for about 60euros per person. We took the 1euro bus to the train station and got return train tickets for 5euros each - bargain! The train service is brilliant too and the station in Monte Carlo is amazing to arrive into.

On our first day we found a gorgeous sqaure called Place de Charles Felix and ended up there most evenings for a meal or drinks. The bus service stops at 9pm so getting back to the hotel by taxi was expensive but we just factored this into our budget.

We had an absolutely wonderful weekend and found that it is possible to stay in a beautiful hotel on a tight budget - the key is to go prepared. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were really spacious and comfortable with huge bathrooms (we had a city view room and it was great). We spent our last day walking all over Nice and got quite hot and sticky. Not releshing the idea of the flight home in a hot and bothered state we returned to the hotel (where we'd left out luggage free of charge) and asked if it would be ok for us to use the pool and freshen up before our flight. They let us get things from our cases to change into, didn't charge us for using the pool so late in the day (about 5 o'clock), and even gave us a key to the gym area so that we could use the showers, hairdryers and other facilities before leaving for the airport. We spent an hour or so by the pool and then caught the bus to the airport. Perfect!

Don't be put off by the prices in this hotel - make your stay work for you. We had an amazing time with a spending budget of £500 for the whole weekend and we'll defintely go back.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2009

I've stayed in a few Radisson hotels now, and generally they've been good. This was no exception. The facilities are excellent and the rooftop pool and restaurant overlooking the med win it a lot of brownie points. Inside, the rooms are comfortable and well proportioned, some of them with excellent views. My first point of contention is the slightly questionable decor. I always feel that a hotel should offer a home-from-home experience, and I can't see how anyone who wasn't from a 1990s edition of Changing Rooms would chose to decorate a habitable building like this, with bright oranges, violently-patterned carpets and MDF at jaunty angles to give it a 'modern' feel. Additionally, there were no teaspoons with the coffee and tea equipment, and the milk was powdered in sachets - I'd expect more given the star rating.

The service during our stay was generally very good. However, when we came to check out, we were left standing at the desk for an inordinately long amount of time and subsequently couldn't get out of the car-park and had to wait even longer for this to be sorted out by the staff. The charge for the parking for a single weekend break then came to 40 euros. Given that the hotel is so far out of town, this is rather grating. However, they offer bicycles for guest use, which are a bit of a God-send in a town like Nice.

Overall a pleasant stay, but a few points that they could improve on. For a business trip or conference, I would say it's pretty bang-on.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Owasso, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

I would stay here again. The rooms were clean and adequate. The view was excellent. I like to stay at American chains in Europe because you seem to get a little more space than the European chains. The service was good. The pool area on the top floor was very nice. Nothing to complain about at this hotel. It met my expectations.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2009

We booked a one night stay and then read some fairly negative reviews so we were quite worried.
So,what was it really like?
First impressions are always important and the doorman told us that it would cost 20 euros to park at the hotel.I told him I did not want to pay that much so he advised me that I could park on Promenade des Anglais free of charge.
WiFi and wired internet were both free and efficient in the rooms.
The private beach was free.
The rooftop bar is a great place for a drink.
The room was fine.
Breakfast bars were situated at the rear of the hotel,we paid 4.5 euros each.
The hotel is close to the Airport so it's at the ''wrong'' end of the promenade.
It costs one euro to take the bus from the rear of the hotel but 18 euros for a taxi back.
That is the only downside,but it is quieter and more relaxed at this end of the Promenade,with parking easy and free.
Hope this helps correct other reviews.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Dublin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2009

Me and my partner stayed here in August for 3 nights and had a wonderfull time, the views were magnificent, hotel was clean, efficent and well maintained and the bedrooms were lovely and relaxing. A bit of a walk to city centre but I enjoyed the stroll every evening and the hotel also run a courtsey bus from outside the door if your not up to the long walk (35 mins).

I had a few issues with some of the prices, A pint of beer is a joke here, and you have to pay for poolside seating- would have been nice to have got a deal for 3 days but they seem rigid on one day bookings. Breakfast was also shockingly overpriced when you can walk out the door and behind the hotel are some nice places for Breakfast and other meals.

Overall though I had a good stay and would return, Airport is very close by and bus services every 20 minutes.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice
Address: 223 Promenade des Anglais, 06200 Nice, France (Formerly Radisson SAS)
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Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Green Hotel in Nice
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Nice
#10 Business Hotel in Nice
#30 Luxury Hotel in Nice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice 4*
Number of rooms: 331
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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