Historical Traveller Reviews of Palais de la Mediterranee Hotel
Wonderful hotel, great location
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 4 days in Nice this past May. As it was our first time to this area we searched the internet for hours and after refering to TripAdvisor we decided on this hotel. It was modern, clean, friendly staff and we felt very comfortable in the hotel. The room was larger than we anticipated and the amenities of the room were wonderful. The lobby was also really nice. There was a pretty good fitness centre, although the only negative thing was that the fitness centre was very warm. The pool was great as well. The outdoor part of the pool made it possible to sit out in the sun without having to go to the pebble beach. The location couldn't have been better. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.
1st class hotel
What can we say - my wife and i loved the Hotel. The staff were 1st class from bellhop to checkin staff to concierge. All went out of their way to help us.
Room we had was overlooking the side street ( no noise at all ) large room B/O TV - Broadband. Great shower - large bathroom ( big bath ). Mini bar.
Good selection of foods for continental breakfast ( including some cooked eggs+bacon+sausages )
Great location of the Hotel really central.
Would definitely stay again.
Very classy, but pricey, hotel in a good location
A group of 6 of us stayed at this hotel for a long weekend. The building is very impressive and decor etc very tasteful. The rooms are comfortable and clean but could have been better, e.g. no tea/coffee facilities and in two of our three rooms no proper shower - which for a hotel of this standard is surprising. There is a hand held shower halfway up the wall which means that unless you are a midget, you have to crouch in the bath and with no shower screen the water goes everywhere. The swimming pool was fine and good gym & sauna facilities. Prices were very expensive however - we paid 6euros for a coke before deciding to buy outside the hotel. The staff were very helpful at all times and the buffet breakfast kept us going until well after lunch. Its also in a good location, overlooking the beach and a 5 min walk to the main centre. One final point is that the lifts operate by your room card and either we were all incredibly stupid or they don't work very well as we either went up and down like a yoyo or didn't move at all - it provided good entertainment value if nothing else!
Clean and comfortable but bland with serious design flaws
Having read previous reviews and been seduced by their website and the fact that it is a member of Leading Hotels Of The World my wife and I booked 2 nights in early June. We were amazed at the frontage on arrival but it was a real heart sinking disappointment from then on. There is absolutely nothing once you pass through the magnificent art deco facade to remind you of how great this building was. It is an extremely clean and comfortable hotel but it felt boring and soulless and you felt you could be anywhere in the world. Even at a rate of 310 euros incl. breakfast for a sea view room it was overpriced in our view and we don't mind paying if it's worth it. Mini bar prices were silly – I can not believe some hotels still over price their room mini bars when most do not now. The lobby had alot of wasted space and they could easily have installed a small buzzy cocktail bar. The rooms were boring and lacked style. The real travesty however is the 3rd floor - aside from a few dining tables on a raised platform at the edge the whole pool and relaxation area is sunken down so you can not see the sea – this is an amazing design flaw!! They should seriously consider rectifying this. We love hotel bars but this one on the 3rd floor was probably the most boring 4/5 star hotel bar we have ever seen. We stayed at The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore a couple of years ago and it is very similar in concept - a magnificent old listed facade (the old post office) with a modern design hotel behind, but it is much more buzzy, contemporary and stylish and has a superb bar and a fantastic infinity pool. The owners of Le Palais de la Mediterranee could learn alot from hotels like The Fullerton.
What a view!
We loved our stay at this hotel. The best things we liked about this hotel were its location and its view. It was located within walking distance of lots of cafes and shops, and even the beach was just across the beach. We got to wake up to a view of the Mediterrean Sea. Wow! The Rooms were large and very elegant. We had treats waiting for us upon our arrival. Our room overlooked the Mediterrean Sea so we got to drink our coffee, tea and fresh juice while planning our day. The restaurant was exceptional, and breakfast was included with our stay. However, they did not tell us until the second day. We also had dinner there and it was great! The staff was helpful, however, they did not have the most informed staff for the area. But we still had a great time and went on some wonderful tours with Great Travels. Thanks, Marc.
t get yourself to far from the hotel.
I booked a "deluxe twin sea-view room" through The Leading Hotel of the World web site and, as stated in another review, I got a more convenient rate than the one published on the hotel's own website so I strongly recommend doing the same.
The hotel architecture is inspired by the Art-Deco style, everything looks new and very clean; both the public spaces and the corridors scented of flowers, the room was elegant, delicately furbished and well lighted by the large window overlooking the balcony and by an additional window in the bathroom (obviously the bathroom's glass is made so that you can’t see anything both from the inside and outside).
The two twin beds weren’t much comfortable because they are quite small, I’d preferred two “double beds”.
The room entertaining experience is enriched by a nice B&O flat screen plasma TV and the air conditioning is quiet but efficient.
A standard continental breakfast was included in my rate and served at outdoor tables located near the small swimming pool; I didn’t like to have breakfast near the swimming pool because having a look at the sea shore while eating is more fascinating than watching some early bird making his way into the swimming pool at 8:00 a.m. so we asked to switch to a table with a more interesting view.
Staff members are kind and professional, at checking-in the lady at the front desk gave us the wrong room with one king-size bed while I booked two twins, after making her notice the mistake, she apologized and quickly moved us to the right room.
The hotel is conveniently located near the beach, restaurant, cafes and nightlife are easily reachable a few blocks from the property, the neighborhood feels safe and inviting because there are always people and lots of tourists on the streets. Can’t say the same thing about Nice’s other districts, the more you get away from downtown (and from the hotel) the less you feel safe.
My overall experience was very nice, but if you’re into the resort type of vacation (large properties, huge swimming pools, long and width sand beaches,…) you may not find what you’re looking for in Nice because hotels do not have private beaches, there’s no sand at all (the shore is very rocky) and there’s always a four-lane street between your hotel and the sea. Anyway I guess this is part of the charm of the place.
Great hotel in lovely Nice
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from a wonderful stay in Nice at the Palais de la Mediterranee. Weather was very hot and the hotel was excellent. Reception and concierge staff very friendly and helpful and room was lovely. We were upgraded to a sea view room overlooking the pool and it was lovely to look out during the day and in the evening. Upon arrival in our room we asked for a CD player and within minutes one was brought to our room which we were very impressed with. Hotel room very pleasant with nice balcony and bed. Bathroom had twin sink area and separate door for toilet which was handy but shower, although powerful, was just a shower head attached to the taps. Would have expected a fancy shower to be honest. Pool area and sun loungers better than beach as the beach is very rocky. We had day trips out to Monte Carlo/Monaco and Cannes and out of the two would definitely recommend Cannes as nice beach and lots of shops. Its easy to get there on the train from Nice. The hotel is about 10 mins walk away from Old Town Nice which was beautiful and there are lots of lovely places to eat out. We also walked up the mound at the far end which had ruins, amazing views and waterfalls also at the top. Overall, a brilliant stay although our only criticism is the breakfast. Like other reviewers, we did not think this was up to 5 star standard. Infact, we were allocated a table but when we returned one of the staff had taken it away for adjoining table and a well to do family. When I went to get chair back I was literally shouted No, no, no at! The member of staff then went to get me another chair but I couldnt quite help thinking why couldnt she have done that in the first place for the other table and let me have the other chair! Breakfast itself also varied and it depended upon when you arrived as to what it was like. Breakfast staff also not very organised and even though we had ordered drinks with one person another girl came along and said we cant have done so we ordered again and then ended up with two lots. Its a minor point reallly as we had a great stay but hotel really should get this aspect together. We booked through Leading Hotels of the world and got a good rate but still an expensive hotel. It was a treat so next time in Nice would probably stay somewhere cheaper but would definitely go back to Nice.
Give it time
Just back from P d l Med booked it on the strength of T.A. and got best rate thru L H of the World. The plus points ...on 6th floor facing the sea, comfy quiet room, lovely view and brilliant beds, staff always trying to do there best and always have a smile and a pleasant manner. Rooms cleaned well, also turn down sevice which we missed out on as it came to late for us..but no problem with that. Hotel is a perfect location on the sea front but near the centre.
The negative points breakfast is a pleasant shambles...get there early and lots of food, get there late mostly gone and they do not replenish. Staff are helpfull but seem to have no direction, girl in charge does'nt seem to be running an organised ship. Because breakfast was hit and miss we did'nt dine in the hotel. Hotel mostly used for business groups. Pool lovely but small and only about 15ish sunbeds available. Telephone hit and miss, messages left for me from home did'nt get thru as the system was faulty also tv did'nt work on the hotel page.
Specail mention of praise to the consiage service ... and the reception. Give it time and this hotel should blossom, at the moment still a few creases
to iron out.
An outstanding Hotel
We stayed for a week from 4th April in this outstanding hotel and have nothing but praise for all aspects of its facilities.
The room was a delight with a magnificant sea view and large balcony where we could sit and enjoy the sun. Room furnishings and fittings were of the highest standard. Noise from outside traffic did not penetrate into the room at all.
Buffet breakfast (included in the rate) was always served in Le Padouk Restaurant and if the extensive buffet did not meet our requirements the helpful, cheerful staff promptly obliged.
This hotel has real style without being pretentious and we have no hesitation in recommending it to even the most discerning guest.
I loved this hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
I took my lover to this hotel to celebrate our first anniversary. Having stayed in some of the best hotels in London and the Intercontinental in Cannes, this hotel is in a league of its own. B&O TV in the room (although a tea/coffee making facilty would have been nice) lovely public areas, very polite but not pretentious staff all made for a very good stay. Service at breakfast was polite but not the most efficient. However, as vegetarians, we asked the maitre'd to arrange a special dinner... it was brilliant!! I would recommend this hotel unreservedly.
Top Local Tips for Nice
Food & drink
Walk up to the Casino Ruhl (next block up from the hotel) and turn left. About 1 or 2 blocks up there are restaurants and bars aplenty. Also try out the two little bars well into Nice opposite Papayou restaurant - really nice atmosphere in both.
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Baud et Millet
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