Finding a place to stay on vacation is always a last minute decision. We typically end up booking our hotel in-flight on our way to our destination. Reason is because we fly standby, so sometimes our travel plans change and most hotels are not flexible in their cancellation policies within 24 hours.
With that being said, we typically have a few hotels that we have scoped out the weeks before we leave and we pick based on the best deal at the time. Pretty spontaneous you are thinking? More like stressful because you don’t know where you will end up!
On this trip to Nice, we stayed at the Radisson Blu. This is a beautiful hotel right along the Cote d’Azur and across the street from the Promenade de Anglais. The main factor that helped us decide on this hotel was the rooftop pool and bar; not to mention it has a stunning view to take in the city of Nice for the first time.
We were pretty jetlagged from our flight in and thankfully the rooms at the Radisson Blu are comfy, yet simple. If this is your first trip to Nice and you are looking for a hotel for a few days, here are some of my thoughts on this hotel;
- The Radisson Blu is close to the airport and across from the beach, but that also means that it is further down the Promenade de Anglais, away from the city center and action.
When picking a hotel in Nice, you should decide if you want to be close to the action that the City Center and Ville Vieux (Old Nice) has to offer or have beach access.
The pros of the Radisson Blu is
- spacious rooms
- quietiest hallways to catch up on those zZzZZ’s
- private beach, but costs around 20 Euros p/person for access
- gorgeous views from the rooptop — worth a visit even if you don’t stay at this hotel!
Hotel West End
Before returning home from the states, we came back to Nice to relax before we had to catch our flight. This was actually the perfect ending to our trip and I do recommend staying at Hotel West End if you are looking for a more upscale hotel.
- Complimentary French breakfast every morning, duh!
- Private Beach Access, also around 25 Euros p/person
- Front Desk/ Bellman spoke great English and offered suggestions
- Walking distance to the city center (1 mile)
- Bus Stop directly in front of hotel
- Located next to the famous Hotel Negresco, a must see while staying here
The only con is that the rooms are small and the lobby is somewhat dated, but this also sets the mood that you are in France.