Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Beautiful hotel overlooking sea. Roomâ...
"Beautiful hotel overlooking sea. Roomâs very modern, flat screen TV. Nice welcome message from manager in room with bowl of fruit. Plenty of choice for breakfast. Drinks expensive in Nice but food about the same as England. Lots of lovely restaurants. Nice to sit and people watch. Bus and train systems very good and easy to get to other places such as Monte Carlo, Cannes etc."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of January 2008
not without it's problems
"Great rooms, nice balconies. Pot luck whether you get a good view (this applies to city and sea views) Nicely furnished in a modern style with quality fittings. Staff helpfull and polite. Cold breakfast very good. Hot breaksfast very poor!
Lovely bathrooms with bath and shower. Showers however are not thermostatic and temperature goes from very hot to cold! I have knockd off a star for this as this is unforgivable in a hotel at these prices.
TV has good selection of chanels but no pay or radio as there was a technical fault. Heating was switched off and only came on late in the day (I suspect that this was due to a surprising cold day that came out of the blue).
Minibar prices astronomical and a 20 Euro per day charge if you want to use minbar as a refrigerator!
Otherwise very pleasant. Didn't eat there but went to the Negresco a few blocks away which is this hotels main competitor. The 90 Euro menu was historic, one of the best value meals I have eaten. You must go to this hotel if only for a drink in the bar. (cocktails are 13.5 Euros and exquisite.)
Choose the Palais for modern styling or the Negresco for olde worlde charm the choice is yours."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of November 2005
Great hotel with lots of style
"We loved just about everything about this hotel. The exterior is majestic and beautifully lit at night. The public areas are modern, nicely decorated, and cool looking. The rooms are very stlyish. And most of all, the hotel interior is less than two years old so everything looks nice and is in very good shape.
The design of the hotel is different with a U shaped layout and a courtyard on the third level, which many of the rooms overlook. It almost made it feel like we were in an apartment building, not a hotel. This made for a more interesting experience if you stay in one of these rooms.
We stayed in an executive room. These rooms are large with a wall of glass looking out over the hotel courtyard and the sea beyond. The sea view is nice but not great because the facade gets in the way and the hotel is set back from the sea a little bit - but it is still beautiful. There was a large patio to sit on and enjoy the view plus you could watch the action down below in the courtyard where the pool and restaurant are located. Inside, the room had a nice clean modern look with great pale colors that you do not normally find in hotels. The room looked beautiful and had nice lighting. The bathroom was large with separate tub, shower and toilet. The shower had no place to put shampoo, my only complaint.
The indoor/outdoor pool was great, and heated. The workout area was not large but the space was very attractive. The buffet breakfast was pretty good with a nice selection of items to choose from. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful. The location was great. Besides being on the sea, the hotel was within walking distance of lots of restaurants and shops.
We only stayed for one night, the last night of a two week vacation in the south of France/Italy. We wanted to stay in Nice to be close to the airport. Our choice was right on, I only wish we could of stayed longer to enjoy the this splendid hotel even more.
We also made it the the airport in less than 15 minutes on a Sunday morning."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of November 2005
Loved it there
"The hotel was luxurious. Our room was big and very modern. The staff were helpfull and restaurant recommendation was spot on. Breakfast was excellent. Large selection of breads, cold cuts, fresh fruits, juices, and jams. They were able to provide us with very early breakfast in our room. Location is excellent with a beautiful view of the sea."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of November 2005
just back from trip to Nice
"I've just come back from a three day break in Nice. I stayed at Palais de la Mediterranee. I had read TripAdvisor reviews first and I think I made a great choice. I booked via The Leading Hotels of the World website that I definitely recommend for their best rates. The hotel served a lovely breakfast, good location, excellent staff. We were upgraded to an Executive Room but unfortunately the seaview was obstructed by the Facade, so if you are booking an Exec seaview room ask for a room on the 4th, 5th or 6th floor. (we were on the 8th) .
We took the train to Cannes on one of the days, and got a taxi to monte carlo on another day.
Concierge will recommend and book good restaurants for you.
Out of season I think this hotel is very good value, but in high season it is overpriced. I would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of October 2005
nice location, poor service
"We stayed for 7 nights Sept. 19-25th. The hotel is beautiful, rooms are small but nice. The location is great. The biggest problem we had was the service. The hotel hosts conferences all day all week and it seems a lot of the accomodating goes to the people attending. Business people in suits are everywhere, hosted by the pool, in the lobby, at breakfast. This takes away from the vacation feel and the service, in general it creates a stressful atmoshphere.
Everything was also outrageously expensive. We understand in a nice hotel things being more pricey but from the bar, to the poolside service to the minibar was ridiculous.
Overall it was nice but next time we would probably choose a boutique hotel with more charm and intimacy."
- Travel date: Thu 29th of September 2005
A Solid Hotel With Great Location
"We stayed at the Palais for 6 nights in September 2005. Unfortunately, United Airlines lost our luggage in London, so we arrived in Nice with only carry-on bags. While the Nice aiport luggage service told us that our baggage would be delived to the Palais when it arrived from London, the Concierge at the Palais was not so hopeful. Instead, he monitored the next flights to Nice from London, located our bag and sent a car for the bag - all at no charge. This was definitely unexpected and greatly appreciated (thanks Vincent!). While our room was defintitely small by US standards, it was adequate and reasonably well appointed - sans the shower - as noted by other Trip Adivisor users. The water temperature fluctuated between freezing and scalding and the shower head was mounted so low that only a lilliputian could stand under the shower - really. The hotel is wonderfully located, had a reasonably good breakfast buffet (perhaps a few more available serving utensils would improve the buffet), helpful staff and great soundproofing from considerable street noise. Wonderful restaurants are within walking distance and Cannes and Monte Carlo are only a short train ride away. The central train station is a 10 min walk from the hotel. The lobby and elevator music is certainly unique and different, especially if you like bird songs. All in all, we would definitely return here if the opportunity arises. The rates, while a bit on the high side, are probably not out of line with other 5-star European hotels."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of September 2005
"We stayed at the Palais for 7 nights in August from 16th Aug to 23rd Aug. On arrival we decided having seen our room that we would like to be upgraded to a sea view room, we enquired and were told that there was no availability for that week. The first night stay was ok, and the second afternoon there was a leak down through the light in our shower and we had to be moved from the room. We were moved to a Smoking Room, and neither of us smoke. The room had twin beds and we were not happy with this. We asked to have a bed with one matress and 3 days later we still had not received a proper bed. On the Sunday morining I again for the fourth time went to reception to get this sorted having failed with the housekeeping staff, and had to wait over 30 minutes to speak to a manager. He assured me that by 6 pm he would give us another room, at this stage due to all the inconvenience, we expected a room with a Sea View, but we just got a similiar room with a king sized bed. We got a bottle of champagne sent to our room compliments of the manger. We were overall dissapointed with the service and in particular with the breakfast. This is an expensive hotel and I expected a far superior level of service. On departure we asked for a concession on my bill and I got one nights stay free of charge, we would have preferred a more enjoyable stay and it is very unlikely that we will return."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of September 2005
nice location but...................................
"The hotel has nice and sleek rooms! The location could not be any better. The service for room rates in the $400 dollars range was appalling.
The conceirge desk was snooty, unhelpful and unprofessional. I would recommed talking to the front desk staff for restaurants and places to go.
They did not have enough irons for the rooms, after taking thirty minutes to get the iron, a maid came to the door soon after to pick it up???They also delivered somebody else's wine as compliments from the hotel to our room.
The do need work on the service, they have a beautiful place and location."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of September 2005
"My husband and I spent 4 nights here at the end of August. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of the room, previously stayed at La Perouse which was also lovely but our room was cramped. We had an executive room at the back so the view wasn't that great, but we could hear no noise at night and the blackout shutters were wonderful. A previous review mentioned about the shower in the bath being too low - why worry - there was a perfectly good shower cubicle. The breakfast was quite good with great views of the sea from certain tables. We didn't eat or drink in the hotel so cannot review this as there were many places to eat and drink in Nice (cheaper too) All I can say is you need to have deep pockets if you want luxury in Nice, i.e. beach beds are between 16 and 18 euros per person per day, but worth it in my opinion as the rocky beach is not comfortable to lie on!! I would definitely return to the Palais as we had no complaints whatsoever."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of August 2005
"Just returned from a 3 night stay and thought the hotel was of an excellent standard. Rooms are very comfortable - we stayed in a deluxe seaview and were concerned beforehand about noise from the busy seafront road but rooms are set well back and the soundproofing was so good that we didn't hear a sound. Also the rooms have electric external blinds which blackout early morning light completely. Note,hovever, that the rooms on the corner at either end of the front facing side of the hotel are about 25% smaller than the other rooms and don't have such a nice balcony altho the same room rate is charged. Also surprisingly there was no proper shower over the bath - there was a shower head on a hose which was removable from a bracket half way up the wall - you couldn't stand under the shower unless you were under 3 feet tall.
Breakfast was very good and the pool very nice altho not many sunloungers.
The only possible reason we wouldn't return to the hotel is the lack of non-smoking rooms. Only one floor out of six is non smoking and altho we had requested a non smoking room beforehand we had been allocated a smoking room and had problems getting it changed - the receptionist's attitude was rather strange in that she was reluctant to reallocate a room from someone who had yet to check in and who had also requested non smoking. She changed us in the end but it's a mystery as to why a guest checking in is considered less important than another guest still to arrive - "if I change you then the other guest won't get a non-smoking room"."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of August 2005