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Location: Downtown, 300 metres from the sea and the Promenade des Anglais.
There isn't anything to dislike about this hotel, equally there is nothing to make a stay here memorable.This Mercure is a 4-5 minute stroll to the Promenade and not much longer to the atmospheric Old Town and its restaurants. Rooms are well air conditioned and modern and the immediate location is a quiet side street.Rooms are, however, small despite the fact that we upgraded to a supposed Privilege room and the bathroom (no bath only shower) would have difficulty accommodating two people. Everything is plastic - from the shower to the glasses
How nice is NICE! The hotel is lovely, and our room was great, clean and very roomy and the bathrooms were fabulous. Really like this hotel, we stayed for 2 nights, then left for monaco for a night, and on our return back to the hotel a day later when we checked back in the reception upgraded us to the Premium Suite. We got complimentary drinks in bar fridge, dressing gown/slippers and the room and bathroom was slightly bigger. Really enjoyed the location, close to lots of great restaurant, main shopping area, and the beach strip.
I can't fault the staff from everyone on the reception desk (some are almost like friends) who all speak excellent English, especially Auriellen (I should really speak French in France!), the lovely restaurant staff (Jacqueline is like a friend too) and the housekeeping staff who tidy our room each day (Excellent practice from Fabienne checking that I was the key-holder to the room when I returned part way through her servicing the room).It was great to have a fridge in the room to keep our beer and my lactose free food fresh. Lovely rooftop terrace too and brilliant location for the supermarket, health food shop and ATM as well as being close to restaurants and beaches (Plenty of free public beaches - pack your surf shoes if you want to go swimming as the beaches in Nice are pebbles and not too comfortable to walk on). There is some street noise due to the location.
This Hotel was an OK destination. Staff was semi helpful but could have been nicer and nice helpful. I have some trouble walking and after checking in I found that the other Mercure Hotel, "Promenade des Angles" is on the corner across from the shoreline.I walked around the common areas and it is a much nicer place to stay.
This review is based on a stay in a standard double room incl. breakfast, third floor (318).-My impression of this hotel varied up and down like a sine-wave during our stay.First impressions were very good. It was like entering an oasis in the desert to enter the hotel from walking the hot streets outside (although I guess any hotel would have that effect), and we were met with smiles and politeness in the modern looking lobby.We arrived at about 10:00 in the morning, and check-in is really not until 15:00, but thankfully they had a room already made up, so we could make ourselves comfortable there right away. That was nice!First impressions again were good as we entered the room. There's a huge picture of a clown puppet on the wall though, so if you're afraid of clowns, read no further...The room was indeed standard in size, and a little bit cumbersome to move around in, but still had good closet space (one rather big closet on both sides of the room, with doors, and with several hangers inside). Two bedside tables (on wheels), a chair, a bench, a queen size bed, and a cupboard with a safe and an (empty) mini bar (I suppose one could ask to have it stocked). Lamps and individual LED reading lights. A complimentary bottle of Evian water and some complimentary (we hope!) tea and coffee (there's a water boiler). The room is airconditioned, and you can adjust the fan speed and temperature (or turn it off completely).The bed is quite hard, which isn't exactly to my liking, and caused a minor back pain to adjust to, but nothing major. It's a preference thing, after all.The bathroom was good enough, but nothing special. The toilet was a bit "loose" when you sat on it, and there was a crack or two in the walls. The door almost hit the toilet when you opened it, so we both stumped our toes once each.There's a bathtub with a shower. The water took some time to drain after one had showered; the plumbing could have needed a cleaning I suppose. There was an unpleasant smell there at times. Sorry, but it has to be said.We didn't complain about it, but there was actually also an unclean towel there when we first walked in, but I think the towel had been washed, only the black stains hadn't come out (mascara or something?).The breakfast was a mixed bag; again, good first impression though. The eating area is rather cozy, with nice chairs and tables, and the layout where the food is is kind of like a modern kitchen in someone's home. There are some varieties of bread, and of course French pastries. We would have liked to see more whole grain bread, but I guess that's specific to where we're from. I also was missing some vegetables like paprika, cucumber slices and the like, but again, regional preference probably. They did have freshly pressed orange juices, bacon and eggs (boiled or scrambled), various types of butter, various types of jam, several cheeses (this is France, afterall), müsli, yoghurt, fruit bits, various teas and three coffee machines (two "regular" and one Nespresso).All in all a good breakfast which initially seems plentyfull and varied, but still seems a bit the same after a couple of days. You'll be asked rather often what room number you're staying in. Some days we were asked twice during the same breakfast.So - what do I mean with good first impressions when I'm seemingly critical of some aspects of the hotel?Well, the thing is that the hotel must have been refurbished around ten or so years ago, but it's starting to show some wear already. Which means it looks sleek and nice at first with modern interior and colors, but when you start looking at the details, there are some small niggles. Also we were a bit unlucky probably with a couple if the things I mentioned.The staff (the cleaning staff as well) were always smiling and helpful and nice. We had a late flight back home, but the staff were nice enough to let us use the sunroof that entire day/afternoon. The sunroof on the 7th floor (only one of the elevators stop there, by the way) has its own toilet, and an outdoor shower (don't take a shower without your clothes on though; there are cameras and neighbors...). A very nice area with many reclining sun-chairs, sofas, tables etc. Again though; a bit worn here and there. But nice. A decent view of the city surroundings from there as well.The fact that they let us use that area after we had checked out, gave the hotel a big plus from me; probably another star too.Oh - location: There are many, many hotels in this city of course, many of which are next to the beach, which seems nice. But - being next to the beach also means being next to traffic here in Nice. So the Mercure Grimaldi is situated nicely away from the worst traffic, while also being close to the beach, and walking distance to most all attractions. We could hear some street noise from the open bathroom window, but closing the bathroom door surprisingly shut most of it out (even with the b. window still open), so in our experience, the room was rather quiet. We were on the third floor, facing the most busy street of the ones surrounding the hotel.There's also a nice supermarket literally just around the corner (when you leave the hotel, turn to your right, go around the corner and then a few meters and you're there). It has literally everything you could need when it comes to everyday articles.Small negative things aside - I would still recommend this hotel, at this price. I just feel it's important to point out details in a review. With a few minor caveats as mentioned, I'd say don't hesitate to try this hotel.General Nice tips:1) Look where you're going! I stepped in dog poo twice, and saw several. The people of Nice love their dogs, but not so much picking up after them, I suppose.2) The staff can get you a discount at one of the beaches (Ruhl Plage). Mind you, it still costs €25 per person for a sunbed, an umbrella and two towels for a day. The beach next to it (Le Galet) is a bit cheaper (if you drop the umbrella and towels), but in some ways nicer, with more attentive staff taking food orders at the sunbeds, in our experience. Depended a bit on where your sunbeds were located, though.3) Maybe this is common in France, but anyway: the serving of food at restaurants seemed to take a break in the middle of the day, but it was very hit and miss - some would still serve food while others insisted they were obligated to close the kitchen at such-and-such times. 4) Most shops were closed on Sunday, which is not so weird where I'm from also, but what was weird to me was that many shops were also closed on Monday? Museums were typically closed on Tuesdays.5) Bus nr. 99 goes express from the airport to Gare Nice train station, which is about a 13 minutes walk from the hotel. It is €6. It also goes from there back to the airport.Bus nr. 98 also goes to/from the airport, but is not express; it has several stops. Nr. 98 may stop closer to where you are, though, if you don't want to / can't walk so far.6) Nice is expensive! I'm from a country that is infamous for being expensive, but I still felt like most everything cost the same as back home. Well, except for alcoho, which of course was cheap(er).Have a nice stay in Nice! We sure did. :-)
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6 rue Grimaldi, 06000 Nice France
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