Let me apologize in advance, because this review is about to be one conceited brag fest from yours truly. The fact that I was able to call this hotel "home" for five days is beyond remarkable since the hotel really is considered a museum. In fact, it's such a source of pride for Nice that the hotel's image is the cover of several travel books for not only the city, but the region.
Located right on Promenade des Anglais on the Baie of Angels, Hôtel Négresco stand like a bucolic beacon on the shore. A statue of Jazz Great Louie Armstrong sit tall in the front of the hotel near the doormen, who stand just as tall and handsome in their regal suits, hats, and dapper smiles! The lobby is just inside - spacious, with tons of light and once again, friendly staffers.
We were able to get an upgrade on our room which had us in one of the best rooms in the hotel - not that any of them are bad. Literally everything in the hotel is a piece of art and in your room, it's just usable art. A 17th century armoire? Sure! An 18th century coffee table? Why not?! It's all there for you to appreciate and utilize without getting in trouble. lol! Our room was pristine and large enough that we could run laps in it if we really wanted to (I am not exaggerating). Even the bathroom felt like we could go roller skating in it! It was crazy!
When we weren't appreciating all the art and space in our very own room, we were doing so in the hotel itself. An old wind-up elevator (now, modernized for electric conveniences) took us from floor to floor of the hotel/museum, each floor dedicated to a different genre of art - one with Asian influences, another with African and African American influences, another of nothing but Modern art, and yet another with nothing but European. On our last day in Nice, my husband and I literally spent the day just going from floor to floor taking pictures and admiring all the finds. My husband took more than 300 pictures of it all, it was that inspiring.
Hôtel Négresco spares absolutely no expense and is truly the best of the best of the best. There is no other place to stay in Nice. Every time someone would ask us where we were staying, whether it was a friend who knew the area, a cab or tour driver, or a fellow tourist, when we told them, their eyebrows raised and a "wow" or "fabulous" followed. We didn't understand why until we were actually there and even know, I don't feel like my review is enough to give this amazing hotel justice. Still, all you need to know is this: Bill Gates once tried to buy it and the hotel said 'no.' True story! If that doesn't peek your interest, then I don't know what will. It's a place everyone should experience at least once in their lives - if not to stay, then at least just to visit.
Looks great from the outside and lobby area very nice. Rooms on other hand in need of major refresh. Poorly equipped bathrooms, limited seating in room, many layers of paint, very slow WiFi. Room size was good and they were clean.
The 3 star reviews listed here are very accurate. Ignore the 5 star reviews - probably written by guests who frequent Motel 6 or Comfort Suites.
Bottom line: Probably could do better elsewhere for same or less.
First rate pricing, third rate experience. We decided to stay at Hotel Negresco based upon numerous great reviews but left feeling completely disappointed. Lets see, where to start... It's a beautiful old hotel with great views of the ocean from our room. That's where the positives end.
The service is pretty much lacking at every level. Room service always seemed overwhelmed with orders showing up an hour or so later than estimated, and usually broken down into different deliveries. On the weekends they can't decide between being a late night dance club, or hotel - with music blasting from the ground floor club that reverberates to the rooms all the way to the top (5th) floor all night long.
Housekeeping accidentally took one of my wife's expensive shirts out with linen service, management generally denied that it could have happened and never offered any remedies. Pretty disappointing for a hotel of this cost.
The ground floor bar has an impressive cocktail list, but for some reason is always under staffed with folks in no rush to do much of anything. You can count on each round of drinks taking an hour apiece. Yes I know it's France, but at this price point some level of service is still expected.
Note the hotel is located across the street from, not directly on the water. The hotel does not have a reserved beach area, rather they have contracted with a separate bar/restaurant that also has incredibly inattentive, slow service.
The beach here is very rocky & more or less can't be walked on without shoes. If you want a nice beach, go to Cannes, St. Tropez, or somewhere else in the south of France. For that matter, if you've never been to this region before, my advice is to take a day trip to Nice if you want to visit and stay in another city all together, it's unjustifiably expensive & seedier than other beach towns in the area.
The only place to stay if you're in Nice and if you're as unlucky as me not to have a house here with a view of the Côte d'Azur. Nice has the best water in all of the south of France - truly d'Azur - so when you're here, your view of the Mediterranean is unlike any view you'll have in either Cannes, St. Tropez, or Monte Carlo. Every time I'm here, I feel like I stepped into Fitzgerald's novel Tender is the Night, which isn't necessarily a good thing considering that novel took place in the early 20th century (thus you can picture the decoration of hotel rooms in the early 1900s) But alas, in true Fitzgerald fashion, sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.
I am not sure what to rate this place because honestly I didn't like it so much but my husband loved how it was old and gaudy and historic.
I love comfort and clean and service and food.
This place is old and wants to take you back in time and the rooms are whatever and it was really expensive, comes with no breakfast and I was just not that into it I would rate it 3.5 stars actually.
Okay... I get it. This place is incredibly old with a lot of history... but you know what gets old? The fact that it's old.
I feel a bit cheated by the fact that this received 5-stars in Nice. Granted we only stayed in a Deluxe room - nothing was really 5-star quality. Maybe I'd take my kids back here one day; then I'll try and convince them that this is where they filmed "Night at the Museum 2."
BUT, the beds are incredibly comfy (with a 100% mohair throw) and they use Fragonard shower products. AND the staff is incredibly accommodating - that definitely counts for something.
Driving down the French Riviera-which is a spectacular coastline, on our way to our hotel, I was captivated by this stunning charming hotel and I knew I would be making some reservations for dinner since sadly I was not a guest.
I love love love to learn about historic places when I travel and Hotel Negresco, which I found out has earned its place as a National Historic Monument had plenty of it.
We came here for Easter and had a fabulous dinner at the restaurant. Gorgeous French furnishings and a Baccaret chandelier with over 16,000 crystals-only two like it in the world!
Dinner was five-star! They must have brought out like 12-16 courses, it was amazing. Service impeccable. We topped off our night at Le Relais where we had some Port and more champagne. As I was making my way down the stairs to the gorgeous English style lounge, I saw pictures of Sophia Loren and when I learned how many other legends visited this hotel I was star-struck.
The list is really a Who's Who, starting with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco, President Truman, Sir Winston Churchill, Nicholas Sarkozy, and the list of celebrities is another one that will leave you speechless.
The Beatles, Alfred Hitchcock, Louis Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Gary Cooper, James Dean, Michael Jackson, Henri Matisse, Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood and Bill Gates...just to name a few!
My vacation was fabulous but I will forever treasure the night we had dinner at Hotel Negresco. I also learned that the hotel was once a hospital for wounded soldiers! The dome inside was designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel and the hotel was named after its founder Henry Negresco. I learn so much when I travel! Add this place to your bucket list! Au Revoir!
We stayed here on our honeymoon! So just be prepared that everything about this place was perfect!! We stayed here for a week and the staff could not have been nicer - the entire staff was just wonderful! The room was beautifully decorated and the view was just killer. I couldn't believe that this place was a hotel as it is truly a museum. The place is amazing. My husband and I spent several hours our first night just getting lost on every floor to see everything that they showed there. The location of the hotel is perfect on the promenade and near all the great restaurants. Since most people are from out of town staying here definitely ask for restaurant suggestions. They know what they are talking about. Its a once in a life time kind of place to stay and you should definitely do it at least once in a life time.
We stumbled on this really quirky brasserie after trying to find somewhere to eat in Nice that wouldn't bankrupt us, or having a dodgy takeaway.
This was a god send. Granted it won't be everyones taste but the restaurant is themed on a fairground carousel with old horses still on their podiums. Some of the tables are situated in booths which again is like being in a mirrored walzter. There is a dodgy dummy in the middlle of the restaurant which plays an accordian type thing every half hour.
The food is great and is reasonbly priced with club sandwiches, steaks and fish dishes, the deserts are amazing with the likes of baked alaska.
If I ever return here I will be back, a sureal kitch kinda place.
The Negresco hotel is worth popping your head into, trully amazing place well worth a visit.
If your visiting Nice, I cannot suggest anywhere better to stay. The hotel is bulging with character, from the artwork to the ambience, to the ghostly lift doors (you will see what i mean when you get there). The interior is quirky yet exquisite, and the location gives you instant access to Nice with a frontage onto the promenade for the beach or walks overlooking the sea. The staff are passionate about the hotel, which adds a lot to the experience.
This hotel is a bit of a cote d'azure legend, and after staying here, you will see why
Staff is great. Hotel is average. Very nice LOOKING until you see that its really outdated inside your room. My 30" TV had only 3 channels that worked. 30euro for breakfast?! Carpet has been there since the 80's! Twin beds pushed together to make a king.
Another Classic at Nice. Famous Place for Photo shooting and Holiday pics!
They are polite at the bar.. Museum like inside. Lots of older high rollers:)
I havn't stayed at this hotel but I have ate in the quirky and somewhat strange Carnival tea room. This place is Kitsch to the max and quirky would be an understatement. But it's a great experience and reasonably priced for Nice, the lemon tea and cake I had was really good. I would recommend going here as it really does offer something different.
We stayed at the Negresco for our honeymoon and it was worth the price. I chose this hotel because my wife loves old Victorian structures and this place is all old world charm. Ideally located across the beach it's the place to be in Nice. The staff are all about pleasing the guests. Our's was a honeymoon suite called the butterfly room with a huge butterfly bed and beautiful views of the French Riveria. They had little wedding present and a box of chocolates. The suites have power room darkening shades and shut out all the hustle and bustle of the beach. The bathroom had a great jacuzzi tub to relax in after a day of parasailing or jet skiing :) The hotel also has three restaurants, but when the rotunda messed up our order twice we gave up and went down the street to a little creperie. There are plenty of good restaurants around and the conceirge is great at getting reservations for you. The French maids are adorable in their traditional uniform and did a great job with all my wife's laundry. All in all the negresco lived up to it's name and we would stay here again.
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