Nice Hotel: The Nice-st Hotel in Nice, France

Splurging on 5 star luxury accommodation is not something I do as a rule. I am more about spreading the budget over a longer period of time so that I can enjoy more experiences for longer. I always try to find a good balance between price, location and value.

I have 2 prerequisites:

  1. It must be clean!
  2. There should be at least enough space for me to put down my yoga mat.

A good rule of thumb is to always read the reviews!

Actually, I make a point to avoid hotels. I prefer to stay in holiday rentals which are larger and far more comfortable than hotel rooms, are almost always more affordable, and allow for the freedom to prepare my own meals should I choose to, rather than spend a fortune in restaurants or on junk food.

But last July, I went a bit off course and indulged in an over-the-top palace of a hotel, that is Hotel Negresco in the beautiful French Riviera city of Nice.

Of course, I didn’t pay full price! How ludicrous! I searched for the best deal online!

Was it worth it? Read on…

Spectacular Nice Hotel

From the moment you arrive at Hotel Negresco, you are transported into an old world of charm, luxury and hospitality. The uniformed staff are particularly friendly and welcoming, but it’s the grandeur of the lobby itself that will take your breath away.

The living museum that is this extravagant hotel which stands out like a palace on the Promenade des Anglais is a journey through time and art, and one can easily imagine walking through the grand central hall in the 1920’s with a flamboyant air.

Each floor features a different art theme and every room is individually decorated with beautifully selected original pieces. One could wonder around the corridors for hours taking in the marvelous artworks from all around the world that contribute to the magic of the Hotel Negresco.

Room with a view from our Nice Hotel

The room was absolutely beautiful! I had thought long and hard before booking the room with a view, but I don’t regret it for a second!

Flash Fit Fab tip: If you are planning to enjoy a little bubbly or wine in your room while on holiday, take your own! Mini-bar prices are just plain ridiculous.

Nice Beach

The beautiful private Neptune beach is directly in front of the Hotel Negresco. It will set you back about €50 for 2 people for the day excluding your drinks and meals, so arrive early and make the most of the day. They offer an extensive menu catering to all tastes. I enjoyed a Piña colada and a delicious salad followed by a cheese platter.

All the beaches are pebbled, so make sure that you take sandals or aqua shoes. Private beaches, such as Neptune, have created walkways to spare your feet, and you can even use the jetty pictured above to climb into and out of the crystal blue sea.

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The concierge service was one of the best I have experienced and they were absolutely wonderful when it came to recommending restaurants, making the reservation and calling the taxi.

We took a taxi to get to the restaurant and then took a slow stroll back to the hotel afterwards along the promenade, and got to enjoy this magical view of the outside of the hotel by night.

So was it worth it?

Oh yes! But only for special occasions.

Click to compare the best online deals at the Hotel Negresco

For the same price I could have spent an extra week or so in a more budget-friendly hotel.

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