Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Le Méridien Hotel - Nice

If you're looking for a place where everything is right outside your hotel's doorstep and still want a peaceful night's sleep, then I highly recommend a visit to Le Méridien in Nice.

Le Meridien Nice

What a great hotel!  From the moment I arrived by taxi, the porter practically jumped to help me with my luggage and I was promptly checked in.

Le Méridien is a nine story, four star hotel with over 300 rooms situated right across the street from the main beach of Nice.  Your choice in room size ranges from the Classic Room to the Presidential Suite.

The Classic Rooms overlook the large hotel courtyard which can be a standard with any European type hotel room.  If you were looking for a room with more of a view, I would suggest you try one of the many other outside rooms they will have available for you. 

A complete renovation of Le Méridien in Nice was completed in 2008, and by all appearances the management seem to take the maintenance and cleaning of the hotel seriously.

They have done a great job with the interior design, keeping things fresh with an overall classic feeling.  There seems to be an underlying tone of luxury and leisure in the color choices used throughout the hotel and with the rooms themselves.

As for location, this is one of the best in Nice.  What could be easier to find than: 1 Promenade des Anglais?

Le Méridien is along the seaside and is instantly recognizable.  Taxi stands are right outside the hotel, the tram is approximately two blocks away and the buses are also very close by.

Be sure to visit La Terrasse Restaurant on the roof of Le Méridien right next to the pool area.  It is the best place anytime of the day to have a refreshing and relaxing meal.  You'll be in the heart of the city, yet you'll feel away from it all.

Even if you aren't hungry, make sure you head to the top of the hotel anyway, you will get to see some of the most spectacular views of the city!  And I'm not just talking about the hot guys tanning by the pool.

You will also find within Le Méridien a lounge bar, a fitness center, spa and conference centers.

In the summer evenings, with the park being directly across the street, there is an outdoor concert hall where you might faintly hear the sounds of live jazz music or an orchestra playing.  At decent enough hours of course, it's a lovely and very sweet sound in the summer night air.

If you are trying to decide on a hotel to stay at, keep in mind everything you could want is within close proximity to Le Méridien: tons of shopping, most of the gay bars and clubs, the beach, etc.

Le Meridien Webcam

And I have found the staff of Le Méridien to be fantastic!  They speak many different languages, are very pleasant, patient and helpful.  They'll give you tips and ideas on what to go see in Nice, restaurants to try out, local events...

Le Meridien is another gay-friendly option in Nice.  Be sure to book early!

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