The Negresco is not for everyone but if its genre appeals to you it is an awesome hotel (we loved it!). The hotel was built in 1912 and walking through it you feel walking back in time but with modern touches. Everywhere in the hotel you are surrounded by original works of art – some modern some classics. For example, our wing was completely decorated in original works by Salvador Dali who used to stay in the hotel a lot. The rooms are decorated in Napoleon era style with updated bathrooms (the tub, toilet and bidet were sparkling gold glitter – spectacular in their glitziness). The elevator is indescribable – a beautiful and complete throwback to an earlier era. This is not a modern steel and glass hotel but falls into the category of world class treasures.
Also remarkable is the restaurant Chanticleer. It has 2 Michelin stars and deserves them (if you are unfamiliar with Michelin restaurant ratings – 2 stars are very impressive in its own right.) Expensive, it is worth every penny if you enjoy world class service and gourmet food. We do not consider ourselves gourmands by any means but even we were extremely impressed. Reservations and Jackets recommended for men.
Regarding the practical parts of The Negresco, the hotel is in a great location on the Avenue de Anglais (the main seafront street) and about 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from Old Town, the Flower Mart ( a must see!), the elevator to the top of the Citadel and about 20 minutes’ walk to the main Nice train station.
Before arriving we were concerned that a “sea view” room looking out over the high traffic Avenue de Anglais would be very noisy with traffic. At night, the rooms have electronically operated metal roll down shutters that block the street noise very effectively. If you get noisy neighbors, be aware that the walls, while not paper thin, are not extremely well insulated.
The summary for this hotel is that it is excellent in spite of not having any exercise facilities, no pool and a very surly staff. By the way, except for the restaurant, all the staff is surly and very pretentious. They generally are unhelpful and almost seem to snarl at the guests. It is a weird given how grand the rest of the hotel is. If they could fix the staff attitude, this really would be a world class 5 star hotel.
On balance, if you can look past the unhelpful concierge desk and the surliness, this hotel is awesome!
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- Also Known As:
- Negresco Hotel Nice
- Hotel Negresco Nice