I had wanted to go to the French Riviera for years, but thought it was out of my reach financially. I was completely delighted when I made a reservation at this hotel and the price was very reasonable! I found out that Nice was affordable, if one is careful to not fall into the clutches smack dab in the middle of a tourist trap. Upon taking the cab set up for me by the hotel, from the airport, the place struck me as a mix between LA, San Francisco, and Venice, Italy.
Arriving frazzled at the hotel from being up all night, since I can't sleep on a plane, Yohan greeted me warmly with a bottled water with ice. I was delighted that they had upgraded me from a twin bed to a queen. The room, although small, was perfectly
adequate. TV has many channels, some I sort of recall from my Budapest trip one year ago. The view from the window was very charming. Bed was comfortable. The bath was very pleasant, with a strong flow of water in the shower, and plenty of hot water. Loved the high ceilings of the room. The room was a bit cold when I woke up, but the heat came on quickly. I really didn't hear the other guests through the walls.
Each morning, I went down to breakfast about 7 when it started, and the chef was very pleasant and most welcoming, I was glad that they had a wide variety of things for all tastes. Most importantly the scrambled eggs were done just perfectly each day, with green onion and other additions, and I would have been upset if that had not been available. Then, what anybody coming to France is thrilled to have, nice flaky croissants, and tons of them!!. I admit to having about 4 or 5 each morning! The orange juice was excellent as well. The various people working in that area were courteous and outgoing. There is nothing like a breakfast to get one going, and I was
most pleased with this experience.
A great store right across the street Monoprix, had so much to offer. I bought razor blades, and fabulous blueberries (room had a small fridge) and batteries, and curried chicken. I also got the much needed suntan lotion, as this is the French Riviera after all, and the sun was out most of the visit, and the weather was close to 70. I regret not bringing a lighter jacket. Also visited the famous Galleries Lafayette Department Store. Ate at their lunch room, and that was good, and educated myself on their bedding, which had of course Ralph Lauren, but also designers new to me such as Yves Delorme, and other French household names.
I always felt cared for by the staff, such as the extremely friendly and professional Yohan, and later met Julian, who was concerned over my welfare. Julian wanted reassurance that I felt the hotel was a satisfactory experience. I never found anyone rude when I called the desk or showed up there at all hours, they were great!!. Also Sara was very helpful to make sure I received a 7AM wake up call the day of my trip home, and she set up the car service for the airport. I just found the French in general
extremely nice, and strangers were very outgoing, with tons of advice for being a tourist. I admit to a prejudice thinking the French might be snobby or aloof, this was not the case. I clearly was wrong, but I had not set foot in France since 1972!
I felt one of the best features of the hotel is the room safe, it was easy to use, and eased my mind. There is also a cute and very chic little room off the lobby with red velvet furniture and a wired computer for guest use, plus they had one computer available to take up the room. I did not use this room, but will next time, since I would definitely return to this wonderful hotel!!
The hotel is an easy 10 minute walk to the beach, which is so picturesque! Another great feature of the hotel is the close proximity to the train station, no more than a 10 minute walk. I used that train to go twice to Monte Carlo (loved that town) and also Cannes (wasn't crazy about Cannes) It was only 8 Euros round trip to Monaco!! It is certainly a very safe area filled with many restaurants, but trust me, after the ample breakfast at the hotel, one doesn't need gobs of food during the day!!
So thanks again to Yohan, and Julian and Sara!! I also encountered 2 extremely approachable guards at the Royal Palace, (one who agreed to a photograph) and they were very helpful guiding me on how to walk to the Monte Carlo Casino with the flashy
cars!! I found out not only was the trip within my reach, but I didn't spend gobs of money being there. I want to go to Saint Paul De Vence next time, since I am an artist and understand art permeates that town. So there will be plenty to do next time that I missed, and I found it funny that being someone who lives in the Bronx, right above Manhattan in NYC, I would wind up staying at Best Western New York in Nice!! I will definitely be back, and wouldn't hesitate to stay in this fabulous hotel again!!!!!!!!!! less
Direction D, Directeur général at Best Western New York, responded to this review
The team and I are delighted by your beautiful feedback following your recent visit, thank you so much !
I will make sure to pass on your comments to Yohan, Sarah, Yassine and the rest of the team as they do a formidable job every day ! For all of us, it was a great pleasure chatting with you and looking after you during your week long stay !
We are very glad to hear that you had a wonderful time in Nice and that we were able to make you enjoy our beautiful region.
We are already impatient for your next visit, please do come back to visit us soon !
Kind Regards from all the team of the Best Western New York Nice.