I really appreciate modern contemporary design and this hotel did not disappoint. The dissatisfaction that I did experience resulted ultimately from communication. I booked the room several months in advance with a note included in the reservation indicating that my family consisted of my wife and I and two young children ages eight and 11.
Midway through our driving tour of Europe and three days before our arrival in Nice, I received an e-mail stating that I would have to reserve a second very expensive room (even with the discount offered) for our children. When I responded that this was unacceptable, the hotel manager responded that he had upgraded us (very kind) to a room that would accommodate the entire family.
Unfortunately, when we arrived the rude front desk staff member looked at me incredulously and frowned while stating "there are four" of you. When I referenced that I have an e-mail resolving this from the manager, Pascale, the person again restated that only three are allowed per room. I had to show her Pascale's e-mail on my iPhone to get her to relent. I also pointed out that if Pascale had approved something already, it should be noted on my reservation and I should have been greeted with a smile and welcome and not an argument.
A note for those families with young children to Europe... I found it nearly impossible to find hotels which would accommodate more than three occupants in a single room. It seems to be the magic number in Europe - no matter how young the third and fourth occupants. For example, it was simply an impossibility at the Westin and Le Meridien properties we visited (all insisted on a second room). In my opinion, this is ridiculous and something which warrants a better solution. My appreciation goes out to this hotel, though, for allowing us (following e-mail dialogue) to have the entire family stay in a single room with a king bed and rollaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At n°1 Promenade des Anglais, Le Méridien Nice is set in the perfect location, facing the sea, right in the centre of town. Featuring a a roof top terrace with the main restaurant "La Terrasse" offering a spectacular view and a taste of the Mediterranean and a heated swimming pool, the hotel also benefits from an indoor restaurants, "Le Colonial Café," in a relaxing lounge setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Nice Hotel Nice
- Meridien Nice
- Nice Le Meridien