After looking at the reviews of The Ambassador Hotel I'm one of these people who think .... hmmm: I'm obviously looking at the wrong hotel on Trip Adviser and this isn't the one we stayed in.
These reviews don't bear any relationship to the hotel we stayed in although I do understand Itchyfeet, Sydney and others.
This is the second time we've stayed in the Ambassador. First time was about 5 years ago (2007) and having checked up on Venere we went to the recommended 3 star hotel. It wasn't particularly nice so we checked out the other 3 hotels within 100 metres. Ambassador Hotel was the last one..... a couple of sassenach's were coming out the door so we asked them what they thought of the hotel .... terrific they said so in we went.
Price was good so we booked 4 nights and were delighted we did so.
This time we decided to drive from Ecosse around Europe and eventually ended up in one of our favourite spots in the world. Neece.
After spending an hour or so checking out prices in the other hotels in and around the beach we decided....... that The Ambassador Hotel was the one for us.... again.
The boss (you know who you are) is a wee bit Asian looking and is as professional as any receptionist in a busy hotel. Yes he doesn't do somersaults when a new guest arrives but he knows what's what. His male sidekick is also a really pleasant fellow but doesn't do somersaults either. He's an interesting bloke and although an Italian he told us that he dreams in English. I think he went to Repton or some other public school like that.
1. The front rooms are obviously the best ones and they have a small balcony which looks over the Nice sands. It's possible we've been lucky but both times we have been delighted that we had a view of the beach in an hotel which costs heaps and heaps less than any of their (much more expensive) neighbours.
2. We have found the service is pretty good. Yes they are relaxed (like Australians) and this can go against them if you are looking for five star service and employees who are going to fawn over you because you are paying 300 euros a night.
They have a female employee who doesn't speak Hotel or English or Tourist ). She was hovering around reception a couple of times and is absolutely hopeless, she isn’t able to understand that all anyone wants is the key to get into the room. She may have just been a cleaner who got lost but she was holding fort at reception too many times for (this is 2012 so she might have gone back to Russia) this to be an accident.
Nanna from Helsinki said that the place is a rat hole! I have a feeling that she only likes places with ice.
The Ambassador has come up trumps twice in 8 years and we would stay there again because they give exactly what is on the box.
Yes: they can be quite abrupt but you have to understand that that is what the French are like,,,,,
Dunno about you mob but one of the reasons we love travelling is because we meet so many different people.
Love it or hate it but you are going to come across really nice hotels and people and also obviously horrible people and hotels.
We think The Ambassador is one of the better hotels in Nice and we will always go back to them.
WHY.... and this is France?
I complained to the management about a couple of things. One was that the shower head kept falling down. No biggie and not worth complaining about unless you are happy that the next person in is going to get the same thing..... The other complaint was a stupid thing that I can't even remember.
It was a Sunday.
A day later and they hadn't been fixed so I fixed them myself.
I took the pish out of both the owner and the Italian manager because I fixed it myself and told them that they were obviously typical continentals who couldn't fix a fuse to save themselves.
We were checked out by someone we hadn't seen before and just when we got outside the hotel we were attacked by the manager. He stopped us and presented us with a bottle of wine.
WTF I said!
He said that because we had fixed the problem ourselves he was tremendously appreciative and he thought we would like a bottle of decent wine.
It was.... and we did.
We will always go back the next time because some of the rooms have views of the sea and even if they don't have views you have to ask yourself..... how many hotels are only 100 metres from the beach and cost less than a parking fine.
PS THE PARKING FINE. When you check in.... do not park for more than 10 minutes across the road from the Embassador. .... The stupidity of the cops booking you 8n a tourist area can make you quite angry. Mind you...... if you are from anywhere else than France then just chuck the parking ticket away.
Just try anywhere else and you will find that The Ambassador is where you should have booked in the first place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Nice city centre this hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais and the beach. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guest rooms at the Hôtel Ambassador are bright and feature satellite TV and a mini-bar. All rooms are serviced by an elevator and some rooms have a sea view. A buffet breakfast is served each morning at the Hôtel Ambassador and guests are invited to enjoy a drink in the hotel's bar in the evening. Additional facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour reception desk and luggage storage. The hotel is located a 5-minute walk from the famous Nice Flower Market on the Cours Saleya. Hôtel Ambassador is 550 meters from Nice Opera and 1.6 km from the Nice Acropolis Convention Centre. Nice Ville train station is situated 1.5 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassador Hotel Nice