Holiday Inn Nice situated in an ideal location near the center of Nice, France. The hotel is about 10 minutes walking distance to Gare de Nice-Ville; the central train station to surrounding provinces of the Provence-Alpes – Côte d’Azur or French Rivera in English.
Holiday Inn Nice is also about equally walking distance to Promenades des Anglais, the main street along the beach. About 15 minutes walking east toward the beach, is Vieux Nice aka Old Nice and Cours Saleya, where many good restaurants, cafes and night time activities abound. We spent a lot of time in Old Nice and Cours Saleya during our stay.
Holiday Inn Nice – Junior Suite
As an IHG Platinum member, we were greeted warmly at check in, and also received an upgrade to a beautiful Junior Suite on the ninth floor. The elevator or lift, how it’s being called in Europe, to the room is across from the bar. You need to insert your room key to operate the elevator. Our suite is on the ninth floor with a private terrace, and it’s spacious; larger than the typical hotel of this type in France.
Although, the bathroom is large enough, but it only has the bathtub and a bidet. The toilet is in a separate room outside of the bathroom.
It is probably typical old hotel construction as we encountered similar at the Intercontinental Le Grande Hotel in Paris on the last leg of our travel. A little inconvenient but it’s not a big deal. The hotel choice of eco-friendly soap and shampoos by The White Company is an excellent amenity to the growing number of environmental conscious travelers like us.
At the highest floor, we also had access to a terrace overlooking the Nice Castle on the left, and a sweeping view of the Mediterranean sea in the distant. We believe it’s the best room in the hotel, at the highest and center of the building.
Junior Suite – Panoramic View
Down the hall from our room is the gym with a view of the city.
The hotel has a restaurant and a bar on site with patio seating perfect for early breakfast or a late night hang out. Although, we didn’t use the restaurant during our stay, but we did have a look. It is spacious and well-kept.
Taking advantage of our hotel location near the train station, we visited many cities nearby such as Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, several Chateaus in the French Alps, and dining at the restaurant with the best view, Chateau Eze. Making the decision to visit Nice is one of a lifetime experience we will never forget.
The front desk was very helpful and response promptly to most of our requests; they recommended restaurants and made reservations for many of our dining choices.
Our experience of Nice may not be as complete if not for the competent and consistency of the front desk. Thanks to them, we had some of the best and memorable dining experiences in Nice during our stay at the hotel. As frequent travelers, we always tried to find new locations, new experiences; only coming back to the places that given us the warmest and memorable memories. The French Riviera, Cote d’Azur, with Nice is now one of our favorites for future returning.
As we concluded this review of the Holiday Inn in Nice, there was news about a massacre on Promenade des Anglais. A man drove a truck plowed into the crowd of people watching fireworks celebrating the Bastille Day; killing and injured many people.
Our hearts ache seeing images of people lying on the street and the ensuing pandemonium throughout the streets of Nice. We were there just shy of a month ago.
Nice was one of the most peaceful cities we have visited. We always felt safe walking from our hotel via Place Massena toward the Old Nice and Cours Saleya; day and night.
Most days, we didn’t get back to our hotel until midnight, but we never felt threaten. We strolled many times on the beautiful, crescent-shaped of Promenade des Anglais; from Castle Hill toward Hotel Le Negresco and beyond.
We took pictures on this Promenade; from the castle down to the street. It is so sad to see this happened to Nice. Looking through our photo album, we can’t imagine such beautiful, peaceful place one day would turn out to be like a killing battlefield.
We are sure Nice will overcome this tragedy. And we hope to visit Nice again soon.