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Today we have a review of the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee from our guest contributor Derrick. This is a follow-up post to his Business Class flight from Charlotte to Barcelona (see link below). The views at this Hyatt Regency are breathtaking and make me want to visit Nice, France as soon as possible.
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Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee
After a terrific time on our cruise through the western Mediterranean, the boat docked in Monte Carlo, and we hailed an Uber to take us down the coast a few miles to Nice.
It has been about 20 years since my last trip to the Cote d’Azure as a backpacking college kid, and the dingy beach town I remembered seems to have upgraded itself significantly since then. The waterfront in Nice is gorgeous and seems cleaner and more friendly than I recall from my previous visit. Our fabulous stay at the Hyatt Palais de la Mediterranee on this trip probably have colored my perception a bit!
The hotel is located right on the Promenade de Anglais, which is the road that runs along the beach. While the beaches are rocky here in Nice, the Promenade offers a great place to stroll, shop, eat & drink, and gaze out at the amazing waters, with shades of blue I don’t think I’ve seen before.
Extra benefits when booking our reservation
We booked our room through AmEx travel Fine Hotels & Resorts program, so it was a cash rate that included some nice amenities: free breakfast for two, $100 hotel credit, and upgraded room based on availability. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any upgraded rooms available for our early check-in, so we go “stuck” with a standard room facing an inner courtyard.
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King Bed at Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee
The room was modern, clean, relatively spacious, and every room has a balcony or patio. Obviously, a sea facing room will have a better view than ours, but the basic room layout is the same. The patio was a great size, plenty of room for two or more people to comfortably sit. You could see straight into the rooms across the courtyard though, so take note that you need to close your drapes if you want privacy. The bed was very nice, especially compared to some beds you get at hotels in Europe – it was a real King size (not two twins pushed together) and had a comfortable mattress.
The bathroom has a glass-walled stand-up shower, a soaking tub, and a separate room for the toilet. I don’t know why, but my wife always appreciates that last part…
Resort credit at Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee
Armed with a $100 FHR hotel credit to work with (that, unfortunately, couldn’t be used at the casino), we headed to the 3rd floor to check out the outdoor Terrace restaurant. This is where the hotel really shines.
The terrace features the hotel’s pool, a restaurant, and a seating/lounge area where guests can hang out and have a drink. I wouldn’t really call it a “bar” because, while they offer drink and food service, you don’t actually have to order anything to stay there. I spent an hour or so sitting on a couch reading while my wife took an afternoon nap, and there were several others doing the same.
The restaurant has tables all along the sea-facing wall, and the open façade gives some great views of the water, the beach, and the promenade.
After naptime, we had a couple drinks and a snack at a front table before making our way into town for shopping and dinner.
Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee amenities
The hotel has a nicely-equipped fitness center, sauna, and steam room (which we didn’t use), and they had signs for a Turkish bath, but I was unable to find it. Had we stayed longer, I would’ve loved to take a dip. There is also a game room near the Terrace with ping-pong and billiards and a few arcade games. Frankly, if you’re spending your time playing Pac-Man instead of out enjoying this town, just stay home!
Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee breakfast buffet
After just one night in Nice, we had a noon flight out to return home, so we enjoyed an unhurried breakfast full breakfast (included in the FHR rate), served again at the Terrace restaurant. We felt very lucky to have our final meal in Europe overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The spread for breakfast was great- tons of fresh bread options (including my favorite pan au chocolate), fresh fruits and juices, and made-to-order waffles, pancakes, crepes, and omelets. A great last meal before a long day of travel home to the states!
The Bald Thoughts
Big thanks to Derrick and his wife for sharing their experience at the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France. Those views were inspiring, weren’t they? I would definitely love to visit Nice sometime and this Hyatt Regency would be at the top of the list for hotel choices.