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South of France - Le Meridians - Anyone stayed here?

South of France - Le Meridians - Anyone stayed here?

Mar 20th, 2006, 03:09 PM
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South of France - Le Meridians - Anyone stayed here?

There's one in Juan les Pins and one in Nice. (also in one in Monaco)
Would love to hear if any fodorites have stayed here.

Tripadvisor reviews for the first are really bad. The ones for Nice are better.

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Mar 20th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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anyone??? please...

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Mar 20th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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We stayed at Le Meridien in Nice a few years back and found it quite good. Our sea-view room was done in blues and yellows, with Dufy prints on the walls, and had comfortable beds and furniture and a small balcony. The room was a decent size, and the marble bathroom was nearly as large and very nicely appointed.

The htoel is a two-block walk to Vieux Nice and is just across the Promenade des Anglais from the Mediterranean. The hotel has a private section of the beach as well as its own rooftop pool.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 09:02 PM
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Oh Underhill,
You are the PERFECT person to help me with this!

As you might remember, I have a reservation at Le Hameau outside of St. Paul de Vence for 3 nights. We have suite #6 for 250eur/night. We will have been in Paris for 5 nights, and Beaune for 1 night, before that.


My husband just told me we may be able to stay for free (points) at one of the 2 Le Meridians instead.

I had my hopes for the charm of Le Hameau, and wasn't so insterested in staying in Nice. Since it seems like such a big city.

But what do I know, really, since we've never been to France perios?? I do know I wanted that charming French atmosphere I see on the website photos of Le Hameau.

We definitely don't have $$ to waste, but I also don't want to be disappointed--especially because of the tripadvisor reviews.

What do you think???

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Mar 21st, 2006, 10:46 AM
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topping to find underhill...
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Mar 21st, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Hi Dina

I didn't stay at the Le Meridien but had drinks at their bar a few weeks ago. The one located in Nice on also the Promenade. It has a great corner location and is centrally located. I'm sure the rooms are nice-it is a Le Meridian. I noticed that they also have a casino and caberet show.
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Mar 21st, 2006, 03:02 PM
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Me voici!

It all depends on whether you want Nice and the beach or the charm of Le Hameau up in the hills. I'd go for Le Hameau in a minute, as it's a much more interesting place to stay. Le Meridien is just another big-city hotel chain, albeit a nice one in this case--since it's your first time in France, go and stay among the citrus trees!
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Mar 21st, 2006, 03:31 PM
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Laartista,
thanks for responding. I would think it's a Le Meridian, so how bad can it be right? But then I read those tripadvisor reviews (see below).
(by the way, I LOVED your trip report!!!)

Underhill,
That's what my gut is, to stay in the charming hills. It will kill me to have to miss that. We had planned to visit the beach, for sure, but since we have some unexpected expenses this year, we probably should take the "free" nights.

But WHAT is with all those terrible reviews on tripadvisor? Especially the hotel in Juan les pins, which was the more preferable location to me than Nice. People say the carpets are stained, they charge you for using the pool or the beach, and there's this recurring theme about a terrible smell?!? (air freshener?)
What's a girl to believe!?

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Mar 21st, 2006, 05:43 PM
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Hey thanx Dina
Yeah I just looked at those reviews on trip advisor and I'd probably stay away from the one in Juan les Pins. The reviews were better for Nice. I liked Nice alot but again it was my first time in the area- the experts on this board know what they are talking about. Free room in Nice vs. not free room in the hills-it's a toss up. But just think if you stay in the free room you have that extra money to spend elsewhere on the trip or at home.Plus how much time are you actually at the hotel in nice weather? Good Luck- tough decision.
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:44 PM
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Hi Laartista,
Thanks for responding. I couldn't even get onto Fodors yesterday--something weird going on.

Yes, you're right about not spending too much time in the room, but I do love a nice hotel. Maybe I should just book it, and in the meantime do more research on it, as well as see how the budget turns out. I can always cancel.

So it would be GREAT if ANYONE can let me know if they've stayed at either Le Meridien....

Underhill, do you think those reviews are valid?!

Thanks,
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 09:18 PM
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The reviews are really a mixed bag. I tend to discount any that sound hysterical (lots of !!!!! and capital letters) and look hard at the calmer ones with complaints. The mention of over-use of air freshener bothers me because I have allergies, and dings on the walls aren't great.

When we walked through the hotel in September 2005 the halls looked freshly painted, but we couldn't see any of the rooms. The lobby was smoky, and the staff really didn't smile.

But if you get a good price, it could be okay. I'd stilrather stay at Le Hameau and enjoy the ambience and the hills.
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 11:58 PM
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Are you planning on staying there? If not, I really don't understand why you're asking.

If you are planning on staying there, what's your budget so one can recommend alternatives?

I always avoid Meridiens if I can, they're always lacking something (possibly one or two exceptions) and are too corporate for my tastes. They're never ever the best property in the area.
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I have not been in the Meridien in Juan les Pins, but it has a great location, right on the beach. The rooms have balconies overlooking the sea. It is common for hotels on the cote d'azur charge for use of sun loungers on the beach or by the pool. Sometimes, the use of one lounge chair per person is included in the price of the room.

I think it really comes down to what kind of vacation you are looking for. Juan les Pins is absolutely not pretty, but I always like the atmosphere there. Lots of restaurants right on the beach, nice small shops, bars. It can get very busy in summer. My kids love it there.

St Paul de Vence, Nice, Juan les Pins; though these places are fairly close together, they are just completely different. If you want a charming, relaxing hotel, go for Le Hameau. If you are looking for beach and nightlife, Juan les Pins.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:29 AM
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Underhill and Tulips,
Thanks for the further information. It really helps.


Kingdom-
If you read the entire thread, you will find out why I am asking the question.
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