Last weekend just as the weather turned for the worse myself and Yin hopped on a plane and jetted off to the south of France. Nice was our destination with Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée being our place of residence during our short but sweet stay. You’ll be able to read more about what we got up to in Nice in due course but for now find out what we thought of the place we called home for two nights.
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There’s always a tale to tell and a story to be heard when buildings have been erected for decades upon decades, it’s what we call history. However as soon as I arrived at the Hyatt, having been picked up from the airport in a pre-booked taxi, my immediate concern was to make sure that I was fully living in the present whilst daydreaming about future return to this wonderful hotel.
Having been relatively recently refurbished the hotel’s interior was a mix of modern contemporary fused with a touch of classic art décor, a kind of Great Gatsby feel if you will. The Gatsby feel is an ode to the buildings heritage, back to the 1920s when it was first unveiled to the public. The hotel was opened in 1929 back when tourism and the hotel industry were booming. It was a great addition to the seafront with its grand façade being its recognisable statement feature.
Following a decline in business and eventual financial troubles the Palais de la Méditerranée closed in 1978 leaving it untouched for 26 years. A major renovation to the tune of 120 million euros took place and saw the hotel open it’s doors once again in 2004. Completely overhauled the hotel was fresh and new with the façade being the only original feature. Though it looks grand from the outside we were surprised to find out that the new building only housed 187 rooms, the age old saying ‘quality over quantity’ comes to mind.
We each stayed in a standard king room which I have to say were pretty big. Normally I find that hotel rooms can be on the small side but these rooms felt like little studio apartments minus a kitchen. One of my favourite attributes of the room was the ability to listen to music from my iPhone/MP3 player playing in the bedroom in the bathroom via the flick of a switch. The speaker in the bathroom made showers that much more musical. I got my inner Whitney on in that shower, apologies’ to the people staying in the room next to mine.
The view from my room was absolutely stunning, waking up every morning to the sight of the deep blue sea is a sight that I could get used to. Looking over the balcony I could see the pool and outside seating area where Yin and I had our breakfast.
Speaking of breakfast, it was an all you can eat esque affair with a variety of French pastries, fruits, cereals and hot food. I think I actually enjoyed drinking a cup of tea each morning the most. It had been so long that I had sipped tea that I forgot just how nice it is, I’ve definitely got to fit that into my morning routine.
Overall the hotel was simply beautiful inside and out. The staff were extremely helpful and delivered great service, they could teach a thing or two to some of the people that working the service industry over here. I stated in the opening paragraph that I plan to return to this hotel and that is no joke. Hyatt Hotels have found a new customer in me.