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Review: Le Méridien Nice – France

Hotel Hotel Le Méridien Nice
Room Type Executive with view
Loyalty Program Status Gold
Points Per Night 12,000 points
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To the point Find our photo report of the hotel Le Meridien in Nice! A room booked with Marriott Bonvoy points with our Gold status!

Here we are in Nice, the first stop on our round-the-world trip with Aeroplan miles. Here is our review of our stay at the Le Meridien Nice hotel.

Introduction

As every time I go to Nice to visit family and friends, I choose a different hotel, which can be booked with points or, at least, for which one of my hotel statuses works in order to get some kind of advantage.

In the past, I have stayed at the JW Marriott Hotel in Cannes, the AC Hotel by Marriott Nice or the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée (for which I had obtained a unique upgrade!).

Reservation at the hotel Le Méridien Nice

For this stay, I chose to use starpoints from the Marriott Bonvoy program (SPG): 12,000 points per night or 48,000 starpoints for 5 nights instead of 60,000 (thanks to the Marriott Bonvoy program advantage of 4 nights purchased = 1 night offered).

The rate per night during my stay in Nice was $368 per night.

spg meridian rate

The use of points was therefore justified.

Benefits of Marriott Bonvoy GOLD status

With Marriott Bonvoy GOLD status, obtained through my American ExpressCarte de PlatineMD I got various benefits like:

  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Upgrade (from 3 room categories)
  • Cocktails (or points upon arrival)
  • Late departure / early arrival

No complimentary breakfasts with SPG Gold status (unlike Marriott Gold status).

Arrival at the hotel Le Méridien Nice

Le Méridien de Nice hotel is located at the beginning of the Promenade des Anglais, near the city center, the old town of Nice… and of course the beach.

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Le Méridien Nice

If this is your first time in Nice, it is an ideal location to discover the city on foot.

The entrance is from the side by means of escalators to the Lobby.

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The lobby of the hotel Le Méridien Nice

dsc00904 customOn the lobby level is also the restaurant / café / bar which is the place for breakfast.dsc00930 custom

dsc00931 customIn the lobby is also the “office” corner.dsc00927 customThe elevators are numerous and fast. If you are with a stroller or a lot of luggage, a special elevator will allow you to reach the street level directly (and thus avoid escalators).dsc00922 customOur room is located on the 7th floor of the 9 floors of the hotel.dsc00933 customThis is a special floor reserved for Marriott Bonvoy members and families.dsc00905 customThe room of the hotel Le Méridien Nicedsc00906 customOur room is an executive room with a partial sea view.dsc00916 custom

dsc00915 customWe had requested a baby bed, but to our surprise an extra adult size bed was prepared in the room next to our King bed… which made the room particularly cramped.dsc00917 customAfter a call to room service, the change will be made for a baby bed: the room becomes comfortable again.dsc00918 customIt is equipped with a large closet with bathrobes.dsc00912 customAs well as a luggage area / mini bar. Unfortunately, no coffee machine, which is a negative in my opinion.dsc00920 customHowever, vouchers are available for free coffee at the hotel bar. This does not replace the Nespresso machine found in hotels in this range.dsc00934 customA welcome note reminding the guests of the SPG Gold benefits as well as chocolates and many free bottles of water throughout the room.dsc00913 custom

Several views from the terrace of the room and its “partial” sea view.dsc00935 custom

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The bathroom of the hotel Le Méridien Nice

As in many hotels in Europe, the bathroom contains…a bidet.dsc00907 customAs well as a bathtub-shower.dsc00908 customAnd a separate toilet.dsc00911 custom

Le Méridien Nice’s gym and spa center

The gym is located on the top floor.dsc00924 customIt is not open 24 hours a day, which is a disadvantage. Moreover, to access it, you have to go through the beauty institute whose rates are as follows:dsc00925 customThe machines are not “state of the art” but sufficient.dsc00940 custom

The terrace of the hotel Le Méridien Nice

One of the big highlights of Le Meridien de Nice is its rooftop terrace and pool with a breathtaking view of the Baie des Anges.dsc00945 custom

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dsc00946 customThis is the pool:

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Bottom line

I must say that I have a mixed opinion about this hotel. Certainly, its location is exceptional and at 12,000 starpoints per night it represents a good value for Nice.

However, his age is making itself felt. One thing that particularly bothered us was the inability to adjust the temperature of the room. After asking at the reception, this is what was answered:

The hotel is quite old. In winter, we only offer heating. In summer only air conditioning. Sorry.

In short, we had to open the windows, the heat in the room being at least 26-27 degrees in this late December…

But on the other hand, the Marriott Gold benefits were well recognized: we got an upgrade from the base room, as well as the early arrival and late departure we needed.

This is an option to consider if you are going to Nice!

On the other hand, the AC Hotel by Marriott Nice – which we visited here – represents better value than Le Meridien (although its location is a bit more “off-center”), being listed at 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (or 11,667 starpoints).

The card to obtain Marriott Gold status

Cards to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

 

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