HOTEL IN NICE
I had a lovely three night stay at Le Mercure Notre Dame, a 15 minute walk from the Old Town and literally on the corner of Notre Dame.
When I contacted the hotel before my stay to request birthday decorations in the room, they were so accommodating and helpful and I was nicely surprised with three jars of sweets, a birthday banner and some hats – really lovely extra touch.
The hotel had a beautiful roof top terrace with a pool and jacuzzi, as well as a treadmill and cycle bike.
The staff were very friendly throughout the stay and would thoroughly recommend the hotel.
THINGS TO DO IN NICE
A quick way to see the Nice Old Town is with Riveria who offer walking tours for free and you can just tip what you feel is reasonable at the end:
The tours are every Tuesday – Saturday at 11.25 at the Massena Square Fountain next to the “Apollo statue” and your tour guides are wearing red. The tour takes you around Nice Old Town into the Cours Saleya market and past the Opera House, Rossetti square and explores the narrow pedestrianised streets of the Old Town finishing in Castle Hill.
If you do not fancy an organised walking tour, Nice is small enough and easy enough to wander around and get immersed in all the side streets.
It goes without saying that you should wander down to the beautiful promenade – you can walk for ten minutes or an hour or two, so completely up to you.
Another tip is to climb the beautiful Colline Du Chateau (Castle Hill) where there used to be a castle and the ruins are now open to the public. It is based around 10 minutes from the Old Town – the walk up to the top is only around 10 minutes or you can get an elevator at Quai Rauba Capeu at the far end of the Promenade.
At the top you are surrounded by a lovely green park and you must follow the gushing sounds to a beautiful waterfall which cascades over a short cliff.
I recommend allowing a couple of hours to explore Colline Du Chateau and getting a little lost on the way.
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