Westminster Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A stylish four-star hotel in charming Nice, steps from the beach, with breakfast and a suite optionToasting the sunset over the Bay of Angels from the bar terrace
- Relaxing in the spa's VIP double booth, complete with sensory shower
- People watching and strolling the Promenade des Anglais (while channeling your inner movie star)
What To Know
- If you want to use the hotel's private beach, you'll have to pay an additional 25 euro per day
- It's worth upgrading to a Sea View room for panoramic Mediterranean vistas
- WiFi is very spotty
The French Rivera instantly conjures up images of the glittering and fabulous – like F. Scott Fitzgerald writing his novels against a backdrop of the Mediterranean coast or Brigitte Bardot soaking up the sun on the glamorous sandy beaches. The Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France has long been known as a slice of heaven, benefiting from at least 310 days of sunshine each year, and the four-star Westminster Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to get in on the action.
Located in Nice – nicknamed Nice la Belle (or, Nice the Beautiful) – the neo-classical Westminster Hotel & Spa has watched over the Promenade des Anglais for over 130 years and boasts exceptional views across the Bay of Angels. The exquisitely restored interior combines the charms of the past with modern style, so you can expect Belle Epoque-era molded ceilings and frescoes accented by contemporary designer furniture. Le Duc restaurant and W Bar open out onto the lovely terraces (definitely Instagram- and Snap-worthy), and the spa is on hand to make sure you get the pampering you deserve.
The spacious rooms here are decorated with a quiet opulence; plush jacquard throws adorn the crisp white bedding, and a neutral color scheme sets a relaxing tone. Sea View Superior rooms range from 215-270 square feet and provide stunning views of the bay. Upgrade to a Sea View Deluxe room for 320 square feet of space, or go with the Junior Sea View suite to enjoy 320-430 square feet, as well as a balcony where you can enjoy that sea breeze.
Restaurant Le Duc boasts an elegant dining room and offers a menu of regional specialties, such as Ratatouille and the famous Niçoise Salad. Breakfast is served buffet-style, and all meals can be taken indoors or on the air-conditioned terrace. Meanwhile, the cozy W Bar invites you to relax and unwind over a delicious cocktail or two while enjoying the incredible sea view.
Spa 27 offers luxurious Sothys and Thalgo products, three treatment booths, a balneotheraphy booth, a VIP double booth with sensory shower, as well as a sauna, a steam room and a counter-current pool. There is also a salt-wall relaxation area that provides the perfect setting for an herbal tea or a refreshing drink as you unwind.
The hotel is located in the heart of Nice, on the Promenade des Anglais, which is a short walk from the pedestrian streets of the historic center. Enjoy the city’s cathedral, narrow streets, flower markets, luxury stores, restaurants, theater, opera, casinos and lively night-time venues. The city itself is dotted by 224 works by major international artists, making it, in a way, the largest open-air contemporary art museum in France. Of course, further works can be seen at the various museums, and if you’re looking for something more upbeat, try a bike ride along the promenade or a sailboat outing on the bay.
How to Get There
Excellent hotel/location with just a few small complaints. The location of the hotel is fantastic, right across the street is a free beach or you can use the private beach affiliated with the hotel. It is quite costly 20 or 25 euros each (can't remember) but definitely worth it because they supply chairs, towels, umbrellas and there is food/beverage service. The breakfast was average, usual fare of fruit, cereal, yogourt, breads and hot breakfast items. The hotel and rooms are tired but large and the rooms are well appointed and include a fridge and coffee/tea service. We opted for the sea front rooms and while they are a great view they are also incredibly noisy even with the window and shutters closed. They also have a great air conditioning which was a first for our entire 3 week European vacation. There is street noise all night and every night we were there there was a street altercation outside in the wee hours so if you are light sleeper best to opt for a quieter room. Our first impression of the hotel was not good due to only 2 spots in front of the hotel to unload your bags and if you they are full you have to circle the block and it is stairs to the entrance of the hotel. Don't expect an early check in because when we arrived at 2:15 and asked if our room was ready without even checking were told check in was at 3 and was told to wait with the rest of the room full of people which then turned to a stampede to the front desk at 3pm. Also be aware that the hotel does not have it's own parking but there is a private parking lot next door but fills quickly and is expensive (24 euros/day!). The hotel is in a great location close to all the shops/restaurants. With the exception of one very rude front desk clerk on our first day at check in, the staff were excellent and very friendly and helpful. I don't think I would stay again due to the parking situation but overall a very nice hotel.
We had 8 nights at the Westminster Hotel. It is ideally situated on the Promenade des Anglais for access to the beach, old town, casinos and shops. The port is about 30 minutes walk and there are boat trips out around the bay and to Cannes and St Tropez. If you are not on a boat trip I would give it a miss.
The room we had was a superior with sea view on the 5th floor. The price is £300 / night which is not cheap for bed and breakfast but get used to it....nothing is cheap in Nice. The staff in the restaurant are lovely and pleasant. Those on reception are quite standoffish. The room was fine but very little storage space for clothes. Wifi was good but if you leave your laptop 'logged in' for an hour you would find that you needed to sign in again. It became a bit of a pain but not the end of the world.
The hotel is old fashioned in style and rather grand. I had no problems at all during my stay which is all you can ask for really and is a sound recommendation in itself.Breakfast has limited options so if you are looking for a deal don't add too much on for it.
We stayed here one night on our way home from a family vacation. This hotel does have plenty of pros-good location, nice marble bathrooms, bedding and an interesting staircase and elevator. The cons, however, lead me to say this-look elsewhere. The rooms were hot despite having air conditioning, service slow, only one bellman, an early breakfast promised yet not delivered, dirty carpet in the first room and a scarce unloading area in front with no ramp for luggage. The very nice manager did get us into a cooler room, which was better, but not cool until about 4 AM. Frustrating!
We stayed here for the 2nd part of our trip. Loved the room and location - we had a view of the Mediterranean- close to everything- service was very good - room clean - my only complaint regards one of the front desk team members - she called me to tell me we were suppose to be checked out and for us to get back to hotel - once the hotel realized their mistake - i was scheduled to check out the next day - she never once apologized for her tone or for getting me off the beach to walk back and straighten this out - she was the only rude person i encountered everyone else was top notch- definitely recommend
Arriving in Nice was a mad rush. It was the day of the World Cup final. We arrived at the hotel with 30 minutes to spare.
On arrival we were greated by Francios, who was extremely helpful and charming. He rushed us through check in and into the terrace bar just in time foe kick off.
The first night was noisy, but in a good way.
The local Gendarme closed off the Promenade des Anglais to traffic and it became a pedestrianised area for the celebrations after France became Champions de Monde (we heard this a lot that evening).
Back to the hotel. The hotel is fantastic. The view from our room across the Mediterranean was amazing. The terrace bar, restaurant and spa are all well worth a visit. Polite, friendly and always helpful.
We look forward to staying again next year.