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.
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I stayed here and truly enjoyed my time. The staff was friendly and quickly addressed any concerns we encountered. The hotel rooms have great ocean views and comfortable beds. Honestly I have no complaints at all.
We stayed here for the Nice-Cannes marathon - only 2 mins walk to the start so ideal given the 8.00am set off! Overall, hotel and staff are very pleasant. Buffet breakfast is just ok, dinners much better (we had great steak on evening of marathon). There is plenty of choice around though so you can venture if you fancy something else.
We booked the ‘superior sea view’ room and initial allocation was a pretty small room with Juliet balcony (420) - the hotel is quite old (but newly refurbished - so ‘modern, old’) which means room sizes can vary quite a bit. Hotel were pretty good though in moving us for our other 2 nights to a much better room (still Superior) on top floor - 516; bigger room and with a ‘proper’ balcony with great views over Nice bay.
Nice itself if good to walk around - of course the Promenade but also good sized modern shopping area and the Old Town with castle on the hill - and a spectacular man made water fall up there, so worth looking out for.
€30 for a hamburger that looked like something out of Sweeney Todd. Bad ingredients, terrible room service menu, everything shockingly overpriced, awful breakfast and the rooms are average at best. €28 for the foie gras (see picture below) and €13 for a tiny mouthful of chocolate cake (also pictured). An insult to humanity. It’s no wonder the South of France is losing popularity with atrocities like this hotel. Nice view but that’s it. An awful hotel, the worst value for money hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Glad to say I will never return!!!!
The european symposium on surface science that we organize at Westminster last week was wonderful. The location is beautiful as well as the organization. The conference room, the lunches, coffee breaks and gala dinner were complete and fantastic. I would like to special thank to Stephanie Abadie for her professionalism, kindness and availability. She was the key of the success of the congress.
Have to say I loved this hotel; for 2 reasons. Firstly the view across the street was idyllic.you have the beach right in front of you. Secondly, the decor of this building is classic Victorian beach resort. A bit like Brighton. Staff were outstanding, Anything we needed, re tourist info was provided.
They also had good local knowledge. Sometimes you get staff who don't know the local area but theses staff were brilliant. There is a lady from New Zealand in the bar who was so lovely and chatty and knew the area well. She was so help full and informative.
Hotel itself was good But there needs to be some tweaking. The showers are old. They took forever for the hot water to come through. We stayed in room 520.
The glass lift is spectacular.
Next staff at breakfast were little flustered , but I think this was because you have a small area where everyone bumps into each other.
But the view on the terrace was to die for. Amazing view of the sea. The view of the hills from our room was impressive.
Breakfast itself was a bit disappointing for a 4 star. The cooked breakfast was the same everyday. No fried eggs. And square scrambled eggs? From a hot trolley. Sausages poor and bacon poor. The fruit was also not fresh. It was fruit salad in syrup. More fresh, grapes, apples, bananas, pineapple needs to be provided.
Cleaners were spot on and our room was done quickly in the morning.
We loved Nice. I hadn't been before, but a great long Promenade. Spotlessly clean for a very busy tourist resort, trams take you through the town and there will be a service direct to the airport soon.
We got the 98 bus from the airport to the Promenade de Anglais. The journey took 20 mins and stopped almost outside the hotel. Cost €6 each way. They are every 20 mins more or less. Great clean buses. The tourist information office is a block down from the hotel , again very helpful staff who spoke English.
Nice itself I have to say was impressive. We walked around the shops went to the Marc Chagall museum... bril .The Matisse( not so good) . There is a little museum Massena a block down impressive about local history. Lots to do we didn't have enough time. We did go to Monaco. On the train. The train was jam packed be aware. But it was €8.40 for a return trip and only took 15/20 mins. Monaco is a rock with high rise apartments. It is impressive. We saw a yatche with its own heliport on it. The best way to see it is on the red tourist buses.
I have to say I really liked Nice. I will be back.