Located behind the Quai des Etats-Unis (which becomes Promenade des Anglais) when coming from Monte Carlo. It is a couple of minutes on foot from old Nice. It is just over 4 mi from Nice's International Airport and half a mile from the central station (expect at least 15 minutes by car because of the traffic and the one way streets).
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- The hotel is planning extensive renovations, which are to start fairly soon. Currently (as of May 2009), the Beau Rivage hotel offers classic rooms (not refurbished), deluxe rooms (renovated standard rooms) and 10 junior suites.
In order to give a modern image, the hotel sometimes upgrades its guests, especially in the low season, allowing them to stay in a wood-clad room decorated in a style typical of Nice, with light tones and a tendency towards minimalism. A choice of urban landscapes: the windows that open onto the waterfall and Nice's Albert 1er Garden afford a pleasant view.
The interior design is modern and the rooms perfectly reflect the rest of the establishment, with simple and designer woodwork: however, one could complain about the lack of effort in the finishings. In the room we stayed in for example, the bathroom lock was partially broken: a shame considering the rest of the room's designer interior. It also happens that sometimes the (mostly modern) aesthetics are not compatible with convenience and this can be seen in the lighting fixtures in the room. The lighting provided by little spotlights above the bed is harmonious enough, but you'll spend some time trying to locate the (ugly) switches that have been concealed under a wooden shelf. The lack of light also makes it difficult to read in bed.
The bathroom is particularly small and is another example of the design/convenience dilemma. The concept is undoubtedly minimalist. However, it is permitted to wonder whether the small drawer under the sink is really meant to hold all the toiletries and products that one usually brings on a seaside resort holiday. Despite all that, the design is very pleasant and we couldn't find any cause for complaint.
- In this small hotel with its modern interior, each detail has been carefully thought-out. There is a minimalist and well-lit entrance hall to welcome visitors. Evidently, the style chosen for this hotel is resolutely modern and targets young guests or energetic couples who are visiting the French Riviera for a short holiday.
The Beau Rivage was entirely renovated by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and slightly modified by a local interior decorator; it boasts a sea-theme and references to Zen cultures from Asia. To make up for the lack of view of the Mediterranean, as the hotel is not located on the seafront, the sea-theme is seen in the wall-to-wall carpet in the corridors that lead to the various rooms, and which are decorated in an original manner with small coloured pebbles that are made to look like the ocean bed. The blue and grey colours are also seen in the hotel's entrance and corridors.
- The breakfast room is completely lounge-like: clad with wood and revived with colourful flowers such as orchids. Dim light filters through large bay windows that look out onto the street. However, this unattractive view is concealed by wooden blinds in a vaguely oriental style. This mix of various elements is quite well achieved and transforms this breakfast room, which is nestled between two streets, into a rather pleasant spot.
Breakfast is served in the form of an international buffet with pastries, jams, eggs, fruit salad, cold cuts, etc. There is a large selection of fine teas, which is quite an improvement on the usual items one finds in other establishments.
The restaurant on the right of the reception area opens out onto the street like a proper brasserie and is decorated in the same trendy and modern tones as the rest of the hotel. The room opposite the bar is called the "restaurant-lounge Les galets" and is separated into two sections: a cocktail bar with low sofas and armchairs and a small restaurant furnished with tables and high stools. The restaurant serves fusion cuisine, which fits in well with the interior decor, mixing Mediterranean dishes and sushi, as well as American club sandwiches and tapas. It is a perfect place to both eat and enjoy a pre-dinner drink.
The other section, on the left of the lobby, serves as a lounge or an area to have a drink: it includes armchairs, sofas and pebble-shaped cushions. This design is also seen everywhere in the establishment, down to the lighting fixtures with sinuous shapes vaguely reminiscent of translucent jellyfish.
We particularly appreciated the lighting created by the "Nice-style" blinds in the breakfast room and in the restaurant.
- The private beach offers special discounts for hotel residents (see the above comment). Beautiful, long and located along the Promenade des Anglais, deck chairs and sunshades are provided during the high season.
- The "Beau rivage" beach, which is located nearby, belongs to the son of the owner. The beach and the independent restaurant are recommended for guests of the hotel as they will enjoy special discounts. Despite a pleasant location, virtually in the sand, the restaurant does not stand out for its culinary qualities. The establishment is better suited for a cup of coffee or a refreshing drink.
The beach is renowned in Nice for the "White Parties" it throws during the summer: parties with over 300 revellers all dressed in white.
This family establishment has 2 sister hotels in the city (the West End and the Grand Hotel Aston).