Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nice: Hotel Windsor

Arrived in Nice is afternoon primarily transported by the number 81 bus which on Sundays runs hourly along the Cote coastline - during the week it's half-hourly. For a fare of €1 each we landed in centre Nice, took tram for 2stops (€1 each). Got off at Massena, walked the 10 minutes to Hotel Windsor, sited on the gloriously named rue Dalpozzo.

It should be noted that last year as we were not familiar with efficiency of Cote transport we paid a taxi fare of €60+ for same journey.

We've stayed in the Windsor on many occasions. It's well located in the cobble-streeted old town, and is an architectural gem with wonderful stucco work and a tree-filled garden.

The hotel is run by the Redolfis family, all six play prominent roles ensuring guests comfort. We love it's zany, creative ambiance from lobby and bar artwork and daft slogans: 'Art is Alone', 'Sale Egoiste', 'The Importance of No Importance' and 'Pour au Contraire' to mention but a few, and which are for sale - to the mirrored lift with it's angel riding on a rocket and spookily voiced countdown from 8 to 0 and promise of 'lift-off' on upwards journey - downwards is blessedly silent! As well as individually named themed rooms.

We're on the second floor in Vecchio with Venetian mural in shades of eau de nil, corner jaccuzzi and long, shuttered window looking out over gardens with lemon trees, aviary, swimming pool and sun loungers where breakfast is served. The hotel breakfast has little to recommend it: the fruit is past sell-by, not to mention eat by-date; the bacon, sausages and scrambled egg cold and unattractive, bread of poor quality and not a croissant in sight, and as for the coffee!! We discovered a small bakery down the street where the croissants are fresh and warm and the coffee nectar-like.

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