Hotel Nautica Nice

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

38 Rue Barberis, Nice, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, FR-06300, France
Ibis Nice Palais des Congres
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 21% more than similarly rated 2 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families80
  • Couples78
  • Solo71
  • Business56

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Forum Posts


by perpulchra

Hi Folks - can anyone recommend any decent beaches in Nice. Dont mind paying if they're good.
Is there much in the way of beaches in either Villefranche or Beaulieu?
I would also be obliged if you could fill me in re any markets in Nice etc. We like a walk round traditional markets.
Thanks in anticipation


Re: Beaches/Markets

by Agraichen

You'll probably get local or better descriptions as it's been a few years, but my recollection is that the entire water front of the port had wonderfuly beachs from the port west.

As for markets, we found great outdoor markets in Old Town that handled produce as well as antiques and other "odds and ends."

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Durfun

There are various stretches; the ones further west are better with finer sand; ones closer to the centre have pebbles!!

For good stretches you should go to Cap Ferrat.

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Beausoleil

Lovely soft sand beaches at Antibes or Juan-les-Pins. It's worth the train trip. Our favorite is at Juan-les-Pins and it's free.

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Muscovite


I am subscribed to this newsletter, sometimes it’s quite useful

See what they have on beaches –

Looks like they have blue flags pretty much everywhere around Nice; would have never guessed :)

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Beausoleil

Great web site but notice the designation of either sand or pebble beach. Assuming the OP would prefer sand, the nearest seem to be Beaulieu and Villefranche-sur-Mer. We go down to Juan so I'm not familiar with the beaches in the area, but it does say sand and it is a lovely area. I'm assuming the OP can take the bus if he/she doesn't have a car.

Thanks for posting the web site. Very useful.

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Muscovite

excuse my ignorance – what’s "OP"?

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Beausoleil

OP means the Original Poster, i.e., the person who asked the question in the Forum. I didn't know what it was the first time either. It's a form of shorthand; I didn't mean to confuse you. Apologies.

Re: Beaches/Markets

by Muscovite

No problem:)
I am never good with contractions :)

Travel Tips for Nice

Miles Davis

by phil.irlandais

Outside The Negresco Hotel on the Promonade des Anglais is a statue of the Jazz musician Miles Davis. If you are walking on the sea side of the road it is well worth crossing over to see the multi coloured mosaic coat.


by eho

As Promenade de Anglais goes uphill, there is a gate on the roadside. Apparently it leads up to a park and a lookout point with waterfalls along the way. I got there very early in the morning and the gate was closed. It looks like an interesting place to explore and to get a good shot of Nice's shoreline.

Since I couldn't go up the stairs, I continued along the roadway until it was time to go to work. The photo shows Monument Aux Morts, and above it (where the trees are) is where I would have gone if the gates were open.

see your own skeleton

by allaboutnice

At 12 noon every day in Nice you will hear a HUGE bang. This explosion comes from a tradition initiated in 1861 by the Scotsman, Sir Thomas Coventry-More, who discharged a small cannon every day from the top of the Chateau to remind his forgetful wife that it was lunchtime.

Today, an explosive device is used instead of a cannon. I have been going regularly to Nice for the past three years and it still can take me by surprise. It is LOUD. You literally can jump out of your skin.

You do need to be in the right place to hear it. Anywhere in the Old Town, Port area should do it or near Quai d'etats Unis - which is what the promenade des Anglais becomes as it reaches the old town and Castle Hill before disappearing round the Hill to the Port.

As the 'Colline du Chateau' or Castle Hill and the Old Town are two of the 'must-see' attractions in Nice, plus the concentration of restaurants in the area, not forgetting the famous market on the Cours Saleya, I would imagine it is a pretty safe bet that most visitors to Nice will hear this explosion and if you glance up at the Chateau, say from the Port side, you can sometimes see a wisp of smoke drift away.

I have never been on the Chateau Hill at 12 noon, through accident rather than design, but God help you if you are ever closer to the source of the explosion. Don't say you haven't been warned.

By the way, if you have spotted a particular restaurant you fancy trying, now is the time to plonk yourself down (I know you've only just had breakfast) as the noon signal still announces the start of lunch to the Nicois and the tables will fill quickly. Many shops will also close for 2-3 hours.

You might as well go with the flow and settle down for a lovely long lunch.

Information (apart from personal experience) from 'Strolling through Old Nice' a Heritage booklet that I bought from a tabac shop in rue Pairoliere in Old Nice for 7.50 euros. It's only about 50 pages but it is a super guide to Old Nice and full of interesting facts and snippets about the Old Town.

Ski from Nice - take the skibus to Isola 2000

by allaboutnice

If you are in Nice during the winter months, you can go skiing for the day in Isola 2000 in the southern French alps, by catching the skibus which leaves the Gare Routiere (bus station) in Nice at 7.30am and returns you back into Nice by about 7pm. There is more information via my ski pages where you will find links to the Isola 2000 website, snow reports and the skibus information site (in french)

The cost in January 2003 was 26 euros (I think it's now 27 euros) and this included the return trip and ski pass - you have to exchange this portion of your ticket at the skipass booths in Isola 2000. We had a great day out and and came back exhilarated and exhausted. The resort itself is fine for beginners and intermediate skiers and very nice for families. I think that experienced skiers may find the resort a bit limited in both size and difficulty. Most of the people on the skibus seemed to be young students and they all seemed to have their own equipment - mostly snow-boards which were stashed in the bus hold. We hired skis from Bruno Sports (the closest hire shop to where the bus parked!) They were quick and helpful. We have our own ski clothes so I don't know if snow-wear can be hired...

You need to book skibus tickets in advance; you can not just turn up in the morning. I sent a cheque to the skibus offices three weeks before we wanted to go and they posted the tickets to me in the UK. The address is on the skibus site- address above. Or, you can buy tickets a few days in advance directly from the Gare Routiere in Nice.

Chateau des Ollieres, Les Baumettes

by NiceLife

A fairy tale Chateau in the best Nice tradition of eccentric design, this magnificent building is situated in Les Baumettes, which also plays host to other Russian inspired fantasies like that that currently houses the Musee des Beaux Artes, and the private residences of the Chateau de la Tour.

Walking distance from Nice Centre - the Rue de la Buffa parallel to the sea past Gambetta then up into the hinterland.

The Chateau des Ollieres was until eight years ago a private residence.Now it is an exclusive hotel with only eight bedrooms - more coming shortly - but in the most astounding setting.

It has a fairytale romance story to its creation. A wealthy Russian prince - Prince Lobanoff-Rostowsky - long before the Russian Revolution - fell in love with a diplomat's wife created this lovenest for the two of them in Nice. Now thats nice!.

The interiors are just as breathtaking as the outside. Off-season room rate only 140 eu compared to Negresco 225 eu and Palais Mediteranee 280 a night. Stunning.

Update: A VT traveller advised me they had contacted this hotel (September 2004), who said it is being sold by the present owners to be converted into residences. Business is business, its a great shame. The building is worth a look if you are in the neighbourhood!


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 Hotel Nautica Nice

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Address: 38 Rue Barberis, Nice, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, FR-06300, France