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Nice France in May?

I'm looking for recommendations for two couples to spend 3 nights in Nice in May 2019. Would welcome any suggestions for convenient, friendly accommodations.

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Just a caution: a sister of mine and her friend went to the Riviera in May a few years back and it was chilly and windy, not yet summer beach weather.

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The weather varies year to year. I was in Nice in May 2017 and it was certainly warm enough to be on the beach.

I was there solo and stayed near the train station, because I did day trips by train a few days. The old town in Nice (close to the beach) is a good 15-20 min walk from the train station, but there's a tram running most of the way in between. I'd probably stay near the old town otherwise.

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We stayed at Hotel Les Cigales and it suited our needs and was a good price. It is a 15-20 min walk from the train station, the beach is 5 min away with lots of good places to eat near by and a short walk to the tram. They offer a breakfast for an additional cost but we did not find it to be a good value.

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Thanks Andrew H. and Letizia. We'll be arriving by cruise ship and departing by plane, so no real need to be near train station. Would like to be near old town and the water, I think. Pam

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My daughter in law spent 3 days in Nice this past June. She had a great time and found plenty to do. She found some of the days to be too warm, so May could be perfect depending on what you are used to. If she were responding, I'm sure she would warn you that if you go to Monaco for the day, bring a large scarf or wear a skirt because she was very disappointed that she couldn't go into the church where Grace Kelly was married.

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We stayed at Hotel La Perouse. Lovely hotel and on the water. If you have time try and visit the village of Eze.

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We were in Nice several years ago and stayed at the lovely Hotel Mercure Nice Promenade des Anglais. Seafront location, across the street from the Promenade. Short walking distance to city center, delicious breakfast, immaculate/soundproof rooms, and 24 hr. service from friendly staff. Booking.com is a great resource for reviews. We extended our stay and did a day trip to Monaco. Memorable experience!

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We stayed at the Mercure Hotel Nice Marche aux Fleurs with the RS Tour (Loire Valley and the South of France), and it was very convenient. After the tour we stayed on in Nice and moved to the Hotel Durante, which was close to the train station. The Hotel Durante was half the price of the other hotel.

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We recently stayed at the Mercure Nice Grimaldi hotel - reasonable rates, especially if you book through their website at accorhotels.com - very good location that was a 2-3 minute walk to the beach and less than 5 minutes to Old Town. Friendly, helpful staff. Definitely take the bus to Eze village one day - spectacular! And Monaco is an easy train ride away and was worth a few hours. There are amazing restaurants in the Old Town if you get away from the main square into some of the smaller back streets - great food and not very pricey. Also walk up to Castle Hill for wonderful views of the town and coastline.

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Thank you so much for all the great ideas. We're really starting to get excited and still have 6 months to go!

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If you happen to be landing in Nice on May 1, be aware that there will be no public transportation available at the airport, and possibly not many taxis, either. For arrival on that date it would be a good idea to have telephone numbers for a few local cab companies and a way to make a telephone call, just in case.

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We stayed at La Perouse a few years back in May and it was delightful. Warm enough for shorts and the beach club was set up as one of our travel companions used it for an afternoon of sun bathing. The location was great as it's right at the Sea and easy walk around old town, market and harbor for taking a boat ride.