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Last Minute Trip To The Cote De Azur

Hello,

Just booked a last-minute trip to the South of France (great deal on flight, could not resist) and am looking for some travel tips, especially for Nice, the trams and trains, hotels (not more than 200 euros per night) as I have seen some ridiculous pricing, and I am only in the room to sleep. Planning to of course do day trips to Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, and Grasse (perfume). My main concern at any hotel is cleanliness, air conditioning, good Wi-Fi, and an elevator. Any favorite restaurants or must-see sights, we like museums, art, markets, boat rides, we plan on leaving in a few weeks so any help from my favorite forum I will appreciate! Thank you!
Cheers,
~Demi

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At this late date, I would recommend just looking on Booking.com, filter for your price and see what is left.

The tram is very handy to go from the train station to the waterfront. I stayed in Nice five years ago, and the hotel I stayed in is no longer a hotel, but here’s the trip report for things I did during my five days there. I definitely recommend the Food Tour!

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/our-combined-solo-couple-vacation-in-france-2019

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Hello,
I have looked at Booking.com- I am actually looking for recommendations where forum posters have actually stayed at.
Thanks,
~Demi

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I wouldn't wait too long for answers here but would evaluate based on booking.com ratings, reviews, and hotel location. Furthermore, some hotels that are listed as unavailable for your dates on the booking.com site, may in fact have rooms available if you contact the hotel directly. Booking sites may be given a limited inventory.

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I suggest that you look at some of the chains, like Ibis, for what you want in a hotel. There are lots of hotels near the Nice-Ville train station, where two tram lines also have stops. It's not the most attractive neighborhood but ought to work for your purposes.

I liked the Mercure aux Marche des Fleurs, next to the Opera on the waterfront, but it didn't have an elevator. In fact, my bed was 12 steps up a spiral staircase from the rest of my room, including the bath. I got used to it but it doesn't sound like it would work for you.

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My main concern at any hotel is cleanliness, air conditioning, good Wi-Fi, and an elevator.

Try any Ibis hotel on Nice. I stayed at the one near the airport and just walked or took the in public bus every where as needed. There is also a train station near there that allows for day trips to the places you mentioned.

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if you are going in "a few weeks" will you be there at the same time as the Monaco Grand Prix or Cannes Film Festival both of which raise prices and reduce (a lot) the availability?

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Posted by Nigel
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04/13/24 02:39 PM
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if you are going in "a few weeks" will you be there at the same time as the Monaco Grand Prix or Cannes Film Festival both of which raise prices and reduce (a lot) the availability?

No, not that late in the month so missing both. Decided to book an apartment that has everything I want but an elevator but its on the 1st floor (our 2nd so not too bad)