A July 2003 trip
to Nice by karameister
Quote: In the middle of a month-long trip across Europe, Nice was to be our relaxation spot. Even though we had plenty of time to relax, we also found many cool things to do.
The Hotel Paradis is in a fabulous location. My traveling partner and I were sleeping in the middle of the city, a block from the beach. Other than that, there’s not much to this small budget traveler’s hotel.
A small doorway is the only thing that tells you that you have arrived at the hotel. It clearly has "two stars" marked on the sign, and I’m not quite sure why any hotel would advertise that! When we walked in, the staff was very friendly, and we made our way to the stairs – avoid the elevator, it holds no more than two pint-sized children and a Barbie suitcase.
The Hotel Paradis is charming. It’s small, less than 20 rooms altogether. The hallways are pretty narrow, and the staircase twists around the elevator. The front reception area is tiled and has a mahogany-style desk, and every room has decorative wallpaper.
Our room was a bit of a surprise when we entered. It was cozy and had a TV, but we were booked for a four-person room and only found two beds. We ended up having to share one of the beds, and our roommates for the duration of our stay were two rowdy gentlemen.
We did have a large window that looked out on Rue Paradis, which has some excellent shopping on it. Our bed was quite comfortable, and the staff remained friendly throughout our stay. There may be better accommodations for the price we paid, but nothing is in a better location!
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 14, 2005
1 RUE PARADIS
Nice, France 06000
33 493 877 123
Attraction | "Matisse Museum"
For 4 euros (2 for students!), you won’t find a better value in a museum. The Matisse museum is set up in the hills of Nice and offers not only many fantastic works by the artist but a great view of the city too.
Matisse himself donated some of the work found in the museum, as he spent his last years in Nice. There are several hundred objects total, many of them paintings and sculptures, but there are also drawings and photos. The works here span Matisse’s entire life, and a large portion of them are chronologically arranged. Prior to visiting the museum, I was not a huge fan of Matisse, so I cannot say which of the works is his most famous, but all of them are quite stunning!
The building itself is also a work of art. The building is set on a beautiful villa, and the red exterior attracted my eye immediately. Inside, the Matisse museum is bright and airy, with hardwood floors throughout, and several open levels to explore. The gift shop is located on the lower level, away from any of his work, so it does not detract from the atmosphere a bit.
The museum is open every day except Tuesdays–-hours are 10am to 6pm. From central Nice, it is a 20- to 30-minute walk, but it is mostly uphill. Taking the bus is an easy option. For more information, head to the Matisse Museum website for collection information.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2005
Musee Matisse de Nice
164, Avenue Des Arènes De Cimiez
Cimiez, France 06000
+33 4 93 81 08 08
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