|*Note: This hotel is now closed.
Le Palais Maeterlinck - Hotel Review
for Two and a Sea of Blue
& terraces look out over the sea
along the Cap de Nice cliffs, Le Palais Maeterlinck resides just east of the city of Nice.
Its grounds have an interesting history. The original
owner, Count Miléant, began construction
on the property in 1920. He had planned on building
an impressive casino but quickly ran out of money.
Constructed to hold up the roof of the casino's
cabaret, the Ionic columns surrounding the pool
are remnants of this foiled plan. In 1930, the Nobel
Prize-winning poet Maurice Maeterlinck purchased
the property, creating for himself a beautiful home
and surrounding it with gardens. After some modifications
in the 1980s, the hotel Le Palais Maeterlinck was opened
to the public in 1989.
several years now, the hotel has been renovating
and making tweaks here and there during the off-season,
upgrading to refine the décor and add such
amenities as Wi-Fi access. The result of these efforts
is one of the most pleasant hotels in the region.
Riviera immersion will most likely start in
your room: all accommodations offer terraces with
breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Most rooms
gaze south toward an unending sea of blue, with
Nice to the west and a lighthouse to the east. Many
suites come with full kitchens, while two suites
even boast personal outdoor Jacuzzis.
Wild Beach," below the hotel
it's relaxing to hang out on your terrace reading
a book and watching the ferries to Corsica pass
by, try to take advantage of some of the hotel's
other pleasures. A steep path down the cliff (a
cable car is also available) will take you to the
"plage sauvage" or wild beach, where you
can enjoy the morning paper and a refreshing drink
under a parasol inches from the Mediterranean. If
the surf isn't too rough, feel free to jump right
in. For those looking to swim in a tamer body of
water, the Maeterlinck has a pool, complete with
snack bar serving small dishes such as salads and
a great croque monsieur. There's even a pétanque
field if you're feeling sporty.
for lunch or dinner, make sure to have at least
one meal at the hotel's restaurant, Le Mélisande.
The creative Mediterranean cuisine of Laurent Broussier,
coupled with the view, make this dining venue worthy
of special occasions. The interior space has a refined
atmosphere, punctuated by a Neapolitan cabinet and
numerous Oriental and Flemish paintings. The best
tables are on the terrace, where simple wrought-iron
furniture and large parasols provide a pleasing
contrast to dramatic views of Nice and the sea.
30, bd Maurice Maeterlinck
06000 Nice, France
+33 (0)4 92 00 72 00