Ahhh the Riviera. Palm trees swaying; a walk along the Promenade des Anglais; cafe au lait at a side walk table. It’s all good. We have had an unseasonable cold snap here in Seattle followed by hail, sunshine, light rain, heavy rain, light rain, you get the picture. I started remembering a lovely vacation I once had on the Mediterranean coast of France. We made Nice our home base. Nice is close to Monaco and many other interesting sights along the Riviera.
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In an effort to lift my spirits I searched the possibility of taking our family of five there. Here are two possibilities I found on either end of the financial spectrum. Prices were found in 2010.
The Villa Saint Exupery, www.vsaint.com, is formerly a Carmelite monastery. It is now a hostel with rooms that will accommodate a family of five by themselves. The cost per night is 110 Euros, breakfast, wifi and a shuttle from the train station are included. It is located up a hill with beautiful views. The typical patron is young, but the surroundings are peaceful.
My second discovery is the Goldstar Resort, www.hotel-goldstar-nice.com. This is certainly on the more expensive end at roughly 350 Euros/night for a family of five and does not include breakfast unless you pay more. The presidential suite, which accommodates the family of five, has a kitchenette, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a pull-out sofa.