This is part five of a twelve part trip report from my travels to Prague, Nice, Bratislava, Sorrento, and Rome. This trip picture report includes my stay at the Le Méridien Nice.
- Delta BusinessElite 767-300ER JFK-PRG (Prague)
- Hilton Prague Old Town
- CSA Czech Airlines Crystal Lounge Prague
- Czech Airlines PRG-NCE (Nice) / NCE-PRG
- Le Méridien Nice
- Nice Côte d’Azur Lounge
- Sheraton Bratislava
- SmartWings PRG-NAP (Naples)
- Hilton Sorrento Palace Hotel
- Marriott Autograph Collection – Boscolo Palace Roma
- Alitalia Giotto Lounge Rome
- Alitalia B777-200ER New Magnifica Business Class FCO-JFK
For a non weekend stay just prior to high-season, SPG had the property listed for 4800 Starpoints and $99 for a non-refundable classic room. There were high upgrade chances – SPG.com showed availability both days for Junior & Presidential suites as well as Deluxe rooms with gigantic patios overlooking the Mediterranean.
Arrival – SPG Platinum recognition and 500 SPG points, no upgrade as “there was no availability”. Tiny classic room with virtually no view. Armed with my iPhone I headed back down to the check-in desk to prove availability for both nights. I was told it’s a mistake and that the manager was on break until 1am (it was 12). We skipped unpacking and left the property to check out the area for a bit.
Back @ 1 – The manager explained that the mobile website was not synched correctly with local inventory and only the main site was accurate. I headed upstairs to grab the MacBook Air. On SPG.com, both room types still showed availability. Back downstairs…success – Manager rolled his eyes and had a bell boy show me both rooms. I decided on the Deluxe corner room for the larger wrap-around patio with an awesome view, though the suite had a huge bathroom. Loved my new room!
Next morning – Awesome lunch of tuna nicoise on the roof-deck with some swimming while waiting for the food to come out. Took in the great views and then headed off to the Le Méridien private beach across the street.
The private beach – Why deal with the rocks and a little pain, the Le Méridien has mats to protect your feet while walking to your lounge chair and they have a dock leading you far out into the water where there is only sand. Warm water and great swimming. Waiter service (ridiculously priced) but the watermelon looked too good to resist. After some initial turbulence, great stay, fantastic room, and really nice beach.
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