Flying into Nice, we recently traveled to Monte Carlo and had such a great time at the Marriott Cap d' all. What a romantic place. Close to very nice rest. and a shuttle to the Casino if you wish.
The staff has consistantly been great and you could not find a cleaner or safer place.
We can't wait to go back this Summer.
Thanks for the inquiry!
The hotel is really comfortable and easy to get to most everything. They have a public transportation system and you can walk to the things I have pictures of.
First, our favorite dinner spot is LaSaliere, close by and pictured, it is just past the heli port on the water, see picture. Great food at fair prices, likewise, if you want to see the best McDonalds in the world go to the one close to the hotel. Really special, try a coffee in the morning.
The drive to St, Trop, is fantastic, and if you can watch the movie with Cary Grant, To Catch a Thief. you can retrace some of the beauty of the movie.
In St. Trop. enjoy the places on the water, but to eat we really like, "Sporting", on the square, see picture, it is sidewalk cafe and very reasonable. Just make sure if you drive, you pay for you parking at the automat before you try to leave the lot, you must pay before you leave the qutomated lot.
If you have more questions, just feel free to email me!
I personally like Menton only because it is less discovered by Americans and because it is the last city on this end of the coast in France, has a great mix of French and Italian. The old town section is very sweet and charming and if you want to walk off all the good food, you can actually walk to Monaco (albeit a LONG walk). There is a great bus from Menton to Monaco which goes along the scenic corniche and is a delightful local experience. Villefranche is always lovely esp. in the evening when the cruise ships leave.
Don't over look the harbor area of Nice for some good dining and a more local feel. I enjoy it more than the old area just because you are actually more likely to really mingle with the locals. The bus frm the airport to Nice central rail terminal is great and the trains along the Riviera are good but the busses are sometimes a better scenic ride. I've been meaning to try the Marriott in Monaco but it is not on the top of my list as there are lovely small hotels outside Nice like the Hotel Welcome in Villefranche and Perouise in Nice. The Hotel Suisse in Nice is a huge find and half the price of the Perouse.
Summer is hot and crowded but September is PERFECT. Dense crowds are gone and everything has that late summer glow. Have fun!
How is the train transportation in the area?
I have only driven, and I am thinking of taking the Eurostar to Marseille from Paris and would like to know how the trip is from Mar. to Monte Carlo.
By the way, the week-end rates,or MR point deals at the Marriott in Monaco are actually pretty good. They have always given me free upgrades on the Med. Sea and it has always been a lot of fun.
Good travels to you!
Do NOT drive. You will be very sorry. A car is a big pain in the neck and very expensive (you have to get the insurance etc.). If you want to go into the hills; hire a driver. They are reasonable and easy to come by (ask the hotel). I have never been as happy as the day I ditched the car on the Riviera.
Go to the Riviera with the mind set of short day tripping and one hotel, unpacking for the week. Do not pack your itinerary like it is the one time you will ever see the Cote, it is meant to be savored and enjoyed. Pack a picnic and wonder down the beautiful path by the castle in Monaco or sit by the beach in Villefranche. Easy, relaxed, small the air, it is great.
Trains all over the Riviera are great; easy and frequent. Don't over look the buses. Like so many places, the buses are overlooked and really on the Riviera they are very well maintained and give you the view missed from the train. I can not wait to return in April. Please don't go in August; it is so mobbed you will be miserable. May, June and September are perfect as well as some days in October and April.
I usually stay in Nice and then go East toward Italy. I like it better than west toward Marsailles; just my own taste. The towns along the stretch of the Italy are sometimes a bit faded (like San Remo) but a little less American touristy and you get a feel for the everyday life of this part of Italy. I also love Barcelona and east to Marsailles.
Watch out for the 1-4 siesta closures every day on the Riviera. Can be a real fun stopper.
While I really enjoy your experiences, I must share my drives in the area have rally been exciting and inexpensive. Granted, while in Monte Carlo, I tend to keep my car in the basement garage of the marriott. However, having driven the area, if a person takes their time, you can really enjoy things that you cannot experience any other way.
Some places, that we drive to that you can make in a day are:
San Remo: Great inexpensive place to eat with great view, Princess Margarite's, see picture!
St. Trop. on your way to the tallest bridge in the world. What a view.
We enjoy the picnic stops with the car, and have not spent more than $200 per week for our cars.