This spring, Stacy DeBroff and her daughter Kyle, embarked on a seafood adventure in Nice, France. This post continues coverage of their culinary experience.
Perched cliff-side, right at the end of the Promenade des Anglais, the luxurious boutique Hotel La Perouse offers understated elegance and charm with breathtaking views of the azure sea below, as well as Old Town Nice. Our room, though small and mostly taken up by two twin beds, featured a lovely private balcony with a table, chairs, and lounge chair, and exquisite views of the ever-changing Mediterranean sea and bustling seaside city of Nice. Waking up to songbirds singing and later, watching the golden-hued sunset over the rooftops of Nice, it proved hard to abandon the terrace for our daily explorations! Even the songbirds came to check us out.
The bathroom paralleled the terrace with luxurious terra cotta and marble fixtures, high-end toiletries, and soft white bathrobes and slippers. Only downside? Typical of Europe, a hand-held nozzle takes the place of a showerhead and offers up its own sort of complexities when it comes to rinsing out your hair!
From our room, we also watched the bustle of activity taking place all day and all night on the Promenade, including rollerbladers, bikers, kids on scooters, runners, strollers, and couples hand-in-hand. People also crowd the beach, managing to peacefully sunbathe while lying on large pebbles that take the place of any sand. Sprinkled at intervals along the shore, beach restaurants offer up drinks, along with classic beach chairs and umbrellas for a fee.
An elaborate breakfast buffet each morning came with the room, including absolutely delicious warm croissants that fell into pieces upon touch (Why, I muse, can we not make them as well here in the States?), breads, eggs, cold cuts, pastries, fresh fruit salad, hard boiled eggs…literally dozens of choices.
Tables in a sunlit solarium filled up with about 30 guests at a sitting. Best of all, the reception staff all spoke impeccable English and overall could not have been more friendly or welcoming, from a brilliant concierge, Frederick, who shared with us all the best local seafood restaurants, to the French-speaking maids’ cheerful “Bonjour!” The hotel features a heated outdoor pool (but in mid-May it proved too cold for anyone to take a dip) along with a top bird’s-eye-view terrace with a Jacuzzi.
In the morning, we would often spot local fishermen out looking to catch their fish of the day.
The gorgeous view from our Hotel Perouse balcony offered up ever-changing vistas of the ocean with its passing sailing boats, yachts, and ferries. In the evening, the sunset over the city of Nice proved stunning as well.
You can see more pictures from our stay at The Hotel Perouse on Pinterest.
For more tips, photos, and insights, check out the Sea Cuisine Facebook page. Also, check out their French Seafood Spot video where The Seafood Guy prepares Herb Crusted Cod with Pesto Roasted Tomatoes and Artichokes.
Disclosure: Stacy DeBroff and a guest received complimentary roundtrip airfare, hotel room, meals, and transportation from High Liner Foods for their trip to Nice, France, to facilitate this review and post.