Emily’s France Trip Report (South of France) – Part 3: Where to Stay

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Emily:  In the last series about my trip to France, I talked about how our family of 4 went for our own “tour de France.”  With the help of miles earned from credit card rewards, we paid just ~$410 each for our family of 4 to fly round-trip to France in Business Class.  And had a luxurious stay at the majestic Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée (a ~$1,600 per night suite!) for ~$160 TOTAL.

This series of posts will highlight our time in Nice.  And will give you step-by-step instructions so that you can also go to Europe using miles and points!  Plus, I’ll share my tips for the cheapest car rentals and the BEST credit cards to use when traveling internationally.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Ahhhh… Jered Isn’t Wasting Any Time Relaxing at This Hotel

In addition to staying in a beautiful hotel, we enjoyed riding bikes, jet-skiing, and taking a scenic drive into Italy.  The best part was forming new, closer relationships with my family…we’d spend hours over meals philosophizing about life, love, and challenges we sometimes face!  I’m very grateful that miles & points made this trip possible.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
The Chase Sapphire Preferred’s Sign-Up Bonus Got Us 2 FREE Nights at This Beautiful Hotel

How to Save Thousands Off a Trip to Southern France Trip Report Index:

  • Part 1 – Introduction
  • Part 2 – The Secrets to Saving Money on Rental Cars in Europe
  • Part 3 – Where to Stay | Our Family Felt Like Royalty at This Hotel!
  • Part 4 – What to Do | Jet Skis, Road Trip Along the Coast, Visit Italy, Shopping Mall
  • Part 5 – Where to Eat

Part 3:  Where to Stay in Nice, France

How You, Too, Can Stay at the Hyatt Regency Nice

We used a combination of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and Hyatt points to stay at the Hyatt Regency Nice.  One night at the Hyatt Regency Nice costs 25,000 Hyatt points.

Currently, you can earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card – enough for 2 free nights at this stunning hotel!  Because Chase Ultimate Rewards points can easily be transferred to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.

You could also consider The World of Hyatt Credit Card, that comes with up to a 60,000 Hyatt point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spend requirements.  Plus automatic Hyatt Discoverist Status, which offers upgrades when available.

I like to have my partner sign up for cards, too.  So that we can both earn big bonuses, and double our free travel!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
The Entry Way Into Our Suite

Jen:  When we were en route from Paris to Nice, Emily kept warning us that the hotel “wasn’t too nice.”  Jered and I thought to ourselves – “Okay, what’s ‘not nice’ to Emily may just be mid-level to us.”  Then, we got to the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée – clearly one of the nicer hotels on the Nice beach strip, with high-rising columns topped by Egyptian-esque motifs at the top.

While waiting for Emily to check in, we sat upon the plump sofa in the grandiose lounge and thought, “Okay, seriously, what is ‘not nice’ to Emily must be actually really nice to us!”  And then we rode the elevator to the 7th floor, walked down the hallway to the very end, and unlocked the door to a suite bigger than our home apartment in Oakland.

It was magnificent – and so generous of Emily and Daraius to give such a gift to us as a belated wedding present since they were not able to physically attend our wedding in August 2015.

Aside from the king bed, there was an entire hallway dedicated to a walk-in closet, fully furnished living room and fully furnished dining room, and 2 toilet rooms!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Jen In Her 5-Star Bathroom

For those not married, you may think, “Whatever, what’s the big deal?”  But let me tell you, as a married person, sometimes separate toilet and sink areas are extremely helpful.  Haha!

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
The Closet Alone Was the Size of an NYC Studio

Emily:  The closet was huge and had all of the luxuries anyone could want.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Having Extra Space Sure Is Nice

One of the bathrooms had a huge tub…

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Jered Tries Out the Bathtub for Size

…and a large walk-in shower.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
The Bathroom Seemed to Go On Forever. Jen Was Excited to Test Out the Shower!

It came stocked with lots of amenities.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Various Amenities to Help You Feel More Pampered During Your Stay

The guest bathroom was also spacious.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Having a Separate Toilet for Jered Was Jen’s Dream Come True!

The room included access to a small outdoor patio…

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
Jen and Jered Enjoyed Breakfast Here a Few Mornings

with a view of the hotel interior.

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View From the Patio

There was also a small window that looked out over the Mediterranean.

How A Family Of 4 Visited Nice France In Business Class For 500 Each Part 3 You Wont Be Disappointed At This Hyatt Hotel
You Could Also See the Mediterranean From the Outdoor Patio

Jered:  It was soooo luxurious.  For those of you who remember my comments in the Paris section about not preferring hotels –– true, I don’t prefer hotels on the average basis.  But when someone offers me a suite at a Hyatt, it is certainly nicer than an Airbnb! 😉

Bottom Line

It cost ~$1,640 for the 4 of us to fly round-trip in Business Class from New York to Europe.  I used a combination of miles & points from different programs to book flights for me and my family.  Including AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

During our trip, our favorite stay was at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée.  Jered and Jen stayed in a ~$1,600 per night suite for 5 nights, for $160 TOTAL!   

I used a combination of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and Hyatt points to pay for their stay.  Using points towards a stay at the Hyatt Regency Nice was a bucket list dream come true!  We loved feeling pampered and were walking distance to most main sites.

One night at the Hyatt Regency Nice costs 25,000 Hyatt points.  To take a trip like this of your own, consider the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, because Chase Ultimate Rewards points can easily be transferred to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.  Or, take a look at The World of Hyatt Credit Card, that comes with up to a 60,000 Hyatt point sign-up bonus after meeting minimum spend requirements.  Plus automatic Hyatt Discoverist Status, which offers upgrades when available!