By last minute chance I was forced to book Appia hotel The reasons were to stay the closer the better to the Palace of Festivals where I was supposed to go twice a day for a whole week. The reviews I read looked optimistic so the choice was made.
The hotel location is hard to find even by a taxi - the address and actual place differ. Hotel is placed in a small crooked lane just of 20 meters away from the address location. It could be easier if from the main street there was a navigation sign or an arrow with hotel name. If this were in lace I would have found my way back the first days much faster and easier.
The hotel itself impressed better. I was prepared to get some unpleasant surprises but to my luck there very few. First of all there is a 24-hour reception with a very helpful and polite staff. The hotel is run by a family of a father and 2 daughters working in turn. All are very kind and assist with all requests.
The hotel has an elevator. The rooms are small, but clean and air-conditioned. The bathroom is tiny, though it is equipped with a shower and toilet with a sink, no bide. All worked well, though due to some old tubes the nasty smell from the bathroom at the end of the day could be felt.
The room has only 1 socket for electronic device thus I had to plug in my phone and laptop in turn. Another problem was to use a hair dryer - the mirror and the plug in are in different corners of the room. By the way, the iron and ironing facilities and the hair dryer you need to ask from the reception. The room has an open wardrobe with plenty of hangers, a small table and two folding chairs. The window opens in one way without a possibility being fixed. There is a problem with mosquitoes in case you want to sleep with an open window. My room windows were looking to the tiny lane which first seemed to be very quiet. But it was not - early at 6.30 each day the garbage removal truck came with all the noise for 10 minutes.
My way to Palace of festivals was about 12 minutes of walk, very nice and short in the warm and sunny morning. The way back is more difficult as the you need to go up the hill though not that steep. Probably it was not easy for me as I spent the whole day on foot and in the business dress code. In case you want to enjoy the walking in the center of Cannes it is better to have the most comfort footwear you have.
Another thing to note is the impossibility to call for a taxi in case you need to get from one place in the center to another and that takes on foot 20 minutes. The taxi drivers refuse to come especially in the morning and evening! Even if you try to agree on the double price!
On the whole the hotel is OK: it has free Wi-Fi, a parking place though costly, very modest breakfast, though you can eat in a lot of cafes nearby. Taxi fair from Nice airport to Cannes hotel depends on the day time and varies from 65 EUR to 95 EUR. In the city the taxi takes 10 eur even if the meter shows 7 :)
I will recommend this hotel for a 2-3 day stay but for a longer visit I would prefer another one.
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