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“Absolute Gem in the Middle of Nice!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Le Dortoir
Ranked #4 of 44 Nice B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, Virginia
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55 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Absolute Gem in the Middle of Nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

My wife and I were spending our honeymoon in France, half in Nice and half in Paris, and we found this B&B via tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. Overall we were very happy with this B&B, and highly recommend it! We ended up picking the Longani Suite (beyond beautiful and clean!).

This is not your typical B&B that most Americans might expect with in-keepers on-site. The owners are not present. Everything is taken care of in advance and you are given an access code to the electronic doors and you simply show up, use the code, and go in your room. The process was pretty smooth. The B&B is on the 4th floor and there is no elevator. For those that have mobility problems please note that Europe starts the first floor on a “0” so it felt more like the 6th floor. This could be difficult if you aren’t able to lug your luggage up there. It is certainly doable if you are decent shape and don’t let the stairs scare you away as it is a great place.

Housekeeping does come daily, cleans up the room, makes the bed, and gives you fresh towels. The breakfast is very minimal by American standards but is a typical European breakfast. They set up a breakfast cart in the hallway with some bread options with butter, jam, etc, juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Everything was always tasty.

One thing to keep in mind is that housekeeping seems to be an independent thing on a certain schedule so if you are going to sleep in or running late you might want to check with them in the morning. One morning we slept in and were taking our time and they knocked to tell us housekeeping was waiting and we were holding them up and we felt terrible. Generally I don’t think you’ll have an issue because I think you have until like 11am or so, maybe even later, but if you want to just lounge around and don’t need housekeeping then I would let someone know. The staff was very nice.

Ok, now the location. Honestly, I am not sure you can ask for a better, overall location. You are essentially right on the main drag, steps from old town (and arguably even in old town) but also steps from the beach. And much to our surprise, we didn’t find it loud at night either. We booked the Suite, which had a nice balcony, and that overlooked the street.

My wife and I rented a car for a couple days but don’t recommend it as it was difficult and expensive to park the car every day. Nice has great public transportation and unless you are going to a small town in the countryside the trams/trains seemed to run everywhere.

The bedroom has a HUGE clawfoot tub in the middle and a large king size bed, which is rare for Europe in my experience. The bed was comfortable but only about 12 inches off the ground, platform style. It was not at all problematic just a little.

The odd part of the room was the bathroom. Overall, there really aren’t any walls at all in the room, separating the sections. So the walk in shower, which is glass, is completely open to the rest of the room. Two sinks directly behind the shower were very nice and perfectly normal. The toilet was a bit odd though. It is enclosed by two walls and then a glass door, but the door does not go to the top of the walls and you honestly can’t shut the door when you are using the restroom…it just isn’t possible really. Both my wife and I are smaller people and we just couldn’t shut the door. In the end though we couldn’t figure out why the glass door was there as there was an opening at the top and it was see through. It is almost like using the restroom right in the middle of the room. 

Other than that though the place really is outstanding and the location is hard to beat. The “no-inkeeper”/electronic access system really works good and someone is around every day during the breakfast hours for any help you might need. I found the booking process to be easy/efficient via just email/credit card and the owners were very prompt. The rooms are all very new, modern, and clean. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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373 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

The only con about Le Dortoir is the very taxing climb to the 5th floor,with or without luggage. The owners clearly state this before booking, but wow,it is a real struggle. If you are less than fit, this may not be the place for you.

Otherwise, it's wonderfully furnished and roomy---just as the website depicts. Before arriving, you are provided an access code so you can arrive whenever you want. It is a close walk to the Airport Bus stop. We walked from the train station which was about 25 mins away. It is minutes to the Esplanade des Anglais and a short walk to the Old Town.

Breakfast was a real plus. The owner's charming and helpful Mom is there every morning and otherwise, they answer emails immediately so its very equivalent to staying at any hotel. The rooms are completely quiet, good AC, and lots of foreign channels on the TV.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ireland
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

We recently had a four night stay in the Kalia Suite. Just delighted with it - very well located and very close to Promenade, shops and transport. The suite is as on the website; very nicely decorated and extremely comfortable bed. The continental breakfast is a bonus. Overall had no complaints and the stairs ... well, a little exercise did not go astray after indulging in all the wonderful food in Nice. We must also compliment Monique - a gem of a hostess! Would certainly return, both to Le Dortoir and also to Nice.Many thanks for your hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tirana, Albania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

We just had one night, but it was all one can ask for!! So close to everything. Also the staff was more than ready to help with a taxi to the airport. Very comfortable and love, love, love, the nespresso machine.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

A little difficult to find the place at first time but once you're familiar with the neighborhood gets pretty easy. I could have rated it with a perfect 5 but the stairs to get to our 4th flr suite with heavy luggages in tow will for sure test your health endurance. But again, it takes a little practice and getting use to it. Other than the stairs that seems endless, you will get your reward after you've seen your suite. Very posh, comfy and updated decor with great details that surely make you forget the stairs. Monique, the lovely and very kind Monique. Thank you so much in assisting my urgent need of a telephone. That sure was a plus to an already superb service we've had at your place. Not to mention the location that puts you in close proximity of the shopping areas, a block away from the Promenade des Anglais and the high end stores just below the B and B. Will not hesitate to be back here again.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Antwerpen
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

It was the second time we came to Le Dortoir ... And it was the same expirience as before ... After some stairs, you enter in comfortabel 'room' with everything you need, space, rest, luxuary, ... And you can start to relax in the center of Nice ... We will be back ...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

We stayed in Massai suite for 6 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Very luxurious feeling when inside this suite. Great design of the interior and the view from the balcony was just amazing. Very relaxing place to stay specially with the Nespresso coffee available anytime.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Le Dortoir
Address: 11 rue Paradis, 06000 Nice, France
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Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice > Centre , Jardin Albert 1er
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Ranked #4 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Nice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dominating the elegant Paradis Street, in the full center of a pedestrian town, in the famous "Carre d'Or", "Le Dortoir" is ideally located for your stay in Nice. The shops of luxury are at the foot of the building, the beaches and place Massena are within 100m, the Casino Ruhl, many restaurants, the museums, the famous "Promenade des Anglais" and many other activities are nearby. Designs, authentic, practical and discrete, the 3 suites that we propose to you will offer you a geographical location, a panorama and an exceptional comfort. ... more   less 
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