We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“watch out your property!小心有賊!!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
Ranked #144 of 204 Hotels in Nice
Beijing, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“watch out your property!小心有賊!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stay in this place last week for just 2 nights but there were thief/s slip into our room in the daytime while we all out to Cannes in our 2nd day. While we came back to our room in the evening, we were shocked by what we saw....all clothes in our luggages were pulled out and all of our new purchased shoes, bags, clothes even a laptop, handcarry suitcase were gone!!!!!We called for the police of Nice right away and were drove to a police station to make a record....Since the front desk person was off duty after 6pm. police finally reached the hotel manager who "NEVER" show up even we requested to talk to she/he in the next day! And the hotel even try to ask us to stay in the same room at the night, with the help of police(must say thank you to the police we met!) the hotel finally provide another room for us to stay in our last nigh. To maintain the "scene of crime" we only took very few stuffs for changing from our original room since the police will come back again to check out/investigate the room in the next day morning, while we were waiting for the police in the morning, the hotel informed us that the room we were stolen will be clean up by 12pm even if the police has not arrived, that's the most ridiculous joke I've ever heard! Thank god that the police arrive by noon...Now we've back from our home safely and are waiting for further info. regarding this issue..."WHY the thief can get into our room without breaking the lock...??!" Can't image what will happened if we bump into the thief...
If I can chose again, I'll rather pay more to secure my safety, as I heard from local people, many break in cases happened in this area recently.
If something bad really happen...don't count on this hotel will give you any help since I felt that they DON'T CARE!
給華人朋友一個建議: 選住所真的要特別小心,便宜沒好貨就算了,掉了的東西可以在這間旅館住一年多,算自己倒楣,但萬一人身出了事 可不是說算就算的!

Room Tip: You should bring your own lock and lock your room before you go out....
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
14 Thank Yun S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

125 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    18
    50
    26
    17
    14
See reviews for
44
38
5
4
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (14)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
cologne
Level Contributor
41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2010

Citadines Buffa has a downtown location close to the Promenade and Place Massena in a friendly neighbourhood with some cafes, shops and boutiques. Several busstops are nearby, although you need to study the maps and timetables in advance as most lines run through oneway streets and will take slightly different itinerarys on the return trip. If you fly into Terminal one, it is probably faster and cheaper to take the 23 bus instead of the more expensive and often overcrowded 98 "express" coach although the latter is more convenient for Terminal 2.
The reception is only staffed from 9am to 12am and again from 2pm to 7pm, check-in is from 3pm to 7pm only. There is a room availible to store luggage if you arrive early or depart late, however this too is only accessible during reception hours. Beware that there is no self-checkin-machine and if you arrive late, you have to contact the hotel in advance in order to get a code for the front door and another one for a safe where they may deposit your key.

The rooms got some refurbishments in 2009 with all walls and doors painted over in white and the carpeting repaced with a wooden-optics plastic flooring. A small kitchen is equipped with two hobs, a microwave oven, electric kettle and a fridge, some basic pots, dishes and cutlery. Usually they also provide a towel, detergent and a sponge.
The bathroom has a tub, a basin and a toilet, two towels per person and some tiny bottles of showergel, also paper, hairdyer and a rack to dry clothes. Towels are changed once a week only, if you want additional changes you have to order and pay for this one day ahead.
The living room has one large cupboard which is used to store your clothing and also includes an ironing board and iron, a broom and two pillows and a blanket, there are no duvets.
There is a flatscreen TV mounted to the wall with several french channels and BBC World but little other choice, a cable modem provides free internet access. Furthermore there is one table with two chairs and one bedside table with a lamp.
Except for the family-rooms which do include a separate bedroom, there is only a sofa bed which is easy to operate, but takes up most of the room when unfolded and which has a small and very uncomfortable matress. People taller than 185 cm will find the bed too short and the metal springs and framework of the constuction can be felt trough the very soft matress. Also the mechanism will start to fold back if you try to sit upwards in the bed eg for laptopsurfing.
You may hear some noise from the street in front or the private school in the backyard, also neighbours dropping their bottles into the bins late at night. More importantly, the Nr. 01 room on each floor lies adjacent to the lift shaft from where you will hear stange creeking noises whenever the elevator is running. The No. 03 room has a very weird layout with a very large bath but a very tiny livingroom.
If you look for a central location that comes with a kitchen and only stay one or two nights this may be worth considering. If you want a hotel room essentially for sleeping or want to stay on holiday, beware of the terrible beds.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank airinter
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Tyne and wear
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2010

My wife & I travel to Nice regularly for holiday and spent a week here in late June, paid £1300 for a 1 bed appartment and were quite disappointed upon arrival. The staff were helpful, friendly and obliging but the accomodation was very basic, bare and uninviting.
The lounge area had a sofa which doubled as an extra bed but frankly it looked very dingy and was stained. Heavy duty vinyl in kitchenette and lounge area and no real creature comforts. The hotel is well located but I think it is best suited to students or groups of friends on a "Jolly" and not really for couples. Despite being on 4th floor it was very noisy from traffic though that is not the hotel's fault.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank JohnDoeTyneandwear
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers are raving about these Nice hotels

UK
Level Contributor
153 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2010

Spent 6 nights in Apartment 403 in December 2009/January2010. We usually stay in the Citadines Nice Promenade when in the city but chose to stay in the Buffa on our last stay due to it's excellent location close to all the main amenities.
Apartment 403 is a studio billed as suitable for 2 people. Our first and lasting impression was that it was too cramped. The main area was furnished with a double sofa-bed, small dining table with two chairs and a side table. With the bed folded away, there was just enough floor space to get round but with the bed down, one had to clamber over the bed to get from one side of the room to the other! In contrast, the bathroom was quite spacious and the separate kitchen area fine. The apartment was bright thanks to large, traditional shuttered windows in both the living area and the bathroom.
Also on the plus side, the studio was clean and had been recently refurbished and decorated. We also found the public area to be clean. The reception staff were friendly and helpful.
There are two small supermarkets and an épicerie less than a minute's walk from the hotel and a boulangerie not much further away. If you don't fancy self-catering, three of our favourite restaurants are within a fifteen minute walk: Chez Davia on rue Grimaldi, La Petite Biche and Voyageur Nissart, both on rue d'Alsace-Lorraine.
Would I recommend the Citadines NIce Buffa? Yes, but I would check the size of the apartment before signing the dotted line.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ellonway
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Australia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2009

Dont stay at Citadines Nice Buffa- we recently stayed there(had booked 2 nights but left after 1) It was tiny, cramped and filthy(dried blood clot on bathroom floor, disgusting odour) Also advertised Wifi but did not have it. We always travel with our 2 children so use lots of apartment rentals. We have stayed in Citadines/Somerset throughout the world and have been extremely impressed with them(Kuala Lumpur, London, Barcelona, sydney, Melbourne) but Nice Buffa is nothing like the standard set by these. It really spoiled our visit to Nice- we couldnt get out of there fast enough!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank nicolajaneAustralia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Dubai
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2009

We spent 4 nightmarish nights at this place. Rooms smelled horribily, the bed was in the sofa and also had a peculier odour to it. We were pushed to light incense in the room to avert nausea. The front desk staff work only for very selected hours during the day, and when there are not helpful. Overall we would dread heading back to this place each night after a fun day...

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Pete272727
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sweden
Level Contributor
40 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2008

I stayed at this residence for 2 weeks during august -08. 4 persons (I, my 2 sisters and our mother) shared an apartment. We got a corner one with a large sitting-room with a fold-out sofabed and a medium-sized bedroom with a double-bed. The apartment had a kitchen corner in the hall (fridge with a freezer-part, oven, electric stove). It was fully equipped for 4, though 2 tea-spoons and a breakfast bowl was missing. When we pointed this out to the ladie in the reception she immediately gave us the missing objects. We cooked all our meals in the apartment and thus saving quite a bit of money. You could have breakfast served in your room for about 10euro/person. You had to take the garbage out to a trash-can at the back yard yourself. The apartment was located at the 1st floor and with the windows open you colud hear a bit of traffic-noise, but not anything to disturb one's sleep. There was a TV with a large choice of French channels and a few English/American ones. The residence is located about 15 minutes walk from the city center which has a good selection of shops (Lafayette, Monoprix, FNAC, Virgin Megastore, C&A etc etc). 100meters from the residence at Rue Buffa (in the direction of the city center) there was a bakery with excellent bread (closed Wednesdays). At Rue Meyerbeer (the street in which the residence is situated) there were a number of restaurants, cafés and small grocery shops. In rue Garibaldi (about 300meters from the hotel) there were both an Intermarché and a Casino subermarché, both of them very well equipped with groceries, fresh fruit etc. The Intermarché also had cheap newly baked bread. For those wanting to do some serious shopping the Cap3000 (large shopping center in St Laurent du Var) is easily accessible by bus (about 30min). There is also a Carrefour in Nice, in the Acropolis area in the east side of the town (take the Tram to the Palais des Expositions stop).
The apartment is cleaned once a week (more often for an extra fee). Towels were changed about 4 times during our stay. There was free internet connection by cable. Wireless interned was only available in the reception area. Coffe and tea were free in the entrance hall during the afternoon.
It's important to note that the reception is open 9-12 and 14.30-19.00 only. In case of late arrival you must call and explain the situation to a (problably) poor English speaker. Remember that in France you have to pay a visitor's tax in addition to the hotel/residence fee. We were asked to pay our stay upon arrival, which was no problem for us, but maybe for some.
The Baie des Anges (Angel's bay) with the Promenade des Anglais is about 5 minutes walks from the residence. When looking for hotels/residences in Nice, beware of those at the Promenade des Anglais unless situated near the city center. You'll probably want to go there quite often and the Promenade des Anglais is VERY long, many cheaper hotels are situated almost at the airport at the far end of Baie des Anges. It's nice to go down to the Promenade des Anglais early in the morning and see the sun rising. The beaches in Nice are pebble-beaches, there are safety posts at some beaches. Bathing-shoes (sold everywhere; 5-15 euros) strongly recommended unless you want to hurt your feet on the stones. There are also a fair number of private beaches were you can rent parasol, beach matress, have dinner etc. There was no pool at the hotel, but with the sea so near we didn't mind.
The residence is located 15-20 minutes walk from gare de Nice ville (Nice central railway station). From there you can easily and cheaply get to most cities/locations at the riviera, as well as Italy, Paris and the rest of Europe. During our stay we visited Antibes, Aix-en-Provence, Genova (in Italy) and Avignon. The TGV-trains are clean and almost always on time (important: requires reservation, can be done by using the yellow machines in the station). During our stay sunny weather and 28-30 degrees C every day (normal weather for August in the south of France.
I strongly recommend the residence for anyone who wants a location close to the beach and the city center and have a possibility to prepare their own meals. Sure, it wasn't a 5 star luxery hotel, but I'd rate it a strong three-star.

  • Liked — Good location, good value for the money, ability to cook
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank CissiSweden
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Nice hotels
Lamartine
#80 of 204 in Nice
4.5 of 5 bubbles 78 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Centre
Hotel De France
Hotel De France
#143 of 204 in Nice
3.5 of 5 bubbles 74 reviews
Hotel les Cigales
#49 of 204 in Nice
4.0 of 5 bubbles 456 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture

Property: The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
Address: 21 rue Meyerbeer, 06000 Nice, France (Formerly Résidence Coeur de City Buffa Nice)
Region: France > Provence > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
#31 Family Hotel in Nice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jay Hotel is located in the Niçois Golden Square, just a few meters from the Promenade des Anglais. It is just a few minutes away from the Palais des Congres Acropolis and the Palais des Expositions. The Jay is an ideal base point for discovering the attractions of the French Riviera's capital city. The Jay Hotel is an invitation to dive in the crazy of the Roaring Twenties. Worthy of Nice, the hotel pays tribute to elegance and Art-Déco of the 20's. The establishment offers 38 apartments on 5 floors, including 23 Studios for 2 guests and 15 One-Bedroom apartments where can sleep up to 4 guests. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with World Independent Hotel Promotion, Booking.com and Hotels.com so you can book your The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Citadines Nice Buffa Hotel Nice
Citadines Hotel Nice

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing