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The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
Ranked #129 of 204 Hotels in Nice
UK
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155 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Great location, tiny apartment.”
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
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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
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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
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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
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Dublin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2008

Would not recommend at all. The kitchen was very poorly equiped and old fashioned. Overall, the apartment was very small and there were no proper beds, apart from two sofa beds. The carpet was old and extremely dirty. One of the chairs was broken which was problematic as there were only 3 chairs. The bathroom was smelly and damp with the paperwork peeling off. The foyer and stairs were also dirty with spilt drink on the stairs that were not cleaned for the duration of our stay. It advertised laundry facilities which we would have deemed necessary due to the lack of facilities but it was only available at a charge. The reception was only open for a few hours a day which was inconvenient and the "private beach" advertised on the website came also at a cost. Overall, the location was good but that was about it. Considering the cost of this apartment, I would say avoid!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The filth, the size, the smell
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank ps2pat
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2008

We booked on the internet. We informed the hotel that we would be arriving late. They kindly emailed us with clear instructions for entering the hotel and retrieving the key.

We found the apartment spotless, comfortable, warm and welcoming. During our week's stay, the bedding and bath towels were changed and the apartment cleaned.

The staff at the desk were pleasant, efficient and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the tea and coffee that was available each afternoon.

Citadines la Buffa contributed in no small way to our vacation in Nice. We look forward to coming again.

Sarah and Richard Fisher

  • Liked — convenience, cleanliness,
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed February 2008
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1 Thank Curriculum
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cardiff
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2007

THIS IS A TRULY AWFUL PLACE.
Arrived at the hotel at 22-00 and very tired. Managed to get into the room after midnight!
There was a message to call a French telephone number on the outside door.

This was in order to receive the security code and gain access to the reception area. There is nobody on the reception desk from 19-00 until 09-00.
Fortunately I had a mobile phone, unfortunately the person on the other end was Chinese and could not speak English!

Managed to gain access at 23-30, then proceeded to take another 30 minutes to find the reception safe and code required to find the room key - nightmare.
The rooms are tiny, the bed is a pullout sofa that fills the entire room, the kitchen was filthy and the towels and linen are only changed after 5 days as this is the hotel policy....Great news for local laundry's.

Hotelopia have a lot to answer for and should remove this hotel from their web site.

Paul.

  • Liked — nil
  • Disliked — room
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Jay Hotel by HappyCulture
Address: 21 Rue Meyerbeer, 06000 Nice, France (Formerly Résidence Coeur de City Buffa Nice)
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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: 38
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 
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