Stayed here at the end of February for 4 nights as part of a tour group, so had no choice in the matter. The good news is that the location is excellent, right next to the pedestrian area, a short stroll from Place Massena in one direction and the Promenade des Anglaises in the other.
Unfortunately the downside outweighed that. We were in room 106 on the first floor, and in my many years of travelling world-wide I have never been in such basic and uncomfortable allegedly 3 star hotel accommodation. Two single beds, a desk, a bedside table, a fridge and a wardrobe with only four hangers but no drawers anywhere. One electrical socket and no remote control for the TV. The walls were paper-thin, and the TV in room 107 must have been situated on the wall right behind my bed-head, because I could hear every word. It was nice to be able to open the window but the street noise was at a high level, right through the night.
The bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen. There was a shower (actually quite nice with a rainforest head) but no shelf for shampoo, etc. The toilet was wedged in a kind of alcove beside the sink unit, and a heavily pregnant woman would not have been able to use it for lack of space. The only toiletries provided were two small tablets of soap, and the towels were small and thin. We then discovered that whenever we used the shower, there was an underfloor leak which soaked the carpet in the bedroom. We reported this but no-one seemed very interested.
Breakfast - the only meal provided - was chaotic and of poor quality. Croissants if you were lucky - on one morning they were all gone, and the staff just shrugged their shoulders - French bread, sliced cheese and salami - a typical Continental offering but the quality of the cheese and ham did not appear very good. Tea and coffee from machines. No thought had gone into the layout of the room, which meant lots of criss-crossing getting in one another's way. On a couple of morning we decided to expend a few euro and have breakfast at the brasserie across the road - much nicer and far more comfortable, including a pot of tea! Breakfast is the only meal provided by the hotel, and there is no bar either. Again, the brasserie across the road serves this purpose.
We loved Nice and would like to return, but we would certainly never use this hotel again. It doesn't deserve 3 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Nice in the pedestrian area and only two steps from the beach the “hotel de Suède” welcomes you with its new facade in the typical colors of Nice and its entirely refitted and re-decorated rooms in winter 2010/2011.All our rooms are equipped with bath or shower, WC, individual air condition, direct dial telephone, , safety box, satellite television channels.New in the rooms: TV flat screen, WiFi access, hair dryer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harvey Hotel Nice
- Hotel Harvey Nice