Only 50 yards from the Promenade des Anglais, and just off the busy and touristy Rue Massena and Rue de France, this is a little gem of a hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful and despite our early arrival at 1pm, our room was ready waiting and available.
Despite its proximity to one of the main tourist and restaurant drags, it is very tranquil. My wife and I had a double superior room (107) which was very modern, super clean and well appointed, unlike so many older French hotels. Nice features included the roller shutter operated by remote control, wall-mounted flat screen TV, and a very simple to use and effective modern air conditioning unit. The bathroom was a good size and very clean and modern. Wifi internet is available, although a nominal charge of 3 euros for 24 hours is levied.
There is also a great restaurant just paces away in Rue Massenet (Restaurant Franchin) which we always go to for a special meal. Not cheap, but top-notch food, and way better than the endless tourist traps touting for business on the main drag just around the corner. Also a couple of nice looking restaurants opposite the hotel on the small and quiet Rue de la Paix.
The hotel is also very handy for Nice airport. Just take the 98 airport bus to/from Albert 1er just a block away for 4 euros. It is also a 10-15 minute easy walk from the main Gare Nice-Ville if you're travelling by train.
One caveat: do NOT take breakfast here. It's just coco-pops or cornflakes plus a horrible defrosted roll or croissant with the usual dreadful plastic tubs of jam-like gloop. No cold cuts, fruit, or hot food. Stupidly we forgot it wasn't included in the room price and then ended up with a bill for 32 euros for four breakfasts. Ouch. We did wonder why we never saw anybody else at breakfast! For the same money and probably less, just walk out the hotel and have a proper breakfast in any one of the nearby local eateries.
If we were going back to Nice, we would choose this hotel every time. We've tried a few over the years, and this is the best we've found. Perhaps not a budget price, but it's in a perfect location and we couldn't have been more comfortable. Highly recommended.
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