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Pierre & Vacances Residence Nice Palmiers
Ranked #175 of 204 Hotels in Nice
Reviewed 10 July 2013

This accommodation is a long walk from the centre of Nice, during the day buses operate at 1.50 euros each way per person but I have no idea how to get back to the apartments after 9pm no bus service was obvious. It took us approx 30 mins to walk from the centre of town up a steep hill. The accommodation is pretty much as their website describes it.....basic, clean no frills, well equipped kitchen area. The pool area is very small, public areas basic, reception staff business like nothing more. Bedding was provided but you would pay extra for towels, the in room safe and internet access. If we go again we would definitely choose accommodation near to the town centre. Nice is fabulous, very pretty with lots to see don't miss a visit to the old town and port the bus goes directly there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Great little place. When you look from the balcony most family’s set up their tables on the balcony and prepare and eat their food there. There is not a great choicel locally for eating out however a small bus ride into nice and you have everything you could possibly wish for.

Room Tip: From airport get the 23 bus it the closest to the hotel. Inside the bus there is a list of all bus t...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank gareeee
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

Not the most charming appartment, but good value compared to the most hotels in Nice. Clean, well equiped and functional. Close to the beach and fifteen minutes from the centre by bike.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Jules H
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

The room, bathroom, and mini kitchen and balcony were all very clean. We were on a family trip at the end of March with a rental car. About three blocks down to Blvd des Anglais, the main Seafront street has easy public transportation to old Nice. The beach is just across the street from the Boulevard...what a great city the whole length of it is public beach. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Rooms have mini kitchens including pots, pans, cutlery, and dishes. We made our own quick breakfast from cereal or sweet rolls we bought the day before and made our own dinners. Ours was room #318 facing a garden area. It was peaceful and tranquil during the day as well as night. There was no street traffic audible in this area. Indoor parking for an added fee is worth it. There is really little to no street parking anywhere on the sloped streets in and around the area. There is a comprehensive smaller store with just about all you need for meals about 3 blocks down the hill from the Residence on the street leading to the beach and public transportation. We drove into old Nice earlier in the day and found street parking with pay machines on the streets surrounding the old town. Although a guest on Tripadvisor noted that these type of Residence hotels do not provide towels without an added fee, ours did provide two sets of towels even though we brought two old towels with us just in case. This residence does not provide daily room service. You basically you are on your own for the minimum of 2 or more days that you are checked in. For us, we preferred this rather than the hustle-bustle of room service personnel in regular hotels.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the garden area would seem the best.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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10  Thank JohnHChicagoIllinois
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

These well equipped self-catering studios contain all you need to enjoy your time in Nice if you are staying for longer than a couple of days.

Reception does close at the times stated, so factor that in to your check in and out, and you do have to leave credit card details for a security deposit. No charge is made though.

We loved having the fridge for breakfast items, cold beers and nibbles on the balcony in the afternoons / early evening, and the 2 electric hobs heat quickly to make brunch or cook a meal. There was also a microwave / grill combo oven, although we did mostly eat out. The beds are pretty comfy (and the fold away design was remarked upon - means you don't have a full messy room, and have a sofa by day and bed by night).

The little swimming pool was cold, but the pool area has loungers and is a sun trap (with shady areas) all day long. The beautiful gardens are calm and we never saw anyone using them. There is a terrace with deckchairs, and other seats dotted around. There is a ping pong table, lots of tourist information, and a vending machine with hot drinks and cold drinks and snack items.

The bus 23 runs from Terminal 1 at the airport and stops at Fabron (Musée des Artes Naif). Then you walk up past Carrefour less than 10 mins. Buses 9 and 10 will take you into the Port, routing through the shopping areas and skimming the edge of the old town. Night buses 4 and 5 will get you back - they take slightly different routes, 4 follows the daytime route of 9 and 10, and 5 loops away from the main road but back down Rue Fabron towards the sea. All journeys are 1€ each (whether you buy a solo ticket or a 10 journey card).

Cannes and Monaco are also just bus rides away (200, or 201 express; and 100 or 101 express, respectively).

Less than 10 mins walk away (by the bus stop) Carrefour is open 08:00 - 22:00 (09:00 - 13:00 Sunday). There is a Casino 24h opoosite, which is a huge vending machine - everything from ready meals to sanitary items and rizla!

You can walk to the old town along the seafront (10 mins walk) (Blvd des Anglais / Quai de Etats Unis), although we saved our energy most times for exploring once we got there as the bus was so affordable.

Would recommend the Matisse museum, exploring and having a meal in the old town, nosing at the boats at the port, swimming in the beautiful clear sea, and lots and lots of ice-cream. Hazlenut, spiced bread, cherry, chilli chocolate! Fennochios is wonderful.

We can't wait to go back to Nice and explore further around the coast, and would certainly stay at Les Palmiers again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank iDLECHiLD
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

Will start with the ONLY negative: the Maeva Residence is located up a hill - but although it is not steep, would still hope your suitcase has wheels and would recommend comfortable shoes (no high heels!). It is only an eight minutes walk (probably less if you're younger and fitter than me!) down the hill to the supermarket and bus stop, but probably 10-12 minutes if you are pulling or carrying a heavy suitcase. When you go to the supermarket, if you have a small case with wheels, it's probably the best way to bring back your shopping and bottles of water. Although the supermarket isn't massive, it has everything you would need and is reasonably priced.

Anyway, starting at the beginning: if you arrive at Nice Airport, Terminal 2,
then you get a free short bus ride to Terminal 1, where you go to bus stop number 6 and get on bus number 23, getting off at Fabron. (Journey time can be between 15-25 minutes, depending on traffic.) There is a supermarket called Carrefour as you get off the bus. (The cost of the bus is one euro. In fact you can go on any bus in Nice, even changing buses, for the same one euro! It is one euro for up to a 72 minutes journey, but does not include a return journey.)

Anyway, keeping the supermarket (which is on a corner) to your left, you follow the road round, passing under a small bridge; then you will shortly pass a few shops on your left, then cross the road at the zebra crossing, continuing to walk up the same road. Very shortly you will see a sign-post pointing to the right which says Parc de I'Indochine, so you walk up there (it is for pedestrians only) and at the end you will see a sign for Maeva Residence pointing right, and you're almost there!

The room, which was very clean, had everything that you would need, which includes a small kitchen area with a microwave/grill, two ring electric hob, a fridge with small freezer department (remember to turn up the freezer compartment, as my ice-cream melted before I realized!), coffee-maker, and a dishwasher. There is a two seater sofa-bed, which opens up to two single beds, and there is a round dining table and three chairs. There is a shutter on the window and an electric shutter on the door to keep out the sunlight. There is also
air-conditioning. The rooms have a balcony with table and chairs.

I have never stayed in a self-catering apartment before, so did not know what to expect; so apologies if this is the norm; but all the kitchen equipment and utensils you would need are in the room: cups, plates, bowls, glasses, cutlery (including an array of carving and paring knives, serving spoons, spatula, potato peeler, etc), saucepans, frying pan, etc, etc. Bed linen and two kitchen wiping-up towels are also provided. I had taken my own towel, but they do hire out towels which includes one small and one large towel and one towel for the bathroom floor at a cost of 8 euros per person per week.

There is a fairly small but extremely pretty garden which I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing and reading in, and in a different area there is a swimming pool and sun-loungers if you'd prefer.

Madelaine who works in the Reception area is very helpful and speaks fluent
English as well as French. The Reception is open Monday-Friday from 9.00 a.m. to noon, then closes, re-opening at 4.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.. Saturday it is open from 8.00 a.m. until noon, then 2.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m.; and on Sunday it is open from 9.00 a.m. until noon, then closed Sunday afternoon and evening. If you are arriving when the Reception is closed, call them and they will give you a code to enter the premises. (Their number is: 0033-493965347.)

They ask you for a 200 euros deposit (taking your credit card details) just in case there is any damage to your room on departure; however, of course no money is taken if your room is as you found it on arrival.

Also, there is a 90 cents per person per night government tax.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay: if you want to relax, then the garden is a
wonderful place to just sit and read. If you also want to get out and about,
then it's just a short walk back to the bus stop. Also, when you get back to the
supermarket you can see the beach and the sea, which are just across another road. (The beach at Nice is all pebbles.)

Hope you enjoy yourself as much as I did.

PS: Just to re-iterate, this is not an hotel - so there is no restaurant - nor people to come and make your bed and/or tidy your room, so you clean up your own mess!! :)

Room Tip: The top floor (third floor) you can see the sea!
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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22  Thank LindaBacon
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

Clean and adequate accomodation in a good location at a reasonable price. Close to supermarket, beautiful beach and bus stops to city centre and airports. Extremely helpful, friendly and informative reception staff. Apartments are at the top of a hill which was not a problem for us but may be difficult for families with very young children. It is not necessary to have a car as the apartments are so close to bus stops with excellent and regular buses to the city centre and airports for just 1euro per person per trip.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank Lou186361
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Address: 52 B avenue de Fabron, 06200 Nice, France (Formerly Maeva Residence)
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Nice
Hotel Class:3 star — Pierre & Vacances Residence Nice Palmiers 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Residence with swimming pool and comfortable air-conditioned apartments with a balcony.Good location just 500m from the shops, 800m from the beach and near to bus stops to Nice city centre.Restaurant and bar on site. ... more   less 
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