Grand Hotel Aston Clarion Nice
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Aston Clarion Nice
I stayed at the hotel in May 2004 during a business trip. Having been to Nice many times before I was fully aware most hotels there should have one * less than they have. I should have checked this site first, but so far my experiences with Golden Tulip Hotels had been quite positive. On arrival two things were apparent immediately: the location of the hotel is perfect, and there was major construction work both inside and outside. My room was on a floor undergoing renovations, and required a slalom walk around the electrical cabling hanging down from the ceiling. The room looked in dire need of renovation, with some of the furniture literally falling apart. Construction work started at 7am, making sleep impossible. I was just glad that I wasn't there on holiday, and had to get up early anyway. My favourite part of the stay came during check-out: when asked whether I had anything from the minibar I (truthfully) denied. The clerk then picked up his walkie-talkie and requested a minibar check! The same procedure was followed for a colleague who checked out a few minutes later and I was somewhat relieved to see that it was apparently standard procedure and it wasn't just me looking suspicious...
Great Location....Poor Value
We booked this hotel at the "bargain" rate of 99 Euro per night and were still disappointed. The rooms were very small and compared with those in a budget Motel 6 in the US. The staff was friendly, but there is no on-sight parking and if you have a car (as we did), it cost an additional 20 Euro to park nearby. We stopped for just one night on the way to Italy. On the way back, we opted to stay in Antibes where we found much greater value in hotels and restaurants and nowhere near the crowds as Nice.
Don't pick this hotel if you want a good night's sleep
We stayed in this hotel for a week. On the positive side this was a good central location for Nice and beyond and for the many local restaurants and cafes. The trip started of badly as we were put in a room crawling with ants, after a 23.00 arrival. We were moved to a twin, while being promised a double for the rest of the stay. The double consisted of a double sheet being put on the bed, across the two twin bases! The room was in the middle of a very long, narrow corridor and our ears were constantly assaulted by the slamming of the doors that seemed well designed for this purpose as well as for security!
This went on incessantly, even in the early hours on a couple of occasions. A party on the seventh floor with loud music going on to 01.00 on the second last night of our stay was the final straw. We will never stay in a Golden Tulip hotel again. Shower was lousy as well.
Hardly what we have come to expect in a four star hotel.
Great location and excellent value for money
Some reviewers' comments are apparently now out-of-date. On our visit from 19 to 22 March 2004, we found the Grand Aston to be clean, tidy, and very good value. The exterior was undergoing refurbishment, so maybe the interior has been improved since those comments were written.
Certainly, the hotel's location is ideal for a long weekend visit. It's close to everything! Our room was above average, with comfortable beds, large bathroom and plenty of wardrobe space. It was clean and well maintained, although the air-conditioning wasn't functioning and the whole 5th floor was rather warm. The self-service, buffet breakfast was generous and with a good choice. The staff were friendly and generally efficient.
We would return.
Be warned when checking out we had to pay for a pay per view film, that we had not watched. When querying this we were told that even if the Pay TV button is pressed once that will create a charge, you are not taken to another screen to select the required film hence it is possible to incur a charge without your knowledge. If this is really true I have never come across such a system before, we may have been more convinced of the facts if we the hotel had not attempted to charge us for mini bar items as well. We paid the 12 euros rather than have a stand up row. That aside the location of the hotel can not be bettered however the breakfast area has too few tables, breakfast choice is quite limited & I was not impressed at the self-service coffee, the hotel does report to be 4 stars. Rooms are a little pokey & the bath pug removed to force you to have a shower due to water shortage.
A two star masquesrading as a four star
We stayed one night (facing fountain, 6th floor with balcony) in November 2003. Our experience was generally consistent with that reported in the other reviews. The main complaint was that the room was oppressively hot as were the hallways and the air-conditioning turned off (for the winter we were told although the lobby and reception room were obviously being cooled). The rooms are small, need updating, and would be satisfactory as two stars, no more. The wake-up call that we requested was never delivered and the breakfast that was promised arrived 40 minutes late and allowed us five minutes to gulp down coffee before heading to the airport for an early morning flight. All in all, would not recommend this spot. Too bad, location is superb and staff friendly and courteous.
A wee bit disappointing
Our stay stared poorly by being told that we were being moved to the West End hotel due to technical problems with the room. This was inconvenient but the West End room overlooking the sea was magnificent so we soon stopped moaning.
The moaning started again however on returning to the Aston the next day. Although the public areas are ok , and the rooftop pool and restaurant very good, the room was very poor. We paid four star prices for a 1/2 star room. It need a complete overhaul. Everything from the beds, carpet & furniture were old and in some cases broken. The shower was pathetic.
We found the breakfast good and the roof restaurant service and fare excellent. The staff were overall very welcoming and pleasant.
The location was very good with easy access to sea, shops, restaurants and markets.
Do not stay in this hotel
We made reservation for one week, first of all, it went wrong when we arrived. I reserved a parking space a the hotel parking, but it was fully booked. We had to park our car in a ordinary parking at 28 euros for 24 hrs. Then, we booked a room with fountain view and according to our travelbrochure and the michelin guide, it should have been renovated but it was an old room. The airconditioning made so much noise we could not get asleep(but we had to use it as it was quite hot in the room), the window did not close well. The room was only cleaned late in the afternoon. There was a rooftop pool but even hotelguests had to pay for use of it (10 euros a person a day!). Staff was not experienced, manager even unfriendly. Only the waiters and waitresses in the pool restaurant were friendly. The restaurant downstairs was to be renovated.
Superb Hotel, location and excellent staff.
We stayed 2 nights 11 September 2003 at Aston Grand, Nice. Excellent location of hotel opposite gardens with fountains. A few minutes walk from the sea. Adjacent to flower market and a few minutes walk from nearby restaurants. Within easy reach by taxi from airport. Difinitely saving for my next trip to Nice same hotel. Roy and Diane.
Hope your experience will be better than mine!
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Aston in Nice for two nights in July, 2002 as part of a Trafalgar tour of France. I will preface this review by saying that, sometimes, those on tour get the worst rooms and general treatment of guests arranging directly themselves. Perhaps we were assigned older rooms, but, our first room, was dark, hot, with a large water-stained, moldy area above the bed complete with huge flakes of chipping paint. We were assigned a new room in its place which had "buckled" carpet, cut outs in the walls with wires protruding out, two lights completely out (one in the toilet/bidet room leaving us in the dark, and one in the bedroom above a totally inadequate, tiny dressing table with stool whose top was loose and falling off). The bathroom came complete with black mold. The staff was rude to many on our tour (perhaps we were assigned substandard rooms and they had to field problems). When we asked that our lights be checked out nothing was done until the next day.
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