Hotel Villa La Tour
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... We grab a crepe and I have the most amazing lemon meringue gelato. Bon Apetit.
At the end of the beach we head up some steps to a lookout and watch the storm clouds rolling over and thunderstorms in the distance.
There is some football on tonight so we head to the Irish Bar Ma Nolan's to catch a game complete with English commentary. Spain versus Netherlands - there was a lively crowd for this game.
... We then suited up and went one at a time. I went first! The guide comes with you and basically just holds you so you can just swim along an do your thing. When I jumped in it was quite chilly but before yah know you didn't even notice cause of the wetsuits. I got the hang of the breathing right off the bat and was ready to go! So cool breathing under water. It was a colorful coral reef or anything but we swam through schools of fish and through rocks and seaweed. Even saw a ...
... We saw 2 brave souls swimming.
Then it was up to the Place Massena where you could stand on
the fountain and dodge the water spouts.
We meandered through the narrow streets of the old town and
then took a free lift up to the site of an old fort overlooking the harbour with
good views across the city.
Having watched the finish of the Paris Nice cycle race a few
times now, it is obvious the French will do anything for the sport as it
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The beach was a marked improvement on Nice (at least, ...
... trying to pluck up the courage to do so). We then walked up to the old Chateau sight and looked at the Nice harbor one way and the Nice coast the other way.
On our way back to Juan-les-Pins we stopped in at Antibes. This is the second biggest harbour in Europe and I thought I had seen big yachts/boats in St Tropez - but this was mind boggling. Some were so huge, they were 5 stories high - two we saw with helicopters on the top deck. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa La Tour Nice
Quaint lots of character
If you are looking for charm of the old city, a decent price, nice people, and a clean room, this is a great choice. This is a lovely hotel in a very neat positon in the old city. People looking for corporate hotel amenities should stay away. Those who like character and don't need free shampoo could do very well here. We normally stay in four and five star hotels but wanted to be in the old city. This was great and we will happily stay there again. I can't comprehend some of the more negative reviews, nothing I saw puts them on target.
Not what I paid for
This place was not what it seemed on the internet. It was fairly difficult to find and I didnt find the woman on the desk very friendly at all. All the other staff members were very helpful though. The room I booked was supposedly the most expensive one with 2 single beds but when we got there the room was tiny and with 1 small double bed. Upon requesting the correct room I was told that for an extra fee we could change but only for 1 night.
The other reviews about the shower are not wrong. The drainage was very slow and the shower curtain had no purpose so the floor and toilet were constantly wet. The shower railing actually fell off on our last morning. The towels were cheap and very worn with holes in them and not replaced with clean ones.
The rooms were dirty, with molds on the tiles in the bathroom and dust everywhere. The room was spacy but the bed was short and the mattress was bad. I paid 71 Euro per night for a tradition room. I regret for the choice I made. The web site is misleading, none of the pictures of the rooms there are realistic. If you drive there, you have to calculate 5.50 Euro for parcing your car overnight or 20 Euro per day.
A few good points are the area itself, the friendly owners and the fact that the building is like a landmark, you cannot miss it, as there is the tower of the old convent.
Extremely Helpful Courteous Staff
My wife and I have just returned back from this Hotel in the old part of Nice. As others have already mentioned the staff are all very helpful and polite, perfectly willing to suggest sites or places to visit providing maps and directions if required.
This hotel is quite simply what you pay for, cheap and cheerfull, situated in a part of Nice that will allow you to take off in any direction whether it be the Railway Station, Beach or bars, clubs and restaraunts nearby....
First things first - the staff here is very kind and helpful and I really did appreciate that. However, I don't understand how the website could show pictures of the rooms that they do. Our room in no way resembled the pictures. Our room was filthy. The walls were covered in blue carpet that was filthy. the bathroom had TONS of bad black mold growing everywhere. the towels were dingy and stained. The bathroom door was transparent plastic...as in you could see into the bathroom. the hotel does not have an elevator and I was on the 6th floor... maybe this should be mentioned when reservations were made. Our room kept getting infested with flies but there was no bug spray. A motorcycle gang congregated underneath our window in the evening and revved their engines until we were forced to shut our windows (and lock in the flies). It was not in the best part of town. lots of construction going on at the end of the street. I was embarrased to take my mother here. I will know better next time. this was worse than hostels I stayed in during college.
Loved Villa la Tour
Stayed 2 nights at Villa La Tour which is an old nunnary and couldn't have been more pleased. Owners were more than helpful, rooms squeaky clean and had so much atmosphere I could just see the nuns walking the stairs. There is no elevator and we were on the 4th floor but would return again in a minute. It's in the "old city" and I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in Nice.
Super place, friendly staff
We had a super stay at this hotel; the staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, the room, though small, was extremely comfortable and the breakfasts great! Parking the rental car was a minor problem, but the large car park just across the main road, though expensive through the day, was ideal for the night-time - only 5euros for a full 12 hours if needed. Would go back again anytime!
A great find
A charming little place in a great location, one minute from the bus station but in a quite little street. Set in the old town, there are lots of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants within walking distance - plus the market and the beach of course. The building is unusual - you really are staying in a tower, which makes it different from most places! They're currently making a small sun terrace on the roof, which will make the place even more attractive. It's quite basic, our room was small, but very charming and we'd definitely visit again. Worth the money, and miles better than all the chain hotels nearby.
I suppose it's the old cliche of "you get what you pay for". The hotel is very hard to find because it's on a TINY street - particularly if you're driving. It's in Vielle Nice (Old Nice) and if you arrive at night, it might be disappointing with all the graffiti on the walls but come morning, you realize that although the rooms are bare and really basic, the location makes up for it. You can walk everywhere and see such amazing sites in Old Nice. But, the bathroom is funky European.