Hotel Villa La Tour
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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.
Good little Bed and Breakfast
We stayed here at the start of Sep 2004.
The hotel is 'quirky' and cute. It's an OLD building so therefore things like the walls, stairs and rooms are old. This is to be expected. Although the room itself was very clean and the bathroom was just fine plus air con which I wasnt expecting. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the location was great for us, your right in the centre of the old town which is magical and also very near to the bus station so great for day trips out. It was a little noisy on Friday and Saturday night due to the 'Sound Station' being directly next to the hotel. We couldn't hear the music but the people leaving were very vocal! This is a old building which is a landmark in the old town if you want a newly developed high rise hotel with no charm then don't stay here.
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....
Worse than I thought was possible.
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.
Location and Price are the Pluses
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.
Recently redone but there are no shower curtains so the water splashes all over the floor and toilet and etc. I laughed that they even provided floor mats (for what, to mop the water up with?) So if you're looking for a bargain place to stay (because Nice is expensive), this is it. I'd hate to call this a dump because the staff was really friendly and nice. The owner even checked us out and was lovely.
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... there would be no porterage and we would need to take our suitcases to the bus. Very frustrating!!
Had an optional extra tour to Monte Carlo, which included dinner. Bus took us into the city. Very small area really and hardly a foot of spare space. Your own piece of garden seems to be very elusive and I did notice several roof top gardens with artificial grass. Obviously solved that problem!!
Walked to the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were ...
... know, because I picked the french audio guide and I didn't pick up too much else (though I think I picked up more than I would've three weeks ago in France.) After that, it was off to the matisse museum, which was kindof like modern art, so we didn't stay there for long, but I got my friend a print of Matisse's well known "Icarus." Later that night, we took the supplies that came with the Air Bnb appartment, which was definitely a plus of the apartment, to the beach to lay down ...
... the bus. So no clear photos. You hear a lot of 'damn bush' when the buttons click. We stop on the hill in Monaco to take a photo of Princess Grace's memorial plaque. Her death was caused by car accident coming down the 'tour b road'. (I asked where had it happened?) Stephanie was in the car. Some say Prince Rainer didn't pay the maffia taxes. Arrived at Eze. At the Fragonard perfume factory. We see out the window of the bus that it is €100 ...
... will not be beaten.
From the lookout we found the fresh food markets, so headed down to have a gander. Tiffany had the great idea that we should buy some produce and have a picnic on the beach, she got the cheese, I found the tomato’s and then we got the French bread stick, some prosciutto and wine and headed to the beach to make our lunch, we didn’t have a knife but between us we had a spoon and a pair of scissors which are totally useful ...
... with a fishmonger thrown in. We found AA batteries, gluten free croissants, bananas, long life soy milk and some really nice muesli bars (according to Liam). It was interesting to see totally different brands and very occasionally Nivea or Eveready for example. The locals had their own bags or trolleys just like us! The EftPos machine was in French but it worked just the same as at home. We took the bags back to the hotel, then ...