A hotel of charm, wonderfully eccentric & arty, in the center of Nice. KB and I spent 4 nights & 5 days there last September, for some much needed rest and recouperation & it was perfect for what we needed.( i.e. - Centrally located, non-corporate, relaxed, and charming).
We opted for a non-artist room. Half of the rooms here boast their own unique décor, provided by well-known contemporary artists such as Ben (famous for his "message" paintings) Miguel Chevalier and Peter Fend - with a balcony & bathroom, and it was just fine.
The hotel is immaculately clean, full of beautiful objects d'art. (Décor in the reception area brings a touch of the Orient with a bed encrusted with mother-of-pearl and a gilt shrine with a seated Buddha) & (amazingly for a city center hotel) a wonderful garden with a small pool in which to cool off if necessary. The lift is rather amusing for small people, being in the style of a rocket ship, that has a 'countdown to lift off'.
We ate breakfast every morning in the garden, shaded by lemon, magnolia, & palm trees. The buffet breakfast was excellent. Simple, but quality. Fresh juices, breads, home made jams, yogurts & fruit salads, honey and strong French coffee. You can order off the menu if you fancy perfectly scrambled eggs (the best I ever had) or a plate of cheese (enough for two). One morning a table in a quiet corner of the garden was being laid with champagne and flowers, for an unsuspecting lucky lady...and the staff looked like they were just as excited as the gentleman who arranged it.
The hotel has a bar, basic gym and meditation room, and suana, the staff highly efficient in a relaxed way & never intrusive.
Unique Quality: Staff were brilliant, breakfast was great, never needed (or wanted) to eat breakfast out.
On returning to our room each morning, it had been miraculously cleaned and we were never bothered by the maid to see when we were going out (can't stand that!) - She must have taken notice when we left.
Internet is available near the hotel lobby, but why anyone would need it when in Nice, beats me ; )
We spent time on the private beach, lolling on comfy sunbeds under umbrellas, with big fluffy towels, being served cocktails and salad niciose and pretending we could live like that forever...Wealso explored the old town with it's red roofs, quaint streets, cafes, art galleries and charming shops.
Can't really explain why I like this hotel so much - Maybe it was our breakfast waiter gently humming 'Do You Think I'm Sexy' he he or telling us the best thing to do, was to go swimming in the sea, drunk, at midnight & just float, as the water is warmer compared to your body temperature...or maybe It's best to let Monsieur Redolfi-Strizzot explain why :
“An artist is related to an inherent reality. That’s what attracts me. In the hotel business, we’ve reached a limit where material competition is concerned. We can always add an iron, a hair dryer, of course; but it is best to enrich the human fabric.
Le Joie de Vivre? They know how to live it in Nice - and we shall return ; )
Directions: ½ ml W of Place Massena, on corner of respectable residential terrace. Local shops, bars and restaurants 75 yds. Beach 500 yds. Bus stop 50 yds.