Stayed : 2017
Duration : 8 nights; Non-smoking Leisure Room w 1 King Bed
Summary : Francesco made the difference!
*** The Good ***
- Comfortable bed in a modern room. In our upper-floor room, we never heard any traffic from below and had a pretty good view of the surrounding area. The small church diagonally to the right opposite the hotel is beautifully lit up at night.
- Unfortunately, i can't recall for this hotel whether we had a shower/bathtub combo or if we had a shower unit (as we stayed in a number of hotels in our month-long 17th anniversary trip and i don't have a photo of the bathroom as a reminder :P ) so i can't post my usual comments on that.
However, i do remember that it was an acceptable bathroom with satisfactory water pressure, with consistent hot water for showering available all day long and did not run hot-cold during a shower. (otherwise i would've grumbled for sure... and yes, the proper English contraction of "would have" is properly spelt "would've", NOT "would of" :) )
Solid toilet flush with no chokes while we were there.
- Centrally located. 5 minute walk to the waterfront (plages) southbound. 5 minute walk to the Avenue Jean Medecin shopping belt eastbound (2 excellent Galleries Lafayettes there). 5 more minutes south-eastbound beyond Jean Medecin and you hit the old town area with lots of eateries (and the always gorgeous Fenocchio ice cream at Place Rossetti! ).
- Front office supervisor Francesco is frankly the most customer-oriented hotel front-desk representative i have ever met in all my 35+ years of traveling countries ranging from Australia to Vatican/Vietnam (haven't been to Zambia/Zimbabwe yet so A-to-V will have to do for now). He is truly an asset to the Holiday Inn Nice. We arrived later than expected due to the long TGV ride from CDG to Nice-ville but he made the check-in smooth and faultless. When we got to our upgraded room, we found a bottle of champagne in an ice-bucket waiting for us, along with a fruit basket and a congratulatory note (like i said, we were celebrating our 17th anniversary). Francesco really went out of his way to make us feel so comfortable and at home in so many ways that i cannot name them all. Truly an excellent host in every sense of the word ! :)
*** The Bad ***
- Quite frankly, i can't recall anything majorly bad about the Holiday Inn Nice. If i was forced to really try to find something to nit-pick about, it would have been that the restaurant was closed for a private function on the last day when we wanted to have a drink, or that the nearest carpark was at the public Parking Indigo a block behind the hotel but both of those aren't really their fault and they do have a discounted parking rate.
Why then a 4.5 instead of a 5? Because my rating is a composite of many things including the property star rating. The Holiday Inn line is at most a 4* chain and i have stayed at 5s in Asia before where the properties are far and away among the best in the world. Thus, if Francesco was working at the Strings in Shinagawa (see my other review) and he did the same things there as he did during our stay in Nice, that would be valid grounds for a 6 (i.e. busting my scale). :)
*** The Ugly ***
- None that i can think of. This hotel really hits the sweet spot as far as the Cote d'Azure is concerned in terms of price, quality, service & location into account.
*** Visited Notables ***
- Fenocchio at Place Rossetti for Ice Cream - perfect during summer weather - we went there twice in 4 days :)
- Shifu at Place Grimaldi - after 4 days of western/french food, we wanted something lighter and came across Shifu while walking to the nearest plage. As we live in SE Asia, we know what Chinese food should taste like. We ordered "san-mee" and it came out done in the HK style. WA'ed a picture to our HK friend and she confirmed it was authentic as well. Normally, we'd be hesitant in eating at a Chinese joint with only 'ang-moh' customers visible but this joint is the closest thing you're gonna get to real HK/CN food if you have a Chinese food craving.
- Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - totally awesome villa with well-kept gardens and a cafe that served Monbana Honey Shortbread with the Hot Chocolate i had - Monbana, are you listening, please sell the Honey Shortbread at your retail stores like you do with the other flavours !!!!!
- The village of Eze - take a day trip there by car and have lunch and drinks at Chateau Eza overlooking the Cote D'Azure. Easily the best (and most expensive but worth every eurocent) meal we had in France.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the very heart of Nice, in a residential area, a few minutes ago from the seafront, the interesting sights and the main shopping zone. Access: International airport 7 kms, Train station 300 m. Totally refurbished in 2012! Rooms: spacious, modern and lighted, air conditioned and sound proved; marble bathrooms with hair dryer. Tea and coffee maker, satellite LCD TV and pay TV, ADSL Wifi, direct phone, electronic safety box, minibar, pillow list; Restaurant "Chez Panisse" and cocktail bar, gym center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Nice Hotel Nice
- Nice Holiday Inn