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“HJ's Overall Rank : Very Good (4.5 / 5)”
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Holiday Inn Nice
Ranked #22 of 203 Hotels in Nice
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2017

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.

Room Tip: High floor, street view gives a great view of the surrounding areas
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MERLIN06, reception at Holiday Inn Nice, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Hmmr Jmmr,

What a delight to read a comment like yours! I would like to thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience in our hotel.

We are glad that you enjoyed your quiet executive room, our central position in the heart of Nice nearby the avenue Jean Medecin, the seaside and the old town.

Finally I would like to thank you personally for your kind words about me. It was such a pleasure for me to receive and assist you during your stay. It is a great satisfaction for me that your stay meet your expectations.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again on your next visit to Nice.

Best regards,

Francesco, S

Front desk shift leader

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Hotel is located walking distance from the promenade, shops and many differenciated restaurants. Rooms are pretty spacious, with desk, armchair, minibar, safe and coffee machine. Bathrooms are decent size, with very basic acessories, hair dryer has to be picked form the reception as well as iron and ironing board, if needed. Breakfast is pretty basic, with some hot options like scrambled eggs, bacos, tomatoes and mushrooms. Cold cuts, jogurts, some sweets, coffee from the machine.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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MERLIN06, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Nice, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear AhogZ,

Thank you very much for your review.
I am delighted to read that you apreciated the location of the hotel and our comfortable rooms.
I took note of your comments concerning some items that needed to be picked up at reception and the breakfast we will make sure to improve our services in a near futur.

We hope receiving you agian.

Kind regards,

Luana
Guest Relations

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

the location was absolutely amazing, city centre! close to everything! The staff were amazing! Thank you to Francesco for your attentiveness and kindness, made the stay even more special! The hotel is very cozy, clean and as I already mentioned- LOCATION!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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MERLIN06, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Nice, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for you kind review about your recent stay at Holiday Inn Nice Center.
We are happy to read that you enjoyed our central location and our friendly staff!
I will make sure to pass on your kind words to Francesco!
You are always welcome back to Holiday Inn Nice Center.

Kind regards,

Luana
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Great stay very nice Holiday Inn
Very central, close to all attractions and to the nice promenade. Great staff, very friendly. Only a few meters to Avenue Jean Medicin and 10 mins or to old town and seaside.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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MERLIN06, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Nice, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear bestravel2017,

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are absolutely delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay especially the location and the staff.
We hope receiving you soon.

Kind regards,
Luana
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Had 4 nights in this hotel recently, its clean, tidy and well presented. The rooms are generous compared to some hotels I've stayed in - they could however benefit from better lighting in the main room (bathroom was fine) and a full length mirror, but nothing we couldn't manage without. Location wise this hotel was pretty much mid point from the Promenade to the Train Station - 5 minutes walk in either direction. There were some small local supermarkets near by if needed. We didn't eat in the hotel, but we did have a couple of drinks in the bar, the staff were friendly and welcoming and the patio area outside is a nice bonus.

Room Tip: high floor
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 20 boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice, France
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Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice > Musiciens , Thiers / Train Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Nice
#23 Business Hotel in Nice
#41 Romantic Hotel in Nice
Price Range: $137 - $356 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Nice 4*
Number of rooms: 131
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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