Overall we enjoyed our stay at Hi Hotel. However, I would highly recommend that before booking you go to their website and understand that this is a unique hotel with design features that are not suitable for everyone. Since we had done our research before travelling, the hotel and room met our expectations. This was clearly not the case for the gentleman that was standing in the lobby yelling at the hotel staff about his room and the close (and exposed) proximity of the toilet to his bed. Unfortunately the hotel was sold out so they couldn't move this guest to another room and as a result our check-in was delayed as they attempted to educate this gentleman on the concept of the hotel. Unfortunately he just didn't get it!
The hotel staff are very friendly, speak English and once they were able to focus on us check in was quite easy. Our open plan room (#44) was small but had two large windows to allow lots of light in. We DID have a private toilet area so no issue there but keep in mind this room has an open concept so the sink and bathtub are part of the room. Moreover no separate bathroom. Closet space is almost non existent and space around the sink for toiletries is limited. The beds are firm, bed linens a little scratchy and shower is handheld. We enjoyed watching a DVD (free) from the hotels collection on our large screen projector tv one evening. The tub is massive (room for two) and the windows have automatic black-out shades if you need total darkness to sleep.
The rooftop pool is small but nice. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to the beach and 15 minutes to the train station.
The Hi Beach Club is decent (€16 per day) but please note if you are not using their Beach Club or the rooftop pool towels are not provided for use at te public beach.
As previously mentioned if you understand this hotel before arriving you'll have a great time!
For us, it was nice to try something that was different from the standard hotel and as a result we had a unique and kind of cool experience staying at the Hi Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- design boutique hotel and ecologic in the heart of Nice with a private beach and spa designed by an ex Philippe Starck’s partner: matali crasset had imagined a modern hotel.this beautiful premise of 38 rooms benefits of a special localization, 200 meters from the promenade des anglais and HI BeachHI was designed by matali crasset and differs from their nine concepts, which arebased on a specific organization of a given area to be lived in and experienced.Beyond decorative themes, these configurations provide an alternative to your everyday codified areas.HI is also concerned about well being and with a strong commitment to ecological values, in relation with today's engagement to protect the planet. our premises propose original benefits as well.the happy bar is at the heart of the hotel. It is formed around a suspended« nacelle », massive yet light. The « nacelle » comes to life with the presence of lives of eclectic music and video screenings. our restaurant, the organic canteen, offers organic products, it is a restaurant where you eat healthy and simple cooked dishes in a playful way, vegetarian plates available or diet snacks in the patio garden, real cocoon surrounded by plants organic breakfasts and brunches.in evening, at sushi bar, you can appreciate the original creations of our Japanese chef kazuomi ota: selection of original sushi, typical starters, green tea matcha desserts and sake bar.between meals, you can relax in our Spa Hi body by REN (clean bio active skincare), which is directed its well-being space towards relaxation and massage.Hi proposes two annexes as well.the Hi business proposes a new and contemporary work environnement inventing a new way to meet and work for your seminar.our beach, the Hi beach, which is based on an innovative concept thatreconciles the simplicity of the pleasure of the beach and the seaside. it developsa new logic of spaces : a beach where each beach of us will find their own rhythm and well-being. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hi Hotel Eco Spa And Beach
- Hi Hotel Eco Beach
- Hi Hotel Nice