When we arrived late on the train, we schlepped through the streets and I was terrified - some very old broken down places with rickety "hotel" signs. But when we arrived at Solara, I was SO relieved- what a *wonderful* little place. 14 rooms on the top 2 floors of a secure apartment building. It was so quiet (only 7 rooms were occupied when we were there) and because you enter codes to enter the building and the hotel floor, very secure. The lift is little (it's Europe- C'est la vie!) and going to and from the room means using that or the 104 stairs which we commonly used- we found it a delightful way to add to the whole European experience. The staff are great- all speak great english (one young woman speaks 4 languages really well!) and are so helpful with maps and information.
This hotel has one of the best locations we could have wanted - Carrefore, a very affordable and ample grocery and fantastic restaurants and shops all within a few blocks. 20 min walk from train station, 5-6 mins to old town, 5 mins to the beach, 15 mins to Castle Hill and 20 mins to the Port if you stroll.
We were thrilled to pay the extra funds for a room with a balcony- what a delight. We ate our own breakfast each morning there and sipped wine or Heineken together each night. One of the BEST parts of the trip was this wonderful spot with such a tremendous view of the lively street morning and night- street performers abound. The balcony is on the roof so you can't be seen from below but you see down to all the action of Nice. Two nights out of our 7, the room next door had occupants so we had to share the balcony space (there is a frosted glass partition between you, but it is obvious when they are on their side of the terrace). But close the doors and shutters and it is utterly silent when you go to sleep. The room we had was #11 with a crisp beach theme- plain drapes and bedding, but very cozy. The wifi could be a little particular at times, but we were still able to skype our kids with success almost daily.
We would be utterly delighted to stay at this location again- be sure to check out the plaque by the door indicating the history of the building during WWII. Beautiful place- worth every penny, but very reasonably priced for the area.
We had room #11- a double bed room in a great spot in the corner with a terrace. It was so quiet and...
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