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“Best little find in Nice” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Villa Rivoli
Ranked #12 of 204 Hotels in Nice
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Vestal, New York
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323 reviews
61 hotel reviews
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“Best little find in Nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

We ended our fabulous trip of south of France here in Nice. What a perfect way to end our vacation, here at this hotel! This adorable hotel is 3 blocks from the Promenade des Anglais. Anna greeted us with her huge smile and kindness. Our room was adorable and exactly what we expected. Petit déjeuné is an additional 12 euros. Parking is secure but limited and should be reserved in advance for 18 euros/day. The reception is open 24 hours/day thought the front door is locked during the night. There is a lovely private garden, reading or enjoying a crisp wine at the end of a day makes an ideal setting. It is walking distance to all sights and public transportation. The receptionists were all very helpful in suggesting on planning our sight seeing days especially Anna and Michelle. We found this hotel very relaxing. We highly recommend this hotel when visiting Nice.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We found the hotel easily and it was well located for getting around the town while being tucked away and quiet. The staff were very helpful and it is useful that reception is open late as our plane was delayed. The garden is very pretty and we enjoyed sitting there enjoying a cognac when we got back after dinner out. The only slight criticism is that we thought 12 Euros each for a continental breakfast was a bit steep so we didn't have breakfast. All the more appetite for lunch!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms were on the small size but comfortable. The included breakfast included typical breads, yogurt, meats and cheese. They even made a hard boiled egg for me on request. It was especially nice when we could eat in the garden. We were offered "low cost" wine in the evening, which was welcome after a long day. The English owner spent time talking with all of the guests and offered suggestions on how to spend our days. The location being two blocks from the Negresco and the main boulevard was great. Close to most everything within walking distance. However, try and choose a room off of the street as it can get noisy.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just up the street from the Negresco, so very close to Blue Beach, with which they have a discount. Staff very serviceminded and helpful, breakfast room charming and tastefully decorated. Descent enough berakfast, good coffee. An absolute plus with the small backyard - must be great for summer. (Garden furniture could be replaced, though). Hotel has boutique feel with individually decorated rooms. We lived in standard room no. 10 which was slightly mouldy. Small room, though I never understood why that is a big problem as long as it isn't cramped and has room for luggage, which it has. Good beds. Superior rooms a bit more spacey, from what we could see passing through the corridor during cleaning.
Shopping possibilities in the streets leading to Place Massena. Vielle ville about 20 minutes' walk away, buses run right around the corner. All in all very happy - would return, although I would possibly prefer something a bit closer to (or in) the old town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Preston UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We have stayed in Nice twice before, and would be quite happy to stay here again. Staying at the Villa Rivolli gives you a taste of the belle epoque eara, The hotel has been tastefully designed the room was lean and well cared for . there are many original features, the breakfast room just a delight. Bedroom small but fine, Great location 5mins from the Negresco/ promenade

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Comox, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

When vacationing on the French Riviera, and you're deciding where to stay, you have a choice. You can go the snooty route, stay in a ritzy resort where staff members buzz around you like flies, where you feel obligated to dress up for dinner, where every time you order a drink, someone takes note.

Or...you can opt for a calming alternative to hotel hysteria, seek out a building with Old World, feel-like-a-local charm, one of those Belle Epoque buildings with the delightful moldings and reliefs, where you can wander down to breakfast with your shirt tail hanging out without getting docked a few points by the fashion mafia. No Gucci loafers, no Prada purses here.

On a recent vacation in Nice, I chose the latter route. Villa Rivoli fit the ticket perfectly. In a comfortable Belle Epoque neighborhood a mere 100 meters from the beach and the Promenade des Anglais, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Whenever I stepped outside the building, years of history was staring me in the face. I could almost imagine Teddy Roosevelt strolling along the sidewalk with two of his dogs.

My sun-flooded room was accessorized with period lamps, wallpaper and furniture. An antique armoire dominated the space. The coma-inducing bed made for a wonderful 2-hour nap.

Contrasted with the Old World touches were modern accessories like free Wifi and a flat screen television.

Flowers and plants enlivened nearly every surface, in my bedroom, in the lobby, in the garden.

I was surprised to find an upright piano from Finland in the breakfast room. I enjoyed playing a few jazz ballads while deciding which delicacies to sample for breakfast.

Given all of the Old World touches didn't preclude modern conveniences, like free wifi and a flat screen television.

Delicacies included coffee and juices, yogurt, a selection of fruits, salami, and, of course, those wonderful croissants and cakes.

Insider tip: Take breakfast in the lush garden where you can enjoy a peaceful interlude before venturing off touring for the day. Sit and listen to birds in morning song. Or...kiss away an afternoon there with your favorite novel.

During a beach stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, stop at the Blue Beach Restaurant for a rest and snack.

A hotel manager can make or break an establishment. I had the pleasure of talking with owner/manager Barb Kimmig. In late 2007, she passed the wonderful Belle Epoque building and fell in love. Having worked for Claridge in London, and being part of a real estate family, she was able to secure a loan to open the hotel.

Attractive and easy to talk to, she readily recommended the restaurants of up and coming chefs who, she maintained, will be famous in the not too distant future.

But a warning to the ladies: When talking with Barb, if you notice your spouse's or partner's smile growing wider, beware. He, like I was, may be captivated by her enchanting brown eyes. A sharp poke in the ribs and “What did you say your name was?” will snap him out of it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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79 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

We had a small group stay at the hotel Villa Rivoli for four nights in Nice Sept 2012. Overall we really enjoyed this hotel, it was charming and very personable. We had 2 double rooms (rm 117 & 118) and a quad room (rm 107 or could have been 106). This room was located right at the top of the stairs on the first floor. We never heard any noise from outside or from the stairwell.

I have read very mixed reviews for this property before we went and was a little nervous. However, they personally answered emails quite timely so we did feel they would make us happy and they certainly did.

The hotel staff really did make up as much of the charm as the décor. So if you did not like either of these two aspects I can then understand the negative reviews. We loved both these aspects. The very chic and visible hotel Manager Barbara came to see us while we sat in the lovely salon or while we were having breakfast. During our stay we saw her many times. She was quite interested in making sure we were having a great visit. We also dealt with the lovely Katharina constantly. I think she worked day and night, she always seemed to be there. We really want to point out how much she helped us select restaurants and point out where the Laundromat was (just around the corner), she also helped us select our rooms. We also felt very welcomed by the very soft spoken young lady that looked after breakfast (sorry forget your name) as well as Martin who served us our very early breakfast on our last day. Ema helped us with many questions and was very pleasant and they were all very professional.

I would give the hotel top marks, even though it was not perfect but it was very homey. Just like a small Inn in a city of many hotels. However, they do lose marks because of two reasons which did cause a problem for us. The first problem was there is no drive way or place to pull up in front to the entrance area. If you are getting a taxi it is no big deal at all but we had a van drop us off and pick us up and it was a very small street and the van would block traffic and we got honked at severely for blocking traffic on these days and it was very unpleasant. The second problem is there is no elevator and there is no one to help with the bags. Even though I read there was help with the bags there isn’t. The staff on duty at the front desk will offer to lend a hand but this is not the same as having staff there whose purpose is to do this. We had to drag our suitcases up two flights of stairs and that was also very problematic. Especially as there is no elevator. So, if you travel light and can lift your suitcase up the stairs and you aren’t hiring transportation larger than a taxi this will not impact your stay.

The décor was very French and very pretty. The salon was very comfortable and the garden was excellent! They had quite a few tables and chairs we tried to use it as much as we could, the first night we were there they got some wood-oven pizza nearby and ate dinner and dessert (from a nearby patisserie) in the garden and other evenings we had pre-dinner wine or Pastis out there. You could buy the drinks from the hotel or in our case, we went to some wineries in Cotes du Rhone before our stay so it was a great place to drink our purchases.

The 3 rooms we had all faced the garden. The balcony doors were hard to close tight once opened however, not a big deal, you just had to fiddle with them. The safe in the rooms only were big enough to hold cash (no laptops or Ipads) but we felt very safe in the hotel. The rooms were all different décor so this was very nice to us. Our room the quad room (107) was dark burgundy and cream (pictures attached). At first we needed to get used to the room layout for 3 people (it was small) but we felt at home very quickly. It would be way too small for four. You will not like it as a quad, we used it for a triple and it was great. This room for two pax would be perfect!. It had two double beds. I think this room was the biggest room the hotel had. The walls were all done in fabric and there was a nice chandelier. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the bathroom was fantastic, glistening and new! For the two points of great beds and great bathroom that is what made us love the room. The toilet and shower had good pressure and never caused a problem. There was also fairly good storage considering we were 3 women with lots of stuff.

Room 117 also had a new bathroom it was a double room done in a taupe color. I thought it was pretty but the people in our group staying in it felt it was dim. Room 118 was very bright beige and white but the bathroom was still yet to be redone.

I would stay again for sure if it was just my sister and I, we loved it but for the group, especially with my mom being older we need a hotel with a place for a van to pull in and an elevator.

Thanks so much Barbara and Katharina for making such a pleasant stay and we hope to see you again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nancy Z
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DirectionVilla, Owner at Hotel Villa Rivoli, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Nancy,
Merci, merci for all the time taken to write your advise. It's seldom to see such a detailed description as well as the photos - once again merci. I am sure this is very helpful for other clients. All of our team read your " letter " and it was very nice to hear that you all enjoyed your stay at the Villa Rivoli. Concerning the parking space, cars can park in front of our parking - so they can easily take the time to get out of the car with the luggage. Yes indeed we don't have an elevator - but normally we always try to help our clients with the luggage. The point with the elevator is : in case we would like to have an elevator we have to scarify the nice old staircase, which is for us a beautiful example for the architecture of the " Belle Epoque", so the decision to take is not so easy!. Thanking you again for all the compliments and our best regards of Nice to all of you - looking forward welcoming you again - yours Barbara Kimmig & team of Villa Rivoli
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Property: Hotel Villa Rivoli
Address: 10 rue de Rivoli, 06000 Nice, France
Location: France > Provence > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Nice
#22 Romantic Hotel in Nice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Rivoli 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Villa Rivoli, located in a former unique Belle Epoque (1890) private house, is in the heart of the historical town center of Nice. It is 100 meters away from the beaches and the famous Promenade des Anglais with the Museum Massena. Only 3 min. Walk away from the pedestrian shopping area and its numerous trendy bars and restaurants. The square Massena, leading to the old town of Nice with its flower market, quaint lanes and the opera is also close by. ... more   less 
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