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Hotel Villa La Tour
Ranked #127 of 203 Hotels in Nice
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We travel quite frequently and stay in various standards of hotels. This is the first time we are very let down by reviews on trip advisor and misleading photos.
We chose this hotel for my husband's 50th birthday. It basically ruined all the joy of our holiday.
First of all, yes staff is friendly enough and the location is fine. However these are NOT enough for a pleasant stay.
This hotel is shockingly overpriced for what it is.
The rooms are tiny, horribly furnished with dirty, cheap and flimsy furniture. There is only a little, shabby window facing a wall. Room walls are covered with some hideous fabric which is torn in some places.
Paper (!!!) bedside lamps are broken and hang over your head when you lay down in bed.
Bathroom (without a fan) stinks and ammenities are broken. Shower is tiny and full of mould.
There is not enough storage for putting your luggage in.
The carpet is VERY stained and the whole room is covered with dust.
Hotel corridors have awful, dirty carpet and hideous wall decorations. It is dingy and depressing!
The hotel terrace they talk about is just big enough for 2 people to sit next to each other.
Do you get the picture? I promise we are not over fussy or mean people, it is just that bad! Please take time to see the actual pictures.
I have been in many hotels in even lower ranking however never seen such disgrace! We didn't expect squeaky clean marble bathroom or super modern furniture however we expected some simple hygiene rules!
Also I should mention this room is classified as a "Superior Double"!! We talked to the receptionist to find out what possibly this room was superior to, we were told it is superior because it is on the first floor!! What a criteria!
We even thought of losing all the money we paid and tried to find another hotel during our stay because it was a special occasion for us, however told it was not possible.
The worst bit of all, the room is located right above a garbage, where industrial size of rubish is dumped all though the night which is very noisy. We were attacked by many mosquitos obviously love hanging around in this filthy environment.
For the prices they charge people to stay in this dump, they can surely afford to paint this place, give people some basics such as clean curtains, fresh carpets and working bed side lights.
Do not fall for the misleading pictures. It is a big waste of your hard earned money. I should also add the sad looking hotel breakfast which they charge 12 euro for! I think these people lost the connection with reality.
We felt so uncomfortable that we wanted to cut our holiday short and go back home. I am speechless about how they got rated 3 stars but it is a big shame...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Countmypearls
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ChimeneBNice, Propriétaire at Hotel Villa La Tour, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2013

Dear Sir,
First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your visit.
We feel very sorry that you did not like your stay either in our hotel nor did you like the charm of the old town of Nice. Indeed our rooms are not too big, but we are in a protected site, building of the 18th century, and our rooms are full of charm and we do respect the architecture of the area.
For your kind information, we have changed all the beds, mattresses of all the 17 rooms very recently, last May 2013.
The little road at the back is a charming little one, just at the bottom of the famous tower of the Franciscans, and here also, we cannot and are not allowed to touch them. In the room in wihch you stayed, the curtains are new as well as the bed. Soon, the wall and the carpet will be done, as we are refurbishing all the rooms.
We have superior rooms on each of our 3 floors!
Our breakfast is a full buffet with hot and cold, ham, eggs, cheese, fresh fruits, juice, yogurts, cereals, cakes, a selection of breads inlcuding famous olive breads from the South & french pastries etc..We do serve breakfast inside or outside on our private terrasse
We deeply regret that you have not shared your disapointments with us when you were here, as it would have guven us to find some solutions for you.
We nevertheless hope that you did appreciate our little attentins during your stay.
Thanking you for having spent some time with us, and we do invite you for a next stay to experienceour 'Art de Vivre': another room and our restaurant which will open very shortly.
Best Regards,
Hotel Villa La Tour ***

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Nice hotel at a perfect location in the old town and also close to city centre and the beach.
Bus and train stop is only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Personnell at the hotel was very friendly and helpful.
We had a mini suite (room 103) and the only thing I missed was a balcony. However, I would surely go back and stay at this hotel when I make my next trip to Nice.
Rooms are small but normally you only use the room for sleeping. For me that's ok.

Overall we had a very good stay at this hotel. Recommended by me.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Raywes
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Good position in" old town" Nice. Staff friendly, continental breakfast plentiful. The décor rather "tired" in places and the room very small. No parking available and expensive in public car park opposite Hotel. Satisfactory for a short stay, if disabled, there is no lift !! Generally clean ie; linen and" on suite" facility. Renovation in progress on our visit but not a problem, hopefully when alterations complete, negative comments will cease.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank DianeS45
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

A nice little hotel ideal for a couple of nights. Lovely staff and a complementary drink on arrival. The room was clean but small with small amount of hanging space. No lift, so a large heavy case would be difficult to drag up the steep stairs. I would assume the 100 euros a night price was because of the good area, as breakfast is not included in the price. Not really good value for money.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony as the view is lovely.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank peach44
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This hotel had the best photos I have ever seen, but when we got to the hotel it was a dump! I travel a lot. This was not a place to stay especially at 250 per night! The mold in the bathroom was everywhere from the shower to the floor tile. My daughter got a bloody nose from the amount of mold. The carpet on the floor was stained everywhere and it was patched together. Do not stay here please.

Room Tip: We had 2 rooms and they were both full of mold.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank john n
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Villa la tour has ab
n excellent location very clean and the staff are extremely helpful, yes rooms are very small( emails back and forth explained this very clearly) but you only sleep in them...no real noise from outside or anyone else, the location is the absolute best feature of a quaint hotel,

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank easymover1
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

old city of nice is magical. and hotel villa la tour is the heart of it .
second visit in Nice and we could hardly get a room at the small boutiqe hotel - vila la tour.
its the combination of a best location with the design and the hospitality.
do not hesitate and book a room.
the hotel is few meters from the beutifull musee of modern art, 15 minutes walk from the beutiful beaches of Nice and at the heart of the old city.
do not miss a visit at the wine shop qbar on front of the hotel.

Room Tip: choose the luxory room.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ronitronen
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Address: 4 rue de la Tour, 06300 Nice, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice > Old Town / Vieux Nice
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #127 of 203 Hotels in Nice
Price Range: $65 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa La Tour 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel where you will be staying during your visit to Nice is conveniently located, din the historic section of Old Nice, between Place Masséna and Place Garibaldi, bordering the Promenade du Paillon, which stretches as far as the beaches, and within walking distance from the various points of interest in the heart of town. Crowned by the Saint-François Tower (built in the 18th century to provide a steeple to the Franciscan monastery, then in the 19th-c., the City of Nice added a clock, now the tallest building in the city), Hôtel Villa La Tour is a charming spot with a stunning intimate setting designed to make you feel right at home. At Villa La Tour, you'll meet lovers, businessmen, athletes and actors, all here to seek out the charms of Southern France and Old Nice, the nearby seaside, nature, shops, outstanding restaurants, Theatres, Opera Convention venues (Acropolis), des museums (MAMAC, Chagall, Matisse and more). Here, you're at the centre of it all! This cosy boutique hotel has only 17 guestrooms, which are often full, so it is indispensable to book as early as possible. ... more   less 
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