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Ibis Budget Nice Palais Nikaia
Ranked #153 of 204 Hotels in Nice
Reviewed December 25, 2013

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Furkan R
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

PARKING: If you want to use the secure underground parking facilities make sure you arrive during a time the reception is open as you won't be able to get in without a code. Remember the long French lunch time! Beware of going down there on your own if you are easily scared, it is quite creepy down there.

STAFF: One of the receptionists was in no way helpful, bordering on arrogant, and DEFINITELY apathetic.

ROOM: Basic. The floor was not clean but I anticipated this and made sure I brought flip-flops.
The bunk bed looked like it hadn't been changed after the previous visitors' stay but there were extra bed linens so not ideal but not a huge problem unless you are a real stickler for this.
The bathroom was fine. Toiletries included hand soap, plastic cups for toothbrushes and towels. That's it. Do not expect a kettle. Do not expect an iron; either in the room or from reception.

FACILITIES: The big problem was the air-con. Air conditioning systems are meant to blow COOL air, not just blow. This is a nightmare in the summer as the hotel is very hot and very humid. The window can be left open to help but traffic noise is an issue.

OVERALL: If you must stay, only stay the one night!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I appreciate this is a low budget place, and I do not have high expectations as I've stayed in hostels and cheaper places before, but in a nutshell, it's really just not worth it.

Pros:
- Extremely helpful and friendly cleaner (although she did not speak any English, I didn't feel it was an issue).
- Clean enough room, but I did find a bit of hair in the drain and 2 hairs on the bunk bed (so basically if you're not a neurotic about cleanliness it is quite decent)
- Very decent furnishings with all basics provided
- Could turn up on the day and it would be 57 euros a night (which is cheap if shared with 3 others)
- Wi-fi worked fine although a little slow occasionally
- A Lidl was 5 minutes walk away so could get some budget food / water / snacks for the road trip

Cons:
- Advertised that it was fully air conditioned but it turns out it can only blow out warm air the whole night, making it well over 25 degrees and HUMID.
- Had to keep windows open every single night and traffic outside was LOUD and constant throughout the night, even though we were on the 6th floor and not even quite facing the main street - and as someone who has slept through INTENSE thunderstorms in Asia, I still suffered sleepless nights.
- Advertised for 24 hour reception which isn't quite accurate as we arrived during their 2 hour lunch break and were left with no option but to pay using card on an automated machine, which meant additional charges from my bank and a bad exchange rate which wasn't ideal.
- On arrival, we asked for help through the speaker phone, and the receptionist whom didn't speak much English told us to come back later. When we asked for help again through the speaker phone 1 minute later, but for parking advice, he chose to ignore us as he assumed he could not help us.
- Parking required us to put in a code through 3 gates to get through (which is no real issue) but the process of attaining the code was long and tedious and we had to ask fro help on the first day several times from others driving in
- A very horrible location although we had no issue with that ourselves as we had a car, but otherwise, you'd be stuck in a very dismal run-down area
- Although the car park area was kept clean and tidy, it was an awful walk. If you happen to be alone, trying to find the light switch whilst going through 5 separate dingy and damp corridors, one of which smelt of sewage, you would find it creepy and unsafe. I was very glad to have company with me on every occasion.
- The bedroom did smell very damp/odd when we walked in but once we kept the windows open the whole night, it did seem to go away, so it didn't become an issue for ourselves.
- Breakfast for 6 euros was probably not worth it, I would have been just about fine to pay 5 euros simply for convenience. There was bread, cornflakes, yogurt and the usual drinks, all very basic as expected. Pressed for coffee on the machine and it gave me hot chocolate which I found mildly amusing.

My conclusion is that if you're not planning on staying over the summer period, you don't mind the odd hairs, you aren't scared of dark dingy corridors, you only need basic customer service (or in this case a machine), you can sleep through a thunderstorm / loud traffic, and you REALLY are on a tight budget, then go ahead and book this place. Otherwise, just pay a few euros extra to treat yourself to a better stay. Honestly.

Room Tip: - Only stay over winter - Only stay if backpacking and sleeping rough if your thing - Only stay if...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

The hotel was extremely warm, although there was air conditioning units in the room the rest of the hotel's air conditioning seemed to be switched off, you couldn't open the window because of the constant traffic noise.
Parking was virtually impossible unless you paid extra and used the underground parking.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

The Male receptionist was the most unhelpful person we have come across. There were no city maps available, there was no assistance for using the local bus service which had a bus stop right outside the front door. When we eventually were able to get a map of the city he would not indicate where the hotel was on it.
We would definitely not stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 232 route de Grenoble | 232 Route de Grenoble, 06200 Nice, France
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Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Nice
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #153 of 204 Hotels in Nice
Price Range: $54 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ibis Budget Nice Palais Nikaia 2*
Number of rooms: 72
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