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Holiday Inn Nice - Saint Laurent Du Var
Gig Harbor, Washington
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82 reviews
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“Expect a Holiday Inn”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I typically don't expect much from a Holiday Inn and this met those expectations. An older hotel, a bit worn, and not much for a high price. Parking is down the street 3 floors down in a garage, room amenities are sparse, and though the front desk helps at times, I can't recommend this for business travelers other than the location is on the water and a short walk to restaurants. They seem to have the attitude that they are a resort and have a captive audience. Will stay someplace else next time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is an old business/resort hotel that is located 15 minutes west of Nice, opposite side to the airport. It has a wonderful sea view, a nice garden and a range of local restaurants on the waterfront to chose between. The room are fairly large, and the beds are comfortable. And, the room has a coffee maker! The hotel provide free airport shuttle.

Room Tip: I'd recommend to ask for harbour view. It is more pleasant than the back, as that faces the moto...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Sun City West, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed four nights at the Holiday Inn Resort in St. Laurent du Var while I was attending a conference hosted at the hotel. We paid about 150 Euro per night including internet access and breakfast for ONE of us – 15 Euro extra for my wife.

We had a wonderful room on the fifth floor with a large balcony overlooking the sea. While the room did show the usual signs of aging, we had no complaints about the interior of the room. Our only issue was that the retractable awning over our balcony didn’t work – and that made the afternoon a VERY hot experience on the balcony AND in our room … and the air conditioning simply isn’t powerful enough to offset the heat pressing through the glass and into the room. As a result, we had to keep the drapes closed throughout the afternoon, rendering the view moot. C’est la vie!

While what I am about to share did NOT matter to us – I think anyone considering this hotel needs to understand a few things:

1) By American standards, this Holiday Inn is NOT a “resort.” It has no restaurants of its own (other than the buffet breakfast room) — no shops whatsoever — no spa facilities (a tiny gym) — no swimming pool — the hotel’s bar doesn’t even open until the evening — and room service operates during limited hours.

2) While I'm on the subject of American standards, please IGNORE any "STAR" rating for hotels in France. The standards are VERY different than those we are accustomed to — and France is in the process of re-vamping their standards. Regardless of what you may read about this hotel, by American standards, it's 2 or 3 stars tops!

3) If you take the time to read through the many reviews here on TripAdvisor, you’ll learn that the private beach that seems to be part of the Holiday Inn is really owned by the municipality and only “operated” by the Holiday Inn. It costs 12 Euro per guest per day (20 Euro for the general public) if you want to use it – otherwise, there’s the typical rocky public beach WIDE open for you to enjoy. Just remember to pack sandals and a cushy sort of beach towel and you’ll be fine.

4) The Holiday Inn is actually just the middle section of the curved building shown in the photos – the majority of the units are condos.

5) The fact that the Holiday Inn doesn’t have a restaurant of it’s own isn’t a big deal. There are literally dozens of bars and restaurants along the seaside boardwalk – and the Holiday Inn does have a relationship with one of them that gives you a small discount. Just go for a stroll anytime after 7PM and you’ll find plenty of great places to choose from. There’s also a large mall with a grocery store less than a 5 minute walk form the hotel, so if you just want to pick up something to eat on the beach, keep it in mind.

6) If you want to explore Cannes, Antibes and St. Paul de Vence, this hotel is a good place to serve as your base – BUT – if you want to really enjoy Nice, Eze, St. Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco, this hotel is just TOO FAR away. Yes, for 1 Euro you can take a bus and be in the heart of Nice in less than 30 minutes – but I would encourage you to choose a different hotel for that portion of your trip. We stayed at the Boscolo Plaza Nice – and you can read my review of that property as well.

7) We found the staff to be somewhat cool but friendly and professional. We speak French reasonably well, so we had no difficulties at all — and the staff was certainly fluent in English too.

So, no major complaints — but nothing to rave about either.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony facing the sea.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Orebro, Sweden
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83 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Stayed with my wife in the end of August 2012. We were well received, the room was clean but some what worn. We had a nice balcony with view over the ocean. I think it is ok value for money, not exactly a hotel to return to, but a good starting point if you are arriving as we did to Nice for a holiday espcially if coming in late and you do not want to drive to far the first day, very close to the airport.
I am somwhat supprised over the fact that the access to the beach and sun beds associated with the hotel is not for free and the cost is 12 Euro and above. Personally i think this is unacceptable for a hotel that claims to be on the beach and to be a resort.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Flackwell Heath, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

Not sure why this hotel has such bad reviews. just spent 4 days there with the family - rooms are good, but A/C very poor - so make sure you either book a fan for the room or ask for one when you arrive - makes a huge difference. Cocody Beach club is very nice, but due to the fine shingle in the water, the water quality is poor. Beach Club at the opposite end of the bay has clearer water but is rocky rather than shingle - take your pick! Loads of great restaurants around the bay to suit all tastes, most with childrens menus, plus CAP 3000 with its shops and restaurants, plus supermarket is only 5 mins walk too. overall a goof place to relax for 4 days.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We had reservation to stay at this hotel for 5 nights, we ended up staying 1 night and canceled the remaining 4 days. The location of this hotel is about 20 minutes drive to the heart of Nice. The location around the hotel looks more like a third world country rather then south of France. I feel bad for the TA community that would get stuck in this hotel that needs major renovation, it is more like it had its hey days in the 60's??? I was lucky enough that we could find us a great hotel in the heart of Nice and suprisingly with the same cost. Please do your research and book a hotel in the heart of Nice stay away from this DUMP

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Nice - Saint Laurent Du Var, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Dear Lela#1,

Thank you very much for your recent stay with us. We are deeply sorry we fell below your expectations. Our hotel is very proud of its level of service, cleanliness and quality of its product and for this reason your comments are very troubling and will certainly be looked into. We’d like to obtain some additional details regarding your experience, so we have sent you a private message.

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

I booked a couple of nights here towards the end of a family holiday in sanremo. Unfortunately I booked first, and reviewed on trip advisor second. I can confirm to my cost that this is the wrong way round.

The holiday inn website showed a smart hotel with swimming pools and promised resort style facilities. Well the swimming pools are long gone and the beach club is basically a small piece of seafront with some sand dumped on the pebble beach. Of course if i had read recent reviews I would have known all this. What I wouldn't have known was that the beach at saint Laurent du var had recently been closed due to poor water quality. This was articulated to us by our rep in Italy. Bad news travels fast.

The rooms were ok, if a little dog eared and my wife and I had an outstanding Mojito. This is one of the reasons I didn't score the experience lower.

To sum up, if you want to be close to nice airport and don't mind the frustration of not being in either chlorinated or salt water on a hot summers day, then you may find this hotel acceptable to your needs. Unfortunately it didn't live up to our expectations.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Holiday Inn Nice - Saint Laurent Du Var
Address: 167 Promenade des Flots Bleus, 06700 St-Laurent du Var, France
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Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > St-Laurent du Var
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in St-Laurent du Var
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Inn Nice - Saint Laurent Du Var 4*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Nice Port Saint Laurent is the only hotel of the area built right on the beach. It is walking distance from the shopping center Cap 3000.Holiday Inn Nice Port Saint Laurent features comfortable and renovated rooms with terrace, including some with a view of the sea. The rooms are spacious and luminous. They offer all the facilities you may need for a relaxing stay.For your comfort, the hotel features a restaurant serving buffet breakfast, to be savoured on the terrace. The new other restaurant The Bay Star Cafe is set right on the beach and servesa French Modern Bistro Cuisine : A delight ! Located on a beautiful sandy beach on the Baie des Anges the hotel offers also a private Beach : The Bay Star Beach and Lounge with Bar, Snack and beach restaurant. ... more   less 
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