There appears to be an epidemic on Tripadvisor which causes reviewers to make outlandish claims about their experiences. They'll say it was a nightmare (and that all the staff are essentially evil) or that it's by far the best hotel in the city (how can they even know that). Although my experience of Hotel Nizza was by no means 'nightmarish', it certainly wasn't dreamy. But I'll try be objective!
- The hotel's best selling point is the relationship between location and price - both of which are attractive, with the hotel a 5 minute walk from SMN station as well as the major city attractions and the price just below its obvious competitors'.
- The guys at the front desk were super-friendly. The one guy joked about the unique spelling of my name. I appreciated the effort.
- Having said that, our room was pretty drab. It looked like it had been cut and paste from a 1990's retirement resort.
- It even had a bright red alarm chord dangling in the shower, presumably so we could summon a nurse in the event of a fall.
- Our bed cover completed the picture, patterned with geometric flourishes from a bygone era. It's not the aesthetics which troubled me. It's more a case of doing the maths and realizing how many guests must've snuggled up against it since its debut as a bed-spread in the '90's.
- The least pleasant aspect of our experience was the noise from the window at night (for which one can't really blame the hotel) - and the exploits of about 4 uncatchable mosquitoes.
- The result was that we finally fell asleep at about 3am, having finally decided that fresh air from the window was a luxury we could do without - and having come to terms with the fact that feeding our prime tourist bodies to local mozzies was nothing more than our humble role in the great circle of life (cue sweeping Lion King music).
- On the bright side, breakfast was pleasant, although basic. The focal point of the breakfast spread was an automatic Nescafe machine which promised about 8 different drinks. I selected 'cappuccino' but appreciated the machine's generosity all the same.
Overall, not a nightmare - but not exactly a good night's rest either. Not all the hotel's fault though. But in hindsight I think an extra twenty Euros per night (in the same area) would've spared us from the feeling of being plunged into early retirement in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.
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- Also Known As:
- Nizza Hotel Florence