What We Love
- A boutique Belle Epoque gem in Nice, including breakfast and a glass of wine on arrival
- The warm welcome to the French Riviera with a glass of wine on arrival
- The hotel’s historic Belle Epoque design, which dates back to 1890
- Starting the day in the right way with breakfast served in utterly charming surrounds
What To Know
- WiFi is available; fees may apply
- Bicycle rental can be arranged through the property
- Parking is available; fees may apply
Nice doesn’t take its position as the capital of the Côte d’Azur lightly. With its infamous Promenade des Anglais leading you from pebble beaches to legendary nightlife, this is the thriving heart of the French Riviera. Year-round sunshine and postcard-worthy bay views help seal the deal too.
Holding court just 100 metres from Promenade des Anglais since 1890, the Hotel Villa Rivoli credits its historic roots and grand designs back to architect Monsieur Blanchi. Behind its Belle Epoque style, you’ll find guestrooms as grand as they are comfortable, with antique-furniture topped with cool, crisp linens. Make the short walk to the legendary Promenade des Anglais or enjoy some quiet time on the private beach the hotel has access to.
Follow the hotel’s original winding staircase to its guestrooms and you’ll find a flair for floral wallpaper and antique-style furniture. Many of the rooms have peaceful views of the ‘Musician’s quarter’ and the gardens. Flatscreen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning also make up those all-important extras.
At just 100 metres from the Promenade des Anglais, you’ll find plenty of dining and drinking options nearby here. There’s also a buffet breakfast, which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your guestroom or the bright breakfast room, to help start your day in the right way.
At just a 10-minute walk from the central railway station and 100 metres from the Promenade des Anglais and Nice’s beaches, the Hotel Villa Rivoli is perfectly placed for day trips and sunbathing sessions. For a break from the beach, you’ll also find the Massena square, pretty lanes and flower market of Nice’s old town within walking distance. International transfers to Nice Airport are just a 98 shuttle bus away, too
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The basementroom was really nogo, but then we got a lovely room upstairs for the last to night. The personel were very kind.
A cosy garden where we could relax. Placed very central close to the see and touristinfo.
With warm, friendly staff and clean comfortable rooms, this beautiful belle époque hotel was just a few minutes stroll from the Promenade des Anglais and Old Town. Our only regret was that we stayed for just one night before flying home the next morning. Highly recommended!
Firstly, for the positives - excellent location, close to, but far enough to the hustle and bustle. A bit of a hike to Old Nice, but 300m to Negresco Hotel and the beach. Super cosy and clean rooms, old but clean bathroom, fantastic staff that are uncharacteristically friendly for France, and Nice, warm even, universally speak English and generally cannot do enough for you. Cosy dining room, and half decent breakfast with soft boiled eggs cooked to order in addition to continental breakfast. The garden could do with some colour, but as it was raining it didn't matter.
Now to the not so fantastic. I agree with all the other reviewers re 2 bottles of water in the room presented as complimentary, I gave one to a friend who was travelling, and had one myself, even though I still had the one I brought. Nothing to suggest it is not complimentary, leave alone, see a price list! To then be told to pay €3 per bottle, if I remember correctly, in check out, is misleading and deceptive conduct, in my opinion. It's not even about the money, it's just not honest. No umbrellas at all at the hotel, and it was bucketting outside, I was told to go and buy one few blocks away. Being forced to buy one for €18 in the end or get drenched in the rain, is also strange for a hotel of this quality and charging the room prices it does. What is stopping them from getting 4-5 €2 wholesale umbrellas for guest use is beyond me. Just petty.
Quality of sleep was the biggest issue for me. Old, old windows, not double glazed, shutters so old they don't shut properly, light blockage or security aside, all the noise gets in. There are commercial renovations in the street, at 0800 on the dot, drilling, heavy machinery it all started. No chance of rest, and all one really wants to do is to get out of the room asap. Why they did not say on the website there are heavy works next door, I can only guess, no rate discount for that or just as a plain courtesy. Lastly, even though it was nearly summer, and 24c outside, the hotel only had super heavy and thick, synthetic winter duvets on, one boils under such 13 tog heaviness (see photos) to put aircon on seemed ridiculous - stuffiness in the room added to little sleep. That and a very old bed, two mattresses joined together, but not of equal heights (see photo), so I was constantly rolling to the middle and then "falling through". Housekeeping staff the only unsmiling, unfriendly faces at the hotel, I felt like I killed their favourite cat, the way the lady was looking at me and other guests. Some training on basics of customer interaction may help, even if they don't speak a word of English. Overall, at that price (circa £200 for my room in normal season), I wouldn't stay at the hotel again. It sure is super charming with lovely interiors, and a family home feel, with great reception staff, but if one wants to get good quality of sleep, that's another matter.
The hotel is small but lovely. The staff was very helpful at all times. The rooms were extremely clean and the decor was lovely. The location was also great! The owner was present when we checked out and she was very friendly and engaging. Since I booked the hotel online, I got 50% off on the breakfast so I only paid $6 per day. The breakfast is very limited but for $6 per day it was well worth it. So happy I didn’t pay $12 per day because I would have expected a lot more for that price. All and all, it was a great experience which I hope to return to some day.
a perfect place to stay for our few days visiting Nice. A perfect location as just a few minutes walk to the sea and the centre of Nice. We arrived before check in and as we expected, could not have our room but really helpful that we could leave our luggage safely. Room was very clean and well equipped with hairdryer and fresh towels daily. Handy to have a kettle in room. would definitely return