10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
FABULOUS B AND B!!!
"Loved this place one of the highlights of our trip. Great value, great service and great spot. Would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind a few stairs. It's a great place to hang out and relax or a stone throw away from the beach or restaurants. Jean gives excellent advice on where to eat and what to do (a man with great taste!) Thanks for a great stay in Nice."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of September 2009
A lovely boutique setting in an ideal location
"We had the pleasure of spending 3 nights in the Massai suite at Le Dortoir. The room was just as beautiful as shown in the pictures and Jean Bernard has done an excellent job in creating these suites. The entire suite (living room, bathroom, bedroom) is beautifully finished and it was wonderful retreat after a day of sightseeing. The balcony was a plus as it allowed for wonderful views of Nice and for people watching. We also enjoyed the great breakfast that was served every morning. The location is ideal as Le Dortoir is located in a popular pedestrian area with great shops and restaurants. We highly recommend this property as we truly enjoyed our stay!"
- Travel date: Fri 11th of September 2009
Wonderful accommodations, excellent location!
"We stayed in the Longani suite, the room is beautiful with an amazing deck for lounging around. The room was quiet and very comfortable with very nice decor. The location couldn't be better, steps away from everything Nice has to offer- beach, restaurants, shopping, the market and tourist attractions. We highly recommend Le Dortoir."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of August 2009
"Le Dortoir rocked my world. The location is amazing, the rooms are beautiful, clean, super hip with super fast wifi. Jean hooked us up with parking near by for only 10 euros per day. I would definitely go back time after time."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of August 2009
"We had a great trip with our hosts Jean and Sophie taking care of all our needs and were most helpful in any questions we had. The room decor was fabulous and the furnishings were very comfortable and a balcony to die for. Wow!! Be prepared to cary your luggage up 4 flights of stairs but once you arrive you will not be disappointed. If you like a clean/contemporary/chic place this one is great.
Located in the heart of Nice, minutes from the beach and minutes from great restaurants and night time activity."
- Travel date: Fri 7th of August 2009
There is a good reason for Le Dortoir to be on Paradise Street
"Longani Suite is everything you would hope for a romantic getaway. And to top that, the terrace gives you the sort view and intimacy that spices your evenings. The whole atmosphere we have breathed in during our short stay , makes Nice a wonderful memory to keep, never forget and whisper one day to a privileged ear."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of July 2009
Welcome to Paradise
"Jean Bernard and his staff made our stay in Le Dortoir extra special!
We had 5 days of luxury staying in our beautiful apartment. JB has such wonderful taste and has made a fab job of renovating the apartments, from the white leather sofas, flat screen TV, roll top bath and beautiful sunny balcony....
The location is first class also with only a few steps to the best shops, bars and beach in Nice.
I look forward to my return.
Great accomodation, Great Staff and Great Service!"
- Travel date: Sat 18th of July 2009
"Beautiful hotel in a very good location. Restaurants, shops and transport links on the doorstep. The hotel itself is very tastefully decorated, light, airy and surprisingly quiet given its location in the centre of things. It may not be suitable for everyone due to the amount of stairs and open plan rooms but we thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend a stay there. An ideal spot for couples, friends, independent travellers and business trips."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of May 2009
Nice with style and flair
"The apartment complex is fantastically located right in the centre near Place Massena, the main shopping streets and a stones throw from Vieux Nice. The owner Jean has done a wonderful job of designing and reconstructing the stylish apartment we stayed in, and everything from the vast shower to the spacious terrace was spotlessly clean and effortlessly tasteful. The apartments are up on the fourth floor so the only sound you can hear is the wheezing of your lungs from the hike up the stairs. I really have no negatives about this lovely place which my partner and I both loved and have vowed to return to."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of April 2009
Great place to stay for independent travellers
"What a great place to stay in Nice! Le Dortoir is very centrally located on Rue Paradis--close to major attractions, restaurants, the promenade, and transits. Although it is located on the 4th floor without an elevator (count on your strong legs), this means almost no noise from the street below. Rue Paradis (car free) is lined with upscale stores, and it is safe to walk around even late at night for there are many outdoor bistros and restaurants nearby. If you are picky about cleanness and an independent traveler (with strong legs), this is the place for you. at merely 140 euros/night (during off peak season), This is a steal. A suite like this in a hotel would easily cost 250-300 euros/night. There are two other smaller suites (yet bigger than most hotel standards) which are as impressive and more affordable (100 euros; 120 euros).
I had a chance to stay in the largest suite Longani for three nights in mid Oct 2008. The suite was decorated tastefully and spacious with a private rooftop terrace where I enjoyed my breakfast. Although it was not a hearty American breakfast, the breakfast consisting coffee, orange juice, yogurt, croissant, and baguette with jam/butter was enough to start off the day. The suite was equipped with high-end modern fixtures and furniture just as shown on their website (visit http://www.ledortoir.net for pictures)..ah, also the automatic blackout shutters over all windows were just heavenly for a nap.
Le Dortoir is run by a young owner/manager named Jean who recently renovated this property and opened it up as a B&B in the summer of 2008 (he also has a small business renovating flats/buildings). Everyone here were very helpful and pleasant; however since Jean was the only one who could speak English (and I did not speak French), there were moments we had hard time communicating with the staff. This B&B is not a typical B&B where the owner is at the property all the time. In fact, it is more like a rental property with daily cleaning and breakfast. That is why this place is a good fit for independent travelers, not for those who need assistance at their finger tip. The owner and the staff spend only a few hours per day at the property; therefore, most of the time, there is no one (except for those staying in the other two suites) available at night. However Jean is just within a phone call away should you need his help, and he is very helpful. This is Jean's 1st time running a B&B, and I have a high hopes in his future improvements for Le Dortoir.
As for some negative points, I did have a problem with the bathroom open to the rest of the suite. It is just my preference that the bathroom is enclosed with a door. The glass walls/partitions look elegant and contemporary; however it seemed a bit impractical. Also, the separate toilet room is configured wrong in the sense that its door cannot be closed because it is way too close to the toilet. Very minor (but may bother those who are tall).
To get here from the Nice airport, take Express Bus 98 (stops at Quai 4 or 5 of Terminal 2; Terminal 1) which costs 4 euros (day pass which you can use for the rest of the day on all buses and tram). Get off at Albert 1er bus stop (you have to keep track of the stops along the way and push the "stop" button when the bus gets close to Jardin Albert 1er. From the bus stop, walk across the garden to Rue Paradis. The entrance to Le Dortoir is located on the left hand side on Rue Paradis, next to a bistro. You will see a sign for the B&B posted next to the entrance door. This door is open during the day which you can open by pressing the big round button on the side. Go up to the 4th floor and press the button to ring the bell (you will see the Le Dortoir sign next to the door). Make sure that you let Jean know of expected time of your arrival ahead of time. With any changes, you should call him ahead so that there is someone to let you in when you arrive."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of October 2008