5 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed in Citadines Nice Promenade and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The studio, although small, was spotless and very pleasant with every amenity. Its a very good location for Nice with nice restaurants close at hand on the Promenade des Anglaises. We found the reception staff excellent and very helpful. We really did enjoy our stay and had a lovely time visiting Cannes and Monaco. We hope to be back.
Roy and Ann Bridgeman"
- Travel date: Mon 17th of October 2005
Feel at home in Nice
"Spent 9 days at the Citadines Nice Promenade in June 2005. We were in apartment 404 which is a studio for 2 people. It was clean, freshly decorated with modern furnishings and with a balcony facing on to a garden at the rear of the building. The studio offered a room of reasonable size which doubled as a living/dining room by day and a sleeping area at night. In addition there was a separate fully equipped kitchen (including dishwasher and microwave oven), bathroom and separate toilet (in the French custom). We last stayed here 2 years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see the improvements in the decor and how well equiped the apartment now is - an electric kettle (unusual in a French kitchen) and a mini Hi-Fi system as well as cable TV.
The only compromise was the sofabed - it made a large and comfortable sofa, was easily converted into a double bed, but only of average comfort. Still, it did mean having the extra living space during the day with room for a dining table.
We found the reception staff to be welcoming, friendly and helpful. The hotel has a rooftop terrace and solarium which we used every afternoon to profit from the Med sunshine. We did find that some of the supplied sunloungers were damaged and required to be replaced.
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel and felt that it offered us the ambience of having our own apartment in Nice with the freedom to prepare meals and even entertain guests if we wanted, but with the security offered by the facilities of a hotel. There are supermarkets within minutes of the hotel and of course there is the daily market on the Cours Saleya about a 20 minute walk away. The Promenade des Anglais is less than a 5 minute stroll away.
Even with a fully equipped kitchen, a holiday in France is not complete without visiting a few restaurants! We eat at La Nissarda, rue Gubernatis and La Table Alziari, rue FranÃ§ois-Zanin both offering lovely NiÃ§oise cuisine in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. We lunched on delicious, large salads at Le Lunel, Quai Lunel and at Bar Antoine, rue de la PrÃ©fecture.
All this makes Nice my favourite holiday destination offering the best of all worlds."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of June 2005
I am a regular at Citadines
"I have been going for 3 years now and was never disappointed. Of course the rooms are smaller than US motels but we don't stay there 24 hours a day... They are big enough to feel at ease, kitchen is small though but we don't do that much big cooking when on vacation. Rooms are clean, service efficient and polite, hotel is at walking distance from train station and downtown. I compared price with conventional hotels and you still save on food. Another review falsely said you had to pay in advance. i always reserve through their website and all I have to do is to guarantee the reservation with a credit card. I often pay cash if though my reservation was with a credit card."
- Travel date: Sun 19th of December 2004
Better than we thought
"Stayed in 4 bed apt. Ample room, cupboard and wardroom space. Had a rear apt, very quiet and overlooking gardens. Lots of hot water, has a switch rider for extra hot water, very useful. Staff were very warm and friendly. Apts do need brighteneing up, but were ok. Kitchenette was on the small size, but passable. Great location for the promenade which was 2 mins away."
- Travel date: Thu 31st of July 2003
Tiny rooms and run-down
"This hotel rents (very small) studio and 1-bedroom apartments. The hotel is centrally located (close to the Promenade des Anglais and beach) and half of the rooms face onto a quiet garden (other half onto a busy street). Unfortunately the good points above are outweighed by big problems. Be aware that these so-called apartments are TINY. There is a small separate kitchenette (sink, dorm room fridge, toaster over, and 2-plate stove) and a bedroom so small that it cant fit a bed. Ive had more space at a Motel 6 and didnt have to sleep on a fold-out couch. The kicker for me was that I reserved (and paid extra for) a TRIPLE room, and the sleeping space for the 3rd person was a platform in the kitchen where the table was supposed to go.Add to this some serious maintenance issues: old and dirty carpets, walls needing painting, torn upholstery and flooring, and not a drop of hot water during the afternoons or evenings. Nice is an expensive city, and the Citadines Promenade was somewhat cheaper than other 3-star hotels ... but as far as I can tell, the only thing this hotels 3-star ranking could possibly reflect is the size of the bribe that must have exchanged hands. When I was searching on Expedia and Travelocity, the hotel was demanding payment in full in advance -- now I know why. Citadines has two other properties in Nice -- Citadines Nice Avenue Des Fleurs and Citadines Nice Buffa -- and others in France and throughout Europe, but for my part, Id steer far clear of all of them."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of April 2003