19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent Budget Hotel
"This is a great budget hotel in an expensive town. The staff were very friendly and helpful and recommended great places to eat and local attractions.
The rooms were very clean. The hotel is in a good location, central and close to tram and bus lines, and shops, with a big supermarket at the end of the street. Breakfast was light but fresh and tasty.
If you are planning to stay in your bedroom a lot this is not the hotel for you - rooms are not very attractive with carpeted walls! But there is a shower and tv so after a hard day's sightseeing it has all you need in my opinion!
The only bad thing is we were in a room on the road I was woken up by the rubbish lorry at 4am so if you're a light sleeper you might want to bring earplugs, or else get a room at the back."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of March 2008
Colorful characters, perfect location, but not easy to find!
"We truly enjoyed our experience this October at the Hotel Star in Nice. Positives include the two men who run the desk, who are always friendly and funny and helpful. Amazingly they allowed us to park our Fiat Panda right at the front door!
We were given the corner room on the 1st floor above the street. At first we were a bit concerned that it could be noisy, because there is a bistro below us, and we were right on the corner of the street. And we had three very tall windows too. But we found that the windows insulate the room well, and if you also close the shutters, any other sound is quickly muffled. The traffic seems pretty light anyway.
The room has a comfortable bed, and a good large bathroom with room to move around. The hot water was plentiful. The linens are very fresh and clean, and the fixtures as clean as their slightly dated condition would allow. The building is old, and I agree with a previous poster that the carpet on the stairs seems to need a good cleaning.
Breakfast is served 7:30am to 9:30am and consisted of two crossants (excellent quality) and several pieces of baguette, along with honey and jam. The coffee was very good, and the orange juice seemed fresh. But that is the extent of breakfast. Still, it's free...
WiFi is available and the connection is fast enough to use Skype with no trouble. Just ask for the connection key from the desk. We had no trouble connecting.
We walked down to the ocean in about 20 minutes (moving slowly). Also, we walked to the train station and made a day trip to Monaco. The walk to the train station was about 20 minutes as well.
Most of our meals were made from provisions purchased at the Monoprix at the end of the street - maybe a 5 minute walk. Decent prices and a very wide range of items made it fun to shop. Remember to get your fruit weighed by the lady in the fruit area - she will put a price sticker on it for you. That will save you the embarrassment of holding up the checkout line like I did! :)
Please get very good maps and make sure you understand your directions before you get tangled up on the small one-way streets in old Nice. We had quite a few anxious moments since I had printed out directions using Via Michelin, but didn't print the pictures. Ended up stopping at a gas station and spending 8.50 euros on a good map of Nice. Well worth it!
We used Venere to book the hotel online, and paid 60 euros and I think that is a good value."
- Travel date: Fri 9th of November 2007
"I booked this room based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. We were on a budget and most of the hotels towards the promenade were expensive and there was no availability. We took a taxi from the airport...but later found the city bus and took that on the return trip. Much cheaper. When we arrived at the hotel, our taxi driver warned us not to speak to anyone on the street, as it was a bad area for drugs. The street was a bit rundown, but it was close to a shopping center and Monoprix. The staff speaks excellent English and were very helpful. We wanted to leave after one night as the bathroom was extremely small and the shower was growing a lot of mold. But, because we booked online for three nights, we were told we had to stay for two nights or be charged anyways. The room was very old and the walls were cracking. I expected the rooms in Nice to be somewhat old, but I thought they'd at least be in fairly good condition. After the two nights, we switched to another hotel a couple of streets down which was only 20 Euro more and in fabulous condition and a much better area. I would not stay again or suggest to friends."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of October 2007
An excellent value, but only for the hardy
"The Star Hotel is an excellent value in expensive Nice, but it is not a place for people who place comfort and style above convenience and economy.
For 55 euros in low season, we were lodged in a tiny room with a serviceable bathroom. The room was made cheerful by large french doors that opened on to a little balcony over the street. It had all the basic amenities: TV, telephone, hair dryer and so on. The bed was very comfortable and the room was very clean.
The location is excellent; about a five to ten minute walk from almost anywhere you'd want to go in Nice.
The staff at this hotel are great. The two men who run the place are friendly and very funny (especially if you can speak some French), and as helpful as can be. The front desk closes at 10 pm, but they give you a code to let yourself into the building. The breakfast room is fine, and the breakfast is a fairly standard value.
Now for negatives. Don't expect anything attractive (the rooms can only be described as hideous) or any kind of soundproofing. We awoke at 7 each morning to the incredible sounds (hacking, coughing, snorting, etc) of the man in the next room. You'll hear every toilet flushed in the building and plenty of sounds from the street. The rooms have the standard peeling paint and battered furniture, and the shower had more than an acceptable quanitity of mildew. The hallway and carpet stairs are simply filthy--like they've never been cleaned. One morning, the power on our floor went out when a guest plugged in a travel iron.
On the whole, the Star is a great value, but if you can spend another 15 euros for something a bit more upscale, it's probably worth it."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of October 2007
Nice LIttle HOtel
"Incredibly helpful staff - they really went above and beyond.The room are nothing fancy, but it is adequate and very clean! Comfortable beds, tv, a/c - really everything you need. In retrospect, we may have stayed at a hotel closer to the beach - that was the only downside. Beach was a 10-15 minute walk. However, it's equidistant between the train station and the beach, which is handy for day trips to other destinations along the coast. The price is unbelievable for what you get - a real value."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of October 2007
So impressed we had to register and write a review...
"We have just returned from a trip to Nice and we booked the Hotel Star, for our 4 night stay, based on the reviews we read on Trip Advisor. We could not agree more with all of the reviews on the site, apart from the negative one. The Hotel was excellent with friendly and helpful staff, clean air conditioned rooms with a comfortable bed. Breakfast was available for a small extra charge, cold drinks, tea and coffee also available on request for a small charge. Nothing was too much bother. The hotel is in a good position within walking distance of most areas. If and when we return to Nice for a holiday, we would not stay anywhere else."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
First Class Budget Hotel
"This was an excellent and inexpensive hotel, to be thoroughly recommended to anyone visiting Nice. Conveniently situated midway between the Nice Ville train station (10 minutes walk or a very short taxi ride) and the old town and Promenade des Anglais (both 15 minutes walk away), it was ideally placed to get the best out of Nice. The staff were incredibly helpful and welcoming, speaking excellent English. They went out of their way to ensure we had an enjoyable stay, giving us advice on local attractions and getting about on the transport network, helping us book an early morning taxi to get to the ferry port in time to sail to Corsica, recommending restaurants etc. There are pleasant restaurants along Rue Biscarra itself, including a lovely little curry house about 30 seconds walk from the hotel if you are tight for time and cannot be bothered to search in town for a place to eat. The room itself was comfortable and air conditioned, ideal in the August Nice heat. The breakfast provided was filling. We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights on the way to Corsica and for one night on the way home again and had a great time on both visits. Looking down the rest of the reviews of this hotel on this site I see only one person has had anything negative to say about it and Iâm convinced they must have the wrong hotel or be an incredibly fussy person used to staying in 5 star hotels. This place is not the height of luxury, but itâs brilliant and you will probably struggle to beat this for a more peaceful and welcoming hotel in Nice."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of September 2007
"I travelled with a friend to this hotel for three nights after having visited other areas on the Cote d'Azur (Cannes, Antibes, Frejus and Biot). We were warmly greeted by the eccentric yet extremely helpful reception. Nothing was too much trouble and we were given maps, recommended restaurants (which were spot on) and also recommended places to avoid in the old city. We were travelling on a budget which we told them and we were appropriately recommended places to see and things to do to fit in with our price range. The level of English spoken at the hotel is excellent.
The hotel rooms are simple yet clean, in a good area of Nice, have air conditioned rooms and have comfy beds.
I am already planning another trip to Nice and hope to return here!"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of August 2007
"Stayed for four nights in July 2007. Couldn't fault the hotel for value for money: excellent location midway between train station and the beach; a short stroll to all the shops but on a quiet side street; clean and comfortable rooms (small, but this is what I expected); free use of beach towels was a wonderful extra.
The owner and staff were wonderful, and very helpful and friendly - they felt like friends, and would give you any information or assistance required. If you can speak French even better, they'll go into raptures.
Overall a great budget choice: it's not luxurious and doesn't pretend to be, but it's a great base to explore Nice."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of August 2007
Dirty beds and mean staff!
"Getting into bed I noticed hairs all over the sheets and on the pillows. There was also a disgusting hair on the toilet seat. When I asked the woman at the front desk for new sheets, she refused saying the room was cleaned that morning. She then came to my room, I showed her the hair, and she just picked SOME of it off and threw it onto the floor saying that it was probably the maid's hair. When I asked again for new sheets, she pretended to no longer understand English. DO NOT STAY HERE if you care about clean sheets or friendly service. It's also very loud, and the room walls shake whenever the person next door opens or closes their door."
- Travel date: Wed 8th of August 2007
Surely Best in its Class, a great stay.
"The hotel may look similar to many others in its class but the overall feel belies its 2 star status.
The service is second to none, Philippe, the Manager goes out of his way to help and assist in any way possible. We stayed for 6 nights and the room was cleaned daily to a high standard. The rooms themselves are comfortable and the whole place feels very homely.
The location is great, only a couple of minutes from the main shopping stret and a gentle 10 minutes stroll away from the beach or Old Town.
Would thoroughly recommend if you're looking for a really comfortable, budget hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of August 2007
Good budget hotel
"Super little two star hotel just off the main shopping street, ideally placed halfway between the train station & the beach. The owner / staff very helpful and friendly (the lady who did the breakfasts on the Saturday was a real hoot).
Our room was not large, but the bed was very comfy and the room & bathroom were well cleaned.
Double glazing good at keeping the street noise out and the free air-con was one of the quietest I have had in a hotel.
In summary, a good hotel for the budget traveller, in a quiet location but well placed for the beach, shops and the airport bus stop at the train station."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of July 2007