Let me start out by saying that yes, Martine, the owner (and the staff all by herself), is very helpful; you can use her kitchen, her fridge, the internet etc. And yes, the hotel is located in the very center of Nice, the beach is only 2 mins away.
BUT, you cannot sleep due to the lively atmosphere: there is constant noise, music (a cafe is located just below the hotel, and street musicians are always entertaining the crowd) and sound of the crowd coming from the street. The windows don't seem to shut out the noise properly. Furthermore, there is a garbage truck that comes every morning(!) at around 5am, it is VERY loud!
THe same goes for the noise coming from the other rooms. The walls are paper thin, and you can literally hear even the sneeze of your neighbor.
I also have to mention the size of the rooms. The french like it small, but this is extremely small, even compared to other french hotels. I stayed with my girlfriend and one of us had to sit down on the bed while the other was packing; the rooms were that tiny.
The bathroom was ridicoulous. The sink was placed in a corner surrounded by the shower, so even I (I am skinny) had to lift up one of my arms to be able to use the sink for purposes such as washing my teeth.
We weren't able to sleep properly for the whole duration of our stay. The noise was one thing, but the bed was really uncomfortable.
So overall, if you are alone, or are planning to stay just 2 days and aren't thinking about sleeping too much then I would recommend the place, but otherwise no. Especially, if you are a couple and want to enjoy your stay a little, then this place is definately NOT RECOMMENDED.
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