Villa Rivoli

10 Rue De Rivoli, Nice, France, 06000

Price from: £31

Hotel Villa Rivoli - exterior

By Anthony Peregrine, your Nice expert

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#9 of 23
expert-rated hotels in Nice
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.3
4.3
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.1
4.1
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Chilling out, No fuss, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Villa Rivoli

Town-house style makes for a cultivated, welcoming refuge.

A French town-house hotel restored and renewed so it looks and feels like…a French town-house hotel. Whoever would have thought it? It’s a lovely surprise in the centre of a city constantly careering after the latest design fad.

And, to bring about this refreshing Frenchness it took, of course, a German: hotel-owner Barabra Kimmig. She used to be a manager at the lavish Hotel Negresco, just up the street. Now, with her own business, she has, in a sense, out-designed the designers.

She’s lightened the place up with panache, while retaining – or re-introducing – original touches like the wrought iron at the door and windows, fancy banisters and toile-de-jouy-style wall-hangings.

The whole has a pleasing and comfortable dignity. It would be like entering a 21st-century notable’s house, if the 21st-century still had notables. This isn’t a luxury place, so rooms aren’t vast, bathrooms are tight and there’s no lift. But comfort has been well thought-out, and there’s no hint of budget standards being applied. Ms Kimmig pitched for, and received, her third star this year.

Outside, there’s a little private car-park – a great advantage – and nicely-tailored garden for breakfast. I suggest, though, that they get rid of the external blue hotel sign. It makes the place look undeservedly cheap when, in truth, it's a cultivated, welcoming refuge.

 

Location: 

Three blocks from the Promenade des Anglais (behind the Negresco Hotel), on a half-residential, half-commercial little street. An easy amble to shops, sea and old centre.                                      

Bedrooms: 

Compact, but much attention has been lavished upon them, leading to a comfortable, modern-retro style.

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Service: 

Friendly and efficient, without being overbearing.                                                                      

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Who stays there: 

Civilised folk of all nations who would rather spend their money on something other than five-star fittings.

More information on Villa Rivoli:

Price from:
£31
Type:
Hotel
Address:
10 Rue De Rivoli, Nice, France, 06000
Free tags / Keywords:
Beach
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed

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