Villa Rivoli

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Address: 10 Rue De Rivoli, , Nice, 06000, France

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

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
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

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.

Eating and drinking

                                          

Service

Friendly and efficient, without being overbearing.                                                                      

Who stays there

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

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

Pros & Cons

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