4-star Belle Epoque hotel in the centre of Nice

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Booking agent description: This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winning 4-star hotel is set within a Belle Epoque era building in the heart of Nice, just a short walk from the Promenade des Anglais. Enjoy a continental breakfast each morning in the hotels dining room and, with the help of the concierge, seek out Nices best restaurants in the evening. The hotels 45 rooms all have air conditioning and complimentary wi-fi access, as well as flatscreen TVs with satellite channels, and minibars.

Location: Nice, Nice

Hotel rating: 4 out of 645 reviews

Hotel facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Free newspaper, Porter, Reception (24 hours), Safety Deposit Boxes, Wi Fi

Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Cable television, Double shower/WC, Double-glazed windows, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Telephone, High speed internet connection, Work desk with lamp, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Safe, Private bathroom with bath/shower

Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Eurocard, Mastercard, Visa

Hotel policies: Children welcome, Small pets welcome (extra charge), Smoking not permitted

Childrens amenities: Crib on request, Extra bed