Modern 4-star hotel in great location near the beach.

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Booking agent description: Only a short walk from the beach, this modern 4-star hotel sits right in the heart of the city. You'll enjoy free access to the hotel's fitness centre including gym, spa, sauna, and indoor swimming pool. You can fill up on a buffet breakfast each morning and relax in the hotel bar. Meanwhile, there are plenty of restaurants nearby for your evening meals.

Location: Nice, Nice

Hotel rating: 4 out of 701 reviews

Hotel facilities: Air Conditioning, airport shuttle service (on request), Currency Exchange, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Free newspaper, Gift Shop, Laundry, Library, Lobby bar, Luggage room, PC for guests in the lobby, Reception (24 hours), Safety deposit box, Shoe shine, Terrace, Underground parking, VIP services, Wellness area, 24 hour concierge, Gay Friendly

Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Cable television, En-Suite Bathroom, Telephone, High speed internet connection, Mini-bar, Safe

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

Hotel policies: Children welcome, Pets welcome, Smoking not permitted

Disabled amenities: Accessible Rooms

Business amenities: Conference Rooms