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Appart'hôtel Odalys Le Cheval Blanc

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Very good location by the lovely old town and ancient Roman arena, which you can see from some of the rooms. Very friendly and accomodating staff, all speak English, although some better than others. They upgraded one of our four rooms to a suite for free, where we hung out 😃 clean and quiet rooms, continental breakfast. The hotel bar and restaurant next door was rare and delightful- polite and efficient waiters and a lot of delicious country style dishes. No pizza, though, but who needs that.. On the negative side- personally, the style of the hotel's interior is a bit too minimalisic for my taste.

This aparthotel needs to be refreshed in a major wayas the rooms are old and worn out. The room had AC but it is also quite old and very noisy with the cover broken off the controls. Looks like it's been this way for a long time. They put our family in a room directly across the street from a rock concert even though there are rooms on the other side of the building so no one slept much that night. I'm sure they knew this would be a problem for families but never even mentioned this to is on check in. The shower is in the bathtub with no shower curtain so water gets everywhere after a couple of showers. There is wifi but it is extremely slow so it is pretty much useless. The good point about this aparthotel is that it is centrally located in the city close to everything. But overall, it's poor value for money. There are better places to stay.

The location is just unbeatable: it is smack in front of the Roman amphitheatre. Helpful personnel. Very clean and proper accommodation. Wi-Fi was OK. On the other hand, the comfort of the rooms left to be desired. Some electric-power plugs were out of order. The door handle came off and I had to get it fixed by the man at the entrance. My room (#17) was on the back side: anonymous view. Also, I did not find my 2-storeys room so practical, e.g. when having to climb the stair on the way to the toilet in the night. I visited a much better square-side room: that one was on a single storey, and boasted an amazing view of the amphitheatre. The photo I uploaded with this review is taken from that room.

We have stayed in the Appart'hotel Odalys Le Cheval Blanc in Nimes at least six times in seven years. It has normally been OK and I’ve reviewed it on TripA twice before. However, when we stayed this time there was a serious problem. We couldn’t lock our room door with the key from the outside so we reported this to the receptionist and he came and showed us how to jiggle the door away from the frame to be able to turn the key. However, the locking system was old and loose and did not work properly and when you are inside the room it was impossible to check to see if the door was locked by turning the locking button, because as soon as you move the handle it automatically unlocks the door. We thought we had locked the door with the turn button from the inside after we went to bed. However, at 6.30 in the morning we were awoken by a man standing in the dark near our bed. I quickly got up to chase him out of the room but I couldn’t follow him any further because I wasn’t wearing any clothes. My wife was very shocked and upset by this and insisted on immediately packing and leaving the hotel. However, when we went down to report the incident and leave at 7.15 we found the reception area was locked up. I can't think of any reason why anyone should enter our room without knocking on the door or, once inside, not switching on the light. The front door of the hotel is not locked and as the lock on our door was inadequate there was nothing to stop anyone walking off the street and into our room. I reported this incident to Odalys Vacances, using the owners email address but they replied that the only way I could only complain was sending a registered letter to their Paris office. I replied saying I wasn’t complaining and that I only wanted to alert them to a serious security incident which should be investigated quickly, because it could happen again to other guests staying at their hotel - but they haven’t bothered to reply. It would appear that they are more concerned that I should follow their antiquated postal complaints procedure, rather than quickly responding to a serious incident and lack of security at the hotel. We definitely won’t be going back there but, if you do, remember to wedge a chair up against the door!

Room for 4 person has best view of the colosseum at the top floor. Stayed with special discount rate. But better not to chose this room if you have dust allergy. The room is very spacious, maisonette type, but high ceiling room hasn't been cleaned. You can see a lot of dust piled up on the high position of the room. And most of the lights are not working. And the one standing light is working but too hot when use it. There were a few burned marks on th wall from the past. There is a little kitchen. But no extract fan and again the light above the hob is too hot like a heater when in use. Fire safety measure is not quit sure in order or not.... In the bathroom a shower holder is broken and the Schwerin head doesn't stay at the position.

We had initially booked a different hotel in Nimes, but do to an error at the first hotel, we booked at Le Cheval Blanc. This turned well for us. This hotel is across the plaza from the Roman arena, and our room had striking views of the structure - which was lit in red and white for Christmas. The Christmas market was also across the street which made for a lovely evening of strolling with locals and enjoying the holiday spirit and hot wine. The room itself was enormous, had a kitchenette, and room for 4 people comfortably even though we were only 2. The most interesting features were the giant wood sliding doors that could be slid over the windows to block our nearly all light. I would have expected to pay much for such a lovely and convenient hotel. Parking and the train station are all convenient to the hotel, as well.

Although the Wifi is weak, everything else was pretty great. The room was spacious and the beds are pretty comfortable. The staff were pretty polite and helpful, which I really appreciate considering the last incident. l The location was probably it's best quality, as it's situated right outside of the arena so it's pretty easy to find it. The bus stop is pretty close by as well, just up at Square du 11 Novembre 1918 and it's just a 5 mins walk from the hotel. All in all, very pleased with the experience here.

Stayed for one night, we had an apartment at rear/side of property with outside terrace. We had a mezzanine bedroom and our teenage girls had two beds in lounge below. Was very clean, lovely bathroom and little kitchen. Would definitely stay again sometime

Booked for two nights but only stayed for one as Nimes really is a one trick pony. Once you've seen the Arena that's it - especially as the rest of the Roman remains were inaccessible due to the wind! Anyway, we had a suite for five people. Double upstairs on mezzanine three singles in the downstairs room. We had a private terrace but it was poorly maintained with broken floor and shabby furniture. Small bathroom. Weird lights. Very noisy doors so lots of banging and clanking throughout the night. Lift was very small and felt very claustrophobic and slow. Overall, OK.

We've stayed at le Cheval Blanc 5 times before. We live about half an hour away from Nimes so, as we never drink and drive, it's a nice place to stay after a pleasant meal with wine. The mistake I made was not to request a room facing the arena (we booked the room at the start of the year so it should have been possible). The negative thing about a front facing room is that the busses stop just outside the hotel, but the double glazing reduces the noise. One of the most positive thing (in my opinion) is that, if you book a room to coincide with a band or concert by people you like in the arena opposite, you can hear the show for free. It was Muse performing when we went and it was marvellous. Unfortunately, as our room was at the back of the hotel we couldn't hear them so we went outside in the large space opposite the arena to sit under the trees - which was very nice. However, if you go on a night when Johnny Hallyday is performing one of his frequent gigs in Nimes, you have my deepest sympathies

1 Place des Arènes Nimes Gard

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Nimes Arena and Archaeology Museum
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour front desk

Appart'hôtel Odalys Le Cheval Blanc places you next to Nimes Arena and within a 10-minute stroll of other popular attractions like Archaeology Museum. The 32 rooms at this 3-star residence include kitchenettes, refrigerators, and minibars. Old Nimes Museum and Maison Carree are also a short walk from this Nimes residence.


Dining

Start your day off with buffet breakfast, available for a fee.


Rooms

The 32 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Minibars and phones are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of Appart'hôtel Odalys Le Cheval Blanc enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and free newspapers. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with sightseeing, directions, and local dining recommendations.

Room options

Mini Suite (4 adults)

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Triple Room, View

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

61% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 291 reviews