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Villa Otero by Happyculture

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I'll start off with the good bits. The hotel itself is in a pretty good location, also has very friendly staff and a nice little touch of free coffee and sweets/cake everyday as well as being able to make use of similar (but different) offerings from sister hotels daily throughout the city. In the room the bed is absolutely amazing, one of the most comfortable if not the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Now the bad. The rooms are not the biggest (advertised as 25sqm with a terrace) and the one I had was at the front overlooking a busy road; bathrooms are pretty small and pokey with nowhere to stand toiletries you may have brought with you. The WiFi may as well not be there, connects but will then drop of moments later, constant problems, although the hotel were good and lent me one of their portable 4G wifi hotspots. And finally for me worst of all the noise! One of the reasons I selected this hotel was because it was advertised as having been renovated just under 2 years ago and all rooms were soundproofed and I was looking to relax and sleep a lot... I did just the opposite, the rooms was one of the loudest I think I have stayed in, whether it was noise from the road (Mopeds have a particularly annoying tone), or building site, tv from the room next door, or corridor noise and doors slamming it was anything but quiet and relaxing; and my particular favourite the constant noise of the lift going up and down, squeaking and scraping and even at 4am making a noise at each floor it stopped at (there are only 4 floors). If you're a heavy sleeper, or medium with ear plugs I'd probably say go for it if you're looking for a cheap getaway. If you're a light sleeper or looking for a bit more of a luxury hotel go somewhere else; quite honestly I'm not sure on what rating system they were able to achieve their 4*'s on, but I have stayed in far far nicer quieter places with 3*'s in the US and UK

The hotel went beyond our expectations. We were received with a hot beverage and croissant that was perfect after a long trip. All of the girls at frontdesk were amazingly kind. In addition, you can enjoy the happy time in the hotel and also into other hotels of happyculture: we tasted sone great pattiserie at Villa Otelo and then went to Le Grimaldi to enjoy some ice cream. Excelent service and price!!!

My room looked exactly like on photos. Good size, amazing bed, awesome design (so pretty colors!). I had the window facing the courtyard, so there was no noice from the streets and train station. What I didnt like is that to open a window (and I like to have window opened) you have to move away the curtains and then everything is visible to the neighbours. Shower lift wasnt working and water was leaking through the glass wall, but that wasnt that big deal for me. There are teabags and coffee machine in the room, but no kettle to get hot water for tea. Probably you can get it through Nespresso machine, but then it has flavor of coffee. Also in 4* hotel I would expect to have glasses/cups instead of plastic/carton cups. Room itself is quiet, but when neighbors open/close their doors it makes lots of noise. Wifi connection is quite good. Location of the hotel is good too. Breakfast is mostly pastries and cereals. I missed having vegetables, fruits and cheese (there was only one option of cheese). When in France and in 4* hotel I really do expect to have more options of food for breakfast. Service is very friendly and nice.

This hotel was recommended by friends as it was in close proximity to the train station. Overall my husband and I had a very pleasant stay here. The room was a decent size with an extremely comfortable bed with a shower ensuite. The room itself was very quite but was extremely noisy when others were entering their rooms.We booked online directly with the hotel and our tarrif included a continental breakfast which was more than adequate to start the day. There was also an expresso machine with nonstop choices all day. The hotel has free coffee and cakes every afternoon, which is a nice touch. The hotel staff were very pleasant and helpful. One thing we did notice was that there was a lot of cracked and chipped crockery and the occasional dirty mug. For a 4 star we felt this was totally unacceptable. As far as location was concerned we were very close to bus stops, the Train, the Airport bus and also the Tram. Around the corner was a delightful restaurant - Le Rossini, which we ate at twice. There was also free Wi-Fi, although on 1 occasion I was unable to access it for a full evening which was a bit annoying.

unfortunately we had issue with hot water in whole of hotel. staff could not get it fixed due to fact no plumbers available working in weekend ! so it was disappointed experience as we were not able to take shower for 2 days! otherwise rooms were good.door are bit noisy as they bang when you close and also standard breakfast is average, overall not bad budget hotel...

We booked a four night break in Nice through BA (they have some great deals, BTW) and chose Villa Otero for competitively priced accommodation. The hotel is small but well decorated, and our room was fine for the length of stay. It's close to the station but rather a long walk to the old town. You can pick up the tram to the old town with a 10 min walk The breakfast is basic - yogurt, bread, cheese, ham and cereal, with a bowl of fresh fruit. There were small pancakes available on day one, but these never re-appeared. The breakfast is served in the lobby, with a cold blast of air coming in every time the doors to the street open. The chairs are rather too low for the tables, so you end up perching on the edge to eat properly. The lift only takes three people, two with cases, so be prepared to wait for it if someone else is already in it. We rented the wi-fi gizmo for 1 euro per day to stay online, which is great value. What we weren't told when we checked in is that there's a city tax of 2 euro per person per day, in our case an extra 16 euro to pay on check out. The staff were charming, and very helpful. We downloaded the Happy Culture app to take advantage of the Happy Hours available at the other TC hotels. We don't have a sweet tooth, and the only hotel offering the savoury nibbles option was quite a walk away, almost to the edge of the old town. When we looked on the app another showed up close by as serving the same - the Best Western. On turning up outside we were dismayed to discover that it was boarded up, so why is it still showing up on the app as one of the HC hotels participating in the Happy Hour? It needs to be removed, as other people may have travelled much further than we did to drop in and partake of olives and tapenade. Indeed, may we suggest that the HC hotel on the corner near ours offers the savoury option instead of the chocolate?

Great stay here for Carnival. Nice clean well serviced bedroom. Good breakfast. Lovely friendly staff especially Issa and Alexandre and the girls on reception. This hotel does not serve alcohol but they do something special every afternoon between 2pm and 6pm they have happy hours. A little buffet of cakes and sweets hot and cold drinks free to residents and residents of other hotels in the group. In fact tea and coffee available 24 hours at no extra charge and you can visit any of the other five hotels they have in Nice and enjoy the same benefits. Amazing!!!! If this hotel disappoints you then there's something wrong with you.

We originally booked our seven night stay at Best Western Hotel Riviera by Happy Culture, but to our dismay when we arrived we found the hotel boarded up and under renovations, as you may think we were in shock we quickly went to the next hotel who thankfully are a sister hotel and told us that we have been moved to the Villa Otero. On arriving there we were told that we were sent an email explaining the change of hotel, but we never received such an email. For the inconvenience we received an upgrade to a room with a balcony and we were told the original hotel was three star and this hotel is four star. After the initial shock had past we must say that we were glad that the original hotel was closed as it was on a main road probably noisy and not the same amenities that we had at now. The staff were brilliant from decorating for Carnival and for Valentines Day it gave the hotel a very happy atmosphere which we greatly appreciated, thanks to all the staff and a special THANK YOU to DORA who went the extra mile for remembering my birthday with a gift, again very much appreciated. The breakfast was one of the best we have had in France and having the opportunity to partake in the happy hours of ours and of all the other five Happy Culture hotels in Nice was a bonus and as they have over twenty hotels in Paris we will definitely look them up the next time we are there, its a great idea it certainly was a pleasing aspect to make our stay in Nice even more enjoyable. Overall it turned out to be a very enjoyable stay that we will remember for a long time.

We stayed in the hotel for three nights over the weekend in February. I loved the decor of rooms and the reception area. We stayed in the double superior room and it was perfect for the short visit. The only downtown was that the doors could be a little bit more sound proof as you can hear other guests closing the door which sound like they were doing it loudly on purpose. The hotel has a happy hour from 2-6pm offering unlimited coffee and sweets. This was great as we would come in the afternoon after walk around Nice to recharge a bit. If you are from abroad and don't want to use your mobile internet data I recommend renting a wifi device from the hotel for only 1 Euro a day. It's quicker than the 3G on your mobile and you can connect up to 10 devices. Also make sure you book the breakfast as it's worth having this option in the hotel and not wonder around Nice trying to find a cafe. The staff are amazingly nice and welcoming. It was a pleasure to stay in this hotel.

Stayed here late last year during Christmas holiday season. Waited to post review because I was traveling and had hoped hotel would circle back about incident - they did not. Booked after having a fabulous experience in another Happy Culture property in different city. Check in was fine, room was comfortable but upon waking on first morning, realized that some things were missing from my belongings when I went to get dressed for day. A cashmere sweater, brand new boots, a small purse (empty) and a bag of gluten free bars and some meds were taken from my room - approximately US$750. The morning/AM manager was great and while she was caught off guard and it felt like she had to defer to management outside of the hotel, she offered to immediately refund half my room charges (she said she could not do for night I had checked in and that morning - two days). She also offered me and my friend (who had her own room) complimentary breakfast which was fine but the spread felt a little tired and not as nice as the group's hotel we stayed in earlier in the week before we got to Nice. It's worth noting that upon returning to the hotel the first night around midnight, I had to go back downstairs and have the overnight desk person rekey my room key because I was unable to get into my room with my original key. I was told that I could make a police report but that was the extent of things. The whole experience left myself and friend with a bad taste. We also felt something was shady with the desk staff who's boyfriend was there every night hanging out in the lobby making himself so comfortable - the next two nights he was there when she left at 10pm. This was the same desk person who checked us in on night one. The boyfriend seemed to know about our break-in and theft and just gave off a bad vibe. He certainly made himself comfortable in the lobby, on the hotel computer using his Facebook. The manager seemed surprised when I told her upon check out that the boyfriend was loitering in the lobby. Although they assured me they were going to check the report that showed access to my room, I never heard back from them. I hate that I have to leave a sour review because I wanted my Nice Villa Otero experience to be as good as my other Happy Culture stay and my overarching fabulous trip to Nice and the surrounding areas. All in, I don't think it was the hotel but one or two people who took advantage. Although I do think they could have been slightly more concerned or followed up with me to close the loop.

58 Rue Herold Nice Alpes-Maritimes

Located in Centre Ville-Gare within a short walk of Nice Etoile Shopping Center, Villa Otero by Happyculture is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Orthodox Cathedral. This 38-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, a nightclub, and a 24-hour business center. It's in central Nice and also close to Place Massena and Marc Chagall National Museum.


Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All of Villa Otero by Happyculture's 38 soundproofed rooms provide espresso makers, safes, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers. Desks are also included.

Property features

Renovated in 2015, Villa Otero by Happyculture offers a nightclub, free WiFi in public areas, and a 24-hour business center. There's discounted offsite parking, and an airport shuttle for EUR 70 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a computer station, a library, and free newspapers.

Room options

Business Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Triple Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Double or Twin Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Double or Twin Room, Terrace

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

39% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 252 reviews