Despite being an elegant city on the French Riviera, Nice is surprisingly pocket-friendly for travellers on a budget, and there are plenty of cheap places to stay, whether you pick a cosy guesthouse or a hotel that’s as affordable as it is stylish.
Stroll to the beach from Hôtel d'Ostende
Simple rooms come at a reasonable price at Hôtel d'Ostende | Courtesy of Hôtel d'Ostende/Booking.com
The two-star Hôtel d’Ostende offers simply designed rooms for a reasonable price. Colourful bedcovers brighten up the otherwise muted tones of the rooms, but it’s the location that’s key here. The hotel is just a 15-minute walk from the beach and Nice’s town centre, and incredibly close to the train station, making it handy for exploring other towns nearby.
Nice Riviera Sweet Home, run by host Genevieve, provides the perfect base to explore Nice. It is centrally located near to the Place Massena, the Promenade des Anglais and the pedestrianised Promenade du Paillon, which has grassy banks ideal for picnics. Genevieve’s guesthouse is prettily decorated with wooden rocking chairs and colourful bedspreads, and tall windows make the rooms nice and bright. The generous breakfast will keep you fuelled until lunchtime.
An Italian couple run Breakfast at Sophy’s, and, each morning, guests are offered a cooked breakfast, as well as vegetarian and continental options. It’s close to the beach and the Musée Massena, and pets are welcome. The furnishings are simple, and small balconies look out over the shuttered windows of the street below. Conveniently, a shuttle bus from the airport stops here.
Recently renovated, this 25-bedroom, chicly decorated hotel is great value. Each room is individually designed, with finishing touches ranging from monochrome elements to colourful feature walls. Many of the rooms have a balcony, and there’s a communal terrace where guests can lounge around, drink tea and chat. Breakfast is available on request, and the hotel is in walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Hôtel Saint Gothard is in a great location for exploring the Roman baths and amphitheatre in the oldest part of Nice, the Cimiez region. The area is steeped in history. For one, 20th-century painters Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse resided nearby; museums dedicated to these artists are only a 10-minute walk away. The two-star hotel has 60 rooms, one of which is fully accessible. The bedrooms are understated but the communal areas are stylish, with wooden floors and quirky prints on the walls.
The Maïoun Guesthouse has a homely atmosphere, with trinkets and books in the private rooms and relaxed communal areas complete with foosball and pool tables. Outside, a grassy patio is perfect for chilling out at the end of the day or eating the free breakfast in the mornings. There are two six-bed dormitories with curtained bunk beds, one for female guests and another mixed room, as well as double rooms.
Hostel Ozz, one of the best hostels in Nice, also offers great private rooms for people on a budget; it’s especially good for groups of three or four who can share a room and split the cost. Cool blue tones feature throughout the bedrooms, and the beds have unusual headboards made of corrugated plastic. The open-plan communal area includes a great bar and café.