Villa Nina is as sweet as its name, and a tiny familial hotel well located in Antibes Juan-les-Pins. This three-star address is a good choice for budget travellers who are after a cosy hotel to come home to after a day exploring the beaches of the French Riviera.
The hotel is located in a small side street off the beach at Juan-les-Pins, only 50m from the waterfront and about 500m from the Juan-les-Pins train station. Villa Nina is a short drive from Cannes (3 miles) and Antibes's TGV train station (1.25 miles) while Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is just over 12 miles from the hotel.
Villa Nina is not equipped to welcome children under the age of seven during the summer season, or children under the age of three at all other times of the year.
A car park next door to the hotel is free of charge except during high season.
The hotel closes each November.
Last renovated in 2006, Villa Nina is a simple but warm hotel, lovingly decorated by the owner/manager who has sourced objects from his world travels, local flea markets and his own personal collection of family heirlooms. From sculptures and oriental carpets, to gilt mirror frames, antique chests and other objets d'art, Villa Nina combines a number of eclectic styles that somehow work when thrown together, creating an inviting and homey atmosphere.
To the immediate left of a small Reception area is a spacious lounge with large windows that face the street. With comfy leather couches, indoor plants and lashings of rich colours, the lounge is a comfortable hideaway perfect for reading or early evening drinks (there's a well stocked bar). The lounge also doubles as a breakfast room where a buffet selection is set up to one side, while several tables spill out on to a private, paved courtyard. This charming garden features a wrought iron gazebo structure draped in burgundy voile curtains surrounded by an impressive bonsai collection, as well as gorgeous bougainvillea and orange and lemon trees.
Rooms are set out across two levels, on the first and second floors of the hotel, with no elevator access. The corridors' bright yellow walls and oriental carpets add colour and warmth. There are 15 rooms at Villa Nina, divided into three categories: double/twin, triple and junior suite (sleeps four people in two rooms).
The rooms, like the hotel corridors, feature yellow walls and warm tones from the burgundy carpets to the berry red curtains. While the rooms are clean and bright they err on the small side. However, 12 out of 15 rooms have a small balcony and a handful of these even boast a sea view. All rooms are simply furnished and feature LCD cable television, free WIFI and telephone (with direct line). However there is no mini-bar, nor personal safety deposit box - the latter can be found at Reception. Most rooms do not have any wardrobe space but rather a facility to place flat one's suitcase and a few hangers. While this may be inconvenient for some, it cleverly frees up space in the already cramped rooms. The bathrooms may be tiny but they are clean and adequate.
There is no restaurant on-site (hence no score for Food and Drink) but breakfast is served daily in the lounge on the ground floor. Guests may choose to dine inside in cooler weather, or outside in the courtyard amongst the bonsais and bougainvillea. Breakfast is a cold, continental buffet at a cost of 12 euros (£10.55) per person.
Villa Nina is 50m from the beaches of Juan-les-Pins where guests will find a number of public and private beaches. The hotel has an agreement with the nearby La Plage private beach, where guests may benefit from discounted rates for sun lounger, mattress and parasol rental.
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