Villa La Tour

Cozy and contemporary, the hotel is just a short walk away from the flower market.

By Margie Rynn, Friday, Jul 31, 2009, 2:42 PM

Villa La Tour

About this Hotel

Price From $63

Decent hotels are virtually nonexistent in the center of Old Nice, but here's an exception.

It's in an 18th-century convent, and the new owner, from the legendary Hotel Negresco, brought with her more than a whiff of style: The 16 rooms got complete makeovers, with designer fabrics on the walls and chic lamps and lighting fixtures.

The overall effect is cozy and contemporary, if a bit cramped. (For more space, opt for the "superieure" rooms, though they cost more.) There's no elevator, and the hallways are very narrow.

Most rooms have views of the old town, and a few have small balconies that look down on the labyrinth of streets; if your room doesn't, you can always go up to the roof garden.

The flower market is a short walk away. En route, you'll pass a plethora of shops, bars, and restaurants.