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Bad brekfast? bad plage, bad service, wery high preis - but only in this year
Perfect location, nice sea views, really interesting interiors. Some service points, at the reseption and consierge points.
Wonderful wonderful staff and location location location. The rooms were well appointed and in a style that suited the hotel. The balcony was a great place to get a lovely view of the sea. The rooms were larger then most European hotel rooms and air conditioned which made it very comfortable in the August heat. The public areas and dining rooms were very comfortable and charming. Good business center with easy access. The carpet in the halls made it hard to move luggage around and did not fit the period and style of the hotel. Some of the art didn't suit the hotel ambiance. The carpet in our room was very worn and old. The bathroom had chipped sharp tiles and had not been updated which was a little disappointing for the price point. We were also disappointed that no one informed of the beach facilities available.
Very helpful staff; they even said "Have a nice stay" in my language that was amazing! Excellent localtion; place full of arts. You have a feeling that you stay in a museum but you really like it! Just spledid! Nothing, just perfect place.
the interior of the hotel is exelent, very historical! The restoran is also very doog! Service of the reception and also reception manager was full boor. We planed to stay 21 day- and changed the hotel to another one on the 2 day of our stay!!!
Good taste and comfort all over + restaurant Chatecler - the best I ever experienced food/wines and ambiance. Nope.
Historic building, beautiful lobby Rooms definitely need refurbishment
The ambiance was nice- classic old style .The rooms were big and the view spectacular. Unfortunately the bath tub drain cover was not working so it required a nail file to remove the cover to drain the tub.This was repeated every day of our stay without the staff fixing it! The room was not cleaned on returning in the afternoon and we were told by reception that we had to call for cleaning !The wall tiles had black mould which Is really unacceptable in a hotel of this class.also,our room had chipped paint around doors and peeling wallpaper trim.All in all,This hotel needs revamping.On the plus side, the location is the best in Nice. The staff were very poor in responding to complaints - no apologies ever.My room smelled of mould ,to discover next day that there was a furnace type room opening into my closet,which did not have a door.On complaining ,I was given an excuse instead of an apology. Also,after staying 3 days,I was stopped by a security doorman on entering the lobby ,to question me if I was staying at the hotel. Very very upsetting and again ,after telling him yes ,no apology. Good staff should know the guests and be carful before causing an embarrassing moment. The service at breakfast was very poor and the buffet layout difficult to manage due to the tightness of the restaurant.
Staff is very friendly, breakfast was excellent, hotel in general (colours, furniture...) Room for breakfast is too small for so many people
Location was good and hotel's decor fun and kitschy. Small room.
Great location, very close to the Messena Place and the old town. Restaurants close by. Rooms are a decent size as far as French hotels go and for once the air conditioning actually worked. Staff spoke English and were helpful. We were only at the hotel for a quick overnight stay and didn't arrive until 9:30 pm so we didnt spend a long time in the hotel. Had breakfast in a cafe in the market.
We got a good deal for the 'Privileged room' and we were given an upgrade to the next level as it was out of season and they had the ability to offer it to us. Was great to have a large room for a few days. Close to the beach and loads of shopping, restaurants, cafes and the stop for the hop on hop off tour bus. They had all the flyers of tourist things at the counter. Wifi was good. No TV reception for english channels.
proximity to local transportation international channels size of room was too small even for one person extremely loud at night rude employees!
We were made very welcome and the Hotel was very well placed for the park and shopping. The view was hardly inspiring.
The availability and efficiency of the staff. The quality of the infra-structure, atmosphere of the hotel and its location. The room bathroom could be equipped with more towel hangers. During breakfast it would be best if the service staff would not start cleaning the room (washing the chairs, etc.) while people are finishing their meal. It disturbs a bit the breakfast experience.
I enjoyed the fact that the hotel was very central with easy access to buses and trains.
Location was excellent I wouldn't say it was 4 star. It was very basic and tatty in parts.
convenient location, not too noisy
Location No parking facilities offered to guests, however there is a public parking with preferred rates overnight
Near to the City, clean room Room was very smal
convenience to activities and shopping Bedroom carpets not properly hoovered,air con.not perceptily effective.
Large spacious room, robes, slippers, fabulous bath There was no blackout curtain... Luckily I brought an eye mask!
staff, service, breakfast, location - excellent, by the sea, good shopping, easy to get to railway station, old city, shopping streets by walk
Location close to the sea front The Pool was very small and the sunning area was very small and could only take a small number of sunbathers - we had to instead use the private beach which cost 34 Euros
It was right on the beach front and a short walk to the two tour buses for Nice. The staff was very friendly, spoke many languages besides French, room service was excellent and very pleasant. No
Firstly the location was fantastic, 10mins from the airport and 10 min walk from the old town.Our room was beautiful and big with a big balcony over looking the sea. Could'nt fault it.
Over all a great experience since arrival, very good complementary high speed wireless internet , great breakfast and wonderful bath and shower along with quality interior, worth every cent.
Friendliness and courtesy of staff None
our room was facing the mediterrania, so beautiful. it is so close to restaurants in town and shopping.loved going to the casino after dinner. it was so clean and spacious (our room).
The majority of your staff could speak english very well. and they were always very friendly and professional particularily Olivier the concierge
Wonderful hotel. Excellent quality and service. Centrally located.
Renovated rooms on the 5th floor are fabulous, soundproofing is great. Location is excellent, staff is well trained and friendly.
Overall style of the hotel and its superb location No parking - in a very busy and complex town
I like the location the staff very not helpful at all ,had to ask 5 times at breakfast for hot water in order to have tea
The hotel staff were very nice and provided lots of advice on how to move around, what to visit etc. Room was very clean. There is no carpet and it is all white tile which made it look very bright and clean. The sea view and sunrise in the morning is worth every penny spent. Compared to many of the hotels we visited in France this was the best overall experience.
The hotel is in a superb position on the seafront, the staff are extremely courteous and efficient. Furnished very well in a beautiful French style and very clean.
Nice place, nice staff
Staff were friendly, the room was spacious and the location was perfect.
Staff most helpful
small bathroom without practical furniture!
Staff was really friendly
Location The noise from the road in a sea view room The breakfast far too expensive
Very accomodating, not too big and felt personal. The service is exceptional and the spa is a must-do.
Food and Hotel were gorgeous. WiFi 7E for 30 mins in reception! No WiFi in bedrooms. Should be free in bedrooms.
You can hear everything in the corridor. not good service at all. horrible breakfast
The Incredible architecture, fantastic staff and superb rooms.
The hotel seems over-rated. It gives you the feeling of being old or overused or at least not well taken care of. Beyond the intention of design...some of the fittings seem...cheap... Plus, the idea of having the bathtub in the room could be special, but it is not practical. The lights are also not thought in a practical way...
Beautiful hotel, good location, very friendly and efficient staff. The hydrotherapy pool is lovely
the roses all around the place no service after 12 a.m. :(
great hotel ,great design , nothing
Nice adjacent restaurant. Clean room with an bit odd, but original, design. Clearly visible that the hotel was renovated last year. Noise level in the room was a bit high due to the busy road outside.
Great location. Friendly staff. great room. All extars very expensive - eg breakfast or to have a drink in the bar (22 euros for one cognac !)
Beautiful design, good location for shopping The air conditioner didn't work well, it was very hot when we arrived at evening time. I called the reception two times, they promised to come and do something but they didn't, so we suffered the very hot room even in autumn time, +17 degree outside. They only fix it in the next morning.
The staff was polite, funny and spoke perfect English. The manager worked like crazy to help out at the breakfast. We were impressed. The rooms! They're fine but there was absolutely no where to put anything. Our room had one lawn chair. It was weird. It all feels a little too Miami Vice with the colors. Felt slightly Miami-ish/Golden Girls. Bottom floor was noisy with window open.
Location Poor view from room. No coffee or tea making acilities in the room.
What I liked most about the hotel is that it is very central. You are near the sea and shopping and restaurants are also very close. Probably coming from a country that has a "smoking ban" I felt that the smell in the corridors was quite overpowering, and this was made worse by the fact that air freshner's were used. I feel the hotel needs some freshening up. Breakfast also was delivered incorrectly to us on our first morning. We did not get what we ordered and it was cold.
we were given room 401. We liked it because it was a renovated room with a view of the sea. The bed was very good. Towels were good and the supplies (soap, shower cap, body cream etc...) in the toilet were good.
Location Room size
location excellent, quiet, very good maid service, plenty of towels the tv selection is not for english speakers, the shower did not have hot water all the time and hard to control, bathroom small for so called luxury hotel, no coffee or tea with room, no couch in room, staff was aloof
Location Staff not very helpful. Very slow to deal with guests at reception
location, price and atractivness I does not have a pool and the room was small.
Location Everything else. Room to small old dirty, poor breakfast, service. My Deluxe room was much small than my friend's superior ?
The location, and room size. The hotel was very clean. We would have liked 2 chairs in the room. The bar area was basic and lack atmospere, it did not open until 6pm. The roof terrace was closed the whole time we were there.
Excellent location for shops and beach. Very nice hotel. Room not quite matching external areas of hotel. Overall,very nice hotel. Rooftop restaurant/bar/seating area impressive. Room very average.
upon checking in we reported the bed linen being dirty, it was noted and told it can only be tended to the next day, the next day the roomstaff still did not change it. I certainly won't stay at this hotel neither recomend it
staff was friendly no maintenance in the evening.
the friendlyness of the staff at the reception desk The rooms were not cleaned adequately every day, sheets were not changed and soap was not restocked every day. Also, internet access was a rip off pricewise.
The hotel is very well located Staff at the reception could have been more helpful
best price in offpeak season.
The hotel was very central and most of the staff were excellent.One guy was very rude. We only had one key for a shared room.Could not access the iron in evening before dinner and the receptionist did not do his best for us to get it. he was very abrupt saying they did not have one.The hairdryer was antiquated.very old and useless.need replacing.
Great location - quite close to train station. Clean hotel and had a room with a balcony overlooking Rue Jean Medicin. Friendly staff. Nothing in particular.
The location to the shopping district. I think the decor and carpeting could be updated.
the ubication was excellent, the hotel is modern and the personal was very nice
Super helpful staff
The friendly and helpful staff and the fact that it was so near to the bay No
the location was ideal, the hotel very comfortable. In short, we were very satisfied.
It was right on the Esplanade D'Anglaise and very well located for everything.
Very friendly helpfull staff
Interior and seaview, helpful receptionist Poor breakfast, leaking ceiling
close proximity of sea and shops/restaurants. grandeur of a hotel with history and tradition.
Across the street from the beach, fairly good location with free internet. Excellent refurbished bathrooms. Staff was very friendly, particularly the bellman. Pictures on the hotel site do not match rthe ooms - stained rugs, old looking furniture, very hard beds and rough linens do make it a newly renovated room except for the wonderful bathrooms. However the size was perfect for two people and the rooms were clean.
Fabulous location and views, excellent access to old city
nice view, good breakfast and restaurant
A spacious bedroom & bathroom A little strange there was not shower curtain or door in the bathroom
Room facilities was excellent, the pool area was lovely and the room service was very good. Two out of three concierge staff weren't particularly friendly, while one of them was excellent.
Standard of service. Having to pay for sun lounger.
Nice staff, clean and quite. Hmmm, a bit far from city, but bus is available!pillows could have been better
Overall nice hotel, very good facilities and friendly staff The colours of the furniture in my room at 3rd floor was not very pleasant, the floor of the bathroom was with noizy tiles and the air conditioned had no functioned properly
The roof-top terrace was a very relaxing area to sit. Also the conference meals and events were well organised. I found my bed too hard and the pillows too soft for my taste.
roof top swimming pool,serviced very well by public bus service,complimentary bus service offered by hotel,opposite beach double beds do not exist,have to request that two singles be made up as double.,use of beds at rooftop pool had an extra charge!!!!!!!!!
Staff and the room how ever we could not get a smoking room
nice and clean hotel, pro staff expensive rooms, very expensive food, services, minibar etc. - not good value for the money. Besides, the hotel is quite far from the city centre (ca. 30 min walking)
Staff I asked for a non smoking room.Our room smelt very bad of smoking.My wife is allergic to smoke.
The swimming pool. Friendliness of the staff. The room was very comfortable. Prices for sunbed and towels are too expensive even when using the hotel swimming pool.
Room and sea view was excellent. Both the breakfast outside seating and to a lesser extend the roof top restaurant were extremely unhealthy. the breakfast outside area has many dozens of pigeons everywhere, tables, sunbrellas and outer walls were full of pigeons.
Very nice stay.The view was beautiful.The personnel was courteous.Good food at Bleu Citron.
Internet was not available in the room, there is no elevator in the part of the hotel I stayed - at least they could have offered to carry our baggages to the room.
Good, central location. If you are given room in the worse part of the hotel (we were) - no wi fi, no lift and zero noise protection - you can easily hear what TV channel your neighbour is watching.
the staff are helpful and the location is convenient Basic room, but not really expecting too much. Price of Petit-Dejuener was such that I didn't bother to have any.
Good location, reasonable price Wifi reception was poor
clean, comfortable beds, friendly and helpful staff, excellent location
it's amaizing, in the middel of the center of Nice,the best staff and the prise is very good for that location.
Nice, comfortable, clean, good central posizion, excellent staff.
the location of the hotel was convenient to both the train station and old town. the accomodations were fairly typical of that level hotel. the staff was friendly and helpful, particularly when i had issues making an international call - the front desk attendant went further than i would have expected to help me make that call. i was a bit surprised when i asked for restaurant recommendations that i was sent all the way to old town. when i asked for something closer, i was advised to go to the restaurants immediately next door, not because of their quality but because it was a "What the heck, they're decent and they are next door" issue. i guess i would appreciate the hotel having a few quality restaurants in the immediate vicinity that they recommend to their guests who don't want to walk all the way to old town for a meal.
The place where the hotel is situated. (Location). The bed was small and hard.
Well positioned geographically and staff were very good - always polite, courteous and helpful. It did not appear to have bar facilities.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The storage of luggage if waiting for your room or a late flight. The hotel stacks the luggage in the breakfast room which is open to anyone. It would be safer if locked away.
Everything was beyond excellence, the hotel, the position, the welcome - everything The staff at the beach club were quite good but one in particular was quite surly.
There is a great breakfast and the lobby is beautiful. It is right across the street from the beach.
Location, and the room layout My room was super noisy as it didn't have curtains. Couldn't sleep all night due to people partying outside. Came back to see my card being charged again for the stay even though I have already prepaid. Am disputing this with my credit card company right now.
-----------nothing to like..........I DO NOT RECOMMEND BEAU RIVAGE... My experience in this hotel:
Great location - Staff not always very helpful. One staff member in particular had a very poor command of English and was unable to give simple directions or answer basic questions.
Check in delay and room quality
This hotel located in the center of the city, next to sea, shopping, a lot of restaurants. Our room was really small. There was the dust everywhere.
Modern hotel in a great location for Nice city centre and the beach For the standard and price there were a few minor flaws such as plaster falling off room ceiling, and shower being extremely user unfriendly.
The staff was friendly and helpful. I really liked the beach-rock themed remodel, especially the beach rocks encased in the floor of the bathroom. (I've been going to the Beau Rivage periodically for 20 years.) The hotel beach is quite nice, and lunch there is really good. The location is perfect, and Le Comptoir Bar next door is great for after dinner drinks and people watching. Not really. On my last night (the night before an early flight) they put me in a room overlooking a tiny urban courtyard (not too picturesque, like somewhere in New York), but we got there late and we had to leave before the sun rose, so it didn't really matter. It wouldn't have been a great room if I was there for a week of beach-going. Also, they took only nonrefundable cash for a spot at the beach, and there was a sea pollution warning that afternoon, and it started raining on us at the beach, so that didn't work out too well.
Location The terrible service. No room service in the night. Every time you ask reception for something - the answer we don't have it. They dont't have umbrellas during the rain, they don't have iron, they don't have food in the night. In the 4* stars hotel :(
This hotel was excellent as we took a disabled lady and nothing was too much trobule well done to the staff.Joyce Knight
I liked that it has own beach, is located close to most things tourist needs Its very noisy (cant really complain about that cause its good location isn't quiet), having problems with hot water, could have few more hangers
The Room, it was clean & Comfortable The Service (Room Service) price for the breakfast was too expensive
the bed everything apart from !!!!!!!!!!!! and including staff
The Hotel was beautiful. Spacious, modern & clean rooms with a lovely rooftop pool. The tram outside the Hotel was handy to take you to all the areas of Nice. Would highly reccomend this Hotel.
Very good food served lack of facilities,
spacious room, clean hotel, comfy
direct to the exhibition centre no internet connection
Well designed spacious rooms. Nice bathrooms and products.
The location, close to the old district--shopping, restaurants, cafes. The Tram stop is directly in front of the hotel. The staff wasn't particularly friendly or helpful. The restaurant closed prior to the listed times. We had asked for a room with two beds and had one bed and one pull out couch that was not comfortable.
very comfortable beds the fact that there were no tea/coffee making facilities
The hotel was clean, well located and had all the facilities we required in a well located city centre hotel.
The bath tub! The duvet was too heavy for sleeping. A lighter blanket should be provided. Maybe it was and I didn't find it. The room was spacious and many extra services were provided. I was only there for 7 hours so I didn't get to see the hotel in the day. I would stay there again while transiting to the airport.
nice luxury room
Excellent hotel. Very comfortable room with all the amenities. Front desk staff were most helpful. No
Rooms were very modern, stylish, and clean and the hotel provided free airport pick-up service. Location is good with easy access to Promenade des Englais. Nothing
OK hotell close to airport
Great room - well appointed. Comfy bed. Excellent bathroom. The gastrobar experience - ready meals to warm up in your room microwave is not exactly the essence of France.
Friendly staff, English speaking..entertainment system was very good.. Tried to check in bit early instead of 1400 hours which I was not allowed
Location - near airport Shuttle to airport
Room was nice, plenty of space compared to normal hotel room. It was also good to have microwave owen and fridge. Good for travelling with kids. There was separate fee for the brekafast. Breakfast was not the best I have had, it was almost like "pick-up the food from fridge" style. Also better driving instructions from airport needed.
the location close to the airport and the shuttle service the location away from any restaurant
Very pleasant and friendly staff at the frontdesk. They provided maps and info about the city when we checked in. None.
proximity to train station difficult street access; lack of nearby parking
Convenience to the City and the rail station. NA
I like the garden and the exterior architecture. I appreciate that the manager made me a small discount for not having air conditioning in the last day of the sejour. The staff promised three times they will provide me parking place with no result. No one of the receptionist was able to explain me how is the wireless internet working. The breakfast is very poor for the money you pay.
friendly & helpfull staff. & 200m from main rail station & airport bus stop. no
No Free wifi
close to train station, reasonable price, walkable distance to many sight-seeing points... cramped washrooms...
It is a good hotel and the proximity to the rail station is its strong point. Not very far from the promenade too.
very close to the train station, quick 5-10 min walk to the beach breakfast was horrible, the room was tiny and the reception staff not overly helpful. they charge extra to secure your belongings in a safe and extra to store your luggage after checkout
The location was perfect, right around the corner of the mainshopping street. Rooms were very French romantic, though could do with some polishing. Normal price is 200 a night, via booking only 60.
Great location, good reputation. Front desk staff and lounge area very nice/helpful. Knowing this is in a very sexy, happening area, the hotel gets plenty of use, so the tiny details are slightly overlooked. Poor av connection, room more basic than stylized, housekeeping and staff 'a bit' inconvenient or noisy, but overall, good for where the location is. Good experience, not fantastic. Also, wifi should be standard. In-room ethernet (cat5) hookup (iPad, iPhone - won't work), and had to go to lobby, where wifi had to be purchased. Should be amenity. Could connect to McDonalds, which isn't the way to go (or shouldn't be)
Location, location, location and the breakfast!
A great location on the Promenade des Anglais and near to the old town, a good breakfast with stunning view over the Mediterranean though rather expensive, a few design elements, the private beach though expensive too repairing one of the elevators took 3 days, a pity that they charge for internet access (a shame for this category of hotel),
Was disgusted to find a bedside table full of condoms used and new plus the carrier bag in which they were bought, obviously the room had not been cleaned very well
great location. on the promenade de anglais... next to the main attractions and close enough to the local market for an easy walk. smoke. but everyone smokes in europe so not a big deal. the casino was a little cheesy, but location more than made up for this.
The room and balcony
location Limitation of repair
the location and the friendliness of the room staff (ONLY the room staff, NOT the reception) reception staff friendliness and time to act very poor, pool poor
Size of room. View over the town and sea. Air conditioning not working
Good location near the beach and shops etc. The bed was uncomfortable, the cooler didn't work properly in our room, we couldn't regulate it, and the nights were rather hot.
I liked the location of the hotel price. The hotel has clean enough.Close to the sea, the pedestrian area, restaurants and shops. I did not like the room was very small. The hotel has no wireless internet.
We had a large comfortable room. The hotel has a very convenient location close to the water and shopping area. The old town is also nearby. It is also close to many restaurants.
Hotel is clean, comfortable and friendly staff, not luxurious but for the price it was certainly great value. Location is superb, cafe's and shops on the doorstep, 5 mins walk from the Promenade de Anglais, old town ten mins away. Didn't have any food - went to the Boulangerie across the road. All in all an excellent little hotel - ticked all the boxes. We were on the first floor near the breakfast room, so if you hate noise it may not suit you - but I like the bustle of city hotels and this did not bother us at all.
The room, the location and the price
Location Very small bedroom. Bed too soft. Breakfast had few choices
Perfect location. Dedicated staff. The bed was really uncomfortable. It was the only and major disadvantage of the hotel.
Close to the seaside. Very, very slow elevator
Staff very helpful and happy to speak English. Good location just of the main Promende des Anglais and short walk to the old town. Room was a bit small and could her those in adjoining room (they were noisy though)
the location is good, close to shopping area, old Nice, public transportation very small sized rooms with old decor and furniture, unfriendly staff, no minibar
The hotel is decent for a three-star. We chose this hotel because it was pet-friendly. The room was decent if a bit drab and the location was good. We found the front desk people extremely unfriendly and unhelpful, which was a damper on our whole experience. With many hotels in Nice, one should consider others in the area.
The vicinity to the beach. The hotel couldn't accept credit cards because their machine wasn't working. We had to pay by cash for 6 nights (which came out of our holiday spending money), the annoying part, however, was that we weren't advised until we were checking out, so it was very inconvenient. Also, there was no mini bar in the room (fridge especially) so we couldn't keep our own drinks cool.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful, breakfasts were good and breakfast staff were excellent, they couldn't do too much for you. Rooms were clean. Ideal for shopping and business alike. Sparse room amenities. Poor decor in bathroom
Location. Excellent breakfast. Good size room. No towel racks in bathroom. Portable fridge to use dumped in a corner on the floor. Plenty of coffee and tea but only two nimbles of latte.
Staff were helpful and polite. Breakfast was very good. Beds were comfortable. Availability of computer in the lobby for internet use was very helpful for re-booking flights and trains given the train/plane cancellations caused by the strikes. Meant we didnt have to go out and search for an internet cafe to access the net. Not everyone carries a laptop/ I pad with them so having a computer to access on site was very useful! The superior rooms were clean and comfortable but small. Could possibly be improved in terms of being re-decorated. Re decorating would render the rooms I stayed in more asthetically pleasing. Also sometimes the rooms were too warm at night. Air conditioning is too noisy when its put on as is leaving a window open. This is a general problem with most hotels, not just the Mercure!
Good Location, Helpful staff, Comfortable Hotel Bad odour coming from the sink tap.
Kept clean and reception staff friendly and helpful
Location great just two minutes from main restaurants, yet in a quiet street. Friendly and excellent quality and cleanliness. All in all a great stay and would definitely go back or recommend it. Tea and coffee facilities would be good
The location was perfect great resteraunts nearby
Excellent location, friendly&helpful staff. -
Seaview rooms are great, exactly in front of the sea and with a modern furniture.
Location, location,location Clear specification of parking on web site
good staff bedroom quite dark on second floor
excellent situation for beach and right on promenade. service was good, friendly staff.
Very convenient location. Room was spacious. Staff were good humoured and helpful. Bed was super comfy!
Friendliness of staff. Reccomendations for excellent local restaurants UnInformed of Sarcozie's visit & therefore inability to get in or out of hotel
An excellent location and very helpful staff - they contacted a local museum for us to find out if it was open on a Public Holiday (it wasn't!) The buffet breakfast was a bit disappointing. It looked good but all the breads were very dry and chewy, the fruit didn't taste fresh and tea needs to be made with boiling water, not from a pot of warm water brought to the table.
Nice and clean rooms, close to most Nice amenities, 2 car rentals in the same building (plus casino and police! dept) Common area is very small and required slight renovation, personnel could be more friendly
location was wonderful, just across the street from the beach and only a couple of blocks from the old town