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    Best Western Hotel Roosevelt
    I waited to the last minute to book our Nice hotel in the hopes something would open up in Monaco. Two days before arrival I started scouring the Internet, and the best deal I found for a three-star hotel was the Best Western Roosevelt for $175 a night on Hotwire. The Seabourn bus dropped us off in front of the Le Meridien Hotel, which is right on the famous Promenade des Anglais. We were about to take a taxi but the Le Meridien bellhop said our hotel was just a few blocks inland from there, so we walked. It was five blocks, to be exact.

    The Best Western Hotel Roosevelt is a solid three-star hotel. We arrived at 11 a.m. but check-in wasn't until 2 p.m., so we stored our bags in their unattended closet (I put my computer bag in their back office). In the two nights we were there this is what I learned:

    -The best rate for their hotel is not on Hotwire. If I had gone to the hotel's website it would've only cost me 108 euros (US$157.98) a night, including breakfast. If you don't book directly from Best Western, breakfast costs 12 euros (US$17) per person.
    -The lobby is small but has a new contemporary design with two computers for guests to use for free. One's a Mac, the other a PC.
    -There's also free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel just like at all Best Westerns.
    -The rooms are clean and basic but have comfortable twin beds, soundproof windows that open, air-conditioning, a work desk, a 26-inch flat-screen TV with 37 international channels and 3 movie channels, a tray with tea and coffee, a small fridge, and an individual safe.
    -The bathroom was new with a shower, two mini bars of soap, toiletries, and a hairdryer.
    -The lone elevator is small, so pack light.
    -Most staff members speak English and are friendly.
    -Even if you prepay, at check-out you have to pay the Nice city tax, which is 90 euro cents per person, per day.
    -The only problems I could find with this hotel is that I could hear people walking in the room above ours once in a while, and the shower isn't very wide--so don't drop the soap if you are overweight.
    -Best Western Hotel Roosevelt, 16 Rue Marechal Joffre, Nice, FR, 06000; Tel.: 011 33 49 38 79 47 1. Here's a deal: Stay 3 Times, Get a Free Night at Best Western.


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