Lumpy mattresses, drab reception areas, the intrusive whir of heavy traffic as you drift off to sleep – if you’ve ever decided to save a few quid on holiday accommodation, the no-frills 'charm' of a low-cost hotel can be hard to forget. However, your nights spent staying in cardboard-box boltholes are over. 

That’s right. The three-star has had an extreme makeover, with airport hotels and city centres now offering both high-end comfort and convenience with an extremely competitive price tag. Futuristic interiors, stylish communal areas and intuitively reimagined bedrooms with enough snazzy shower gels to fill an entire carry-on have exponentially transformed the guest experience. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the brand-new Holiday Inn Express Nice – Grand Arenas

Expect nothing less than bedside USB ports, power showers and speedy wifi in every room / Photo: H. Lagarde

Located five minutes from Nice International Airport and only 15 from the city centre by tramway, the latest outpost from Holiday Inn Express exemplifies the evolution of the modern-day three-star. Speedy wifi, walk-in showers and bedside USB ports can be found in each of its 131 rooms, which come in varying sizes – peaking at a satisfyingly spacious 19m². A grab-and-go style restaurant, meanwhile, serves nutritious and energising meals throughout the day, so whether you’re running late for a flight or you're simply eager to begin the day's sightseeing, an empty stomach will be the last of your concerns.

You’re also excellently positioned for day trips to the French Riviera’s other must-see destinations, with the nearby A8 motorway offering fast connections to Cannes and Monaco, as well as the Sophia Antipolis technology park and university – the Côte d’Azur’s foremost business precinct. And now, whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, you can discover the best average daily rates by booking direct through the Holiday Inn Express website. 

So, say goodbye to stiff necks and lukewarm showers. The three-star hotel could just be Europe’s sexiest stay. 

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