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Review 3251: Nice Pebbles, Pastorelli
2bed/2bath apartment in Nice, Provence
22 Dec 2007 to 30 Dec 2007, 8 nights
We rented a flat on Rue Pastorelli, in Nice, through Nice Pebbles. The flat was on the fourth floor and is in a central location. It was about a 20 minute walk to the train station, a 10 minute walk to the bus station and 10 minutes to the Old Town, which is full of shops and restaurants. The newer section of town with lots of shops and cafes was at the end of Rue Pastorelli, 5 minute walk away. There are lots of apartment blocks in this area and previous guests had found it noisy due to street noise and sirens (the hospital is nearby) but we weren't bothered at all by the noise.
The nearest big supermarket, Monoprix was 5 minute walk away. There was also a big Carrefour about 15 minute walk away. There are cafes, bakeries and restaurants in the nearby surrounding streets. A chain that sells only frozen food, Picard, had a store in Rue Pastorelli, towards the main street, and we bought food there one night to cook in our flat. They had a good quality selection. There is a daily (except Mondays) produce market in the Old Town, 10 minute walk away.
The building was in good condition, it was art deco design. It had a small lift, big enough for luggage plus one person or three people. The apartment seemed quite secure, there was a heavy decorative iron and glass door on the street, which you unlocked first to enter the building. The area was full of historic buildings, mostly apartments and mostly in good condition.
You enter the apartment and turn right to the dining area, lounge area and new kitchen, all open plan. If you turn left from the front door, you reach the first bathroom with bath, shower over the bath, toilet etc, next is a twin bedroom with two single beds and an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet. Both bathrooms were new, shiny and clean. Next was the master bedroom with very comfortable bed and 2 small balconies. There are lots of floor to ceiling windows and the flat is full of light, very airy and stylish looking. We found the flat very comfortable and extremely well equipped.
You can view the apartment directly: Pastorelli.
There was no garden, although there is a small public park a few minutes walk away. There are two small balconies off the master bedroom and one had a small table and two chairs.
There were lots of chairs and a comfortable couch which turned into a sofa bed. Everything was very clean and in top condition. The kitchen and bathrooms looked new and some of the furniture looked antique. The whole effect was very stylish but also very comfortable. There was a TV in the lounge with DVD player and a few English movies to play. We could only get French language programs on the television.
Master bed was very comfortable with nice new bed linen. Bathrooms were new and clean, shower was great with good water pressure and loads of hot water.
Kitchen had lots of equipment, including a fridge with small freezer, microwave that crisped/grilled, a dishwasher and washing machine. The only thing we had a little trouble with was the microwave as we are used to a proper oven and the instructions were only in French. We did manage to use the microwave/griller but it was a bit of trial and error.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was even nicer than I thought it would be. I would have enjoyed living there permanently; it was very nicely decorated and everything seemed very good quality.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We found Nice Pebbles website through SlowTrav and found them good to deal with. Their business practices were professional and their website has lots of good info on it such as what to see and do in Nice, where to eat etc. We were met at the flat by Annina, the assistant at the rental agency. Annina was very helpful and enthusiastic, giving us a map and explaining about transport options for day trips etc. We paid £500 for eight nights during the Christmas period but the price goes up a fair bit in mid summer.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would love to stay in this apartment again; it really was the icing on the cake of our Christmas holiday. We would definitely recommend both the apartment and the rental agency to friends and family. It would have been nice if there was English language television and we did have a bit of trouble figuring out the microwave operation.
Things to do in this area
There are lots of small villages, such as Eze, Beaulieu-sur-mer, St Paul de Vence etc, and larger towns such as Monaco and Antibes, to visit along the coast. The buses are very cheap (€1.30 per single trip, no matter where you go) and easy to catch and the train also runs along the coast. The tourist office can supply bus timetables and maps etc. We had a nice take away pizza from Le Relax, a little restaurant on the next corner. The Nice Etoile shopping mall is good for shopping; it's on the main street, next to the Monoprix supermarket.
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