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Review 4752: Owner, Apartment in Antibes (#FR930)
1bed/1bath apartment in Antibes, Provence
July 2010, 2 weeks
The best part of this apartment is its location, so central and close to all stores and restaurants. It is part of pedestrian section and it was nice walking there in the evening. The noises came from a next door store construction and were quite big for a couple of days, but in general it was relatively quiet. The church bell stops at 10pm and starts at 8am. One night drunk folks were having a loud discussion shouting for a few minutes on their way home but this part didnít have loud bars.
Two bigger supermarkets were at 500-800 meters from the apartment, but there were numerous stores, bakeries and the Provencal market and small supermarkets very close to the apartment.
The building is an old building in the old part of Antibes. The apartment is on the top floor of eight apartments in total, with two per flight of stairs. The apartment is at the third floor, no elevator, but it has a terrace.
When we arrived at the apartment it was exactly as described and a bit bigger than expected. The walk-in closet was big with the vacuum and iron and board, plenty of room for clothes and plenty of goodies including shopping cart and a bunch of beach umbrellas.
You can view the property directly: Apartment in Antibes.
There is a terrace with a view on the roof tops of old Antibes. The terrace is of good size and we could have our meals there. The table there was broken, but was enough for our meals. The shading was limited to one umbrella, but it is not enough as the terrace has sun all day and gets hot. So we installed two more umbrellas attached to the table, so we could have lunch there as well. It is so pleasant eating outside.
The apartment was very clean and linens were provided, all tea towels and everything required for the kitchen were provided, except bath towels which we needed as well at our camping. If you want to know if your cleaning person is doing a perfect job, check the coffee machine under plate. In this case there was some dry coffee there. I have a similar espresso machine and I know how to remove that plate. Not a big deal, since I used the machine, I cleaned that under plate. Other than that everything else was extremely clean.
The only big thing really would be air conditioning, but I am not sure if we could afford to rent this apartment with air conditioning. If you canít tolerate heat this could be a problem because it was very hot in Antibes. I didnít expect it to be as hot, but it was.
The furniture was almost new. The sofa bed in the living room is okay for one person or one person and a child, but not particularly comfortable. It is an IKEA model.
There were chairs on the terrace and also in the kitchen with a table.
The main bedroom was comfortable, the room itself was big and it had a ceiling fan. A big walk-in closet was available there.
The kitchen was extremely well equipped with all possible accessories including a metal spatula handy for eggs and crepes. I also brought a few little things that I left there for next renters and I even bought two good wine glasses from the supermarket. But I have to say very little things were missing. May be a pizza knife only.
The refrigerator was big, but we couldnít find how to adjust it. The refrigerator part seemed not cool enough at times as it was hot, but the freezer was too strong. The recycle bins are everywhere as soon as you leave old Antibes. Just behind the child playground for example.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment had all modern satellite TV with UK channels and only 1 channel was in French. This is really an advantage for most foreign travelers, and we liked to watch some shows we have at home, but we also usually enjoy watching local TV. Even in Greece we watched local channels with subtitles. This is because we like listening to local language and accents in this case (as we are French speaking), so we feel more on vacation. Moreover it is fun to watch some shows and even advertisements for local products.
A DVD reader and video tape were also available and the owner even left DVDs to watch and books, magazines.
Other minor issues were the name of the street was slightly misspelled on the web page and on the contract. So when you arrive it is important to have the correct name so you can ask directions. The guy in charge of carousel had a map and helped us to locate. It should really be rue des Palmiers.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The booking was a breeze as the owner accepted a credit card payment. The person in charge was very kind and she was on time both for our arrival (we were late) and for our departure at 6:30am. She spoke English, French and German.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I recommend this apartment for a stay in old Antibes and it is very close to the beach (less than three minutes from Gravette beach). It is so great that it was already rented for July 2011 after we arrived home.
Things to do in this area
The area is full of restaurants, stores, ice cream places. It is about 200 meters from the marche Provencal and 400 meters at the maximum from the sandy beach la Gravette which is great for families.
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