Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 5259: Nice Pebbles, Amaretto
1bed/1.5bath apartment in Nice, Provence
January 2012, One Week
The apartment was on a pleasant street in the center of Nice, not the old town but the 'regular' city part. The building is brand new and very modern with elevator and balconies. The interior of the building was quiet and we barely heard another neighbour. The neighbourhood was typically French with boulangerie, restaurants, shops etc... close by.
We liked the area because it was not touristy but close enough to touristy sites to be able to walk ( we are good walkers though!)
Everything we needed was within walking distance: restaurants, shops, grocery, boulangerie. We found the frozen food shop further down the same block to be stocked with interesting, unusual and tasty frozen foods!
This is not a historical building, built about a year or so ago. I have no idea how many units were in the building but it was quiet. There was some traffic noise by day and in the morning as there was some construction near by but it was remarkably quiet at night; we did sleep with windows open.
Outside sitting area consisted of two small balconies overlooking the street (this apartment is on the sixth floor though) one of which has a small table and two chairs. We did not sit out since it was January.
Since the apartment is new all the furnishings are new and are all high quality. The couch is leather, European in style and, for me, comfortable. There are no 'sitting' chairs though, just the somewhat uncomfortable dining chairs.
The apartment was generally very clean though we did find a family of dust bunnies under the bed!
Linen etc., was clean and comfortable.
The bedroom is an odd shape and very small so that the bed does not fit well. Unfortunately the bed has a large frame which unnecessarily takes up extra room and means that the bed is pushed up to the wall on one side. We remedied this issue moderately successfully by pulling the bed forward so that the person by the wall could walk behind the bed head and the other could tumble out by the door, however, this made getting to the closet very difficult, mind you, the closet is almost completely occupied by a very large air conditioner unit.
There is one bedside light in the room and this provides the only lighting in the room and is, thus, totally insufficient. There is no hook on the back of the bedroom door for clothing.
There is no hook anywhere in the bathroom to hang clothing or anything else, there is a towel rail but this is not suitable for clothes. There is also nowhere in the shower, other than the floor, to put soap, shampoo etc... We were provided with two towels each but no hand towel for the downstairs toilet; one tea towel was provided, an apron would have been nice too.
However, the water pressure was excellent, the bathroom and bedroom were clean and comfortable and well heated.
We loved the electric blinds in the bedroom which kept it super dark or could be rolled up a little to allow some light; rolling the shutters up or down while lying in bed was amusing!
The mattress was comfortable, the pillows were not. There were two feather pillows, and two synthetic "rock pillows" but, like many other people, I am allergic to feathers. The :rock" pillows were so bad that we went shopping to look for a pillow, no luck.
The kitchen forms part of the main, open plan, living area but it does have a four burner ceramic hob, full oven, microwave and dishwasher. However, the kitchen is oddly equipped, there are two cork screws and a blender but only one frying pan and very few dishes, we counted five plates. There was only one wine glass and an odd assortment of other glasses including sherry glasses!
On all other occasions we have done self catering we have found a welcome supply of things like salt, pepper, oil, vinegar and often some other cooking necessities, this apartment had nothing at all; we were provided a nice bottle of wine, some coffee, some milk and a cookie none of which (except the wine!) helped us make dinner on a Sunday evening when just about everything but the expensive corner store was closed.
Problems or Bonuses
When we booked the apartment wireless was indicated as one of the features, however several weeks later we also noticed mention of a cable in the bedroom for wired Internet, confused we contacted the agency which told that there was no wireless, only a cable in the bedroom which we did not find. Eventually we found the cable coming from a box by the TV.
We did feel that an apartment like this, should have wireless.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
All our dealings with the agency were very positive, they were quick to answer email questions prior to booking. The agency is almost wholly run by British ex-pats so English is widely spoken making dealing with them even easier. Yes, on the whole, the apartment lived up to our expectations, it was large, clean, comfortable and much more pleasant than a hotel room for the equivalent price.
We paid around £450 for one week in January. No other charges.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I wouldn't stay here again because I would want to try somewhere different but that does not mean I would not recommend the apartment. I would definitely recommend it.
Be aware that this is not a touristy neighbourhood, however it is a good neighbourhood and we felt comfortable there.
Things to do in this area
We cooked in so didn't eat out. There are numerous patisserie and boulangerie in the area, we made it our mission to try out as many as possible but don't remember the name of our favourite. Sorry!
Most of our time was spent walking around. We took the bus a few times to visit places, it's cheap and reliable.
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