I spent a good portion of our trip to Nice enjoying the gorgeous views from the balcony of this unit. This was our first trip to Nice, which, despite being touristy, retains its many charms. The location is perfect. This unit is adjacent to the Old Town, including an open air market where we purchased fresh bread and fruit each day. It's also directly across the street from some of the best beaches in town. The building is old, and, for whatever reason, the owners inexplicably chose seemingly fragile decorative elements like wall-based nightstands that look like they might fall off easily and drapes that have to be handled with extreme gentleness. Also, the fridge door opens into the floor, which seems like something that can be fixed. Otherwise, the unit is nicely designed and maintained, and the management company is friendly and responsive. The bed was comfortable. The kitchen and bathroom were modern. We'd stay here again without hesitation. I still smile when thinking about this apartment and the Nice beach, even days after returning home - the sign of a great vacation.
This apartment is exactly like it looks on the net. We loved our stay here and wished we had booked another couple of days. Great location. Check in staff excellent and extremely helpful.
QEU is a fourth floor 1 bed apartment. This means the views from every window in the apartment are stunning. The kitchen window looks out toward Castle Hill and the long sweeping curve of the Quai des Etats Unis. The breakfast bar under the window is perfectly positioned for a contemplative coffee and croissant in the morning or an evening aperitif before setting out for a meal at one of the numerous restaurants that are steps away from the front door. The windows to in the bedroom and living room look over the road from the apartment building to the promenade, the beach and the sea. As an alternative to the views of landscape from the kitchen, one can vicariously enjoy the swimming, speed walking, jogging, skating, boarding and cycling indulged in along the promenade; activities you might momentarily feel you should be doing instead of considering that second morning coffee and brioche.
The apartment is bright and airy, uncluttered and simply furnished. This gives a sense of space keeps the temperature cool. The kitchen faces east and is sun-filled in the mornings and the glass bricks to the bathroom mean that natural light filters into the internal space. The windows to the bedroom and living room face south meaning they allow light into the apartment all day. The balcony, outside the living room window is adequate for two and allows for a decadent late breakfast or luxurious high tea above the bustle of the Quai des Etats Unis.
The apartment is ideally positioned for exploring both the Vieille Ville and greater Nice and there are a number of sights worth seeing. I can recommend the TAG cycle tour as a way of learning some lesser-known facts about the town as you wend your way up to the park overlooking Port Lympia.
The train station is a fifteen-minute walk or a five-minute tram ride away and, for just under £6.00 for a return ticket, Monaco is a twenty-minute train journey away. Worth a visit just to see how the other half vacation and the yachts they arrive in.
There were a few things that we felt were minor issues with our stay. The first, we understand has now been taken care of since we first reported it. The second was with regards to what is termed a ‘late’ charge. If guests arrive after 8:00pm, a late charge of €30 is levied. We had informed the management company in advance that our train from Paris would not arrive in Nice until 8:00pm and therefore we could not arrive at the apartment until about 8:30pm. We felt that as they knew the time we would be arriving, the arrangements that would have been made for 8:00 could be adjusted for our arrival 30 minutes later and we would not incur the charge. Because we had informed them in advance, this felt to us, like an unfair penalty charge for a key handover and a five-minute walk around of the apartment.
The third item is more of a tip. The vintage lift can be temperamental and the button for the fourth floor only worked for us on the first night and the lift was on our floor for the last morning when we had our luggage. For the rest of the time when we had shopping to carry, we took the lift to the fifth floor and walked down; much easier than tramping up four floors with food shopping.
Overall, we had a very good time and enjoyed our first visit to Nice (and Monaco) very much and would return to the apartment and Nice.
The apartment offers a perfect view over the beach and the ocean. It is located in the charming old town, next to the famous food and flower market. Plenty of restaurants within a short radius.