We had booked this apartment for a seven week stay based on the Internet photographs and owners comments and we had expected to find a clean and smart apartment. Unfortunately what we found was a fairly grubby two star budget apartment with some disintergrating furniture.
On inspection the microwave was filthy, the dishwasher dirty a cupboard under the sink filthy and piled with part used household cleaning items. The toilet needed cleaning and the toilet seat kept falling off. In the living areas the parquet floors had faded due to lack of care and the covers on the lounge pillows were dirty and stained. One of the supplied chairs was in such bad condition that springs and webbing were hanging down from the base of the chair.
In the bedroom the pillows were dirty, stained and smelt of sweat. The bedroom window was dirty and the window sill filthy. Also in the bedroom the furnishings included an old mirrow glass resting against the wall with a badly hand made wooden frame leaning against it and next to this was a partially rusted metal rail.
In the bathroom the supplied towels were of typically two star budget standard.
This was not really what we had paid for, but as we were now commited for the next seven weeks we stayed. We spent the next three days totally cleaning the apartemt, washing all the items that needed washing and we even obtained some parquet flloor polish from the owners and polished all the parquet floors. I must admit that after three days of cleaning the apartment did look quite smart, all except for the bedroom which we found to be of 'student accommodation standard' and horrendously noisey at at all hours of the day and night.
Part way through our second week in the apartment our kitchen lights fused and even though I e-mailed the owners, left a voice mail message and even called into their shop the kitchen lights were still not working when we left five weeks later!! It appears that the owners were just too busy to assist us and it wa suggested that I should go out and buy the fused part for the kitchen lights myself !!
The worst feature of this apartment was the constant noise one experiences. The first source of noise was the lack of sound proofing between apartments.
The noise from the apartment above commenced at around 6:15 am almost every day, and yes even on a Sunday. It started with banging and crashing and showers going, all accompanied by the tap tap of hard soled shoes on the wooden floor above. This racket usually ran from about 6:15 am to about 9 am. There was also some form of hard ball being bouncesd and rolled on the wooden floors above, an activity which we heard in great detail and which became really annoying after a while.
At night the noise is equally as bad. On our third night in the apartment our neighbours above had their washing machine running at midnight, were crashing and banging around their apartment at 1 am, and a woman was screemin at someone at 3 am. Then the noise started again at 6:30 am, and quite often there was banging around above us at 2am !! I bought ear plugs from a local chemist to try and get some sleep but they did not really work.
Our next noise problem was that the two lifts in the apartment block were going through major maintenance for six weeks of our stay. The lift maintenance workers would start their drilling, hammering, grinding and sawing at about 8.15 am and that would go on all day till around 6pm.
Another noise source is that as the apartment has neither air conditioning nor a fan (and on hot days of over 30 centigrade, of which we had many while in Nice in June/July), one needs to leave all the windows open to attempt to cool the apartment. Of course this then allows all the extensive outside car and general street noise into the apartment, and yes the apartment does get really hot on repetitive days of 30 centigrade.
This was deffinitely the noisiest accommodation we have ever stayed in and boy were we glad when it was time to moive on.
On the positive side the owner, Luciia was very pleasant to deal with, the apartment is spacious for French accommodation, the two living rooms are bright and airy and more inviting, once cleaned. The apartment is also fully equiped with all that one needs for a stay in Nice and all fixtures worked well. The wifi internet connection was excellent and the apartment is well located with several supermarkets close by and the price per week was competitive.
However, the constant noise that affects this apartment, the inability to obtain a decent nights sleep and the owners reluctance to undertake maintenanace when it is required will ensure that we never stay there again and we would advise friends not to stay there.
Apart from the accommodation problems Nice was a great place to spend a few weeks. For things to do in Nice - the trip on the number 100 bus along the coast to Monte Carlo for only 1 euro each way is a must for any visitor. Also, Jet Skis at 90 Euros per half hour are a brilliant experience and can be hired on the beach at the airport end of the Promenade. However, one can not really refer to the NIce ocean front as a beach as the foreshore consisits of small pebbles which are painful to walk on without suitable footwear. So do not go to Nice for the beach.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aug 23, 2011
When "Gregory46" booked the apartment I had warned them that it may not be a good idea as I was due to give birth to my 2nd child around their arrival date - I see they in fact totally forgot to mention that I was indeed in hospital when they arrived and had arranged for another person to get the flat ready for them. I had warned them it may not be up to the usual standards as I would not be around to check. I had major complications after the birth and was bed bound for many weeks afterwards, luckily I and the baby are now fine - but, that is why they seem to think we "were too busy" to help with maintenance problems! As for the "disintegrating furniture" I clearly state on my advert that it is an "eclectic mix of old and new" - for example what they describe as a "rusty rail" is actually a very expensive antique replica! The rust is protected by a clear film and does not come away on linen. We like the bits of old furniture as this adds charactor when mixed in with modern furniture. But everyone is entitled to an opinion, but they did see the photos before to book...
I was truly very sorry about the light fitting blowing during their stay - it happened one night when we had a very bad thunder storm, and I was convalescing. We have since shown it to two electricians who cannot seem to work out why it doesn't work - so, once the busy turnaround this summer season ends we shall get it replaced. What the guests also forgot to mention is that the chandelier in the photo also lights up the kitchen area as too a light in the hob so they weren't left in the dark. These guests got a good deal on price for their stay. During their stay they emailed me photos and details of a "250 year old gentlemen's residence" saying I may be interested - and then complained to me about how ice would form on the inside of windows and how cold they were there - as if I would mean anything to me! - they obviously like complaining!
As for the noise - yes, the lift did unfortunately have to undergo major maintenance - but that is now done and the lift complies to French laws and regulations and is totally safe, and as for the noise coming from upstairs; I have knocked to ask what that was all about and they apologised saying they had family with small children staying for a holiday with them and that now things should be much quieter. I am truly sorry that they were so unlucky with all this noise. My family and I lived in this flat for 7 years and never had all these problems.
I would like to add that during their stay mr & mrs "Gregory46" broke my brand new washing machine by overloading it. They broke the bed base which has now been fixed. They forced the bathroom hand basin plug so I couldn't get it open and will have to replace that once the rush is over. They stained the inside of my hall wardrobe by piling in all the cleaning products they removed from under my sink - of course all renters will encounter partly used products - we do not provide new bottles of everything for each renter. Anyhow, these products were thrown in to this wooden wardrobe any old how with lids not properly closed, mixed in with crockery they didn't want to use, decorative items from the livingroom, picture frames, including a painting I had done myself when a teenager! Many of these items were ruined and we had to throw them away. I was very disappointed at the state they left the flat, and I had to pay a cleaner a whole day's shift to try to get rid of stains and repair things after them. We found things hidden in the most odd places and spent a lot of time putting the flat back to how it normally is! I have many reviews in my Guest Book at the flat and can happily say I have had many a happy guest!
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