Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice) Apartment Rental Photos and Description
3 Beds , Maximum Of 6 People
This fabulous 3 bed air-conditioned apartment is on the 1st floor of an historic Old Nice building, in a quiet street off the main drag. Inside it's been renovated with style and flair to produce a sophisticated town centre apartment that's the ultimate home from home in the centre of the capital of the French Riviera.
The apartment is very spacious and has a loft flavour that's accentuated by the huge beams on the ceiling and the very tall French windows.
The apartment has been recently renovated with a lot of style, and it's now presented, decorated and furnished to perfection.
Its very large living room (40 sq m) is complimented by a new kitchen, walk in shower and three bedrooms.
Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. Its reputation for glamour is enhanced by an equal reputation for top-end scandal. The clearest-possible light spangles the Mediterranean to create a setting for sybarites, and shadows for well-dressed decadence. The inauguration, last autumn, of the brand new Promenade du Paillon - 30 acres of park running from the city centre to the sea - indicates that it has the imagination and drive to fulfill its ambitions. This is a glorious, and playful, slice of urban greensward. And it’s bewitching at pretty much any time of year.
To Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (00 33 489 88 98 28; en.nice.aeroport.fr) is served by British Airways (0844 493 0787; ba.com) from Heathrow and Gatwick. Aer Lingus (0871 718 5000; aerlingus.com) from Dublin and Cork year round; Flybe (081 700 2000; flybe.com) from Southampton (from May 1, 2014) and Exeter (from May 2); Jet2 (0871 226 1737; jet2.com) from Leeds-Bradford (from May 2) and Manchester (from April 4).
EasyJet (0905 821 0905; easyjet.com) flies from Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Bristol and Stansted year-round, and from Edinburgh (from March 31, 2014), Belfast (from April 5) and Newcastle (from April 1). Monarch (08719 405040; monarch.co.uk) flies from Birmingham (from May 2) and Gatwick (from May 1).
Finally, Norwegian (0843 3780 888; norwegian.com) flies year round, Gatwick to Nice - and is often the cheapest option.
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From Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport (00 33 489 88 98 28; nice.airport.fr), a taxi to the city centre will cost you €22-€30 (£18-£25) by day, depending on where you want dropping off, or €27-€32 between 7pm and 7am. There will be extra charges for a fourth person, and luggage.
If you wish to book a taxi ahead, telephone 00 33 493 13 78 78. The shuttle bus is cheaper (€6 one way – but the ticket is valid for the next 74 minutes on all Nice buses and trams), and easy as pie.
Jump on either the No 98 or No 99. One or the other leaves about every 30 minutes, serving both airport terminals. The 98 ends up bang in the city centre, the 99 at the main railway station. I use Med Tours which are just as cheap as Airport Taxis
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On flower market mornings (every day, bar Monday), the Cours Saleya is a barely-controlled explosion of colours and aromas.
Nice is served by two ports – the city’s own, and that of Villefranche-sur-Mer in one of the Med’s loveliest bays just round the corner. In Nice, ships tie up at the port, where tourist office staff will be waiting with information. It’s a pleasant 20-minute stroll to the old town and city centre. If that sounds too tiresome, taxis are available and, in high season, shuttle buses are laid on.
If Villefranche is your port, arriving in the bay is a glorious experience – enfolding mountains, sea, sun, sky and the little town nestling in among it all. This is a tender port, so the boat will anchor and you’ll be shuttled ashore. If time is tight, I’d settle for Villefranche itself. It’s a fine old Mediterranean seaside spot with ample sights and shopping to keep you occupied for a couple of hours – or more, if you want a decent lunch or dinner. If you’ve more than a couple of hours, head for Nice.
There are taxis at the port – though it’s almost as easy, and much cheaper, to get to Nice by bus (12 minutes; €1.50) or train (seven minutes; €1.60). The tourism office at the port will tell you where to catch them. Services are frequent throughout the day.
Nice centre is easily walkable. Indeed, if you’re doing the Old Town (Vieux Nice) it is only walkable. The streets are barely wide enough for a donkey, never mind a bus. But some things you’ll want to see – the Matisse Museum, the full length of the Promenade des Anglais – will involve a tidy amount of leg-work, which you may care to avoid. Fortunately, Nice has a first-class public transport system.
Buses and trams
For a place thick with billionaires, these are commendably cheap. And the (relatively) new tram system is an elegant delight, studded along its course with art-works. The price per journey - a Solo Ticket - rose last May by a hefty 50 per cent, but it’s still only €1.50. This entitles you to 74 minutes’ travel (don’t ask), including one change. It’s operative not only on the full city network of buses and trams but also on buses throughout the Alpes-Maritimes département (county).
The former home and studio of Henri Matisse, who lived in the capital of the Côte d’Azur from 1917 to his death in 1954.
However, you can’t use the same ticket for a return journey, even if it’s within the 74 minutes. Wherever you’ve got to, you must buy a new ticket to come back. Nor may you use the €1.50 ticket on the Nos 98 and 99 shuttle buses to and from the airport.
Should you wish to go beyond Nice, buy a Ticket Azur - also €1.50 - and it's operative not only on the full city network of buses and trams but also on buses throughout the Alpes-Maritimes departement (county). If you are going to make lots of trips, or are in a big party, the 10-trip multi-ticket may be the best bet, at €10. Meanwhile, a one-day pass is €5, a seven-day pass €15.
Overall it’s a brilliant scheme. Not only is the Matisse Museum within €1.50’s range, but so are Cannes, Monaco and Antibes. Buy tickets at bus or tram stations, from bus drivers or the agencies at 3 Place Masséna and 29 Avenue Malaussena. Remember to validate tickets each time you get on a different tram or bus. Forget, and you’re in for a €29 fine. Details: 00 33 810 06 10 06; lignesdazur.com.
Nice is excellent cycling and rollerblading terrain, especially along the long, long Promenade des Anglais. As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice that everyone is at it. You might like to join them.
You can hire bikes at Holiday Bikes (00 33 493 82 27 00; loca-bike.fr) at 4 Rue Meyerbeer near the seafront, and bikes and blades from Roller Station (00 33 493 62 99 05; roller-station.fr) at 49 Quai des Etats-Unis – the extension of the Promenade des Anglais. A bike will cost €14-€15 a day, rollers €7 a half-day, €8 a full day.
If that sounds a lot, try Nice’s own Vélo Bleu bikes (00 33 493 72 06 06; velobleu.org). There are 1,750 of them parked at some 175 stations about the city and surrounds. Right of access costs €1 a day. After that, the first 30 minutes hire are free; from 30 minutes to an hour you pay a further €1, and €2 for every subsequent hour. You may book online or simply show up at one of the bike stations with your banker’s card and mobile phone. Ring them on local number 04 3000 3001, give them your card number and they’ll ensure it it unlocks the bikes.
Don’t ignore, either, the possibilities of Segway travel. Segways are a bit like big pogo sticks, but with electric engines. You hop on and speed off and it’s a blast. They’re banned in public in Britain but certainly not in Nice.
An hour’s hire, and guided tour, is €30, two hours €50. Contact Segway Mobilboard at 2 Rue Halévy (04 93 80 21 27; mobilboard.com).
Even if you’re staying longer than a short break, I’d not bother with a car.
If you’re in Nice for a short city break, forget all about cars. In common with most big cities, Nice is a nightmare for driving, parking and anything else connected with private motorised transport. Being near Italy, it can also display a cavalier attitude to minor bumps and scratches, an attitude which your hire-car company may not share.
Even if you’re staying longer than a short break, I’d not bother with a car. As mentioned above, bus connections with almost the entire Côte d’Azur, not to mention the inland bits of the Alpes-Maritimes, are good and cheap. If you really insist, Nice airport has a full range of car-hire companies.
If you don’t fancy the bus, take the train – not much more expensive and one of the unsung joys of the region. The track hems the coast, allowing views you’d never get from a car. A train will also haul you up into the mountains behind, affording relaxation rather than the white knuckles associated with driving in these parts. In summer time, from June through September, consider buying the Carte Zou, which entitles you to unlimited travel on all trains in the Alpes Maritimes départment for €15pp. Meanwhile, families might try the Carte Isabelle. This gets you unlimited travel on Côte-d’Azur trains for €35 for a family of up to four, including two children under 16. Three days for the family costs €80.
Consider buying the French Riviera Pass. This gets you access to those museums which aren’t already free, the open-topped bus tour (see below) and plenty of other sites along the Côte d’Azur... in Antibes and Monaco. There are also discounts in certain shops and free glasses of champagne in some casinos. Pass cards cost €26 for 24 hours, €38 for 48 hours and €56 for 72 hours. Get them online at nicetourisme.com/french-riviera-pass or at the Nice Tourist Office (00 33 892 70 74 07; nicetourisme.com), 5 Promenade des Anglais.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
Why Michael Love chose Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)
This beautifully furnished 3 bed air condioned apartment is fairly unique in Old Town Nice as most apartments are 1/2 bedrooms and about 70 sq metres. My place is over 100 sq metres and very spacious. It is situated in an ideal position, off the main drag, 5 mins from beach even if you are a slow walker, 2 mins from trams, 2 mins from buses where you can go to Monaco, Villefranche, Menton, Beaulieu, Cap Ferat, Grasse all for 4 euros.
Its only 3 tram stops from the main railway station. It is surrounded by restaurants, shops, bars etc. Only 30 mins on the bus for 6 euros from the Nice Airport. I have a wonderful assistant who live 5 minutes away and has lived in Nice for 20 years and knows where to go and eat, she can arrange transportation, translation and any problems with the apartment will be sorted out immediately
What makes this apartment unique
Spacious, modern, well equipped kitchen, air conditioned, beautifully furnished and LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!!
Guestbook comments from the manager
5 out of 5
Stayed for a week in this beautifully appointed 1st floor apartment situated in the middle of the old town of Nice opposite the well known Theatre/Bar des Oiseaux. There are two double bedrooms and another bedroom with twin beds, lots of storage space. One of the bedrooms is at the back of the apartment where it is quieter. The apartment is immaculate and you really feel that you are staying somewhere very special. The living room/kitchen is enormous with beautifully high ceilings with beams, large very comfy sofas and a dining room table that amply fits six people. Step out of the front door and you are surrounded by a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and shops. It's only a few minutes to the beach, the tram stop, the bus stop and the Museum of Modern Art. We had wonderful weather for late October (around 25 degrees), apart from one day when it rained so we went to the wonderful little Cinema Mercury which was showing English language films with subtitles just five minutes walk away on the Place Garibaldi. There is as much or as little as you want to do in Nice. We spent leisurely days along the Promenade, at the flea markets, on a day trip to Monaco on the picturesque train journey along the coast, shopping and visiting museums and art galleries. Highly recommended.