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L'ART DES AMIS- deluxe PENTHOUSE w. south-facing terrace/ Musiciens/ Nice

Thiers, Nice, France
  • Apartment548 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

1 bedroom, LR, kitchen, bath w. tub & shower, 2 balconies; sleeps 3

L'Art des amis (the art of friends) is a beautiful one-bedroom penthouse apartment on the 6th floor (7th U.S.) with a large south-facing terrace of a beautiful Belle Époque building in the Musicians Quarter in central Nice, 5 blocks off the beach, directly behind the Negresco Hotel. Step into the antique cage elevator and be swept up to a romantic vacation escape you will never forget! Facing south, warm sunlight floods the apartment from morning till sunset. French doors in the living room, kitchen, and bedroom open onto balconies where you will enjoy the breezes and rooftop views towards the sea. (That French flag you see fluttering in the distance tops the Negresco.) The art of personal friends is featured throughout.

Remodeled to bring it closer in feeling to the architecture of the Belle Époque period, the apartment features new wood flooring in the living room and bedrooms and period tile set in the entry and kitchen. The kitchen cabinetry has been completely replaced and matching wainscoting installed along with all new appliances and granite countertops. Step through the French door onto to balcony and enjoy petit déjeuner in the sun at your café table for two. Dishes, glassware, flatware, espresso maker and kitchen utensils are all provided should you choose to try your hand at Niçoise cooking. The living room features a black George Nelson-inspired couch for 3 and a comfortable modern 'lipstick' armchair. Flat screen TV, DVD, and internet access provided. The glass coffee table design is by Isamu Noguchi (1948), end tables by Eileen Gray (1927), and glove table lamp by Wilhem Wagenfeld (1924.) While this is actually an 'adult' apartment experience, children are welcome!


Don Corliss and Franklin Reed

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english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Don Corliss and Franklin Reed

We live in Seattle, Washington USA and when we are here, we are dreaming about our next visit to Nice. We are avid francophiles and do our French lessons everyday. We are also travel agents and own a Cruise Planners travel agency! Don't use Expedia, use us. HomeAway (owned by Expedia) will not allow us to use URL addresses, but you can just use Google to find us.

Don Corliss and Franklin Reed purchased this Apartment in 2011

Why Don Corliss and Franklin Reed chose Nice

Angels brought us to our 'dream in the sky!' Our finder Rebecca Russell was one (www.coteabode.com) and the Niçois selling agent the other. His name was Ange (angel in French) and he flew up the 7 flights of stairs to meet us there while we went up in the caged elevator. He had wings, because he met us at the top when the elevator arrived. We were captivated by the apartment's charm and views. You just know when it's right!

What makes this Apartment unique

180 degree rooftop views and centrally located to walk to every area of Nice in minutes. Close to the beach. Close to the grocery store. Close to a large park. Close to local restaurants. Peaceful neighborhood. Charming caged elevator and old-world charm. Seriously, what's not to love!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Large bedroom suite with adjoining bath. French doors open onto a separate 'private' balcony off the bedroom. The romantic Queen-sized canopy bed is the perfect place to end a fabulous day on the Riviera! The bedroom is also furnished with an antiqued white armoire, dresser, desk, bedside table and a reading light. Note
        the living room couch converts to a 'double' bed that will sleep an additional 1-2 people. A frosted glass door closes to provide privacy should the living room be used as a bedroom and the french doors to the balcony may be opened there too allowing both sleeping areas access to the fresh Mediterranean breeze.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • The large bath off the bedroom is fully-tiled and includes both a large tub and separate glass-doored shower. The washer and and dryer (european combination unit) is located under the bathroom vanity. The newly remodeled toilet/WC of the apartment is in a small separate room off the tiled entry to the apartment allowing easy access from all rooms.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          10 minute walk from the beach.
        • Downtown
          Rooftop views from 2 terraces towards the south.
        • Mountain
          Less than an hour from the southern Alps of France.
        • Near The Ocean
          10 minute walk from the beach.
        • Village
          Old town is a 20 minutes walk about.


            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Living room can seat 4 people (3 person couch, one armchair). The television and DVD player are located in this room. This room opens up to the terrace.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Combined with Washing Machine. This dryer uses a spin and heat (no air) method and can cause deep wrinkles and may not leave closthes completely dry. Air drying is best.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      NO AIR CONDITIONING: please be aware that this apartment does not have cooling air conditioning. The owners do not feel the seasonal temperatures warrant it and there are no plans to install it.
                    • Internet
                      Provided by Orange.fr. Passwords will be provided upon check-in and in the Welcome Book provided by management company.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Elevator
                      Turn left upon entering the building
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                      There are free calls to North America from the phone. Ask owners for details.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath towels are provide per person. 2 beach towels are typically available.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Located in the bathroom cabinet.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      WiFi is provided. Passwords provided upon check-in and in the Welcome book.


                        • Kitchen
                          Gally kitchen with a small terrace access. Includes convection/grill microwave oven, refrigerator, 4 burner ceramic stove top. Table can be set up to serve 4 people in the foyer.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          With the electric water kettle, we offer a pour over Melitta filter option and a stove-top espresso maker. We do NOT provide a drip electric coffee maker.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes and utensils are provided for service for 4 people. Includes bowls, small plates, and dinner plates.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Full-size dishwasher located in the kitchen. The apartment is not supplied with detergent.
                        • Freezer
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Cork screws, ladel, spoons, spatulas, whisk, mixing bowls included. Everything one needs to prepare a home cooked meal. Multi-function blender/food processor is provided.
                        • Microwave
                          Multi-function: convection oven and grill, and convection & microwave options.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Standard spices are typically available, but only restocked during owner visits or by other renters. Paper towels are NOT stocked.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Cabinet refrigerator and freezer with adequate capacity.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          2 Slice standard toaster is provided.


                            • Dining
                              The kitchen table fold-down leaves can be set up in the foyer for service for 4 people. Extra chairs are provided in the apartment.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Renters leave paperbacks behind for other guests. Art books and tourism books are also available for your use and reference, but belong to the property.
                                • DVD Player
                                  This is not a BluRay player and is very simple in function.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Provided by Orange.fr and offers many French speaking statioins. On Demand movies are not available to renters.
                                • Television
                                  Some English news stations are available.
                                • Video Library
                                  Art: Matisse/Picasso, Yves Klein, Marc Chagall


                                    • Balcony
                                      Unobstructed southern view of tiled rooftops.
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Terrace


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          Apartment is flat and there is a small lift/elevator. However, there are a few steps to the elevator level and door might be too small for access. We have been advised by a previous renter that a wheel chair will not properly fit and the apartment poses some problems.


                                            • museums
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • churches
                                            • nude beach
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • synagogues
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • NO AIR CONDITIONING - The Riviera is known worldwide for its wonderful climate. Average temperature is rarely too high (average high July/August is 81-82 degrees F/ 27-28C with a low of 68 degrees F/ 20C.) For those who are heat sensitive, we remind you that French doors in each room open to allow circulation, but that NO AIR CONDITIONING has ever been required in the apartment. Fans are also provided for your comfort. Nice Weather - http://www.holiday-weather.com/nice/averages/

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              45 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

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                                                              Shelley G.Virginia, USA

                                                              We stayed at 27 Rue Verdi in Nice for the month of February, 2018. 27 Rue Verdi is a comfortable, functional apartment in an excellent location in Nice. All major centers of interest are easily walkable from the apartment. Grocery stores, boulangeries and other amenities (pharmacy, restaurants, etc.) are also an easy walk. Telephone and internet worked well in the apartment. The owners were responsive and helpful before we got there and afterwards as well. We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this property.

                                                              Great place! Greatly enjoyed our visit!

                                                              Lots of sun - open the blinds and the shutters and it was sunny everywhere! Clean & well equipped kitchen - everything we needed was there. The decor was cheery & pleasant. Plenty of room for the two of us. The combined washer/dryer was a bit of a struggle - but that was us, not it. Wifi was the fastest we ever got in our trip through southern France. We'd definitely go back.

                                                              Beautiful apartment in great location

                                                              David N.NOTTINGHAM

                                                              My partner and I stayed in L'art des Amis very recently (August) and had a really wonderful stay in this lovely apartment. It was in a great location in a quiet area but close to the beach and numerous restaurants and only 15 minutes from the fab old town. The apartment itself was beautifully decorated with some very unique art which made it so very different to the hotels we have stayed in and it made it feel really personal. Being on the 6th floor the views from the balconies were amazing and it was so relaxing. The apartment had all the equipment you could ever need and the communication from the owners Frankie and Don was excellent as it was from Sara Jane from Prom Holiday. We have nothing but good things to say and we would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone looking to rent an apartment in this wonderful city. Many thanks.

                                                              Great apartment

                                                              Clare C.

                                                              This apartment was a great place to stay and a convenient base from which to explore Nice. Very well equipped, very comfortable and particularly nice to be able to spend time out on the balcony. Plenty of restaurants 5 mins walk away around Rue Delpozzo or a 15/20 minute walk to the old town. The agent Sara Jane who met us initially was really friendly and helpful, and the welcoming bottle of wine in the fridge was a nice touch.

                                                              Comfortable bright and airy with spacious layout and two balconies

                                                              Geoff R.

                                                              Quiet, convenient location with plenty of bakeries nearby and easy access to the seafront and to a good range of restaurants.

                                                              Interesting artwork, decor and furniture in the apartment. Photos do not do it justice.

                                                              Kind and friendly owners who have provided some useful information about places to eat, shop and explore.

                                                              Great experience, good value and would book again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We are always so thrilled to hear when people enjoyed their stay at our property! Thanks so much for posting a nice review. It's a special place for us too.

                                                              Beautiful apartment in a perfect location

                                                              Paul H.

                                                              We had an amazing 11 nights at L'art des Amis, the apartment was spotless and beautifully decorated with some lovely individual art pieces scattered around the rooms. There is no air con in the room, but you don't need it due to the sea breeze coming through. 10 minute walk to the train station and only 15 minutes to the promenade. Restaurants only 10 minute walk too. Would definitely recommend this apartment to our friends and family. Paul and Ellie


                                                              Thiers, Nice, France

                                                              The apartment is in the Quartier Musiciens (Musicians Quarter) in central Nice, a well-kept, stylish, residential quarter 5 blocks from the sea and famous Promenade des Anglais- the perfect place to stroll as visitors have done for more than a century. The busy shopping/restaurant areas of rue Massena and Avenue Jean Medecin are 10-15 minutes on foot and the wonderful 'Old Town' a 20 minute stroll for dinner! Nearby on Boulevard Victor Hugo is the Jardin d'Alsace Lorraine, a quiet garden respite. Downtown terrain is basically flat which makes walking a pleasure! A car is definitely not needed to enjoy your vacation in Nice. Train and bus service is easily available for visits to other wonderful Riviera sites and in addition Auto-Bleue, a short-term electric rental car service has autos available in the block next to the apartment. For information see their site at www.autobleue.org. At the top of the screen you can choose an English translation of the page. TRANSPORTATION to & from airport: Airport Express- take bus 99 (8AM to 9PM) toward Gare Nice Ville SNCF & get off Thiers/Gambetta, a 15 minute ride. Also can take bus 98 (6AM to midnight) to Gare Routière & get off at Gambetta/Promenade. It's a bit further from the apartment. Cost is about €1.50 one way or €6 (at this writing) for a transportation day pass which includes buses & city trams. PARKING: Closest is VinciPark MOZART/ 11, Avenue Auber. Contact M. Jean Claude Ferrari, +33 4 93 88 69 85 or Other options: VinciPark LOUVRE/ 20, Boulevard Victor Hugo or Parking Palmeira/ 47 Rue St. Philippe, +33 4 93 96 40 16. Cheapest: Airport Secure Covered Parking, 7-8 euros/day,

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              The municipality of Nice, France charges a nightly "Taxe de Séjour." We have charged 1.5% to cover this tax and its processing. A €450 refundable (24 hours after check-out) damage deposit is required. Late night or late arrival check-in fee apply and is payable directly to Prom'Holiday (key & changeover service) at time of check-in. Check-in time is after 16:00 and check-out is 10:00 (am). HomeAway/VRBO has recently imposed an additional booking fee which I have no control over.

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