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Iwan2go Jul 5th, 2014 05:10 PM

Apartment location in Nice
Hi all, thanks in advance for your help! We are looking into going to Nice later this year (early winter - probably December) for about a week, and would appreciate your advice on some apartments and neighborhoods. We’d like a good location for trains and buses, but also a nice general ambiance in the area, good restaurants, and safety if walking home alone late.

We stayed in Vallauris in 2010 and drove around Nice but not into it, and are thinking that this time we’d like to see more of Nice itself, plus some of the museums nearby. On that trip we loved the Villa Epphrussi de Rothschild, Villa Kerylos, Antibes, and the village of St-Paul-de-Vence. This time there will be three of us: my husband and I (middle 60s, walk a lot regularly so look forward to that) and our adult son, and we’re not renting a car. From the weather history there will probably be some rain. We love museums, gardens and good food. I’m looking at traveling to SPdeV, Menton, maybe Biot, Nice, maybe back to Antibes. Would love to see Eze, too, looks like some gardens and a beautiful town up there.

The first apartment is located West of Ave Jean Medicin and Victor Hugo. I’ve written to see if they have WIFI, we do need that for sure. This is my number one choice at this point.

The next one is over near the rue Gambetta and Blvd Victor Hugo.

Last one is on rue Pastorelli and rue Foncet; some reviewers said the sirens from the nearby hospital were loud.

Thanks for your help!

Underhill Jul 5th, 2014 08:02 PM

I suspect you'll get more responses from the locals who frequent the tripadvisor Nice forum.

HappyTrvlr Jul 5th, 2014 08:31 PM

We stayed near the second one, lovely area of Nice, good grocery store, shops. We were closer to the water bit liked the area of apt#2 very much.

Iwan2go Jul 5th, 2014 09:28 PM

Thanks Underhill, will post on TA as well, then. Glad to hear that you liked the area of the second one, HappyTrvlr.

traveller1959 Jul 5th, 2014 11:34 PM

Wow! All three apartments are looking good. The first one has those large balconies - would probably be my preference.

All three apartments are located basically in the same neighbourhood. It is the city centre, but not Old Town. The people living here are pretty mixed, mostly middle class. The positive thing about the location is that, within easy walking distance, you have all kinds of stores and services, and you can walk both to many museums and the beach and you can easily reach public transport. The downside is that all three locations are not quiet - but INSIDE Nice, you won't find a quiet location.

The first apartment is cloesest to the main train station and has, transportation-wise, the best location. But, as said, the difference is not much. Maybe style will make the decision.

Iwan2go Jul 6th, 2014 07:41 AM

Thanks, traveller. I like the balconies on the first one too!

Would you say that it’s safe (obviously using common sense) to walk home alone late in the evening to all three - does one have a better location in those terms?

KayF Jul 7th, 2014 02:34 AM

Hi, we stayed at the one in your third link, Pastorelli, at Christmas a few years ago and loved it. It was about 10 mins walk to the shopping area, the same to the Old Town and around 20 mins walk to the train station. The bus station wasn't far either so we thought it a pretty good location. As it was December we had the windows shut and didn't notice any problem with sirens but it may be an issue in summer with the windows open at night. I just re-read your post and see you will be there in December too.

The area felt safe to us, we went out to eat most nights and never had an issue coming back but weren't out that late. It was a mainly residential area, I'd guess middle class. We found the apartment very comfortable, with nice furnishings.

I found Nice Pebbles on the SlowTrav website so did a review there when we returned, this might be helpful:


Iwan2go Jul 7th, 2014 07:53 PM

Oh Kay, thanks so much for the link to your review! That looks like such a nice apartment, it’s hard to choose. I’m also looking at their Garabaldi apartment on the other side of Ave. Victor Hugo, which seems to have a few more restaurants close by.

Need to decide soon. thanks again.

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