I spent 5 days in Nice with my sister and my daughter and rented this apartment for our stay. This was the worst of the three apartments we rented during our France trip. The only good thing about it was the view of the ocean, but there are plenty of places in Nice with good views, and the patio chairs were too uncomfortable to use for very long.
We arrived several hours ahead of schedule. When we called our contact to see if we could get the keys early, our first call had so much static that we could not hear. Subsequent calls went straight to voice mail. We never received a follow-up call, and so we waited on the steps out front until our scheduled meeting. That in itself was not pleasant. This apartment is located in a working neighborhood where the passers-by were clearly not fond of tourists. One even stopped to give us a dissertation (in French) on the poor conditions of people in the area and the frivolity of tourists spending so much money on accommodations here.
When our contact arrived at the preset time, she spoke only French, although all my communications in renting the apartment had been in English with the owner. Our French is very limited, which made getting any detailed information impossible. She questioned us about the cleaning fee, letting us know that we needed to leave the apartment in the same condition we found it, and was completely unaware that we had paid the owner in advance for this service.
We had to go up to the apartment two at a time because the lift is only large enough to squeeze in 2 people and 2 suitcases. Our first impression of the apartment was shock at the small size. It basically consists of one sleeping/living area, with small toilet and shower areas, and a narrow kitchen. A double-size Murphy bed pulls out of the wall, once you have moved all luggage and furniture out of the way; a cot is available in the entry, and when opened blocks the door; and a sofa provides an optional third sleeping space. With all beds in place, there is little room to move. The storage space is a closet in the entry way with several shelves, and enough hanging space for one person. The "apartment" felt more like we were staying in someone's college pad.
Although an attempt has been made to decorate the space, any positives were offset by a mop and pail in the entryway and on the patio and the cracked and peeling ceiling in the kitchen.
The kitchen has the basic essentials and nothing more, a small refrigerator with a freezer big enough to hold a couple of ice trays. If you use the washing machine, the dryer is a wire rack that fits only in the end of the kitchen. No information is provided on how to use the appliances, and an attempt to use the washer was unsuccessful (although we had used one in a previous apartment we rented). After 15 minutes of trying to stop the machine which, after filling with water, didn't seem to be running, we were finally able to extract the clothes, wring them out, and hand them to dry.
There is no tourist information provided beyond the Nice map we got when we checked in. No phone, no Internet service, a small TV with a few French and Italian channels. The only restaurant we found in the area was a small brasserie a few blocks away ("Un Grain de Sel", the only highlight of our stay) and plenty of pizza places. none of which had WiFi connection.
The bus stop into town is across the street, very convenient. Unfortunately it is not as easy to find the bus back without learning to navigate the Nice bus system or walking many blocks. On our one trip into town, we ended taking a taxi back - 23 euros for about a 10 mile trip. We felt very isolated here.
The Nice airport is just across the street, and combined with the busy Promenade des Anglais in front, made for a very noisy location. Closing the patio door eliminates the noise, but also the air flow. So we had to turn on the air conditioning, operated by a remote, which provided enough relief to sleep.
The street parking in front costs 1.30 euros per hour, with a 2 hour limit. So unless you want to plug the meter every 2 hours from 9am to 8 pm (have plenty of change), the only other option we found (pointed out by out contact when we asked at check-in) was a paid lot 5 blocks away, for 30+ euros a day.
By our second night here, we were so dissatisfied with this location that we bought some Internet time (via orange.com) and started looking for a hotel in town. The next day, we moved into town and had a great time for the remainder of our stay.
So why did I give this two stars? If you are a single person looking for an out-of-the-way Nice location with a good view and no need for Internet and have your own European phone, this night be an acceptable option.