I have recently been on holiday to Nice with my boyfriend Tyler. We decided that we’d give Airbnb try with many of our family and friends using them and having such good experiences. This blog post will take you through my experience with Airbnb and also my first time visiting Nice, France. Read on to find out how it went.
Before the trip: First Impressions
Before the holiday began, the whole booking process with Airbnb initially put me off. Why? Because the idea of having to contact the seller and request staying at their property had some uncertainty to it. I wasn’t sure if I’d be accepted and allowed to stay and with booking a hotel you don’t have that.
However, I went through with it and then was contacted by the property owner who was lovely and extremely helpful. They gave us lots of restaurant recommendations as well as places to see that without contacting a local, we wouldn’t have known about. Great! Not only this but booking with an Airbnb was so so so much cheaper. Not just to go to Nice but from looking at properties for many countries, they are all such great value.
Anyway, the specific property I stayed at was a Studio with a terrace in the old town of Nice. It was lovely. Obviously, a studio apartment is indeed a studio so although it was the ideal size for me and Tyler, I noticed some others reviewing their stay here, found it small.
The apartment was super clean and the hosts left us with lots of condiments and amenities that we weren’t expecting so that was a nice surprise. We had a big bottle of water, shampoos, toilet rolls, tea bags, sauces and more.
Location, Location, Location
The location of the property couldn’t have been better. We were a stone throw away from the nicest park ever that linked the old and new town. It was filled with the friendliest locals, dogs and beautiful fountains. We were also a 2-minute walk to Garibaldi Square where there were more beautiful fountains and amazing restaurants, offering homemade pizza and of course, delicious French delicacies.
The main shopping strip in the new town was a 5-7 minute walk through the park where I found my favourite shops like Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershaka and similar. Here, Tyler obviously had to buy a shit tonne of Pull&Bear t-shirts and I spurlged on some new NYX makeup.
The beach was a further 4-minute walk from here and you could continue walking down through the park to reach the sea which was amazing. It was a pebble beach which for me, wasn’t the best but you could get a €3 train ride to Antibes where they had a beautiful sandy beach.
The Old Town was up near us by Garibaldi Square. The apartment was situated right in the Old Town but to walk to the quirky streets it was 1-2 minutes away. There was a beautiful square where it did amazing ice creams and sat opposite a beautiful church which you could go in and admire.
Walking through the Old Town also led you to the Castle on the Hill and some beautiful gardens that featured waterfalls and mind-blowing scenes of the whole of Nice. I highly recommend.
You can find most of the restaurants and places we visited (although not all are included) in the following document. Click here.
Our hosts were amazing. They were so friendly and helpful which made the whole experience very easy. We spoke via the Airbnb messaging service which was simple to use and they were extremely responsive too which made it nice.
You could tell that they’d made an effort to make the apartment look and feel like a warm, comfortable place to stay and they cannot be faulted.
Would I Book With Airbnb Again?
I suppose the main question that you’ll want answering if you’re considering an Airbnb is would I book with them again? The answer is a big, fat, fuck yes.