An invitation to a friend’s wedding in Nice was just the incentive I needed to begin planning a fifteen-day trip to Europe. This time I would be traveling with my brother and sister-in-law. We hit a slight bump in the road when we began searching for accommodations in Nice; not a hotel room could be found! By chance, my brother was watching HGTV and happened to hear mention of Airbnb. I recalled one of my friends (an avid traveler) recommending it several years earlier, so we began doing some research. We settled on a two-bedroom apartment just steps from the Promenade des Anglais in the heart of Nice. From the Airbnb web site, we sent a request to book along with payment authorization. We received a prompt response and confirmation from our host, Laura, along with directions and helpful information about the apartment and the area. The entire experience was well organized and painless. We exchanged contact information (cell phone and email) with Laura and, upon our arrival, she met us at the apartment in person. In addition to handing over the key, she gave us a tour of the apartment and passed along pertinent information regarding it, the building, and the neighborhood. Fortunately, we had no problems and, thus, no further contact with Laura. The apartment was spacious and clean and offered us the opportunity to relax, spread out, and recover from a week of hotel life. Granted, this was our first and only Airbnb experience but, based on our level of satisfaction, I expect to enlist their services during future travels. The company’s Community Standards—Safety, Security, Fairness, Authenticity, and Reliability—reflect a belief that “you should feel at home no matter where you are in the world.” In this case, we certainly did! 24/7 Customer Support is available, so you never have to feel alone in a foreign land!
If you find yourself in Nice, I highly recommend this Two Bedroom Listing in City Center. It is fully furnished and equipped with a double bed in each bedroom and separate baths—though that was a little different by American standards. One bedroom has a shower and sink; there is a separate bath with a tub and sink; the toilet is in a separate room with a sink. That’s right…only one toilet, but we managed! (The supply of toilet paper was rather meager, so we made a quick trip to the corner market.) The living, dining, and kitchen areas are spacious and there is also a small balcony with a side view of the sea. There is also a washing machine and a drying rack, so we were able to do laundry while we were there. The building is quiet and the location is ideally situated for sightseeing on foot. We walked an average of seven miles a day while in Nice and never used public transportation.
We found the whole Airbnb experience to be simple and straightforward. Just follow these easy steps if you are beginner:
- Set up an Airbnb profile
- Search for a place (be sure to include your dates and number of guests to get the most accurate pricing)
- Make a reservation (some hosts allow instant booking; others prefer to approve reservations before confirming)
- Communicate with the host when contacted
Here are a few things you will probably want to know:
- You will be charged for the total cost of your reservation when it is confirmed.
- Some hosts require a security deposit, cleaning fee, etc. so be sure to read the terms thoroughly before booking.
- There are several ways to pay, depending on your country of origin, but case is not accepted at all. Click here for more details.
- You may write a review for your host within the 14-day period following your visit.
- Cancellations are subject to the Cancellation Policy indicated by your host.
We were delighted with our Airbnb experience but, as I said, we have only used the service once. I would love to hear about any Airbnb experiences you may have had. Happy travels!