Our apartment was in the heart of Nice in Southern France across from the museum of art and a short walk from the nightlife of old town Nice. Our landlady met us at the door and gave us our keys. We walked up the 2 flights of stairs to our apartment. It had one private bedroom, one loft, and a fold-out couch for the 6 of us. No, we weren’t moving to Nice but instead were only staying for 3-4 nights.
The balcony there in the middle was our apartment.
There is something very different about living as a temporary local in a city rather than in a hotel or hostel even for a short stay. A week is a typical minimum stay for renting an apartment but sometimes shorter stays like ours are possible. When you arrive you often get a local telling you where the local stores are. In our case, the bakery up the street offered 5 croissants or 5 pan o chocolate for 5 euros (You can order by just saying “cinq cinq”)
We saved money one night by cooking dinner for ourselves and just taking a quiet night in. This was a great break in the middle of our trip.
Apartments are a great option for families or small groups traveling together. In some cases, they are a better option for those who are not looking for nightlife as they may be in a more residential neighborhood. Try this, after you find a property look on google maps for restaurants and bars nearby if nightlife is important to you.
There are a number of places to find vacation or holiday apartment rentals online:
Venere.com is a popular hotel rental site in Europe but also offers serviced apartments. It is how we found the apartment we rented.
Coach House Rentals – In London, New York City, Paris or Rome check out this smaller site. We rented an apartment in London through them that was a short trip on the tube from the main sites and more spacious and inexpensive than a hotel.