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Don Corliss and Franklin Reed

Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, french, spanish

L'ART DES AMIS- deluxe PENTHOUSE w. south-facing terrace/ Musiciens/ Nice

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this Thiers holiday apartment

1 bedroom, LR, kitchen, bath w. tub & shower, 2 balconies; sleeps 3

L'Art des amis (the art of friends) is a beautiful one-bedroom penthouse apartment on the 6th floor (7th U.S.) with a large south-facing terrace of a beautiful Belle Époque building in the Musicians Quarter in central Nice, 5 blocks off the beach, directly behind the Negresco Hotel. Step into the antique cage elevator and be swept up to a romantic vacation escape you will never forget! Facing south, warm sunlight floods the apartment from morning till sunset. French doors in the living room, kitchen, and bedroom open onto balconies where you will enjoy the breezes and rooftop views towards the sea. (That French flag you see fluttering in the distance tops the Negresco.) The art of personal friends is featured throughout.

Remodeled to bring it closer in feeling to the architecture of the Belle Époque period, the apartment features new wood flooring in the living room and bedrooms and period tile set in the entry and kitchen. The kitchen cabinetry has been completely replaced and matching wainscoting installed along with all new appliances and granite countertops. Step through the French door onto to balcony and enjoy petit déjeuner in the sun at your café table for two. Dishes, glassware, flatware, espresso maker and kitchen utensils are all provided should you choose to try your hand at Niçoise cooking. The living room features a black George Nelson-inspired couch for 3 and a comfortable modern 'lipstick' armchair. Flat screen TV, DVD, and internet access provided. The glass coffee table design is by Isamu Noguchi (1948), end tables by Eileen Gray (1927), and glove table lamp by Wilhem Wagenfeld (1924.) While this is actually an 'adult' apartment experience, children are welcome!

  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Don Corliss and Franklin Reed (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks english, french, spanish

About Don Corliss and Franklin Reed

We live in Seattle, Washington USA and when we are here, we are dreaming about our next visit to Nice. We are avid francophiles and do our French lessons everyday. Here's a link about us and our property:

Don Corliss and Franklin Reed purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Don Corliss and Franklin Reed chose Nice

Angels brought us to our 'dream in the sky!' Our finder Rebecca Russell was one ( and the Niçois selling agent the other. His name was Ange and he flew up the 7 flights of stairs to meet us there while we went up in the caged elevator. He had wings, because he met us at the top when the elevator arrived. We were captivated by the apartment's charm and views. You just know when it's right! More about our buying experience:

What makes this apartment unique

180 degree rooftop views and centrally located to walk to every area of Nice in minutes. Close to the grocery store. Close to a large park. Close to local restaurants. Peaceful neighborhood. Charming caged elevator and old-world charm. Seriously, what's not to love!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were three generations having holiday in Nice: grandmother,daughter and granddaughter in just 10 months. We knew we would spend a great deal of time outdoors in the wonderfull City, but also would enjoy indoor-life in the appartment we rented. L'art des amis seamed to be the right choise from the describsions in Homeaway pages. fullfilled all our expentations:-). The appartment was just as nice, beatiful, well equiped, and "french artistic" as the pictures and the describsions claimed. With the wonderfull, great balcony - sunlight from early morning till evening - the appartment was exactly what we had wished it to be. We had a wonderfull family vacation with 5 nights stay in Nice. Everything about having the keys and arrival/departing the appartment, were in the best hands of Sara Jane from Promholliday. She was very helpfull and kind. Since we arrived early in the day, and traveled with a baby she took care of us having the appartment some hours earlier than expected. She also were very helpfull when the internet-acces were out off order,- due to an unplugged wire;-)). A baby crib we rented, was placed in the appartment when we arrived and functioned just fine. We also were welcomed by a bottle of wine in the fridge;-).

All email corrspondance with the owner Don Corliss about payment and helpfull informations was a great pleasure.

We Can only give our best recommandations to this wonderfull "place in the sky" . We already are planning a new trip to Nice and we are absolutely sure that the place we want to stay in is in wonderfull L'art des amis.
Apr 2013
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L'ART DES AMIS- deluxe PENTHOUSE w. south-facing terrace/ Musiciens/ Nice
average rating of 4.909091 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful apartment in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing 11 nights at L'art des Amis, the apartment was spotless and beautifully decorated with some lovely individual art pieces scattered around the rooms. There is no air con in the room, but you don't need it due to the sea breeze coming through. 10 minute walk to the train station and only 15 minutes to the promenade. Restaurants only 10 minute walk too. Would definitely recommend this apartment to our friends and family. Paul and Ellie

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect escape

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this wonderful apartment for 10 days during Euro 2016. The bed is comfortable, the kitchen well-equipped, and the wi-fi, tv, and appliances as good as at home. The location is convenient for the tram and the #38 bus (practically outside the door). Breezes provided cross ventilation; be sure to use the door stops to prevent slamming doors! As I injured my leg in the outward journey, the elevator was very welcome. Frank & Don responded promptly to any communication. They have created a "dream in the sky" which they are gracious enough to share with renters. Artwork quirky and fun!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment, great location.

  • 5 of 5

Lots of light from south facing Windows on 6th floor, view over rooftops. Well equipped kitchen. Quiet neighborhood. We've stayed twice and we'd like to stay again!

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Top floor comfort

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently enjoyed a five night stay at this lovely apartment. We chose it for the location, photos and excellent reviews. We were not disappointed.

The location is a short walk to/from the railway station, beach promenade and shopping. The apartment itself is quiet, light and airy with lots of large patio doors and great rooftop views. All of the appliances and electronics functioned as they should and as a bonus, we had use of an actual telephone. I agreed with one review that made the rare comment that this apartment was even more attractive than the photos. Perhaps because of all the original artwork. The owners made the booking process simple and were eager to provide any assistance possible to make our stay better.

I would highly recommend booking L'Art des Amis for a stay in Nice.

John & Lynn

British Columbia, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice words about our apartment! We are always glad to hear that someone had a nice stay. Please call us directly with future stays or tell your friends to call us directly.
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Krimpen aan den IJssel, Netherlands

Tasteful apartment in fine neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped kitchen, nicely decorated rooms and balcony on the southside.

We enjoyed a week in Februari with moderate temperatures. Every morning coffee on the balcony in the sunshine. Fresh baguettes around the corner and a small supermarket for all your daily needs just across the street.

We visited Antibes by train and Monaco by bus, both nice trips along the coast line and convenient.

Plenty nice restaurants within walking distance. Nice offers al lot.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tolle Stadtwohnung in Nizza

  • 5 of 5

Trotz ausbleibendem Frühlingswetter hatten wir einen schönen Aufenthalt in Nizza. Das lag nicht zuletzt auch an der tollen Stadtwohnung von Don Corliss und Franklin Reed. Wir fühlten uns gleich zu Hause und sind zugegebenermaßen auch ein bisschen neidisch geworden auf so eine schöne Ferienwohnung. Hut ab, dass diese auch mit all den schönen Kunstgegenständen an "unbekannte" Touristen vermietet wird.

Die Lage in Nizza ist zentral, nur 10 Minuten zur Fußgängerzone oder zum Hafen, um die Ecke eine Buslinie, alle benötigten Geschäfte zum "Überleben" auch ums Eck.

Trotz nächtlicher Anreise hat die Übernahme der Wohnung auch prima geklappt. Vielen Dank nochmals an Sara.

Wichtig ist für uns - leider - auch die gut funktionierende Heizung gewesen. Aber das dürfte eher ein Thema für Winterbesucher sein. Und den Charme perfekt hat der kleine Aufzug gemacht, der trotz seines Baualters zuverlässig seine Dienste verrichtet hat.

Vielen Dank für das schöne Zuhause.

Heidi & Christoph

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heidi und Christoph: Vielen Dank für Ihre nette Bewertung sehr!
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice International Airport
Nearest Barpub
240 Metres
Bar-Tabac Le Verdi
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nice Port
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf Country Club of Nice
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
SNCF Gare Central
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Junction 50 Route A8
Nearest Restaurant
190 Metres
Le Victor Hugo
Nearest Ski
91 Kilometres
Isola 2000 Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Multiple beaches off Promenade des Anglais
Car: not necessary

The apartment is in the Quartier Musiciens (Musicians Quarter) in central Nice, a well-kept, stylish, residential quarter 5 blocks from the sea and famous Promenade des Anglais- the perfect place to stroll as visitors have done for more than a century. The busy shopping/restaurant areas of rue Massena and Avenue Jean Medecin are 10-15 minutes on foot and the wonderful 'Old Town' a 20 minute stroll for dinner! Nearby on Boulevard Victor Hugo is the Jardin d'Alsace Lorraine, a quiet garden respite. Downtown terrain is basically flat which makes walking a pleasure!

A car is definitely not needed to enjoy your vacation in Nice. Train and bus service is easily available for visits to other wonderful Riviera sites and in addition Auto-Bleue, a short-term electric rental car service has autos available in the block next to the apartment. For information see their site at At the top of the screen you can choose an English translation of the page.

TRANSPORTATION to & from airport:

Airport Express- take bus 99 (8AM to 9PM) toward Gare Nice Ville SNCF & get off Thiers/Gambetta, a 15 minute ride. Also can take bus 98 (6AM to midnight) to Gare Routière & get off at Gambetta/Promenade. It's a bit further from the apartment. Cost is about €1.50 one way or €6 (at this writing) for a transportation day pass which includes buses & city trams.

PARKING: Closest is VinciPark MOZART/ 11, Avenue Auber. Contact M. Jean Claude Ferrari, +33 4 93 88 69 85 or

Other options: VinciPark LOUVRE/ 20, Boulevard Victor Hugo

or Parking Palmeira/ 47 Rue St. Philippe, +33 4 93 96 40 16.

Cheapest: Airport Secure Covered Parking, 7-8 euros/day,


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Thiers, France

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
28 Aug 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
30 Oct 2016 - 11 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
12 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
30 Apr 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$644
Tax Rate 1.5%

The municipality of Nice, France charges a nightly "Taxe de Séjour." We have charged 1.5% to cover this tax and its processing.
A €450 refundable (24 hours after check-out) damage deposit is required. Late night or late arrival check-in fee apply and is payable directly to Prom'Holiday (key & changeover service) at time of check-in. Check-in time is after 16:00 and check-out is 10:00 (am). HomeAway/VRBO has recently imposed an additional booking fee which I have no control over.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Thiers, France

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 51 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • The large bath off the bedroom is fully-tiled and includes both a large tub and separate glass-doored shower. The washer and and dryer (european combination unit) is located under the bathroom vanity. The newly remodeled toilet/WC of the apartment is in a small separate room off the tiled entry to the apartment allowing easy access from all rooms.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Large bedroom suite with adjoining bath. French doors open onto a separate 'private' balcony off the bedroom. The romantic Queen-sized canopy bed is the perfect place to end a fabulous day on the Riviera! The bedroom is also furnished with an antiqued white armoire, dresser, desk, bedside table and a reading light. Note: the living room couch converts to a 'double' bed that will sleep an additional 1-2 people. A frosted glass door closes to provide privacy should the living room be used as a bedroom and the french doors to the balcony may be opened there too allowing both sleeping areas access to the fresh Mediterranean breeze.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
NO AIR CONDITIONING - The Riviera is known worldwide for its wonderful climate. Average temperature is rarely too high (average high July/August is 81-82 degrees F/ 27-28C with a low of 68 degrees F/ 20C.) For those who are heat sensitive, we remind you that French doors in each room open to allow circulation, but that NO AIR CONDITIONING has ever been required in the apartment. Fans are also provided for your comfort. Nice Weather -