Love the backhanded complement at the end Allison. Thanks.
As we often point out, this is an apartment in the middle of everything. If you are seeking peace and quiet we recommend you rent an apt in the hills behind Nice a 20 minute drive to the beach. Cicadas and peace. If you want great food, atmosphere, markets, beach and bustle with some fancy ice-cream thrown in then you stay in the old town where this is located.
As noted in the description this apt is on the 4th floor and double glazed and also on a quieter side street slightly away from the noise of the busiest bars/restaurants. Hence, actually pretty quiet for an old town apartment.
As with all the close knit streets of the old town the buildings are so close together they are not sun drenched, so perhaps that qualifies as 'dingy'. But that is normal throughout the old town except on the sea front or in the (noisier) squares. And this apartment gets great light as it is on the corner and high enough to get light all day long (lower floors get almost none.)
Yes there are 4 flights of stairs, but again, that is noted in the description also. The building is hundreds of years old. It is made of stone and wood. They did not have elevators when Vieux Nice was built and for the most part they still don't have them now except for newer buildings which lack the character the older ones have.
Summing it up we are sorry you didn't read the description so as to note that there was no elevator, and also sorry that you assumed the busiest part of one of the most densely populated cities in France in the summer months would be quiet. And also that the guys who built the town built the buildings too close together and too high for your liking.
Many thanks for staying.