I can dwell on how fantastic my experience was, but in summary, it was EXCELLENT.
Helen is a wonderful woman that greeted me like I was her own son. The feeling entering the house is amazing. I was immediately engulfed in the Cote D'Azure mood as I walked into the living room, mainly because of the large windows that let the sun and light flow and flood everything around, and also because of the high ceilings throughout the apartment. The view is nothing less than breathtaking, and as I was there for the Monaco Yacht Show, I got treated to the most wonderful display of megayachts anchored in the bay. The interior was recently (may 2014) entirely refurbished by Helen, so everything is new, modern, and has a lot of taste as she has put in her personal touch into everything. I got treated to the room that is usually reserved for Igor, her son, and she had prepared everything like in a top starred hotel. Room was not too big, but exactly what I needed, and unbeatable at that price. The building doesn't have an elevator, but the apartment is on the first floor, and you quickly forget that fact every time you walk into this postcard view right at the entrance of the apartment. The building is located at the very beginning of Roquebrune, and a quick walk to Monaco and Helen always walks, probably why she is in such good shape! Plus for the 'lazy ones', there is a bus station RIGHT in front of the building. For the even lazier ones, like me, I recommend to rent a scooter, or even go green with a Renault Twizy like I did!
I was lucky enough to share breakfast with Helen, sometimes on the balcony with the breathtaking view. Best way to start your day.
If you are lucky enough, Helen will open up to you and you will discover how brilliant of a women she is. In summary, she is, or has been once: a university professor, a writer, an expert in Russian and Italian politics, a journalist, a TV host of political and social shows, and she even tops up as an interior designer, and has designed her three houses herself. As I said, a brilliant woman that has lived a very interesting life!
If you are looking for a nice experience in the Cote D'Azure and very close to Monaco, I highly recommend this listing and Helen and Igor (I communicated with Igor regarding the booking) and I recommend this apartment, which you can book entirely if you like and give a few weeks of pre-notice.
I would love to stay there again.
This was my first booking through airbnb ever, but because of such a great experience, it will definitely not be my last. From now on I will be checking airbnb in parallel if not before (URL HIDDEN)