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    Ang - I had to cut it short because the internet cafe I was at on Gran Canaria was about to close. I have gone back and added the others in the earlier post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pstreet1 View Post
    We've stayed at the Allen House, Carpedium Roma, Carpedium Assisi, Cameron House (outside Glasgow), and the one that looks like a pyramid at Nice (can't remember the name). All were fine except Nice, and it was sort of marginal. However, staying at Carpedium Roma didn't compare with renting an apartment in Rome, which we've just returned from. Being right in the city, being able to walk, shopping on the way home.....everything about it was better than being at Carpedium Roma--and by the time you figure exchange fees/maintenance fees, it didn't cost much (if any more).
    The ones that look like pyramids outside Nice are actually a complex with mostly whole ownership condos, but also has three or four seperate timeshare properties mixed in. I did a DAE trade into one of them a few summers ago and had a newly renovated unit which was actually rather nice by European standards. One great thing about them is that there is a railway halt about a block away, so it is easy to travel around the Riviera

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    Quote Originally Posted by JROBIN View Post
    I have stayed at the Bastille location and the units are quite nice, but the building is near a hospital and so there is occasionally ambulance noise at all hours. The room is small, but functional and the unit I was in only had a foldout type futon (but off of the floor). This is what RHC calls a studio unit. We did not get to see a 1 bedroom unit at this location.

    I think all of the Citadines properties are similar in nature and are very well kept, but the Paris location is the only one where we have stayed.

    The Mayfair Residence is in a good location, but I have not stayed there yet. We stayed at the Domus Romano (on Quattro Fontaine), which is no longer available through RHC.

    RHC does change the units and locations quite frequently, so it is always interesting to see what the next year of locations will bring. The point totals for reservations also always seems to be increased every time a property is changed.
    I have stayed at the Citadines in a 1BR - and just loved it - funny how u mention about the ambulances as we were there in June and we had to have the windows open as it was warm. We were on the ground floor facing the back of the building so maybe that is why we did not hear it. The bedroom is quite small with room for twin beds pushed together very low to the ground now that u mention it. The living room was very large. There was private access from the bedroom and living room (which had a door) to the kitchen with the tiniest dishwasher I have ever seen! and the bathroom which was a split design with the toilet in its own room. Would happily stay here again.

    When we were there in June 2010, they were replacing all the pull out sofas/futons with real beds - the management said most were happy but some preferred the pull out sofa, I suspect that might be the choice of some who were staying long term. I have a friend who stayed in a studio who requested and was able to get two twin beds in the studio.

    I see that the Barcelona Citadines is the one I saw on Las Ramblas - DH and I were staying at the very fancy (and expensive) Westin which is directly across the street. When we return (and we will) we plan on staying there - good to know I can get it thru a RHC member.

    I have also stayed at the Allan House (felt like I was staying in a friends shabby chic flat!) in London thru a direct exchange with a member and the Marriott Marbella (which is as fancy as an Orlando Timeshare)

    I have stayed Fitzpatrick's Castle, Ireland and in Residence Massena in Nice - also like staying in a friends eclectically furnished flat.....the quality of European TS is just not the same as here.
    It is all about the location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolinian View Post
    The ones that look like pyramids outside Nice are actually a complex with mostly whole ownership condos, but also has three or four seperate timeshare properties mixed in. I did a DAE trade into one of them a few summers ago and had a newly renovated unit which was actually rather nice by European standards. One great thing about them is that there is a railway halt about a block away, so it is easy to travel around the Riviera
    That's true about the railway; it did make getting around easier. Our unit was o.k., but certainly nothing to get excited about. You have to go by the office to get your linens; the beds aren't made--lots of little things like that.

    We've also stayed at Fitzpatrick Castle; that was nice; I forgot about it. I liked being at the end of the train line for getting into Dublin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolinian View Post
    The ones that look like pyramids outside Nice are actually a complex with mostly whole ownership condos, but also has three or four seperate timeshare properties mixed in. I did a DAE trade into one of them a few summers ago and had a newly renovated unit which was actually rather nice by European standards. One great thing about them is that there is a railway halt about a block away, so it is easy to travel around the Riviera
    Quote Originally Posted by Pstreet1 View Post
    That's true about the railway; it did make getting around easier. Our unit was o.k., but certainly nothing to get excited about. You have to go by the office to get your linens; the beds aren't made--lots of little things like that.
    I have been posting sightings on this one. Good information about the public transpo.

    Résidence Vacances No 6 (#6938) 2 available units
    Villeneuve Loubet
    , 06270
    France
    Location - Villeneuve Loubet

    BY AIR: Nice airport - 10km BY CAR: From Antibes, exit at "Bouches du Loup" (first exit after Antibes). Follow "Port Marina Baie des Anges" or "Antibes par le bord de mer - RN98". From Nice, exit at "Villeneuve Loubet" (first exit after Cagnes sur Mer). Take RN7 towards Geant Casino and then follow "Port Marina Baie des Anges" or "Antibes par le bord de mer - RN98". In front of the Marina, cross the RN98 at the lights and keep right (Avenue de la Batterie). Check-in is at "Residence Baronet". BY TRAIN: Antibes train station, 8km towards Villeneuve Loubet.
    Highlights

    In the heart of the French Riviera, between Antibes and Nice, lies La Residence Vacances no.6. The complex comprises 4 unusually shaped pyramid apartments facing the marina and sea. Nearby, you will find many shops. From here, you can also explore all the attractions of this famous "Cote d'Azur" area. The reception has a list of all the attractions recommended in this region.


    I also forgot Old Killarney Village - 3BR/3Bath right outside the town, free standing house with two side by side two story units in each house - actually also had a sleep loft so slept 8....FABULOUS - and it had its own public house - what could be better......
    I got it from II on day of check-in for $299 bonus week after I had to leave the extremely scary ....

    Connemara Country Cottages - I would not recommend to my worst enemy
    To each his own - my review is here, on TUG and on RCI.

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    Speaking of the Riviera, another French Riviera resort w/great location and close to public transportation (and close to Nice and Monte Carlo) is Le Golfe Bleu.

    We liked it fine, acknowledging that our resort standards are lower than many. Units are basic, but most have a knock-out fabulous view, which for me is more than adequate compensation for other deficiencies. It met my top 3 requirements: location, view, + adequate temp control (which we only tested in cool weather, not hot). We really did enjoy our week there.

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    Yes, that is one of the timeshare resorts within the pyramids. Each of the three or four timeshares there has its own office, and I initially walked into the wrong timeshare´s office. They told me how to find the correct one.

    As to linens, in the resort I was in at the pyramids, the beds were made and the linens in place. The couple ahead of me were RCI exchangers and were charged a series of fees, coming up to over 100 euros, including a linen charge. I was dreading the same, but as a DAE exchanger, the only fee I had to pay was for metered electricity at the end of the week.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayFal View Post
    I have been posting sightings on this one. Good information about the public transpo.

    Résidence Vacances No 6 (#6938) 2 available units
    Villeneuve Loubet
    , 06270
    France
    Location - Villeneuve Loubet

    BY AIR: Nice airport - 10km BY CAR: From Antibes, exit at "Bouches du Loup" (first exit after Antibes). Follow "Port Marina Baie des Anges" or "Antibes par le bord de mer - RN98". From Nice, exit at "Villeneuve Loubet" (first exit after Cagnes sur Mer). Take RN7 towards Geant Casino and then follow "Port Marina Baie des Anges" or "Antibes par le bord de mer - RN98". In front of the Marina, cross the RN98 at the lights and keep right (Avenue de la Batterie). Check-in is at "Residence Baronet". BY TRAIN: Antibes train station, 8km towards Villeneuve Loubet.
    Highlights

    In the heart of the French Riviera, between Antibes and Nice, lies La Residence Vacances no.6. The complex comprises 4 unusually shaped pyramid apartments facing the marina and sea. Nearby, you will find many shops. From here, you can also explore all the attractions of this famous "Cote d'Azur" area. The reception has a list of all the attractions recommended in this region.


    I also forgot Old Killarney Village - 3BR/3Bath right outside the town, free standing house with two side by side two story units in each house - actually also had a sleep loft so slept 8....FABULOUS - and it had its own public house - what could be better......
    I got it from II on day of check-in for $299 bonus week after I had to leave the extremely scary ....

    Connemara Country Cottages - I would not recommend to my worst enemy
    To each his own - my review is here, on TUG and on RCI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    Speaking of the Riviera, another French Riviera resort w/great location and close to public transportation (and close to Nice and Monte Carlo) is Le Golfe Bleu.

    We liked it fine, acknowledging that our resort standards are lower than many. Units are basic, but most have a knock-out fabulous view, which for me is more than adequate compensation for other deficiencies. It met my top 3 requirements: location, view, + adequate temp control (which we only tested in cool weather, not hot). We really did enjoy our week there.
    Thanks, I will start posting this one in sightings as well. The public transpo AND a view - ya got me on this one.

    At Residence Massena, we had to make our own bed - and we could not get in! The regular 'housekeeper/live-in caretaker' was on vacation so there was a replacement person who was not all that familiar with the deal.
    Luckily, after waiting 1.5 hours to get in the building a person who had come in and out twice felt sorry for us and let us in. I showed them my RCI confirmation (which is pretty rare for this property) and we went in and up to our unit....the replacement housekeeper did then find us. It is a 30 unit apartment building run by a Scandinavian company and almost everyone there was an owner.
    KILLER location......

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    I stayed in Bavaria Germany at Ferienclub Mitterfels (Mondi)
    Resort ID:1533 this past September. One Bedroom Units were quite spacious and very clean, especially the master bedroom with a huge walk in closet. The 2nd bed was a murphy bed in the living room. I kinda remember there were 2 murphy beds. Kitchen was on the small side but functional enough. Small fridge though.

    Mitterfels is a very small town outside of Straubing, which is a decent sized town. DH worked (which is why we were there) and DD and I took day trips into 'nearby' towns (all at least 30+ minutes away). We also took a day trip to Salzburg and a weekend trip to Prague, while based at the timeshare.

    If you are looking to enjoy the German countryside and visit lovely small towns then this timeshare is definitely a place to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayFal View Post
    I have stayed at the Citadines in a 1BR - and just loved it - funny how u mention about the ambulances as we were there in June and we had to have the windows open as it was warm. We were on the ground floor facing the back of the building so maybe that is why we did not hear it. The bedroom is quite small with room for twin beds pushed together very low to the ground now that u mention it. The living room was very large. There was private access from the bedroom and living room (which had a door) to the kitchen with the tiniest dishwasher I have ever seen! and the bathroom which was a split design with the toilet in its own room. Would happily stay here again.

    When we were there in June 2010, they were replacing all the pull out sofas/futons with real beds - the management said most were happy but some preferred the pull out sofa, I suspect that might be the choice of some who were staying long term. I have a friend who stayed in a studio who requested and was able to get two twin beds in the studio.

    I see that the Barcelona Citadines is the one I saw on Las Ramblas - DH and I were staying at the very fancy (and expensive) Westin which is directly across the street. When we return (and we will) we plan on staying there - good to know I can get it thru a RHC member.

    I have also stayed at the Allan House (felt like I was staying in a friends shabby chic flat!) in London thru a direct exchange with a member and the Marriott Marbella (which is as fancy as an Orlando Timeshare)

    I have stayed Fitzpatrick's Castle, Ireland and in Residence Massena in Nice - also like staying in a friends eclectically furnished flat.....the quality of European TS is just not the same as here.
    It is all about the location.
    Good info! Thanks!

    How far is Fitzpatrick's Castle from Dublin, and is the commute easy?

    Also, I've read that Allen House is in dire need of a renovation? Wonder if any are planned, or have been done?
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