The apartment is lovely: Clean, nicely furnished and the kitchen well-appointed.
The hosts are very attentive and helpful.
Because the bedroom and living room (with the sleeper sofa) face into enclosed courtyards and not the street, the apartment is delightfully quiet without the city noise one would expect.
The apartment is truly in the center of everything! Within walking distance to all major tram lines and busses, 3 tram stops (or a short 12 minute walk) to the train station; in the heart of major shopping, restaurant and cafes. A 10 minute walk to the Isle de Nantes and the amazing mechanical elephant and merry-go-rounds, the Loire, and 20 minute walk (or three tram stops) to the beautiful Erdre and the Isle de Versaille with its Japanese garden, river information center, and electric boat/SUP rentals--and 1 minute to the lovely Passage Pomeray. If you are a chocolate lover--beware--two of the best chocolate shops in Nantes are on either end of the Place Petite Holland--the plaza in front of the apartment building (which boasts some excellent restaurants including the creperie and the amazing strawberry specialty shop). Grab a crepe, strawberries and cream or a mixed drink/glass of wine and watch he world go by just a few feet from your door.
If you are a runner, the trails on both sides of the Erdre and it's side canals offer miles of gorgeous trails beneath trees and through wet-lands filled with birds, mammals, and beautiful flowers. You forget you are in the city!
The only reason we didn't give it fully 5 stars (and the scale wouldn't allow for half more) are that it is 1 bedroom with the shower/sink "en camera" (in the bedroom), and (important to us Americans) has a very efficient washer but no drier--which is common in European countries due to the high cost of power. (But the hosts do provide you with a drying rack which worked very well).
But these are minor details and overall the apartment is wonderful. Highly recommended.
Oh, the stairs? Envision an Escher-esque stairwell with a medieval twist. Awesome!!!
If you can't handle 4 flights of steps, this apartment isn't for you. If you're at least semi fit--this place is great! And if you want to get into shape (or burn off the crepes!) the stairs help with that. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!