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Review 1008: Vacation in Paris, Pompidou Apt. (#63)
2bed/1bath apartment in 3rd arrondisement, Paris
June 2004, 6 nights
The apartment was about a block and a half from the Pompidou Center at 168 rue St. Martin. Rue St. Martin is a one-way street going towards the Seine. The apartment was on the 5th floor (elevator) with kitchen and one of the bedroom windows facing St. Martin and the Passage Moliere. The living room and the second bedroom faced the courtyard. The balcony, with a view of the Center was accessed by either of these two rooms.
It was quiet (might have minimal traffic noise if the bedroom window facing the street were open, but it was cool enough that we had that window closed at night with only the kitchen window open).
There were windows front to back so that there was a constant breeze--too much on occasion--if, for instance, the kitchen and living room windows were both open.
A small grocery store and patisserie were almost across the street. Several restaurants within a two block radius as was a supermarket. Rue Rambiteau was only a block away and had several food stores within two/three blocks of the apartment.
We also shopped at the food stores on rue Montorgueil twice--it was about a 15 min. walk from the apartment. Excellent patisserie, Stohrer, there.
A terrific location for food shopping!
The building was in good shape and had two elevators. Probably 30 apartments in the building. We heard no noise from either of the neighboring apartments. The lobby, hallways and elevators were spotless.
A small balcony which we only used to dry clothes (there is a washing machine).
The living room had the dining area. It was a good sized room with a sofa and two arm chairs and a marble dining room table with four chairs (additional chairs in the kitchen). Furniture was in good shape and the apartment was clean.
Both double beds were comfortable. Each room had a dresser with empty drawers for our use. Bedroom facing rue St. Martin was somewhat larger than the other bedroom but both were fine.
The toilet was in a separate room and was fine. The other bathroom had a tub with a hand-held shower attachment. Pedestal sink. Plenty of hot water and shelf space. Fairly big as these rooms go. Good towels and plenty of them.
Was the best equipped kitchen that we had in a rental up until then (have rented something like 10+ apartments/houses). Everything was of good quality. Could have cooked a full meal but mostly had salads plus things bought already prepared.
Problems or Bonuses
Everything would fall into the good category. Terrific location--walked to everything, only used the metro once(however, this was something like our seventh or eighth visit to Paris so we did more walking in different neighborhoods than seeing the usual big time sights--would have used the metro for the Eiffel Tower if we had gone there, for instance). The apartment also felt like living in someone's home rather than a rental unit. Lots of books on the bookshelves, sculptures, etc. It was very comfortable.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This is the second time we have rented from Vacation in Paris (the first was in June 2000). They are wonderful to deal with. Fast in responding, good on-site manager who called the night before we left to make sure that everything was ok. Very reasonable prices (apartment was $175 per night)especially since they rent by the night rather than by the week. Rick and Jan Stauber are the owners and live in the northwestern part of New Jersey. Would certainly rent from them again.
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