Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1018: RentParis, Apt. 10 (5 rue Pecquay)
1 bed/1bath apartment, Paris
July 2004, 8 nights
Paris was the third leg of our 2004 family vacation. This was the second trip to Paris for me and my wife and our second time using RentParis.com. Since our two adult children were with us this time, we needed an accommodation that would suit the four of us. Last time we rented a newly remodeled apartment in the same neighborhood and were delighted. This time the apartment we found fell far short of our expectations. My lovely wife and children were kind enough to make the best our stay in this apartment but I was sorely disappointed in it and in the owners of RentParis.
Apt. 10 is described on the RentParis website as "luminous, romantic ... well appointed" with a mezzanine and a "luxurious double sofabed." The author is definitely given to exaggeration. Although adjacent to exciting rue Rambuteau with its myriad shops and restaurants, rue Pecquay is far from "luminous" -- more of a dark alley. Entry to the building is by way of a code-keypad for the first door and then key entry for a second door. The stairs are just past the all-too-fragrant room that holds the garbage cans.
Entering the apartment, you'll find the sofabed comfortable enough to sit on, but my daughter found its thin mattress a backkiller-definitely not "luxurious." The mezzanine that the floor plan shows is reached by stairs is instead a plywood platform suspended from the ceiling and accessed by way of a spindly ladder (remarkably missing from the website photos) that tenuously hooks on to the platform's edge. When the ladder is in place, it cuts over the top of the dining table.
What is described as a "full kitchen" was a joke. I've seen bigger wetbars. From the floor plan we thought it would be small but workable. Well, we were right about the first part. It would be fine for someone wanting to make coffee or zap a roll in the microwave but cooking a meal was impossible. The only counterspace is on top of the two burner cooktop! So you can boil water or chop garlic but not at the same time.
The floor plan was also misleading as to the size of the bedroom. The double bed takes up all but a few square inches, giving me the option of crawling over either the footboard or my wife to get out of bed in the morning. What used to be the closet for the room had been converted to the laundry. If you want to hang something up, you have to use the cabinet in the livingroom.
The bathroom worked but was (and I know this sounds strange) too large. It must have been an extra room at one time that was converted to a bathroom and WC. It's size accounts for a significant part of the square footage with little benefit.
I would definitely NOT stay here again and unfortunately can't recommend RentParis.com any longer.
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