Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1073: RentParis, Apt #7 (35 rue de Montmorency)
1bed/1bath apartment, Paris 3rd District, Paris
Aug 7th - 14th, 2004, 1 week
Great location: 2 small blocks from Pompidou Center and metro Rambuteau. There is a multi-line bus stop around the corner. In the middle of a quiet street in a safe area.
Closest grocery store is Ed, near metro Rambuteau. A little further north is a Monoprix near metro Republic. Lots of bakeries, cafes and restaurants in the neighbourhood. 5 minutes from the shopping mall/area in Les Halles.
The apartment is located on the top floor of the building. You do have to hike up 3 flights of narrow stairs = good work out. The apartment is very secure. There is a key-code pad to get into the building, then another key-code pad to get passed the mail boxes area. Then you need keys to the apartment.
Newly remodeled last year with modern furnishings, the conditions of the apartment, furnishings and appliances are prestine. There is a big closet with many hangers at the entrance. There are a few Paris picture/guide books. Everything was just as pictured from the apartment web site.
One good size bedroom with a comfortable queen size bed. There is a small night stand and plenty of cupboard space for storage. There is a little writing space big enough for a fax machine and a non-cable TV that has one French channel. There is a big double-paned window with electronic shutter.
Attached to the bedroom is the shower room with a shower stall, a sink, towel racks and towel spaces but no toilet. The shower stall has a nice, no-leak, glass door. The massage functions on the shower heads are neat.
The toilet is located separately between the bedroom and living room but it's VERY tiny. It also has a sink. There is literally just enough space for the toilet and sink. Better not be claustrophobic! This is the only negative thing I can say about this place.
Living room has a nice leather sofa that folds out as a comfortable double bed. There is also a matching leather couch, a coffee table, TV/DVD, and a breakfast table with 4 chairs. The A/C is not what we expect coming from the US. It's a mobil unit, cools more like a big powerful fan; but better than nothing on a hot Aug day.
The open kitchen has a counter top with 3 stools. This can be used as additional eating area or counter-space. There is a fridge, dish washer, microwave, 4 burner stove top, toaster and a coffee maker. Everything was modern and working. Plenty of pots, pans, dishes, cups, bowls, etc. There are some left over spices from previous tenants.
Attached to the kitchen is what looks like a pantry that has been converted to the laundry room. The washer/dryer is small but works fine; just do small loads. There are shelves space and a big trash can. The water heater provides enough hot shower water for everyone in our family.
Problems or Bonuses
The only glitch was that the previous tenants had somehow disabled the "cable" part of the TV. When we got to the apartment, the owner was there on the phone with the cable company trying to resolve the problem. It was a Saturday so not much could be done except an appointment was made for Tue for the cable guy to come out. We didn't have to be there; the manager from RentParis took care of meeting up with the cable guy.
The owner repeatedly apologized for the fact that we did not have cable TV for the 1st 3 days. It wasn't a big deal to us. The DVD was working.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
RentParis was very easy to deal with. All of the communication was done via e-mail and downpayment thru PayPal. The manager, Danny, was very friendly and spoke English very well. We brought cash Euros for the remaining payment and he never asked for the 300 euro security deposit that was stated in the contract.
The check-out procedure was "leave the keys on the counter and close the door". We never saw the manager after the check-in (although we did have contact number if we needed anything).
Normally one can check-in to their apartment as soon as they arrive Paris. The only exception is if there is tenant that needs to be check-out the same morning. This turned out to be our case. We called the manager at 8:30am and was informed that he needed to check-out and cleanup the apartment and asked us to meet him around 12:30 - 1pm. We got there at noon and he was just finishing up with his cleaning crew.
The price was 125 euro/night which is much better for our family of 4 than getting a quad/family room in central Paris.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay here again. This is our first apartment rental and it was such a positive experience that this will be our preference over hotel rooms from now on.
Things to do in this area
For Harry Potter fans, just a few door down on #51 Rue Montmorency is the restaurant Auberge Nicolas Flamel. It is historic and the food is quite good.
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