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Review 1300: Bienvenue a Paris, 3 Bourg-Tibourg
1 bed/1bath apartment in the Marais, Paris
October 2003 and March 2001, one week each time
This apartment is in the Marais, just off Rue Rivoli. It is less than two blocks from the Hotel de Ville metro stop. Having rented several apartments in Paris, we found this location to be ideal. The apartment is on the second floor above a restaurant. The elevator is quite small, but works well. The windows look out on Place Bourg-Tibourg.
We were able to walk to many boulangeries, patisseries and restaurants. There is a supermarket within walking distance. Twice a week, a small market is set up in the place across Rue Rivoli. The enormous Sunday and Thursday market on Boulevard Richard Lenoir is a 15 minute walk. The Ile de la Cite and Ile St Louis are also easy to walk to from the apartment.
The building is fine. Like most entryways in Paris, it looks a bit shabby, but the apartment is quite nice. There are two apartments on each floor, and the apartment building is the typical Parisian height. The Place Bourg-Tibourg is just outside, but the apartment is quiet with the windows closed. With the windows open, you can hear the people sitting outside in nice weather, but pleasantly so.
We have rented this apartment twice, and plan to return next year. We found the apartment to be very well furnished. This was the fifth apartment we have rented in Paris, and the furnishings in this were the nicest. The living room is not huge, but is a fine size for two-three people. There is no separate dining room. A table in the living room can easily seat two or three.
I have read another review of this property on Slow Travel, and the extra sofa that was found there was not there. I have checked with the owner, and found that this was a temporary problem caused by a death in an employee's family.
One of the best parts of this apartment is the bedroom. Unlike most apartments in Paris, the bedroom is large. There are twin beds which can be made up as a king. The bed is extremely comfortable. There is a dressing room next to the bedroom which has a desk, and large closets. The bathroom is also quite large and is quite modern and clean. There is a large tub with the typical European shower which can be handheld or left on the pole. The washer and dryer are a real bonus, enabling us to pack less.
The kitchen is very well equipped with modern appliances. We have always found whatever we needed. The kitchen is not eat-in, but has a pass-through to the living room. We do not cook dinners when we travel, but it appeared that one could easily do so in this kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
Our biggest surprise was how much we loved this apartment. Previously we rented a different apartment each year to explore different areas. This time, we enjoyed both the apartment and location so much that we now think of this as our apartment in Paris.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were very happy with the agency and on-site person. The apartment looked even better than we expected from the pictures on the website. In previous apartments, the apartments were always a bit shabbier than the pictures. That was not true for this one. The price was very reasonable, and having looked at the website, it remains so. It is $1200 per week in season, and $980 off season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would and do recommend this apartment without qualification. I have sent others there, and they loved it. We will stay there again and again.
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