Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1391: Vacation In Paris, Pompidou ID (#63)
2bed/1bath apartment in 3rd arrondisement, Paris
April 23 - 30 2005, 7 days
Located in the 3rd arrondisement on 168 Rue St. Martin, this apartment is on the 6th floor of a clean, well-maintained building. The apartment building has great security, you need a code, a key to get into the foyer and another key for your apartment. Don't lose a key or you are in trouble.
We loved the area. The Pompidou Centre was on the next street and sticks out like a sore thumb, so it was an easy landmark. The apartment itself is only a few short blocks from the Seine.
As you look out the kitchen window (no screens on any windows, although not a problem this time of year) you will see a bakery below to the left and a small grocery (don't go unless you must - there is a grocery store just around the corner on Saint-Lazare, two minute walk). Directly across from the apartment, is a little shop that sells wine, and an odd assortment of preserves. Other grocery stores, bakeries, fruit sellers etc., are about a 5 min walk away on Rue Rambuteau.
Directly below the apartment on the same side of the street are a few little restaurants, pizza, crepes, and the busiest little bar in Paris, I'm sure. More about that later...
The apartment is in good shape with enough seating for four, a good size dining/living room to the left as you walk in. The small, but fully stocked, gally kitchen is to the right. It has a large fridge, oven, microwave, cooktop, coffee maker, two small tables and two chairs. These were not needed as the dining room has a large marble top table and four chairs. Tons of dishes, pots, pans, utensils. We cooked a couple of dinners with no problem.
Continue down the hall and to the right just past the kitchen is the toilet, a separate room from the bathroom. To the left is the bedroom with large windows which open to the small balcony. There is also access to this balcony from the living room. There is a little table and two chairs and faces a quiet courtyard, except during the day when the kindergarteners come out for recess! We were rarely there, so no problem.
The bedroom my husband and I had faced the street and directly below our bedroom window is a small, unobtrusive looking bar ... during the day. At night it transforms itself into the hot spot for youngish drinkers, who around 2am become (they think) fabulous singers! They also love the Eagles ... heard that album one night about three times and woke up the next day with "you can't hide your lying eyes" drilling into my brain! So that is the only downside to this place, but honestly if you shut the windows and shutters it is toned down to a dull roar. If you are thinking of taking this room learn to love the Eagles. Oh, they also had a live band one night ...
The furniture was in fine shape, I didn't sit on the couch ... too busy ... but it got no complaints from the three who did. The apartment was clean and once we got in to air it out for awhile it was pleasant and large enough for four adults not to be tripping over each other.
The double beds were comfortable as were the pillows. Could have used a bit more space in the dressers, but we managed just fine for a week.
There is one bathroom with a tub, sink and bidet. A hair dryer which was just o.k. Bring your own. And I still can't get used to trying to take a shower without a curtain. Needless to say the bathroom floor was cleaned daily.
We had no problem sharing this room and it is good that the toilet is separate although they do need some exhaust fan's in each room.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises. The apartment was as described on the web site.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Vacation In Paris people were great to deal with. Everything went smoothly and I would definately deal with them again.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes! I would stay here again and recommend it highly. First and foremost it is in an ideal location. We walked everywhere with ease. We also took the two-day pass on the Batobus which has eight stops. This is not really a tour boat, more a water taxi that is taken by locals and tourists alike. The circuit, with stops at the Louvre, Notre-Dame, etc., run from the Eiffel tower to Jardin des Plantes every 25 mins, from 10am to 10pm this time of year.
For the price of $175 U.S. per night (I think it has since gone up to $190) you could not hope to find anything close to this gem in the heart of Paris.
Things to do in this area
This area is in the centre of historic Paris. It's safe and clean and you can easily access all the major attractions ... or not. Whatever your preference. There is a restaurant around the corner on rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare called Ambassade d'Auverne which we ate at our first evening. It was fabulous and we also had our last meal at La Guirlande de Julie on the square in pl des Vosges and I'll post review's shortly.
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