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Review 1629: @homeAbroad Paris, Mazarine 3
1bed/1bath apartment in the 6th, Paris
June 13 - 22, 2005, nine days
Located in the middle of Rue Mazarine in the 6th. Typical busy Parisian street with lots of activity.
Everything is walkable from this apartment. The Odeon metro stop is just down the street, as is a taxi stand. This area is foodie central with several specialty food shops, two supermarkets, and lots of restaurants within a one or two minute walk (not an exaggeration).
The building was old, but in good shape. One could hear music or television sets from other apartments occasionally during the day, but things were quiet at night.
One thing I really liked about the layout was that one could enter the bathroom from both the livingroom and the bedroom, which provides a little more privacy if you're having guests over. One could easily see into the livingroom from the kitchen, as there was just a half wall separating the two.
No outside space. No pool.
The apartment is decorated with a lot of antiques. Very "shabby chic" which we liked. All the furniture was in good shape. We had people over several times, and there was plenty of seating available.
The bedroom faced the rear of the building (quiet) and was also decorated with antiques. The bed was VERY comfortable, and the linens were of good quality. The bedroom also had good blackout curtains. Storage space, while not generous, was adequate for two people with clothes for nine days.
We did not cook, but the pots, appliances and linens in the kitchen were all top notch. There were also some nice dishes, crystal and barware. While the counter space was not plentiful, I still think that someone that's used to cooking full meals could adjust and do fine here.
Problems or Bonuses
Not a surprise because I had asked, but the unit does come with a portable A/C unit that we used in the bedroom (don't let anyone tell you that it doesn't get hot in Paris in June). Another thing was that the apartment felt great to be in. It was homey, beautifully decorated and comfortable.
Even the best of places have glitches, and this was no exception. Our high-speed internet connection just died after we'd been there for several days. Also, there was a live current going through the dishwasher which gave you an unpleasant ZAP if you made contact with the inner walls. Finally, one of our windows in the livingroom got stuck. We advised the local manager of these problems, and he made sincere efforts to get everything fixed even though the only problem that was really resolved before we left was the window.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I thought the agency was great. Porter S. (the initial contact) was responsive and crystal clear about everything. The local person, John F., was also good to deal with. John speaks English, French and Dutch! The cost of the apartment is 150 euro per day.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If the internet and dishwasher issues were resolved, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to stay in this apartment again. It's an attractive and comfortable apartment at a fair price.
Things to do in this area
Favorite nearby restaurants: Fish and Allard. Favorite shops: Nicholas (wine), Amorino (gelato), Paul (baker), Kayser (baker), and Champion (supermarket).
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