Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1637: Rental France, Rue Claude Bernard Apartment
2bed/1bath apartment in the 5th arr., Paris
June 2005, 1 week
This apartment is in the 5th arrondisement of Paris. The street it is on, Rue Claude Bernard, is a major road (not a quaint Paris street), but the apt is up high enough that noise is not an issue. It is, however, very close to the wonderful Rue Mouffetard area and a subway station (Metro Censier Daubenton).
We did not frequent any place right on this street, but instead walked to Rue Mouffetard for everything (very close). There are two groceries stores, a wonderful market, lots of cafes, restaurants, bars, internet places and shops on Rue Mouffetard. It was a great street for breakfast (and really any meal) and people watching. There is lots of great take out food along it.
The building is a typical, attractive Paris apartment building. It is well kept. The elevator is new and works well. (Holds two.) The building is secure and the neighborhood very safe. I did not see any fire or smoke alarms however.
The apartment consists of 6 separate rooms. There is a kitchen, a living room, two bedrooms, a tiny room with just the toilet, and a bathroom with shower and sink. The rooms are small, but OK. The apartment is fairly quiet, even with the windows open.
No garden or terrace.
The apartment was clean. The living room furniture is quite uncomfortable, but the table and chairs are fine. There is a TV in the living room. The "rug" on the floor is one of those jute carpets, so it is pretty tough on the feet. The apartment looks just like the photos. There are only air conditioners in the bedrooms and I do not know if they would suffice to cool off the living areas (I doubt it). It was very hot in the other living areas of the apartment when we were there.
The beds are comfortable and had nice linens. The bedrooms are small, but very serviceable. The air conditioners in the bedrooms worked well.
The bathroom set up is fairly annoying - with the toilet in a VERY small room not attached to the shower room. The toilet has many dire warnings posted around it, but it seemed to work just fine. There is plenty of hot water. The towels were OK, not great. The shower is a little treacherous - it is a rather high step down and slippery with nothing to hang onto when getting out.
The kitchen is tiny but seems to be quite new. It does not appear to have an oven (only a microwave and stove top) but I did not cook at all. The freezer is very small and completely iced in (needs a good defrosting) - ice making was difficult. There seemed to be plenty of kitchen items and dishes. There is an ironing board and iron. There is also a washer/dryer in the kitchen which we used, but I don't think we ever really figured it out, in spite of complete instructions.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment had a strange smell, which I think MAY have been the jute rug (not sure). There is a very complete set of instructions that comes with the apartment. The building across the street is covered in scaffolding, so the view is not great - but it will be pretty when it's done.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Pascal was completely reliable and friendly. He spoke English well. He answers his cell phone quickly and emails back quickly. He met us at the apartment and showed us around. We did not need any further assistance from him.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I can recommend this apartment, as long as a family is looking for something serviceable in a good area for much less than two rooms at a hotel. It is not especially beautiful or charming - but it is perfectly adequate. It was one of the few apartments we found that had twin beds in one of the bedrooms. We paid 1400€ for a week.
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