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Review 1797: Welcome 2 France, Le Mouffetard

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Review by SteveS from MA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/1bath apartment on Rue Mouffetard, Paris


Photo of the apartment from the alley, photo by SteveS

When

April 2005, 5 days

Location

My family (two adults, three children between the ages of 5 and 10) stayed at the apartment in April 2005. It's been six months now since our return, and I can not help thinking about this beautiful apartment constantly. The apartment was so perfect for us that it was like a dream came true. It is an impossibly perfect apartment on an impossibly perfect street in Paris.

Nearby Amenities

The apartment's windows face Rue Mouffetard but its entrance is on a beautiful quiet alley. Rue Mouffetard is a cobble-stoned street with a bustling pedestrian outdoor market that's packed with cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, cheese stores, bakeries, butchers, florists, wine stores, a small cinema, etc. I could spend hours each day wandering the street and just visiting different stores.

The House/Apartment

The building is probably a couple of hundred years old and is in good shape. The apartment is on the third floor of the building. The first floor of the building is a cafe. The entrance to the apartment is in the back of the building on an alley that connects Rue Mouffetard with a residential street.

Garden

No garden or any other outside area.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment has well-appointed furniture and walls adorned with art. Although the furnishings are not luxurious, the owner of the apartment did a great job in decorating the place to make it feel bright, roomy, warm, and inviting.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

There are one double bed and a futon. The beds are average in comfort. The apartment has one bedroom, a study area that has a futon, and a small bathroom with a separate toilet area. There's a sofa in the living room that can sleep an additional child. The apartment is adequate for a family with small children.

Kitchen

Kitchen is small but usable. The apartment appears to have regular residents in addition to being a vacation rental as the kitchen is well stocked.

Problems or Bonuses

I had thought the apartment would be a bit noisy given its location, but it turned out to be very quiet at night. The location is better than what I could image.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I booked through the agency's website. I called the agency before I left for Paris to confirm the booking as I didn't receive any reply email from the agency as my departure was nearing. The phone number listed for the agency has a US area code, but the phone is actually in France. A lady answered the phone. She confirmed my booking and told me to call the on-site person's cell phone after I arrived in Paris.

After arriving at Paris, I called Laurent, the agency representive. Laurent met us at the apartment and handled the check-in. He speaks perfect English and is very friendly and helpful. He also arranged the transportation for us to return to airport. I would work with the agency again. We paid 200 Euro per night for the stay.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Yes, I would. The apartment is advertised to accommodate 4 to 5 people, but I would add that it is more suitable for 2 adults plus 2 or 3 kids.

Things to do in this area

There are too many interesting things to do in Paris! The apartment is only a three minute walk to the Metro, so the entire Paris is within your reach. It is located in the Latin Quartier and is within walking distance to the Botanic Garden.

To narrow it down, on the Rue Mouffetard alone, I enjoyed visiting the bakeries every morning, and trying out different street food in the afternoon, from the rotisseries at the butcher stores, to the crepe and pizza places. There's a small cinema that shows independent movies from around the world. Rue du Pot de Fer, a side street off Mouffetard, is jammed with restaurants. The sound and smell of the area stayed with me long after the vacation was over, and I do dream of returning to the area some day.

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