Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1811: Paris Pied-a-Terre, Passy Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment in the 16th, Paris
July 2005, one month
Paris Passy neighborhood. Off of Rue de Passy, on Rue Claude Chahu. Very convenient, quiet neighborhood location. 6th floor in a building with an elevator. Very safe, residential area. Clean, beautiful buildings on a one way street.
Had the choice of 4 local boulangeries(bakeries). Off Rue de Passy which has everything you could need to live in a city. Not a tourist area.
The building was a Haussman style building, 6 floors and a mansard roof, built in the late 1800ís. It was in good repair with beautiful ironwork. The entry was elegant brown marble and mosaic floor but screamed for a beautiful chandelier. The automatic light that turned on after you opened the door with the code was not quite adequate. There were 12 apartments in the building.
The apartment was amazing. Better then the photos, actually the apartment we contracted for was sold the day before we came and all of the furniture was moved to another apartment 4 floors up with a similar layout, just a larger living room.
Off a petite elevator you entered from the hall through a double doorway into a bright entry hall with closet. To the left was a large living room/dining room with marble fireplace and two French doors with terrace overlooking the street below and you could see the tip of the Eiffel Tower. The floors were wood in a herringbone pattern, just beautiful. The ceiling moldings in the apartment were detailed and greatly appreciated. Motifs of fruit, flowers and traditional designs.
To the right of the entry is a hall with a full kitchen on the right, WC on the left then into the first bedroom/den with French window. It slept three in our case but best for two. Then the bath and the Master with another French window. One had to go through the first bedroom to get to the bath and master. (French doors are double full glass doors that go to the floor, French windows are double glass doors that do not go to the floor.)
Wood floors throughout, modern shower and sink in tiled bathroom. Kitchen had everything one could need and more. Great windows and light in every room. High speed internet and cable TV. The apartment was very very clean and cleaned once a week while we were there.
The apartment was just purchased by the owner and after we left in August they were planning to completely renovate and redecorate the apartment.
There was a small public courtyard, nothing worth noting.
Furniture was in excellent condition and new furniture was on order. They are planning to furnish with a contemporary look.
The master bed was excellent and the other beds were adequate but planned on being replaced after we left. The windows in each room brought us light and fresh air daily. The one bathroom was modern, tiled with shower and sink with storage below.
The kitchen had everything we needed and more. Complete meals were not a problem to prepare. Full size refrigerator and freezer. The quality was good.
Problems or Bonuses
The best suprise was the upgrade from the second floor to the larger and brighter 6th floor apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
All of the arangements were made with Walid who acted for the owner and who personally owns a few apartments and a house in Provence. He speaks perfect English and responds promptly to e-mails. Sam, the "handyman", also was responsive to our requests and spoke perfect English. Price per month better than the weekly rate.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I do not know what the apartment will look like after the redo but would stay there again anytime. Perfect in the city, in a neighborhood, quiet out of the rush apartment. Light, bright, beautiful and airy.
Things to do in this area
Walked to the Eiffel Tower in minutes, just a perfect stroll after dinner. Shopping was excellent, both reasonable and high end stores just around the corner. Bus and Metro stops close by. Many cafes and restauants. Four bakeries so close that we sent our children out every morning alone to get the croissants.
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