Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1818: Vacation in Paris, Deluxe One Bedroom (#3)
1bed/1bath in 7th arrondissement, Paris
November 4 - 11, 2005, 1 week
The apartment is in a nice location in the 7th arrondissement, within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and near the Rue Cler market street.
All sorts of nice bakeries, cafes, grocery stores, and everything else you could want within a few blocks of the apartment. Invalides metro stop is about 4 blocks away.
The building was mainly residential, with a couple of doctor's offices as well. There is an enclosed foyer/courtyard, and then an entrance to the apartment building. The rental apartment is on the first floor.
The apartment itself is functional but a bit dumpy and dark, furnished with flea market antiques. The kitchen is minimally equiped with a few pots and pans, an electric burner stovetop (no oven) and a microwave. The bathroom has a full bathtub and a clothes washer (no dryer). There is cable television and a telephone. It is conveniently located and functional, but not a place where you want to spend lots of extra time.
The apartment is advertised as sleeping up to 7 people, but it would probably only be comfortable for a family or maybe up to 4 people. The bathroom is located off the bedroom, so anyone sleeping in the living room would have to walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. It was plenty of space for my husband and me and our 7-month old son.
There is a bedroom with a double bed, plus a double bed and a single bed/couch in the living room, plus two portable fold-out beds.
We got most of our meals from the frozen food chain Picard and heated them in the microwave. The kitchen was not really equipped for more complex cooking. There is a coffee maker.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had rented from Vacation in Paris before, and they are very pleasant to work with. One advantage of this agency is that the prices are in US$, so the price doesn't fluctuate with the exchange rate. Also, they send you a key to the apartment before you leave, so you don't need to arrange a meetup to get the key when you arrive. I believe the price was $150/night when we stayed, but it varies by season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The price was very good, and the apartment was perfectly functional. If you plan to spend a lot of time out sightseeing, this is a great apartment. If you plan to spend much time in the apartment (if you have small children, for example), you might prefer a more pleasant space.
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