Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 1970: Paris By Heart, 29 rue Tholoze
2bed/1bath apartment in Montmartre, Paris
28 February - 8 March, 2006, 8 days
This apartment is in the 18th arrondisment/Montmartre, Paris. It is on the other side of the Butte, on a very quiet street at the foot of the Moulin de la Galette. A lot of people don't recommend staying up in Montmartre, away from the center of Paris, but really with the Metro, it wasn't a problem for us. We like the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood and it was far enough away from the touristy part of Montmartre that we really felt like we lived there.
Everything is in walking distance. Plenty of cafes, restaurants, and brasseries are nearby and the owner has left recommendations. Lots of vegetable stands, boulangeries, and fromageries to choose from, but it's best to pick one and become a regular. There are 2 small but well-stocked grocery stores nearby as well as a Monoprix and a Picard (frozen foods).
The building was built in the 19th century and it shows. Tiny stairwells and curving stairs. Not a problem for people with good knees and lungs. It's a very quiet building with a small courtyard in the back.
The apartment is at the top of the building, on the 3rd floor (4th floor American)and There are about 10 other apartments in the building. This apartment has 2 floors with the top floor being under the roof so it has slanting walls. It is reached by a rather narrow set of steps. There are skylights to open and peak at the rooftops around you.
The main floor has a sitting/room kitchen with a small dining table plus 4 chairs, leather sofa and an arm chair. There is one bedroom downstairs and another one upstairs and a bathroom downstairs. The upstairs also has a small desk.
The furniture was in good shape with lots of character. There were 3 of us, so the 4 chairs at the table were fine. Plenty of room on the sofa for us plus the armchair was a nice extra. The apartment was very clean.
The beds were very comfortable and nicely furnished. The downstairs bedroom was a little dark when trying to read in bed. The bathroom had an American style shower, large sink and a radiator/towel warmer.
The kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, gas stove and oven, small refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, espresso maker, and toaster. There is also a small freezer and washer/dryer upstairs tucked away in the eaves. We were able to cook simple, full meals. There was a full range of pans, plenty of dishes and a selection of condiments.
Problems or Bonuses
There is ADSL installed at the desk upstairs. We actually chose this apartment because I asked about the availability of DSL and was told the owner was considering installing it. They did so for us!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was very easy to deal with. The agent is based in the US so we could send US checks for the deposit, final payment and security deposit. The contact person who met us and showed us the apartment spoke excellent English and was very friendly and helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay here again. Our 17 year old daughter wants to live in this apartment!
Things to do in this area
Picard Frozen Foods is in walking distance. It's a great way to eat French at home without having to dealing with French recipes and ingredients and the time to go shopping for it all. The apartment even has a little cooler on wheels for shopping in the warmer months.
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