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Review 2063: Lets Paris, 27 Damremont
1bed/1bath apartment 18th Arr., Paris
May 5 - 12, 2005, one week
The apartment is in Montmartre, in the 18th arrondisment, in a non-touristy residential neighbourhood. The nearest Metro stop is Lamark-Calaincourt (closed for renovations while we were there); next closest stops are Abbesses and Blanche.
On the street where the apartment is located, there are bakeries, greengrocers, wine shops, a cheese shop, flower shop, butcher shops, places to buy prepared foods, and a supermarket. There is a neighborhood cafe less than 1/2 block away. In addition, on the 10 - 15 minute walk to the apartment from the Abbesses or Blanche Metro stops there are dozens of small shops, cafes and brasseries.
The apartment is on the first (North American second) floor of a 4 - 5 story building, with an elevator. I would guess the building is around 100 years old. The apartment faces a courtyard so there is no view, but it is very quiet. You walk in to a hallway with a large master bedroom on your right, and the living is room further along the hall also on your right. Straight ahead is a large utility closet. On your left is the shower room (with a sink), and next on your left is a short hallway leading to the toilet room (with a sink) and the galley kitchen. Further along on your left is the dining room.
In the dining room there is a table that seats four very comfortably and would seat up to six, and a daybed for extra seating during the day and a single bed at night. My 13 year old slept here and was quite happy. My 18 yr old slept on the double sleep sofa in the living room. Both rooms are quite separate, with doors, so it felt like they each had their own room. The apartment is furnished with a mix of beautiful antiques (dressers, wardrobe, side tables) and new furniture (double sleep sofa, queen bed in bedroom). There are creaky wooden floors throughout, with nice area rugs to keep your feet warm. There are many lovely touches: gorgeous draperies, beautiful chandeliers, etc.
The mattresses were new, firm, and very comfortable. Both the queen bed and the daybed have beautiful linens and duvet covers. There were plenty of extra pillows, blankets, and towels. Although there is just one bathroom, it is in two separate rooms: a toilet room with a sink, and a shower room with a sink. The shower room was especially nice, with beautiful green and blue tile and a translucent green glass sink.
The galley kitchen, although small, is well-equipped and has everything you would need to prepare a full meal if you wanted to. The owners have spent a bundle on the renovations here, with top-of-the-line cabinets, appliances and tile. There is a large fridge and freezer, four-burner gas cooktop, combination overn/microwave, combination washer/dryer, toaster, and French press coffeemaker. There is a drop-down half-moon table that we used for extra counter space.
Problems or Bonuses
Although the apartment is 600 square feet it seems smaller because it is divided up into separate rooms. We are used to "open plan" living so it was a bit of an adjustment, however, with two adults and two teenagers this turned out to be a bonus since it allowed everyone more privacy.
Another bonus was the amount of storage space, with a large wardrobe for hanging clothes both in the bedroom and in the living room, plus ample drawer space and shelf space.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked through Lets Paris. Lauren was easy to work with, very flexible in accommodating our changing arrival time, and very welcoming and informative. When she showed us around the apartment she noticed that the plunger part of the coffeemaker was missing; she went out to buy a replacement and returned shortly with a brand new coffeemaker, a package of coffee, and a bottle of wine as a gift for us!
At the time that we booked, the price was 700 euros a week for two people and 900 euros a week for 3 or more people.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would stay here again although perhaps not with four people -- the couch in the living room seats three, and the only other chairs are extra dining room chairs. This apartment is ideal for a couple or for a couple with a child.
Things to do in this area
I was a little hesitant about staying in Montmartre but we loved the area. It was fun to wander around the steep, crooked streets and get to know this quirky neighborhood.
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