Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 209: Paris Sleeps, Rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique
1bed/1bath apartment in left bank Latin Quarter, Paris
September 2000, 2 weeks in different apartments
We actually stayed in 2 apartments, as the apartment that was our first choice was already reserved of the first week of our stay. The apartment is very simple but nicely furnished and very comfortable. The bathroom is new and modern with tiled walls and a great shower. The kitchen, which is open to the living room, also is modern with a full sized refrigerator and a regular stove. There is a small table for eating in the living room (big enough for 4) a settee, a comfy chair, a tv (french only) a stereo, and a coffee table. The bedroom is a memium size with 2 beds, there is a closet and 2 dressers. The whole apartment is very comfortable and gives the feeling that is is your own city place. There is the usual tiny elevator and security entry. The building is on a small quiet street, and has a fresly painted facade.
Shopping is availabe in the local area but, the daily market on Rue Muffetard is only a 5 minute walk. There you will find wine shops, cheese, meat, fish, fruit and vegi and flower shops. There is a 60 minute film developing store, and various souvenir and specialty shops. This is what makes this apartment so nice. We did a lot of our own cooking, and were even able to have some US friends who were visiting Paris, over for a home cooked meal.
The building itself in in very nice if old condition, and is well maintained. I imagine that there are 20 other apartments and offices in the building. We almost never met anyone in the hall.
The apartment is very well maintained by Gail who is the agent; the apartment was very clean.
No problems with the kitchen; we did cooking about half the time. I bring my own sharp knives however. There is a washing machine and a dryer in the kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
Surprises? The best surprise was that, at that time Gail gave us a "perk". What we called the "bus pass" which was really the Orange weekly Metro card that allows unlimited use of the busses and the metro. The apartment was stocked with helpful Paris guides and literature. There are even some novels to read. We left our books there for the apartment. Gail also gave us a supply of coffee, jam and croissants.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Gail Burns, the onsite person, was very helpful, gave us an orientation upon arrival and was available by phone to answer any questions.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would ABSOLUTELY love to buy this apartment! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have the real PARIS experience.
Things to do in this area
Lots of restaurants, inexpensive and expensive, the previously mentioned Rue Moffetard shopping area, the ability to walk anywhere in the city. There was one restaurant that we loved, called the Atlantide, it's on a small "walking street" off Rue Moffetard (4 rue du Pot de Fer), the manager Dimitri was very personable, spoke English, had lived in CA for a while and we got to know him well enough that one morning we met him on his way to opening the restaurant and he invited us to have coffee.
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