Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 214: Paris Vacation Apartments, Rue Lepic Studios
studio apartment in Montmartre, Paris
An agency we have used before, and from which we plan to rent again this October is Paris Vacation Apartments. This agency consists of Erica Berman and her partner Alex Mony. Most of her apartments are in Montmartre, although she has two in the Palais Royal. (The one we've booked for October is one of the Palais Royal apartments.)
We have rented one of the Montmartre apartments, a small studio on rue Lepic. Erica has three studios in one building on rue Lepic -- we rented the third floor studio. It's small, but perfectly adequate for two people. The prices are definitely right -- from $450 to $600 a week depending on the time of year.
A lot of people have asked me about the advisability of staying in Montmartre. The main concerns most people have are Montmartre's reputation of being somewhat sleazy, and the fact that it is at some distance from the center of Paris and the places tourists usually want to go. We enjoyed Montmartre -- it still has some of the old "village" of Montmartre feeling -- once you get out of the heavily touristed areas around the Sacré Coeur and the place du Tertre. Lots of shops, cafés, neighborhood restaurants; all very reasonably priced. (See the film "Amélie" to get an idea -- I understand that, since it became so popular, they now do "Amélie" tours!)
There's a street market every day except Mondays on rue Lepic, which also has wonderful shops; cheese, butcher, charcuterie, bakery, small supermarket, etc. The sleaze, which does exist, is confined to specific areas and need not concern the average visitor at all. As for being too far away from the center, we had no problem going everywhere we wanted with the metro; the Blanche station was less than five minutes walk, the Abbesses station about 10 minutes.
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