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Review 2277: Vacation in Paris, Elegant Left Bank/Invalides (#74)
1bed/1bath in 7th arrondissement, Paris
August 2006, 10 days
The apartment is on Avenue La Motte Piquet, a street in the 7th that runs from Invalide to the Military School. It's a very upscale area, with nice shops and restaurants, and tourists walking to the Eiffel Tower and Invalides museums.
The apartment was a two-minute walk to the La Tour Maubourg Metro stop (Line 8), and very close to the number 69 bus, which stops at St. Germain, the Louvre and Marais. Also nearby were buses over to the Right Bank, and also Montparnasse. Two blocks away was Rue Cler with all the food shops, and down the street was a large Shopi supermarket which stayed open late.
Right downstairs is a pleasant and inexpensive place called Cafe Max for good, simple bistro-type food, and down the street is the wonderful La Florimond, where we ate twice. Plenty of other choices in the neighborhood - we also like the trio of places owned by Christian Constant on rue Saint Dominique.
The apartment is in a 19th century building, very well maintained. There are 2-3 apartments on each of the five floors. The apartment faces onto an interior courtyard, so very quiet. You might every now and then feel a very slight rumble from the Metro, which must pass right underneath the building. We barely noticed this, and didn't find it bothersome.
You get into the building by punching an access code, then use your key to gain access to the inner hallway. There's a very tiny elevator to the apartment on the 4th floor. You enter the apartment into a mini entrance, with the door to the w.c. ahead of you, and the door to the living room to the left. The apartment has been very recently renovated, and was in excellent shape.
No outside area, unless you count Max's as your shared patio, which we did.
The place was spotless, comfortable, and beautifully maintained. Lots of pale wood, pale colors make the smallish spaces feel larger and bright. The living room/kitchen is one room, with a sofa at one side under the window, facing a good sized table and a wall of kitchen equipment. If you look at the website photos, just mentally arrange the sofa photo across from the kitchen photo. Not a large room, but good use of space. It works very well for a couple, but I wouldn't put more than two people in there. The website says the sofa-bed can sleep two, but it'd make for tight quarters.
There's a portable air conditioning unit in the living room, with a pan you need to empty every 4-5 hours when you're using the unit. We were there during the horrid heat wave, and the apartment was comfortable in the over-100 degree heat.
The bedroom is very comfortable, with a good bed, bedside lighting, two upholstered chairs facing the window, and the shower room. There's a fan in the bedroom to help along the air conditioning unit in the other room if needed. Bed was great, shower room very nice, w.c. on the very small side. You do need to walk from the bedroom through the living room to get to the w.c. at night.
Super kitchen, with good stove and oven, coffeepot/espresso maker, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, enough dishes and equipment for cooking. Also a washer/dryer unit. Kitchen had spices, paper towels, foils, toilet paper, soaps, etc, which was nice.
Problems or Bonuses
This is a super apartment, extremely well maintained and equipped. Lots of perks, extensive housebook, basic kitchen items, broadband Internet for your laptop, free calls to the US, air conditioning. It's more expensive than some, but still a better deal than a nice hotel and with twice the room.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency is based in the US, and is very responsive with e-mail communication. They list prices in dollars, and take credit cards. When you pay your balance, they mail you a key to the apartment. No arranging to meet the key-holder, which is wonderful. When you get in, the Paris on-site representative calls twice to make sure everything is OK. There's a very extensive housebook with everything you need to know to run the appliances, where to shop, maps, etc.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We loved the apartment and area, and would recommend it heartily.
Things to do in this area
Walk, walk, walk. Eat downstairs at Max's and down the street at La Florimond.
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