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Review 2423: Owner, Experience Paris Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in 2nd arrondissement, Paris
14-21st October 2006, one week
This elegant apartment is located on Rue Tiquetonne in the central 2nd Arrondissement of Paris. It's on the 4th (European) floor of a building with a lift. The street that the building is located in is a pedestrian street, which meant that it was mostly very quiet.
There are many eateries on the Rue Tiquetonne itself. Nearby is the Rue Montorgeuil with its plethora of butchers, fish shops, green grocers, bakeries, cafes and restaurants. There is also a large Monoprix supermarket close by. All within a couple of minutes walking distance from the apartment.
The building is historical and in great shape. The apartment was very peaceful and quiet, thanks to the building being situated on a pedestrian street. The apartment has one bedroom and a large living/kitchen area. There is a "shower room" located off the bedroom and a separate toilet located off the entrance hallway.
Large windows let in plenty of light and there were many lamps and other lighting to make working and reading a pleasure.
We particularly liked the heavy, old wooden beams throughout!
No outside sitting area. But we had views of the tops of the characteristic street buildings with their balconies, window baskets and chimney pots.
It was charming!
The furniture in the apartment was modern, of excellent quality and very simply elegant. There was a large sofa, which we opened out into a sofa bed, as well as a dining table, coffee table, desk and plenty of chairs.
The apartment was very clean when we arrived and we were greeted warmly by Helene who explained the "secrets" of the house. The bottle of wine, bread and cheese which were awaiting us were very welcome, too, after our long journey.
There is also broadband Internet in the apartment, so bring your laptop! And cable TV (if you have time to watch it in between sightseeing!)
We also enjoyed the marvellous library. There was a WHOLE SHELF of Paris guidebooks which we used to death: regular guidebooks, shopping guides, walking guides, restaurant guides and architecture guides. Not to mention another entire shelf of novels and other books of which we also read several!
The bed in the bedroom was very comfortable. The sofa bed was, of course, not as comfortable as the bed in the main bedroom.
The single bathroom/toilet was efficient and well lit with lots of hot water.
The kitchen was great. It was well-fitted out with pots, pans, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. There was a toaster, a mini-fridge, a washing machine, a sink, a two-burner stove and a microwave oven.
If you're in to fixing gourmet meals, there is everything here that you will need or you have a million other choices out in the food capital of the world!
Problems or Bonuses
We absolutely loved staying in this elegant but homely apartment! No surprises, as it was well-represented in the website.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
All our enquiries were dealt with efficiently and in English.
Helene, who met us on arrival, spoke excellent English and it was all very, very easy.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would recommend this apartment without a moment's hesitation! And from reading the Guest Book, it is obvious that there have been many, many guests who have been as enchanted by the location, ambiance and comfort as we have.
Things to do in this area
There are a million things to do from here. Paris is your playground!
Notre Dame, Ste Chappelle, Isles de Louis and de La Cite, Conciergerie, the Marais, St Germain des Pres, all in close walking distance. In fact, we walked from here to practically everywhere and only took the Metro at the end of the day when we were totally worn out!
The evening walk along the Seine to the Louvre, Tuileries and Concorde when we watched the Eiffel Tower flood into light was an absolue highlight for us.
Go walk Paris, you can do it from Rue Tiquetonne very easily!!!
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