Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2570: Paristay, 33 Ave Montaigne
Studio apartment in 8th arrondissement, Paris
July 2006, 4 weeks
Apartment in the center of Paris, on famous Avenue Montaigne in the 8th Arrondissment. One block from the Champs Elysees, great shopping, restaurants, close to transportation. Wonderful area, views of the Eiffel Tower.
Many restaurants, bars and cafes within walking distance to apartment. Many restaurants open 24 hours. Closest grocery store, while small, was three blocks away. Large grocery store, Monoprix located nearby on the Champs Elysees, conveniently open until 11pm most days. Weekly outdoor food market two blocks away on Ave President Woodrow Wilson.
The apartment building was rather modern in comparision to most Parisian buildings. Part of a four-part complex, there are approximately 80 - 90 apartments in the building. The building was clean and quiet for the most part. Nice lift, and extensive security access. Located on the fifth floor, the studio was small, only 35 sq/m. The layout was rather unusual with the refrigerator in the living room and not in the kitchen. Kitchen was fully equipped with dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, stove top. Small bathroom with shower. Cable TV and DVD available.
Apartment had three glass doors which opened to a courtyard. While the studio was nice, some of the tenants in neighboring apartments would stay up many late nights smoking, slightly annoying.
The furniture was in good condition. Seating is limited. Apartment contained large sofabed, dining table and two chairs. When I moved into the apartment it was not clean. I convinced the owner of the apartment to reduce the rent and I would clean it myself, as she was scrambling to clean it upon my arrival. Her previous tenants had not moved all of their things out, making it difficult to unpack and settle in for the first week of my stay.
The studio had limited space. The living room/bedroom has a large sofabed. Nice linens were available. The refrigerator was next to the sofabed which would make noise on occasion. The bathroom was small with shower stall and toilet. Yet it did have a modern, clean, sleek look.
Kitchen was small, but functional. Cooking was clumsy as the refrigerator was on the other side of the apartment. Plenty of pots/pans/dishes were available. There was no oven available for baking, but a functional kitchen for everything else. While the washer/dryer combo is a luxury for most Paris apartments, the dryer portion of the unit did not dry very well. I ended up taking loads of laundry to the laverie which was eight blocks away.
Problems or Bonuses
While the apartment was a little small for my taste, it was incredibly nice. My disappointment was in the owner. She attempted to keep my security deposit without cause after my departure from Paris. It took four months, many phone calls, contacting the authorities, then returning to Paris to get my money back.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was nice and professional. They did speak English and during my initial contact and stay in Paris was very prompt in responding to my questions. The owner, Shahin, whom I dealt with onsite, was a wreck. The apartment was not clean upon moving in, and she was not professional in handling the rent/deposit or communication thereof. I paid €1300 for one month plus agency fees of about €200. In addition I paid a €1300 security deposit, which the owner tried to keep. I feel the website listing of apartment did accurately reflect the unit.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
While the apartment was in a great location and nice building, the owner is a nightmare! If you are just vacationing and do not frequent Paris, I would avoid dealing with her. Or better still, negotiate the fee without paying a deposit at all.
Things to do in this area
The apartment is on Avenue Montaigne, located close to great shopping. It is right across the street from Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dolce Gabbana and Valentino stores to name a few. There are too many restaurants to name nearby but a few of my favorites, Maison Blanche, L'Avenue, Bound, La Cantine du Faubourg, Libre Sens, L'Ecluse, Toi, Spicy. The apartment is one block from the metro (Line 1 & 8) for easy access. It is walking distance to the Eiffel Tower (and the new Quai Branly Museum) just across the Alma Marceau bridge. Of course the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe right around the corner. Plenty of things to do nearby.
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