Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2587: Chez Vous, La Luciole
2bed/1bath apartment in 7th arrondisement, Paris
June 2004, 6 nights
This is a second floor (US 3rd floor) apartment on the corner of Rue Vaneau and Rue de Babylone. The apartment has elevator access (max. 2 people, but adequate). The neighborhood is very residential, although there is a bus route that proceeds down rue de Babylone, and Bon Marche is only a few blocks away. The apartment has a view of the back yard of the Prime Minister's official residence, the Matingon Palace. Plenty of local patisseries, and the Grand Epicerie of Le Bon Marche nearby. Fair metro access with Vaneau being the closest.
At the other three blocks on this corner, you had a pharmacy, a bank (with ATM), and a convenience store. Multiple bakeries were within 100 yards. There were some restaurants close by, although for variety over a stay of more than a few days, you will have to walk a little bit.
The building is an old, established building with no a/c, but with an elevator. The flat was in good shape, nicely decorated and fitted out, and appeared just as depicted in the photos on the agency website. You entered and went down a hallway, with the bedrooms on the right (the side facing Rue Vaneau) and the bathroom, separate WC, and kitchen, on the left. The living/dining area is open and spacious. There were, if I recall, two apartments on each floor of this typical six-floor building.
No outside sitting area or pool.
Good quality, sturdy furniture. I was told the beds were comfortable, although I slept on the sofa (did not use the sofa bed as the sofa was large enough to accommodate me). Plenty of seating was provided in the living and dining area, although with the very small TV, you would want to gather for conversation rather than to watch something, which is fine on vacation. There was a minor ant problem in the kitchen when we arrived, but it was quickly addressed by the agent, and otherwise, the apartment was quite clean. The Berber carpet was very sturdy, but not particularly comfortable for walking around barefooted.
Each bedroom had two single beds which could be pushed together to be made in to a king. The beds were comfortable and fitted out with American sized pillows. The separate WC made the single bathroom sufficient to serve our party of five.
The kitchen was usable, and probably above average size for comparable Paris apartments. The pots and pans were adequate to the task of cooking breakfast, which was the only meal that we attempted to cook (and which we did regularly). A full meal probably would have been OK, too. The washer/dryer combo worked efficiently, if not rapidly.
Problems or Bonuses
As far as surprises, we happened to be in the apartment on the night of the summer solstice, when a big music festival is held. The prime minister, being a typical politician, got involved, and parts of rue Vaneau and rue de Babylone were closed that evening. This proved very irritating for the locals, but we found it rather amusing to watch the confrontation between them and the police.
Metro access was fine, but would have been even more convenient had not St. Francois Xavier station not been closed while we were there.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency, which is based in California, was very professional, and did everything they promised. We called their representative once we were ready to leave the CDG, and he met us at the apartment within five minutes of our arrival by taxi. He took immediate steps to deal with an ant problem that we noticed in the kitchen. The website was very informative and accurate.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The apartment was very nice, and a good place for our group. I would not hesitate to stay there again from a quality standpoint. The only reservation that I would have would be that, in retrospect, I think the rate was rather on the high side. However, if you want a sure thing, and want to deal with an American agent, it may be worth it.
Things to do in this area
Le Bon Marche provides nearby shopping. The Rodin Museum is within walking distance, as is Les Invalides.
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