Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2680: At Home in France, Palais Royal
2bed/1bath apartment in 1st arrondissement, Paris
April 4 - 10, 2007, 6 nights
It was located at 26, rue de Richelieu - on a small passageway between rue de Richelieu and rue Montpensier. Rue Montpensier is along the side of Palais Royal, so it was a two minute walk to the Palais Royal gardens.
Close to the Monoprix (Opera) by cutting across two blocks. Also a small grocery on same block. Many restaurants in the area. Also a boulangerie (closed Tuesdays) in the same block. Very convenient to metro for Palais Royal/Louvre stop.
The apartment was great! Very bright and airy. Liked the open floor plan with the open kitchen to living space. It was located on third floor (European) with elevator (new to building - much appreciated!) Was well-equipped, and also had basic necessities (salt, pepper, mustard, dish soap, etc.), dishwasher (with detergent there).
Dislikes: lack of Internet connection (although we were able to piggyback a very slow unsecured connection from someone around).
No outside area.
We thought the two bedrooms were great. The only comfortable seating was a small couch, the bar stools were hard for kids to climb in and out of, and the jute carpet was hard on tired feet.
The house was extremely clean.
Beds were extremely comfortable and master was very large (king-size I think). The second bedroom had bunks, but our kids are used to bunks, so no issue.
Bathroom sink area was large and had lots of room to put 'stuff' on. Hairdryer was appreciated.
Had tub as well as shower (kids like tub, we liked shower).
Kitchen was great. Good quality dishes, etc. (although nothing to write home about).
We used the oven, stove, microwave on a daily basis, although I'm not sure we were cooking full meals.
Refrigerator was small full-size (not an under the counter one).
Had a washer/dryer combination unit (many have only washers). Took me a few days to figure out how long to set the dryer unit for, but it was much used (although loud).
Problems or Bonuses
Not really any surprises good or bad.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Agency was very professional and accommodating (they typically only do one week rentals, but were able to prorate for six nights for us). They are American based and accept US checks, so payment terms are easy. Required a $600 deposit, which was returned in a very timely fashion.
We were met at the apartment by a local representative. I called her from CDG and she was waiting for us. She gave us good instructions about how to work appliances and there were English directions in the apartment information packet.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Overall - we would definitely rent here again. My positives significantly outweigh the minor negative points about this apartment. The best advantage to this apartment was the location, but it was very comfortable for our family. Having a second bedroom for the kids worked out very well.
Things to do in this area
This area is phenomenal! Very close to Palais Royal. Close to Louvre and Tuileries. We walked many places. Also close to two different metro stops. Lots of restaurants in immediate area.
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