Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2754: Isabelle's Apartments, Lancelot
1bed/1bath apartment in the 4th arrondissement, Paris
April 07, 2 weeks
The apartment was perfectly located in the Marais area on rue des Blancs-Manteaux - we loved the location and couldn't think of a better place to stay - central to all but very quiet street and not too touristy.
We were a five minute walk away from closest metro Rambuteau or Hotel De ville, lots of excellent speciality food shops, grocery stores and restaurants within close walking distance.
The building was typical of many in the area - two apartments per floor, four flights of stairs, very quiet secure building. The apartment was on the third floor without a lift. Very tastefully decorated with exposed beams and stone walls. One large bedroom, small bathroom, sofa, which converted to single bed and double bed that pulled out from wall.
No outside area other than both living rooms windows that opened to floor so we could get a good view out.
Apartment was very clean and tastefully decorated - a couple of the pieces of furniture had seen better days though - plenty of room for three people.
Beds very comfortable and plenty of bedding. Bathroom fine though a little cramped, lots of storage room though.
Very well stocked kitchen - small cooker, small dishwasher, bar fridge and front loading washing machine - certainly big enough to cook for three people.
Problems or Bonuses
The hallway and stairs were probably a little bit more run down than I excepted and most days very smelly - combination of cooking smells, smoke and cats! The apartment though was like an oasis - bedroom as gorgeous with silk lined walls and ceiling. The living area did seem a little smaller than the pictures but fine for three.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Isabelle was very easy to deal with - all emails were answered promptly and every question addressed. Small hiccup with plans on arrival no one to meet us and when we contacted, she informed us key was in letterbox as per email, which we never received. Paid a small deposit and balance on arrival - apartment €1000 per week in April.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would certainly use same agency again she has a great selection of apartments in great areas.
Things to do in this area
What we loved most was the neighbourhood feel to the surrounding streets yet you are only blocks from such well known sights as Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, Pompidou Center, Picasso Museum, Musée Carnavalet, Place des Vosges, Victor Hugo Museum, the Bastille and Hotel de Sully.
Lots of of restaurants, and bars - plus very close to metro and Les Halles station for RER connection.
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