Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 284: RentParis, Apt #17; 29 Rue Rambuteau
1bed/1bath apartment in 4th arrondisment, Paris
June 5-11, 2002, six nights
This apartment is on the right bank, 1/2 block from Pompidou Center. It is on the third floor, at the back of a quiet building.
Several key sites are within easy walking distance. If you don’t feel like walking, the Rambuteau Metro station is on the corner. Three banks with ATMs are just down the block. There is a full service grocer across the street and a fascinating array of wine, fish, cheese, pastry and fruit and vegetable shops in this block of Rambuteau. Walk to Les Halles Center in 5 minutes and Notre Dame in about 10 minutes.
This a one bedroom, 3rd floor (3 above ground floor) walk-up. It was remodeled in December of 2001 so everything has that new feeling. The pictures and floor plan on the website give an honest representation. The living room windows do not overlook the busy rue Rambuteau but the quieter rue Simon Le Franc.
We found the furniture comfortable. There is a sofabed in the living room but try as I might, I couldn’t get it to fold out. It might work for a child or two willing to “rough it,” however, I’m not sure a second couple would be willing to use it for a week. Other features include cable TV (BBC and CNN), stereo/CD, telephone/answering machine/fax with computer hook-up. There is a small but helpful library of Paris pictorial and guide books.
Very comfortable queen-sized bed with premium linens and comforter. Tiled bathroom was bright and inviting. WC is in separate room off the hall. Two-person, tiled shower for those wishing to conserve water and shower with a friend. Clothes washer/dryer also located here without being in the way.
Everything we needed. Microwave, oven, cooktop, dishwasher, 3/4 sized refrigerator, coffeemaker, toaster, electric juicer. Quality table service, knife set, pots and pans. We cooked some great meals and never found it lacking. You’ll be torn between heading out to a great restaurant or cooking on your own with fresh ingredients from the neighborhood.
Problems or Bonuses
A helpful binder which had emergency information and instructions for operating all the appliances. We found the washing machines in both our rentals took much longer than their American counterparts. Just do smaller loads more frequently than at home.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Great communication by email and post. Fabrice and Jean Pierre (the owners) live in Paris and were available 24/7 if we had any questions or needed assistance. I called them when we arrived at CDG and Jean Pierre was waiting for us in front of the building when we got downtown. He gave us the full tour and made sure we were happy and settled before he left.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is a wonderful apartment in a great location. If you’re a heavy packer or don’t do well with stairs you might want to look at another RentParis location, but we will definitely stay here again.
Things to do in this area
Since my wife and I both enjoy cooking (eating isn't so bad either), one of our favorite things to do was to wander from one shop to the next picking up things for dinner and the next morning's breakfast. We sampled pates and cheeses, ohhed and ahhed over fresh breads and pastries and experimented with new wines. If this doesn't stike your fancy there are a couple of good museums in Paris too.
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