Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2882: Paris Sleeps, Apartment Rue de Bretonvilliers
studio apartment in the 4th arrondissement, Paris
May 19 - May 26, 1 week
The apartment was on Ile St Louis, right in the middle of Paris, but in a residential area so it was nice and quiet at night. We loved being so close to so many different areas.
The main street of Ile St Louis was one block from our apartment. There were small epiceries, wine shops, cheese shops, cafes and restaurants five minutes from us. We felt like part of the neighborhood, we saw parents dropping off their kids at school in the morning, we did our laundry at the laundromat five minutes from the apartment, and Den went to the bakery every morning for fresh croissants and pain aux chocolat.
The building was built in the 1600s. It was very secure; we had to enter a code into a keypad on the outside of two huge doors from the street, then use another key to get through an inside gate and then the key for our front door. There was a nice courtyard inside and it was very quiet and private. We had a studio apartment, well equipped kitchen, living room with dining area, bedroom separated from the living room by heavy curtains and bathroom off the bedroom. We were a few steps down from the main floor.
The apartment was cutely decorated. The kitchen had everything we needed, plenty of chairs and couches to sit on and there was even a hair dryer in the bathroom. The building is old, so there were a few cracks in the living room and the bedroom, but we found it just added to the character and ambiance of the place.
The bed was very comfortable; we had a nice down comforter, and plenty of drawers and an old armoire to hang up our stuff. The bathroom was small, but clean and was fine for two people.
The kitchen was nicely stocked, plenty of knives, plates, glasses and cups, pots and pans, fridge and stove. We cooked a couple of small meals and had everything we needed.
Problems or Bonuses
We had the use of a great wheeled grocery cart, which we put to good use when we went to the Bastille market. We saw these carts everywhere and it made us feel like Parisians! Gail (the owner of the agency, who met us at the apartment) also gave us a small gift basket of crackers, coffee and cookies to welcome us, as well as a carnet of metro tickets. There were numerous Paris guidebooks in the apartment to refer to.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were very happy with the owner of Paris Sleeps and her representative in the US who helped us coordinate everything. This is a US agency and prices were paid in US$, half on booking and half two months before arrival. There is no security deposit. We paid $1050 for the week of May 19 to May 26 and I believe we got a small discount (10%, I think) for paying by cheque and not credit card.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We loved this apartment and particularly its location. We truly felt like part of the city living here and the location could not have been more convenient. I suppose some people might focus on the small areas of cracked or peeling paint, but it really didn't take anything away from the apartment or its functionality.
Things to do in this area
There are so many bakeries, restaurants, cafes, small grocery shops, cheese shops, meat shops, wine shops on the main street and little side streets of Ile St Louis. Notre Dame Catherdral and Saint Chapelle are a 10-15 minute walk away, as is the Latin Quarte and the Marais area. We had dinner at two restaurants on Ile St Louis, Aux Fous de L'Ile and L'Ilot Vache. We also shopped in the many quaint little stores and the famour Berthillon Ice Cream place was a five minute walk from us!
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