Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2952: Sweet Dreams Paris, Rose Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in 3rd arrondissement, Paris
July 2007, 10 days
37 Rue Volta (aka Rose), located in the northern part of the Marais (3d), is a small apartment with a loft suitable for two people or, in very close quarters, four. The apartment is located near the Arts & Metro and Republique metro stations in a quiet neighborhood where jewelry and leather goods are sold wholesale.
The Theatre of the Marais is next door (occasionally during the day you will hear muffled sounds of actors rehearsing). There are also a very good chain boulangerie a minute away (great for that morning croissant or baguette) and a chain grocery, Franprix, less than five minutes away. Also there are several specialty stores (tobacconist, etc) within close range. Several good cafe/restaurants/bistros are within five minutes' walk, including the restaurant Vertbois, and there are interesting Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants close by.
In short, it is easy to find excellent shops very close by the apartment.
The apartment is in an older building (probably 19th century) with a courtyard shared by other apartments (about six floors). This is a "working" rather than "shopping" part of the Marais, with a nice square and a weekly market very close by.
Though the courtyard space is shared, the apartment is still very quiet, and the courtyard has a lovely garden that appears to be maintained by a concierge.
The apartment's furnishings are attractive (neutral colors and fabrics), the decor is quite tasteful and elegant, and everything was extremely comfortable, even the sofa bed (sometimes they are not!). There were French linens for the beds, fans for hot weather (the apartment stayed cool even on hot days) and a very complete kitchen with excellent tools and appliances, including three kinds of coffee machines, a microwave, and a (by French standards) large fridge. The bath is excellent: a large bath with good shower, and plenty of space for toiletries. There is also a washer/dryer combo - a convenient asset for those who travel light and may need to do laundry.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners met us and introduced us not only to the apartment, but to places in the neighborhood we'd find useful. Each day we received a copy of the New York Herald Tribune, a treat for us since we are not fluent French speakers and enjoyed a little taste of the English-speaking world during our visit.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The cost per night was €140, not cheap, but in our opinion a good value for this apartment. A nearby hotel charges the same price for a double room, and though it's nice, I don't believe it would offer nearly as much space for relaxation or the opportunity of preparing some meals (such as breakfast) on your own.
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