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Review 3019: Paris Pied-a-Terre, 33 Rue Du Champ De Mars (CDM1)
1bed/1bath apartment in 7th arrondissement, Paris
June 22-July 2, 2007 , 10 days
This apartment is located in the 7th arrondissement, near the Eiffel Tower, Rodin Museum, and Invalides. The area is quiet but close to shops on Rue Cler and a short walk to the metro (Ecole Militaire). We especially enjoyed walking to Breteuil market on the avenue de Saxe Saturday morning. We were surrounded by locals buying their produce and wheeling their carts. This is a very safe area and the shopkeepers are friendly.
There is a small Franprix only a few doors down from our apartment building. This was good for buying heavier items such as bottled water and soda. By the Ecole Militaire metro entrance there was a Super Marche which is a larger supermarket that had pretty good prices. We would stop here on our way home from a day out and buy what we needed to cook dinner.
It is a beautiful historical, art nouveau style building. There are lilies on the doors and on the facade of the building and at the entrance-way the floor has lilies in the design of the tile. I thought it was beautiful. To get to the CDM1 apartment you go through the front entrance then through another entrance, through a small courtyard, and into the back building. It was very peaceful and quiet. The building is well kept, it appeared locals were living in most of the apartments. Our apartment was up on the top floor; there is a tiny elevator that worked fine (only bring small luggage). As you walk in the door there is a living area, with a small balcony off the living room. There is a lovely window, with a window seat, and a huge skylight that lets in a lot of light. The living room has a couch that converts to a bed, a coffee table, end table, and was a nice, small space. Also in the living room was a small table for two. There are built-in bookshelves, and cabinets that came in handy to put books, jewelry on, etc. The kitchen is off the living area, it is a basic galley kitchen. There is a bathroom across from the kitchen. There are (fairly steep) stairs up to a loft where there is a nice size double bed, lots of storage space, and a small office. The bed faces the skylight so at night you can see the twinkling Eiffel Tower. Fun!
There is a small private outside balcony off the living room, with a small table and two chairs and some greenery. It was a little rough, but cute.
The apartment was clean, we arrived early, so the maid cleaned while we were there. We would have liked to have another chair at the dining table but we managed just fine.
The bed upstairs in the loft was very soft and comfortable. The pull-out couch wasn't comfortable and we ended just leaving the couch as a couch and sleeping on that because it felt better. There was one bathroom which was fine for us. The bathroom was very nice with a great, deep tub (could be hard for an elderly person to get in and out of), a warming towel rack, a vanity with a sink, and your basic toilet. There was plenty of storage. They use a linen service so all the linens were fresh and good quality.
The kitchen was a little strange. It had an oven over the refrigerator so you had to get on a step stool to use it. We didn't really need it but probably would have used it if it wasn't in such a strange spot. Otherwise, it had your basic gas range, a sink, and was fairly well stocked with cheap pots and pans. What was really lacking were the dishes. The dishes were chipped and clearly cheap. Luckily, we had put some paper plates in our luggage. They really need to invest in something else; even if it's just a Corell type of hard to break product. The refrigerator was a good size and had plenty of room for everything. There was a dishwasher and a small washer/dryer.
Problems or Bonuses
There is a cute video on the company website so we had a pretty good idea of what it would look like. Be prepared for a fairly small space, ideal for a couple. The couch downstairs isn't comfortable for sleeping. The air conditioning was very good, there was plenty of hot water.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had a little hiccup because the code for the apartment complex door had been changed so we couldn't get in. There was also a very strange pronged key/lock for the door that you had to get used to. However, we called the manager, and everything was resolved quickly. I think they had sent me an e-mail but it didn't make it through my spam blocker. Otherwise, they were fairly pleasant to deal with. The manager isn't on site but he is just a phone call away. For one week the price is €1600.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend it but as I said above only for a couple. It has a lot of charm and it is in a lovely building in a nice area. The best thing is that you feel like you are living as a Parisian, and the apartment is very light and bright. It was a bit pricey for our budget, but we really needed good air conditioning and this definitely has that.
Things to do in this area
Our favorite things about this area were the gardens of the Rodin Museum and Les Invalides. They were beautiful and peaceful. There is a small gourmet food shop called L'Epicerie on Champ de Mars and the people who work there are very nice. We got some lovely tea and mustards there for presents.
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