Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3115: Owner, #112368
3bed/2bath apartment in Latin Quarter, Paris
September 2007, One week
The apartment was located two flights up (third floor), of an apartment building on 16 Rue des Ecoles in the 5th arrondissement, about a three-minute walk from the Maubert metro stop on line 10.
We found the location to be fabulous. Easy access to the metro plus walking distance of so many things, for example, Jardin de Luxemborg, Notre Dame, the Louvre, etc.
From the street market at the Maubert metro stop that gathers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, to a Franprix supermarket around the corner, not to mention a cheese shop, butcher, fruit vendor, wine store etc. all within two minutes, there’s plenty of nearby shopping.
Restaurants and cafes dot the area too – at least a dozen or more close-by.
As I said, the apartment is two flights up (no elevator) in what’s probably a building created somewhere near the Haussmanian period. It’s extremely large by any city’s standards, with a moderate-sized walk-in kitchen, entryway, dining room, living room and three bedrooms off a hallway. A slim balcony runs the length of the apartment that can be accessed via the dining room, living room or the master bedroom. The apartment also contains two baths (two bathrooms with showers (one with no toilet) and a small powder room (toilet only).
The apartment was clean and had plenty of furniture in the common areas. I can’t remember if there were four or six chairs in the dining room (I want to say four, with maybe two others off in the corner that could easily fit around the table). The living room had a comfortable couch and several chairs. We entertained one evening, having a cocktail party, and there was plenty of room for everyone (seven of us plus one cute pooch).
The living room also had a television, only two English channels and Internet access. Funny though, we couldn’t get this brand new television to display anything in other than black and white (silly French and their art nouveau stuff). Oh there was also a phone we were able to use for local calls.
There were one bathroom off the master bedroom and then a powder room (toilet only), across from the kitchen and a room with a sink and shower next to that room (basically two separate rooms). The only issues with the bathrooms were the doorknobs, on the toilette room, the door didn’t close all the way and lock (the knob needed to be fixed – screw tightened or something). The shower room, well, if you pulled too tightly on the door knob to close the door, you could easily pull it off.
The three bedrooms are not “equal” so I don’t know if three couples renting would be fair, but I think it would definitely work in a family situation parents, grandparents, and kids, or some such combination. For three women it worked just fine.
One room is a “master bedroom” with a queen size bed, and en suite bathroom. The thin balcony runs along this room and it faces the Rue des Ecoles. Another bedroom has two twin beds and an armoire. The only issue with this room was that the overhead chandelier had all but one of its light bulbs out and they needed to be replaced. There was a nightstand between the beds with a bedside lamp that I found fine for late night reading. The last bedroom had a queen size bed but no armoire or any closet or furniture in which clothing could be stored, so the person in this room was forced to live out of a suitcase.
I thought the kitchen a pretty good size for a city apartment. Two people could easily cook comfortably in there, three got a little tight. I’m a big counter top hog, so always wish for more (you should see my kitchen at home) but this worked out just fine. We didn’t cook any large meals, eggs for breakfast, sautéed some sausage for our cocktail party, reheated a chicken, toast and coffee in the morning, etc. but there was some cookware in there (can you say Le Creueset?) and enough dishes and wine glasses for us to use.
There was a four-burner stove, good-sized refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, clothes washer, toaster and oven.
Problems or Bonuses
Just the few minor things mentioned above, ten minutes worth of TLC (tender loving care by a handy-man) and perhaps the purchase of one more piece of furniture would make this an outstanding rental as opposed to a good, bordering on very good rental.
I loved having the Internet access right in the apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We rented through VRBO but I believe the owner uses the service of a property manager who was prompt in responding to our e-mails before arrival. Once there, her associate was there waiting for us, and arrived promptly at departure to return our security deposit.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this apartment. The minor annoyances were more than counter-acted by the spaciousness, location and amenities in the apartment.
Things to do in this area
Are you kidding? It’s Paris!
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