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Review 3186: Vacation in Paris, Musée d'Orsay/Louvre (#117)
2bed/1.5bath apartment in 7th arrondissement, Paris
September 2006, 4 nights
Excellent location in the 7th arrondissement near the intersection of the Blvd. St-Germain and the Rue de Lille. A metro stop and the 69 bus stop were right outside the door.
Small markets, boulangeries, and other food shops were easily accessible within a few blocks.
The building was not historical but was attractive, seemed to be well maintained, and had an elevator. The entrance that we used was off the rue de Lille, essential to use when arriving with luggage and strongly encouraged at other times. Not a problem, this entrance was convenient. I did look in on the Blvd. St-Germain entrance and the space, while nice, was much smaller than it appeared in the photo on the website. The apartment faced the rue de Lille, and we weren't really bothered by street noise.
You can view the apartment directly: Musée d'Orsay/Louvre.
The apartment was newly refurbished and was clean, fresh, and bright. The living area had two sofas. There was no dining table, just the stools at the bar. The space was compact but well designed. It was fine for a family of four for four nights. Six people would be very tight, and for longer stays, the compactness and lack of a dining table would be more significant. We also had a good rate because we booked before photos were available. Kitchen supplies, dressers, towels, and probably some of the other furnishings were IKEA.
The queen-sized bed was comfortable although I could have used a higher thread count on the sheets. The twin beds were narrow, but I had no complaints regarding their length from my sons. The shower was excellent with the, as advertised, never-out hot water.
We used the kitchen only for breakfast and one very casual dinner compliments of La Grande Epicerie. The coffee maker, Krups, was very good; we didn't try its espresso component. The washer/dryer was in one unit and worked fine.
Problems or Bonuses
The toilet in the larger bath was an electronic vacuum model that could take no toilet paper. There was a standard issue toilet in the powder room.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The Vacation in Paris staff were very responsive, a pleasure to deal with. We paid $235/night plus a $100 cleaning fee.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The apartment's pluses definitely outweighed any minuses for a four-night stay for a family.
Things to do in this area
Barthélémy, a fabulous cheese shop, was a few blocks away on the rue de Grenelle.
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