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Review 3212: RentParis, #11 - 32 rue Vieille du Temple
1bed/1bath apartment in 4th arrondissement, Paris
May 9-18, 2007, 9 Nights
I rented apartment #11 with my friend Louisa. The apartment building is located at 32 rue Vieille due Temple, right off rue des Rosiers, the Jewish quarter of the Marais. Rue de Rivoli is just two blocks south of the building entrance with the Seine a few block further south. The Pompidou center is a 10-minute walk to the west and Place des Vosges is 10-15 minute walk to the east. There are two metros (Hotel de Ville and St. Paul)which are just about a 10-minute walk from the Apartment. Rue Vieille du Temple is one of the main streets for Paris’ large gay population. The whole area is busy day and night and quite safe for women.
In the ground floor of the building is a fabulous Boulangerie (bakery), where I would buy my croissant or other type of breads for breakfast. Next door are two cafes/bars and across the street is a gelato place, Amorino's. A pharmacy is down the street, as well as a food shop. There are boutique shops all around the area. Down on rue des Rosiers (heading east) is a small grocery store where one can pick up fruit, bottled wines, etc. The area around the apartment has a large number of cafés, bistro’s and restaurants, as well as many bars. Restaurants very close to the apartment include: L’as du Fallafel, Chez Marianne, Robert et Louise, Les Philosophes, Petit Fer a Cheval.
The apartment is located on the fourth floor (no elevator, so be ready to climb three flights of stairs on a spiral staircase). To get inside the building, you have to use a key pad and two keys: key pad outside the building; then inside is a glass door (key); then at the top of the landing of the apartment is an outside door (key); and then inside that doorway are two apartments. Apartment #11 is on the right side (key). So, as you can tell, it's a very safe place to stay. Only those that live in the building or rent apartments can get in.
Upon entering, the tiled bathroom is on the left side (small combo washer/dryer, sink, toilet, shower (with partial glass door), hair dryer. Into the main room, the kitchen is on the left/backside of the bathroom. There's a queen Murphy bed on the wall, which we kept down. There is a small table with the TV and VCR, phone, answering machine; a half round table against one wall and two chairs. Just to the right of the bed is a small closet. There are two windows, which look out to the interior of the building. We would open our windows every morning to let in the wonderful smells of the bakery below us. The apartment was very quiet at night, as we left our windows partially open to let the fresh air in. Every once in a while we would hear our neighbors come in late at night (probably from one of the nearby bars).
You can view the apartment directly: 32 rue Vieille du Temple.
Everything in the apartment was in good shape. The bed was quite comfortable and the apartment was very clean. One light bulb was not working in the kitchen, which was replaced later that day. The place would be better if the two chairs were replaced with ones with smaller arm rests. The ones in the apartment were quite large and since the room was small, they were sometimes in the way. There is not couch in the room, so we used the bed as our couch.
The bathroom was small and the toilet is positioned in a tight area - a very large person might have problems sitting there. We never used the washer/dryer, but hung our things on the rack that sits atop the washer.
The kitchen contained the usual amenities: small refrigerator, stove, utensils, dishes, coffee maker, etc. We didn't do any cooking in the apartment but were glad to have the refrigerator for our wines and snacks.
Problems or Bonuses
We had no problems with the apartment, only that it is very small. For us, it met our needs, as we spent most of our time out sightseeing and going on day trips. Louisa and I both felt the price of the apartment and location well made up for the small place.
We were able to make local calls from the telephone, which we did for some of our dinner reservations.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I booked the apartment initially via the Internet - on the web site. Once booked, I was in contact with the representative. The price of the apartment was €75 per night (month of May). A 50% deposit was required, which I paid through Pay Pal. There were no problems at all. The balance was due upon arrival in cash. Jean-Pierre, one of the apartment owners, met us at the apartment and took our payment after showing us how to use the TV/VCR, washer/dryer, etc. We were also required to provide a deposit (in case of any damages), which would be returned on the last day of our stay; however, both Jean-Pierre and I forgot about it and we were never asked about the deposit throughout our stay.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Would I stay here again? Definitely! As I said, it's very small, probably the size of a small hotel room, but with the extras of the kitchen, refrigerator, and washer/dryer. If you're planning to spend lots of time in an apartment, this may not be the place for you. If, on the other hand, you are up and out for the day and want to do limited cooking, then the place is fine. We both loved the location of the apartment and how safe we felt.
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