Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3236: Perfectly Paris, Bijou de Bellefond
2bed/1bath in 9th arrondissement, Paris
September 2006, One week
Bijou de Bellefond is in the Grands Boulevards area of Paris. The street runs off Rue Lafayette. Sacre Coeur is a ten minute walk away.
The apartment is on the third floor of an apartment block, up a winding staircase (although there is a lift). It is the only apartment on the floor. The area is busy, but quite pleasant.
There is a supermarket at the end of the street and numerous bakeries, delicatessens, brasseries, restaurants and other food stores in the area. No one would ever go hungry around here.
The apartments in the building face onto a small courtyard. There are many in the building. It is not particularly private, with neighbours on all sides able to view your goings-on. However, Paris is a crowded place and privacy is not all that easy to come by.
We didn't find the apartment noisy, but the woman who lived below came up to tell us to take our shoes off when we were inside, as she could hear us walking around!
You can view the apartment directly: Bijou de Bellefond.
There was no outside area. However, there is a small park nearby, which was pleasant.
The apartment has been renovated and has comfortable beds and furniture. There are two double bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room. All of the rooms are small and there is no real space for suitcases.
The apartment was clean (apart from the towels).
The dining area is very small, and we could barely fit all five of us in there at one time.
The beds were comfortable and the bedrooms very nicely decorated. There was only one bathroom, but the toilet was separate. The water pressure in the shower was good and the bath was nice and deep.
The kitchen was tiny, but workable, with adequate cooking equipment, crockery and glassware. We only tried to cook one full meal there, and we managed, but only just. Paris is a place to eat out.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was beautifully decorated, but was far too small for five people. When the sofa bed was pulled out, there was no room to do anything else in the living room. The website gives an impression of spaciousness which is not quite accurate.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We had no problems with the agency in terms of booking. We had asked for a three bedroom apartment, but the only one they had was booked, so they offered us this one. As noted above, it was too small, although it might have been fine for a family with younger children.
We were met by a young man who went through everything fairly quickly when we arrived. He seem to have done a clean-up before we arrived, and I suspect that the previous tenants had only just left. He gave us a couple of clean towels, and two damp ones, telling us that the towels were damp because he'd washed them that morning and they hadn't quite dried. Closer inspection revealed footprints and other marks on the towels. Clearly they hadn't been washed, and one had been used as a bathmat. So my first job was washing towels.
We paid €1200 for a week at the apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
To be honest, I wouldn't stay here again - at least not with three children. It was too small for a family. It would be fine for a couple. Inspect the bath towels before using.
Things to do in this area
Sacre Couer is close and is worth visiting. There is good shopping close by at Printemps and Galleries Lafayette.
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