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Review 3387: Vacation in Paris, Classique One Bedroom Apartment (#8)
1bed/1bath apartment in 7th arrondissement, Paris
September 2007, 5 nights
The apartment is at 70 rue St. Dominique in the 7th district. It is on the second floor of the second building. You go thru one building, thru the courtyard and into the second building. Stairs, no elevator.
You are located right smack dab in the middle of the 7th. When you close the door and enter the street, you can see the Eiffel Tower. Rue Cler is a block or so away. Rue St Dominique is full of shops, pharmacies, grocery stores and many cafes/restaurants. A ticket office for SNCF is in the same block.
Since the apartment opens onto a courtyard it is very quiet for being in such a busy area. The apartment has one bedroom with a small living room and kitchen.
You can view the apartment directly: Classic One Bedroom Apartment.
There is no outside area. The courtyard is just a cement area, which seems to be a storage for bicycles etc. No plants etc.
The apartment was clean but showing its age. The floorboards are original and need some maintenance as they are very creaky and rough. The living room has a trundle bed/couch and two chairs. There is a small TV and a few books. Certainly not fancy but useable and clean.
The bed was quite comfortable - the bedroom is fairly large with a wardrobe, dresser and a large window. The night table lamp is useless for reading by, but there is a halogen floor lamp which can be moved to beside the bed.
There was a separate, small toilet room and another room which held the tub, bidet and sink. The bathroom was also showing wear and tear - the tub had a fixed shower door, but the spray hit the sink cabinet and it was falling apart. Again clean, but a little worse for the wear.
The kitchen was a small galley but quite useable. Not a lot of counter space but there was a microwave, oven and all necessary dishes/utensils. We really didn't do any cooking - we just would have our fresh baguette from the shop across the street and coffee/juice in the morning. If we had a dinner at home, it was usually stuff picked up at the fantastic deli on Rue Cler, which we would heat up.
Problems or Bonuses
Although the condition of the apartment was just a little bit worn, the location was superb. We walked practically everywhere and enjoyed the atmosphere of the 7th. In the morning the roads would be filled with parents walking their children to the two local schools and workers walking to their jobs. In the evenings there would be a fair amount of people on the streets enjoying the local bars and restaurants. I cannot fault the location.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was easy to deal with. It is based in New Jersey and we did all our booking and enquiries by e-mail and fax. They required a US$200 deposit for the key/electronic entry pass, which normally they mailed to you a week or two before your departure to Paris. This was a major attraction to me as I did not want to get bogged down by having to meet a representative at a specific time. However about 10 days before we left, we received an e-mail stating that no keys were currently available and they would have someone on site to meet us. I basically raised a stink and agreed to an additional $20 courier charge and we got the keys about five days before we left. Their instructions are to mail the key back to them once you return home from your visit. Instead, we mailed the key direct from the Post Office in Rue Cler so no one else would have to wait. The key deposit was credited back to our MasterCard when we got home.
Our cost in Sept 2007 was US$150 per night. I think this was a very good value. Although the apartment is a little spartan, it is quiet/clean and the superb location trumps.
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