Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3388: Les Hotels Paris Rive Gauche, Luxury Apartment in the 5th
2bed/1bath apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
October2007, 1 week
The apartment is on the 1st (French) floor, with elevator, of a 17th century building. There is parking in the basement. It is situated facing a quiet street next to Rue Mouffetard, a well known quaint market street in the Latin quarter. Place de la Contrescarpe is at the top of the street, a lively pedestrianised square.
The Latin quarter is a very interesting historical quarter of Paris, dominated by the Sorbonne, the university. Lots of young people and their visiting parents around. A very lively atmosphere, also lots of tourists. Pantheon five minutes walk, Luxembourg Gardens eight minutes, Jardin des Plants, Mosque de Paris seven minutes walk. Place St Michel, Seine, about 15 minutes walk.
Across the road connecting Rue Tournefort with Rue Mouffetard is a street of restaurants, Rue Pot de Feu, which is very handy for eating out.
Restaurants and cafes one minute walk, shops two minutes, patisseries supermarket three minutes walking distance.
Good transport links, Rue Monge three minutes walk, Cardinal Lemoine five minutes walk, Luxembourg RER/metro eight minutes walk. Buses nearby.
Market daily on Rue Mouffetard, market at Rue Monge on Sunday morning. Market at Place Maubert 10 minutes walk on Thursday.
17th Century apartment building. Well kept. A peaceful oasis in the centre of the city. Secure entry via digital lock from street. Entry hall, second glass door opened by key to beautiful courtyard with plants and spiral staircase. Small elevator to apartment.
Thick walls, we never heard any noise from any of the other residents. We were awoken on Saturday night by two young men talking in the street for about 15 minutes, but that was the only time the noise from outside bothered us, despite the fact that we go to bed early and don't drink!
The front door of the apartment opened onto a small hall with storage and cupboard with freezer. About six stairs up to sitting room with two windows overlooking street. Two bedrooms off sitting room at each end also with windows overlooking the street. Small, separate kitchen off rear of living room, separate toilet and surprisingly spacious bathroom off rear off kitchen, with more storage.
You can view the apartment directly: Luxury Apartment.
Beautiful covered courtyard with plants and balconies shared with the other residents. I don't know if you would like to sit out because it was covered but there would be nothing to stop you. There were occasional cooking smells in the courtyard. The other residents kept to themselves.
The apartment was clean. Well kept, quality furnishings in antique French style. Original artwork on walls. Lovely wooden floors.
Comfy sofa and two arm chairs in the sitting room plus coffee table. The kitchen was small and we did eat in there at the table (two of us). It would be difficult to fit four people around the table although there were four chairs.
The whole apartment was very tastefully decorated.
There was a VERY comfortable large bed in the spacious main bedroom plenty of wardrobe space.
Second bedroom also a good size with plenty of wardrobe space. There was a convertible bed settee in this room, which I slept in a couple of nights. I slept well on my own but in my opinion two people would struggle in this second bed unless they were children, very small, or very much in love and cuddled together! The bed was also a little damaged and made up the wrong way. Bathroom was good size, small French type bath, good shower with good water pressure. There was no shower curtain when we arrived, which was quickly rectified by the manager. The hot water also went off in the evening, which we reported to the manager when we left, so hopefully this has been rectified by now.
There was a washer in the bathroom but as the instructions were in French we were unable to use it.
The separate kitchen was very small but very well planned. There was a full size cooker, narrow dishwasher (essential in my opinion if you are cooking on holiday,) full fridge, microwave, espresso maker and coffee maker. Unfortunately again the instructions for the espresso maker were in French so we were unable to use it. NO KETTLE. If you are English like me, you just can't make a decent brew without one, so take a travel kettle. There were more than enough pots pans and utensils. We made several meals without any problem in the kitchen.
There was a good size table to eat(two of us) at but four would have been crowded.
Problems or Bonuses
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and comfort of this apartment. We LOVED our experience of staying in an apartment and living like a Parisian. We were a little apprehensive at booking an apartment but we need not have worried, everything was dealt with smoothly and we also had the advantage of having the hotel as a point of contact.
The only disappointment was that in my opinion it would not be suitable for us to take our adult children next year as the second bed would not be big enough.
This apartment gives you the feeling that it is someones home that they are allowing you to borrow. Although it IS child friendly as the ornaments are stuck down!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Booking through the website was no problem. Emails were answered promptly. We found, Mr Solo, the manager of the Hotel de la Sorbonne, (who was the local on site person,) very courteous and helpful to deal with. He spoke good English. We also found the staff of the hotel de la Sorbonne helpful and they allowed us to store our luggage and called a taxi for us.
The pictures on the website accurately reflect the apartment in fact it is probably a bit nicer than it looks. We paid €180 per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes I would stay again. Yes I would recommend to my best friend. HIGHLY recommended.
Things to do in this area
We loved this area. We had fondue at the restaurant at the corner of Rue Pot de Feu and Rue Muffetard, (can't remember the name) and the pattisserie on place de Contresarpe sells wonderful quiche and pastries yum. We loved strolling in the Luxembourg gardens. We made wonderful meals from the fresh produce we bought in the local markets.
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