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Review 3442: Vacation in Paris, Pompidou-Marais (#51)
1bed/1bath apartment in Marais, Paris
13 - 23 March 2008, 10 days
The apartment is on Rue Pecquay, just around the corner from Rue Rambuteau. Rue Rambuteau begins around Les Halles and runs east into the Marais, where it turns into one of the main streets in the Marais, Rue des Francs Bourgeois. The apartment is less than 10 minutes walk to the Pompidou Centre and about a 10 minute walk to Notre Dame to the south and Place des Vosges to the east.
We loved the location, it was very quiet and convenient.
There are a huge number of shops in the area - a supermarket, fruit and vegetable stores, restaurants, cafes and boulangeries very close by on Rue Rambuteau. There are more restaurants and cafes on the surrounding streets, particularly Rue des Archives and Rue du Vielle Temple. On Sunday there is a market (mostly food and wine) at Bastille, about a 10 minute walk away.
The shopping for clothes, jewellery and housewares in the area is also very good.
The Picasso Musuem, Jewish Museum and Carnavalet (Museum of Paris) are all close by.
The building is old and a bit shabby looking from the street. The apartment is on the fourth floor (i.e. four flights of stairs) with no lift. We were fine with taking the stairs, it sort of justified the huge meals we were eating.
The entry foyer just beyond the front door is very spacious, it's big enough to put a folding bed there that is otherwise stored in a cupboard. The bathroom is okay, there is a bath and hand-held shower, also a combined washer/dryer (which we didn't use).
Next after the bathroom is the kitchen; it's a reasonable size with fridge, oven, gas and electric hotplates, microwave and dishwasher. We cooked a couple of meals there and didn't have any problems.
The living room is a really good size, with two sets of French doors looking out over the street (and with a distant view to the top of the Pompidou Centre). It faces east and when the morning sun comes in, is very light. There is a TV (which we didn't use), phone (local calls are free), Internet cable, two couches, and small dining table with four chairs.
The bedroom has a queen size bed, wardrobe, and desk. It faces onto the internal courtyard and was very quiet. There was lots of floorspace in the bedroom, enough for our suitcases.
There's an internal courtyard with a few potted plants only - not really a spot you'd spend any time in.
The furniture was tasteful, comfortable and in good condition. The decoration was not exactly luxurious, but it was very nice and there were lots of interesting artwork on the walls. The floorboards around the kitchen were a bit noisy, probably more of a problem for the people in the apartment below. We heard almost no noise from the other apartments in the building.
The apartment was very clean, as we stayed longer than a week there was a housekeeping visit included where they changed sheets and towels.
The other people in the building are friendly and nice, everyone says bon jour on the stairs.
We were given the number of a local manager by the agency but never needed to call him.
The bed was extremely comfortable with a good firm mattress. The bedroom is long and narrow, so the room around the bed itself was a bit tight but there was plenty of floorspace at the other end. The wardrobe space was generous with lots of hangers.
The bathroom was basic white tiles, not particularly stylish but clean and very bright and sunny.
The kitchen was fine to cook in, there were basic ingredients (oil, salt, pepper etc) left in one of the cupboards,
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was much bigger than we expected; it sleeps three and you can set up the bed for the third person in the foyer, so they don't have to sleep in the living room.
The gas heating system was a bit noisy, it intermittently made a popping noise during the night - in the end we turned it off, we were warm enough without it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We thought the apartment was fantastic value at US$165 per night (in March). Vacation in Paris were efficient and trustworthy.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again. The apartment was very spacious and comfortable, in a fantastic location and good value. You might be put off if the stairs are a problem, or if you want a higher degree of luxury or to stay in a more grand building.
Things to do in this area
We missed out on L'as du Falafel this time around but did get to Robert et Louise - a very quirky and ancient restaurant on Rue du Vielle Temple. The food and ambiance were fantastic.
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