Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3486: Owner, The Paris Garrett
studio apartment, 11th arrondissement, Paris
April 23-April 30, 2008, 1 week
The Garret is in the 11th arrondissement, less than a minute's walk from the Parmentier metro station. It's a wonderful location, lively and diverse, with a genuine neighborhood feel. As a woman travelling alone, I always felt safe and comfortable in the area.
The neighborhood is brimming with cafes, bars and restaurants. Bakeries, butchers, pharmacies, tabacs and grocery stores are all only steps away. On Friday and Tuesday mornings, the Popincourt market can be found a couple of blocks down the street. Three other metro stations besides Parmentier are within close walking distance. You can also catch the no. 96 bus at the bus stop down the street.
The Garret is a sixth floor walk-up, which means a healthy climb up six flights of stairs. The steps aren't steep, however, and this clean and cozy studio is ample reward for your efforts. There are three modern, soundproof windows, and the kitchen and bathroom have been modernized. Everything is thoughtfully arranged so that space and comfort are maximized. Both the building and the apartment are quiet and secure.
The apartment was in excellent shape, very clean and comfortable. Lots of shelves and space to unpack. With three windows it was very bright and cheerful with lots of natural sunlight.
The bed was very comfortable, and the atmosphere of the apartment was soothing and cozy. The bathroom is very compact, but also modern and clean. The water pressure was excellent, and there was always plenty of hot water.
The kitchen was great, compact but laid-out very well. There were pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, a kettle, a coffee maker, a corkscrew, a breadbasket, everything you could possibly need. The fridge and sink were immaculately clean, and everything was in excellent condition. Even staples like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, and tea were supplied.
Problems or Bonuses
There were so many little bonuses that it's hard to keep count - a small bottle of champagne was waiting in the fridge. A personalized note of welcome was left on the table. Drawers and cupboards yielded practical items like plug adaptors, pens, post-it note pads, clothes pegs, paper clips, extra light bulbs, even small tools such as a hammer. One shelf was stacked full of Paris guides and novels. There was a fan and an air conditioner. Free outgoing telephone calls to North America on the apartment phone. And of course the informative neighborhood guide that Aralynn and David put together themselves, with maps, shop and restaurant addresses and directions, and other helpful info.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners, Aralynn and David, are gracious and welcoming, and make every effort to ensure you enjoy your stay. It's obvious they've invested a lot of care and thought into meeting the needs of their renters. Their description of the Garret is spot on, and the apartment looks even nicer in real life.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay here again, and have already recommended it to family and friends. Keeping in mind the stairs and the compact though well laid-out space, the Paris Garret is a real gem. I couldn't have been happier with my stay, and hope to return someday again soon.
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