Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3602: Louer Paris, Paris Centre
1bed/1bath apartment in 2nd arrondissement, Paris
November 2007, 5 nights
The apartment is at 10 rue Poissonnière in the 2nd. I believe this is the garment district, and so all the shops around were wholesale and closed at night. There was still foot traffic, though.
The best thing about this apartment is that it's a couple blocks away from the Montorgueil market area. We loved that. We grabbed stuff to eat and ate in every night. There were lots of shops and also several general grocery stores right nearby. Of course there are restaurants there as well.
Everything was just fine. The building had a lovely courtyard and the apartment is up one flight of stairs. We could hear people coming and going on the stairs, but other than that, it was very quiet and peaceful. There is a map of the floor plan on the site. I do have some pics here.
You can view the apartment directly: Paris Centre.
You can see another review for this apartment here.
There was a courtyard with plants. I didn't notice that it had a sitting area.
All the furniture and beds were fine. There were four of us traveling, two sisters and two friends, so we liked that there was a table and couch, and that the toilet and showers were separate. Everything seemed to be fairly clean.
The big thing is that you have to be fairly agile to sleep in most of the beds. The big bed is in a loft area, and there are bunk beds. Wouldn't be good for older folks or people who didn't want to climb. But we wanted a good location at a good price, and so we didn't mind. The beds were comfortable and there were plenty of towels. Again, we liked the separate shower and toilet. However, the hot water was limited, as we found out after I had to take an ice-cold shower!
We didn't cook but we did eat there and had everything we needed as far as dishes, etc. The microwave and little fridge worked fine for us. There was no dish soap or toilet paper when we got there, but we bought some, no big deal.
Problems or Bonuses
Limited hot water and no TP there weren't great, but we managed and it made for funny stories. :) The laptop and free WiFi were an excellent bonus - I did not have to drag mine over!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt with Thierry, the owner. He was very responsive to all our questions by email and gave good instructions on how to get in the apartment. We paid €450 for five nights via credit card on his website. The place seemed to be exactly as described on the website, which was a good thing.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Sure, I would. I'd recommend it to anyone who needed a basic apartment in a convenient location in Paris. It is not luxurious, but it is affordable and more than adequate IMO. Much better than a hotel, for our group's needs. It was a decent location. My traveling companions walked all over Paris as we were there during a strike. I opted for the Metro and could walk to lines 3 and 4/Reaumur-Sebastopol in 10 min and line 3/Sentier in two minutes.
Things to do in this area
Montorgueil!! The whole street is great and we loved it. We ate at a nice little Lebanese place called Al Boustan the first night, and just grabbed breads, cheeses, pastries, pitas, etc the other nights.
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