Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3698: Owner, Paris Apartment (#127079)
1bed/1bath apartment in the 14th arrondissement, Paris
August 2008, 1 week
The apartment is on a small street off busy Avenue General LeClerc, in the 14th just south of the Montparnasse cemetery. The area is residential and lively. There are excellent Metro and bus connections just steps from the apartment.
There were three grocery stores nearby (one just across the Avenue), an excellent fish market, butcher, cheese shop and fruit/veg stand two blocks away on Avenue d'Alesia; the rue Daguerre shopping street with bakeries, cafes, fruit stands and butchers a five minute walk in the other direction. Plenty of restaurants and cafes.
The building is traditional 19th century, well kept up. The apartment building is just past the Avenue LeClerc corner, so you do hear traffic noise when the windows are open. When the excellent double windows are shut, you hear no noise. We had no problems sleeping, and the fan kept the bedroom cool in the summer heat.
The apartment is up just one flight of stairs. There seem to be three apartments per floor. You enter the apartment into an entry hall. The bathroom is straight ahead, and the living room to the right. The kitchen is off the living room, and the bedroom opens from the opposite side of the living room. There are nice period details like wainscoting, ceiling medallions, wood floors, ceramic fireplace surrounds.
No outside area, except for the many cafes in the neighborhood.
The furniture was in excellent condition, extremely comfortable, and suited the apartment's charming details. It was spotless, and everything was well cared for. The living room had a lovely fireplace, comfortable sofa and armchair, new TV, and a large dining table with four chairs.
The bedroom was lovely. There was a comfortable queen-sized bed, upholstered chair near the window, a large armoire for clothes, a desk with computer, and a floor fan. Good windows and curtains blocked out noise and light. There was an excellent clothes rack for drying clothes. The bathroom was new, with a glass door shower stall, sink, cabinet with plenty of storage, and toilet. The shower was set about six inches above the floor, so you did need to be mindful of the step down.
The kitchen was very tiny, but contained a full four burner stove top, sink, microwave, refrigerator, oven, and washing machine. Plenty of pots, pans, dishes, cooking materials, etc. We had no problems cooking full meals, although two people need to dance a complicated ballet to use it at the same time.
Problems or Bonuses
Just how nice the apartment was!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners live in the US, and responded promptly by e-mail. We were able to pay with a US check. The website gives a very accurate representation of the apartment -- the only change being the TV in the living room instead of the second armchair.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd recommend the apartment heartily, and would stay again very happily!
Things to do in this area
Just a few blocks away is the lovely Les Fils de la Ferme, with good value set menus and excellent cooking.
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