Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3714: Owner, My Little Home In Paris (#151604)
studio apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
March 2008, 3 nights
Our family of three rented this studio apartment for three nights in March 2008. The location is outstanding: a quiet pedestrian street in the 5th arrondissement, between Rue Monge and the Place de la Contrescarpe. It's just a five minute walk to the top of Rue Mouffetard and less than ten minutes to Place Maubert near the Seine.
The apartment is in the back of the apartment building, accessed across a small inner courtyard. It's on the second US floor and very quiet. This would be a very safe location for a woman traveling alone.
The apartment is exquisitely decorated and organized and very clean. The owners Sandy and Philipe have taken great care in the decoration and use of a compact space, and they have thought of everything a temporary visitor to Paris might need. There are umbrellas, a shopping basket, table linens, guidebooks. In addition, many extras were thoughtfully provided for guests: a bottle of wine, fresh fruit, croissants, candy, coffee, several items in the fridge, soaps and shampoos. There's a cell phone to use and a computer with WiFi.
But I do need to emphasize that the apartment is very small. You enter into the main room -- a combination living room/dining room/bedroom. The couch folds out to make the bed (very comfortable), and when it's unfolded, it does take up most of the empty floor space. To the left are the bathroom (a good size with an excellent shower) and a very small kitchen.
The kitchen has really everything, but there's just space for one person to work and very little counter space. We had breakfast every morning at the apartment (several boulangeries nearby) and did prepare one dinner meal.
To the right of the main room is a narrow room they call the "dressing room." This room includes a place to store clothes, a small desk and a fold out bed. The only problem we had with the apartment was the fold out bed. We couldn't get the slats to stay in. We ended up folding up the bed, and our daughter slept on the mattress on the floor. We told the owners about this after our stay, and they planned to do something different quickly. I would definitely check on this if you plan to use this other bed for sleeping.
This apartment is ideal for a person traveling alone or a couple. The dressing room is a perfect place to unpack, store suitcases, and get changed. For three adult-sized people, it is definitely more crowded. On the other hand, how much time do you really spend in your apartment in Paris vs. out-and-about? This place is so well furnished and equipped, in an ideal location, and the price is so economical: €80 a night! There are no other charges. We were able to rent for only three nights.
Sandy was great to work with. We wrote a check in US dollars for the deposit, then paid the full amount in cash when we arrived. She then returned the check to us. Since we had been to Paris several times before, we really didn't need any help, but they are nearby and would be very very helpful.
I feel sure that I will stay in this apartment again.
You can view the property directly: My Little Home in Paris.
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