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Review 3811: Owner, My Home In Dijon
Studio apartment in Dijon, Burgundy
September 2008, 10 Days
This large studio apartment is just off Place Libertie in Dijon. It faces an interior courtyard and is very quiet. One could fall out of bed and into the Dual palace.
The Central market and Monoprix are both a few minutes walk away. The immediate area is chock full of restaurants, bistros, cafes, boulongeries, patisseries, wine shops etc.
The building is in excellent shape. The apartment faces an interior courtyard and is very quiet. It is very large studio with a separate well equipped kitchen.
The bathroom is broken into two rooms ... one with the WC and a small sink and the other with a larger sink, tub and shower.
The Place Libertie is your outside sitting area. What could be better?
The sofa was very comfortable as were the three dining chairs and the desk chair. The apartment was spotless.
The queen sized bed, which is located in back of the sofa, was very comfortable with luxurious pillows and linens. The bathroom was broken into two parts - a room with a toilet and small sink and a room with a larger sink, bathtub/shower. The bathtub/shower had a door rather than a shower curtain. It was nice not to have to wrestle with a shower curtain. The bathroom was stocked with a supply of big fluffy towels.
The kitchen was modern with a four burner cooktop, an electric oven, a toaster, an electric coffee maker, an electric tea kettle, a refrigerator with a freezer compartment and a washer/dryer combination. The kitchen was good for cooking full meals for two people and I did so. I even found a handheld electric blender in a closet and made aioli one night. There were more than enough pots and pans and a full set of lovely dishes and glassware. The dining table, which is in main room, was set with cloth place mats and napkins.
Problems or Bonuses
Many surprises ... all good. The first delightful surprise was the owner, Coco, who is a whirlwind of Gallic charm. She picks her guests up and deposits them back at the train station and gives them a mini tour of the area upon arrival.
The refrigerator and pantry is stocked with more than enough food to get one started ... bread, cheese, eggs, juice, cereal, butter, jam, honey, homemade cake ... I could go on and on. Upon booking Coco sends her guests a questionnaire asking about their food preferences. There are fresh flowers in the apartment.
The second surprise is the amount of space living ans storage space in the apartment. We never felt the least bit cramped and it was impossible to fill all the closets with our belongings.
The TV was huge and the apartment comes with a new Dell computer with Broadband access. What a nice surprise that was! The lighting was great in the main room, the bathroom and the kitchen. One could read in bed comfortably. Too often the lighting in rentals is lacking. Not so in My Home in Dijon.
Another surprise was the proximity of the apartment to everything. Dijon is a hidden jewel. There is a free mini bus which stops just outside the apartment and covers the entire downtown area. It runs every six minutes.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Coco, the owner, is a marvel. She speaks perfect English and cannot do enough for you. Marthe Stewart suggests that one sleep in one guest room periodically to ascertain how comfortable it is. Coco either uses this herself periodically or she has the genes of a natural born innkeeper. I suspect it is a combination of both.
We stayed ten days at a cost of €85 a night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes and Yes. We are planning to go back. We fell in love with the apartment and the city itself. Dijon is Paris without the prices and the attitude. Last but not least, we fell in love with Coco.
Things to do in this area
The Magnin Museum, Musee de Beaux Arts and the Ducal Palace are "must sees." We ate at several superb restaurants ... Stephane Derbord (twice), Wison 43, La Fluer de Sel, Les Oenophiles, Le Pre aux Clercs to name a few. Stephane Derbord and Le Pre aux Clercs are both Michelin one stars.
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