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Review 3878: Perfectly Paris, Stylish Abbesses
2bed/2bath apartment in 18th arrondissement, Paris
October 2008, One Week
The apartment is located in Montmartre, about 50 yards from the Abbesses metro station. I would say there were maybe another five apartments in the building and the apartment(one bedroom, kitchen and bathrooms) partly faces onto a 'well' onto which many other apartments face also.
This is a wonderful area to visit Paris from as there is easy access to all the main sights by metro.
This area is a food lover's paradise! There are numerous cafes, bistros, grocery stores, wine stores, and five bakeries within a 10 minute walk. One need never go hungry!! The nearest supermarket is near Pigalle metro about a 10 minute walk away from the apartment.
Doubt the building was historical, older, probably 19th century, no elevator, just winding stairs. There is some neighbour noise but that is to be expected when in such close quarters to other buildings. Also, some street noise especially at weekends, but again, it's a busy area with lots of activities going on. The windows were double paned so kept out most of the street noise. Nothing that was too much to bear though.
You can view the property directly: Stylish Abbesses.
No outside area.
The apartment has recently been refurbished and so the furniture and appliances were in very good order; the furniture was rather quirky but one doesn't have to live with it forever.
For the size of the living room, I would have added an extra couch for people to sit on, as it was, there was one rather funky couch and two rather uncomfortable 'empire' style chairs. Living room curtains were 'novel' to say the least: rather like the old fashioned curtains that used to hang outside a butcher's shop but fancier, string-like, I can't imagine them giving any privacy whatsoever as we could plainly see into the windows across the street and so they must have been able to see into ours just as easily!
The miscellaneous dining chairs were rather uncomfortable though there were plenty of them.
Beds were standard Ikea issue: two twins in one room and a queen in the master bedroom. All comfortable. Both bedrooms were well decorated though there was not a closet in the twin room, there was a huge closet in the master bedroom.
Main bathroom was large with two sinks a bathtub with shower and washing machine. Unfortunately, the shower over bath didn't have a curtain or a hook to hang the shower wand on so as to be able to use it, one had to take a bath in this room or hand hold the shower wand and wet the whole room in the process.
The en suite shower room was smaller but still quite functional. Shower in shower stall didn't stay up and had to be jiggled and cajoled to stay up on the shower pole, other than that, this bathroom was fine; both had plenty of towels.
I would have been happier if the bathroom had been a bit cleaner, there was some soap scum/limescale on the shower and some mould/discolouration on the tile around the sink but other than that, it was fine. Also, there was no curtain over the frosted glass window which was in the shower stall, we put up a garbage bag!
Kitchen was a very decent size, though the ceramic hob hadn't been cleaned properly before our arrival, everything else was clean. There was no large fry-pan and the knives were a joke. Dishwasher was a bonus though. I managed six full meals without difficulty, except the lack of a large fry-pan.
Problems or Bonuses
We were pleasantly surprised by the large size of apartment(about 1000sq ft) and loved the neighbourhood; this is our second time in the area.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Dealings with the agency were fine, no problems there. Preston, who let us into the apartment was either Canadian or American and friendly and helpful. The apartment was as it was advertised.
We paid €1350 for one week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Things to do in this area
Lots to do. Just wandering around the streets; visiting the artists near Sacre Couer; buying baguettes every morning for breakfast! Very easy to access central Paris and yet has a nice, old fashioned yet modern, neighbourhood feel.
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