Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3896: Owner, Pierre Lescot Penthouse
1bed/1bath apartment in 1st arrondissement, Paris
October 2008, 9 nights
The location is very convenient, at the edge of Les Halles close to the Marais, making it walking distance to many sights in Paris. It is on a pedestrian street that is busy at all hours.
Two metro stations are nearby, one of which is a main hub with several lines crossing. From the smaller Etienne Marcel station at the end of the block, there is a direct line that gets you to the Eurostar station (Gare du Nord) in about 10 minutes.
Of course being in central Paris there are countless restaurants and shops in every direction. We found several grocery stores within a few blocks, and a bakery across the street.
The apartment is on the 6th (top) floor, with a small elevator, in a clean and quiet building.
It consists of a living/ kitchen area, one good-sized bedroom and a bathroom. The rooms are nice and bright, with windows in every room, looking out over the rooftops and pedestrian street below. Everything was clean and in good condition.
No outside area.
The living area was small but well organized, and quite comfortable for the two of us. There was a large leather sofa and a couple of wooden chairs. No real dining area, but a small side table that could be used with the two chairs. There was a flat screen TV with several English speaking news channels.
The bedroom was bigger, with a large bed (firm but comfortable), a desk with a good desk chair, a phone and a computer connected to the Internet. There were no drawers for clothes but lots of closet space.
The bathroom was quite big and well lit, with a bathtub/shower, towel warmer, plenty of shelf space around the sink, and a big window. Everything worked fine. We were given two sets of towels each.
The kitchen was a very small galley kitchen, with a two-burner stove top, microwave, fridge and an electric drip coffee maker, as well as a combination clothes washer/dryer. There was a supply of cutlery, glasses, etc, and a few pots and pans, but the kitchen was minimally equipped for cooking. When we ate in, we mostly got prepared food from the market, so it was not a big problem, but we could have used a few more basics, like a knife and cutting board.
Problems or Bonuses
We didnít use the computer as we had our laptop, but we used the wireless Internet connection daily, and it worked well in both rooms. The phone in the apartment could be used to call North America at no charge, and I believe also had voice mail.
There were a few Paris guide books in the apartment as well as printed information from the owner with important numbers, restaurant recommendations, etc., which we found helpful.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Paul, was very easy to communicate with by email, sent a rental agreement for us to sign and gave us several options for payment in advance. When he met us at the apartment, he took time to show us how everything worked, and left us with his phone number and email in case of problems. We would not hesitate to rent from him again.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would recommend this apartment based on its central location, and the fact that everything was clean, well looked after and worked as promised. We were very comfortable there.
Things to do in this area
We especially enjoyed shopping for food at the Montorgueil market street, a few blocks away. On Sunday morning, there was an outdoor food market on nearby Rue Montmartre.
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