Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3941: Paris Attitude, Louvre (#2677)
1bed/2bath apartment in 1st arrondissment, Paris
May 16-25, 2008, 9 nights
The apartment is located in the 1st arrondissement a few blocks from the Louvre. The location was really good. There was, however, a sketchy area a few blocks from the apartment. I didn't feel unsafe at all because we didn't see this area until we went walking to the local mall (a bunch of teens hanging out but also lots of outdoor cafes so there was a large variety of folks to people watch). One night we did witness a few buses/vans of cops chasing down someone in the area, into the mall area. But like I said, at the same time, there are a few really cool spots to eat outside right in that area (the people eating didn't seem bothered by the cops at all so maybe it's the norm) so ... kind of a weird area ... very "colorful." Again, this particular area was a few blocks from the actual apartment so I never felt unsafe (I've probably made it sound scarier than it really is).
It is located in a typical older French building on the second floor (there is an elevator - very small and cute (I was 7 1/2 months pregnant so me and my husband just fit).
I liked the area, it was close to a lot (The Louvre).
There's a really good spot to eat right downstairs (at the corner of the street), forgot the name but really good mediterranean/middle eastern/pizza/french (large variety of food).
There's a few places to shop and eat in the area. It's not the BEST location for shopping & eating (I LOVED the 7th arrondissement so that's just me) but still good enough to suffice (much cheaper). There are A LOT of places to eat, I just didn't chose to eat much in the area (I ate there twice, both at the same place (mentioned above)). Not far to get to where you want to go at all. There's a grocery store a few blocks away. A cafe right across the street (you can see it from the window of the apartment (which is nice to open and just look out at the streets).
The building was in good shape. I saw no major damage, perfect mix of old but still quite nice. The apartment has one bedroom and two full bathrooms (which was awesome!). You walk in, there's a teeny tiny kitchen right off the doorway, then the living room is right there (dining table in living room but not cramped at all), there's a bathroom right next to the kitchen and one in the bedroom so if you have guests over they can use the "guest bathroom." My husband and I loved it because we could get ready at the same time ... saved a lot of time. I'm not sure how many other apartments are in the building, I'd guess maybe about six to eight?
Every morning someone or some restaurant was cooking the most delicious smelling food! It smelled so good EVERY morning!
There was no outside sitting area. No pool.
The furniture was in pretty good shape. The couch was fine (comfy enough). The dining table was fine (on the cheaper side but just fine for us). There was a flat screen TV that was pretty nice. Nice cable. The apartment was very comfortable and clean. I'm VERY picky about bathrooms and both bathrooms seemed pretty clean. I didn't get that 'icky' feeling at all.
Sitting - couch and dining table. Enough for about seven people comfortably.
The bed was comfortable (and again, I was 7 1/2 months pregnant so making me comfortable wasn't the easiest). The sheets appeared nice and clean. There was extra linens in the closet. Again, both bathrooms nice and clean and not tiny either ... pretty decent size compared to most European bathrooms (not large but not tiny).
The kitchen was teeny tiny but had everything you need, a fridge, dishwasher, microwave, small sink (only a spot of counter space). They had plenty of dishes and utensils. I believe they had pots/pans, not sure, never cooked. I wouldn't try to cook full meals in this kitchen but you can always use the dining table to prepare the food and cook it on the little stove. It seems like too much of a bother to me though. I only used the fridge, freezer and microwave. Come to think of it I'm not sure there was an actual stove (for baking) ... maybe just a stove top.
Problems or Bonuses
As with most European apartments, there was no dryer, just a washing machine. The washing machine is super small so if you put more than a pair of pants in there it'll start rocking and moving across the kitchen floor. You have to wash one item at a time it seems.
The apartment has a mirrored wall under the window (in the living room) so I thought the apartment was actually bigger than it was. It was still a pretty decent size. I wasn't upset, just surprised.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was good. I asked a lot of questions and got responses to them all (this is not always the case). The on site contact was nice, she sat with me, asked if I had any questions, gave me her contact info and left the apartment. Perfect. She spoke English fluently.
The apartment looked just as it did online except for the mirror below the window. It was actually smaller than I thought but still a nice size. Everything they said online about the apartment seemed accurate.
Price - €1286 (for nine nights) + €304.50s (Agency Fee, that I ended up negotiating down because another couple booked another apartment with them) + €1286 deposit.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again if I found the apartments in the 7th arrondissement to be too expensive. I really loved that area the best. I prefer to stay in that area but I know apartments are more expensive there so I may choose to stay in the 1st arrondissement again. If I did, I would definitely stay here again. I would recommend this place to my best friend for sure. It was a great apartment in a good area. I did a lot of research online and this was a pretty good find (nice apartment, good location, good price).
Things to do in this area
The Louvre of course. There's the world famous french kitchen supply store is right down the street, Dehillerin. There's a long strip of shops (perfumeries, clothes, souvenirs, etc.) also down the street, right across from the Louvre. Lots and lots of eating places ... I saw a Thai place right around the corner that I didn't get a chance to try. The Mediterranean place I mentioned earlier is right there (come out of the apartment and go left, on the corner). Really good ice cream right down street as well. There's a cart that sits outside of little restaurant ... VERY good ... right across the street from the Louvre.
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