Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4003: Drawbridge to Europe, Rue St Martin (#1900)
Studio apartment in 3rd arrondissement, Paris
September, 2008, 5 nights
It's in the Marais. It's wonderful place to stay if you're visiting Paris. We loved the neighborhood and felt very safe in our comings and goings.
We arrived with a lot of food and wine so didn't really need to shop in the little stores locally, but there were small grocery shops within a block or two of the apartment. It is close to many little sidewalk cafes and shops catering to tourists visiting the Centre Georges-Pompidou and there's a bakery right across the street. The walk to the Seine is pleasant; once there try the BatoBus, which you can take all day, up and down the river, for one price.
It's a nice old building with private entry through the interior courtyard. The three flights up are hard with jet lag and tons of groceries and luggage, but not really a problem at all after that. The apartment is bright, very clean and comfortable.
You can view the property directly: Rue St Martin.
There is an interior courtyard entered through a private door. It is not a place to sit - but it provides light to the apartment.
There is a small table with four chairs in the kitchen; a couch which folds out to a bed in the living area and a nice queen size bed behind a little privacy half wall of glass blocks. it is very well thought out to make good use of the space.
The large bed has a great mattress, but the couch fold out bed is not so comfortable. We loved sleeping next to the street window where we could hear a little slice of life every night. The bathroom is nice with a good shower and a window to the interior courtyard. Our only complaint really, is the lack of a full length mirror for trying on our clothing purchases.)
The kitchen was easy to use: it has a nice little four top stove, microwave, coffee pot, pots, pans - really everything you'd need and more to cook for four. It was equipped with dish soap, paper towels, and some coffee, ice trays full in the freezer and other essentials. There is a combination washer/dryer, which only our French friend wasn't afraid to use, despite the clear directions.
Problems or Bonuses
We called from the airport and when we arrived the owner was waiting for us outside to make sure we didn't miss the entry door. He was very nice, easy to talk to, and explained how to use the phone, TV, etc. He gave us a binder with instructions for all of the appliances, but told us we could call him anytime.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Drawbridge to Europe was wonderful. They take care of business in a very professional manner. I never had a worry about the arrangements.
The landlord speaks English as his first language. He was very nice.
The place was exactly as advertised. We were very happy when we walked through the door - jubilant, almost.
I cannot remember the price per week, but I do know that we spent a lot less than we would have in any hotel and less even than hotels charge in outlying areas - near the airport. I thought it was a very good deal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely. I want to go back and stay for a month. I have recommended it to my friends and family.
Things to do in this area
We wandered around window shopping, sometimes really shopping - had a drink in the cafes - but after a day of visiting museums via the bateaux bus, we actually were happy to walk home from the Seine to our apartment.
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