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Review 4016: A la Carte Paris Apartments, St. Germain Buci


Review by Polite Canadian from Canada

1bed/1bath apartment in the 6th arrondissement, Paris


Feb 1-7 2009, 7 nights


The agency 'A la carte Paris' was easy to deal with. They connected us with the owner who was very hospitable and had prepared an information book on the apartment and local sites. We had a pleasant experience booking with A la carte Paris. I was nervous booking online from so far away so I was relatively cautious about the transaction.

I nearly booked with ParisAttitude but found a lot of negative reviews about this agency posted on the Internet. When I approached my contact at ParisAttitude for reassurances, I was not really satisfied with the response. A sum of money is routinely held by the owners for damage deposit. There were some reports that the deposits had not been returned. I also found that the website for ParisAttitude did not accurately reflect the availability of properties. At least three of the properties I was interested in were shown to be available on the website but not actually available for rent. Given the amount of effort spent reviewing properties and then communicating interest and then waiting to hear back, I found this very frustrating.

A la carte Paris sent a list of apartments in my price range and in the area that I was interested in for me to choose from. This proved to be the fastest and most efficient use of my time. I was nervous paying in full from overseas, but we arrived and there was a clean, comfortable apartment as promised. The damage deposit was dealt with by Visa. I was asked to provide my Visa information to the owner at the time of booking. I was nervous about this but at least there is a third party (Visa) involved. We broke a wine glass and left a note, but nothing has been charged so far. The owner was very understanding.

The apartment was in a courtyard so it was very quiet in spite of the very active neighborhood. There were a few parties and some construction while we were there, but the noise did not really bother us because we normally live in a big city anyway. There was no street noise.

The best thing about the apartment was its location and comforts. We walked from the apartment to the Louvre (within 10 minutes), to Notre Dame, to Sorbonne, to Luxembourg Gardens, etc. We only took the subway once to get to the Eiffel Tower. There is a grocery store right next door and even more food choices and markets around the corner. Cheese, wine, pastries, chocolates, butchers were all around the corner in picturesque boutiques. The kitchen was small but tastefully furnished like the rest of the apartment.

In general, small details like fluffy towels and quality bed sheets made the apartment feel very much loved. It was very clean.

The only downside was that the shower drain was a little slow, so we had to shower with a little less water pressure than the beautiful fixture was capable of. Also, the dining table was a little small for our family of four, but we had great meals nonetheless.

The owner was a pleasure to deal with. I would stay at this exact apartment again. Great central location in Paris. The neighborhood is active morning, afternoon and night.

You can view the property directly: St. Germain Buci.

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