Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4292: Owner, Elegant & Comfortable Saint Germain des Pres Apartment (#23846)
1bed/1bath apartment in 7th arrondissement, Paris
May 2009, one week
The apartment was on a very good street in Paris, Rue du Bac.
A key was left for us under the doormat at the front door of the apartment. There was no greeter/let-in person and there were no current instructions for any equipment/appliances in the flat. We have rented abroad many times before and have always either been met by someone who shows us how things work or alternatively complete instructions have been left. We couldn't use the oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, telephone, TV, stereo, etc. We were able to figure out how to use the stove top and microwave.
Our efforts to reach the owner (who lives in Paris) were unsuccessful; we finally tried an email to her and heard back 48 hours later with no help offered other than a suggestion that we look at the totally out of date instructions in the flat (e.g. telephone instructions for a phone not in the apartment). After that experience, we decided there was no further point in attempting communication with the owner.
The owner's photos on the VRBO website were not at all accurate, (i.e., the property appeared much more attractive than it was in fact). The apartment was in reasonable shape. The apartment was in an apartment building; I don't know how many other apartments there were (probably at least 20). Furnishings were acceptable. There was adequate seating in the living room (i.e. one couch and one chair). There was no dining room (there was a very small table with two chairs adjacent to the kitchen). The bedroom contained a bed, dresser, and closet. It didn't have adequate lighting. The kitchen and bathroom were usable however the inability to use appliances made cooking a meal very difficult. We could buy prepared food and use the microwave.
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