Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4338: Feels Like Home in Paris, French Kiss
1bed/1bath apartment in 18th arrondissement, Paris
Sept 10 - Sept 30, 2009, 20 nights
The location was terrific for us. At the base of Sacre Coeur cathedral on Passage Cottin, three minutes to bus stop and 5-7 minutes to Metro. You can take fabulous photos of Sacre Coeur at night from this location.
There is a large Champion grocery store about five minutes away and a smaller grocery store near the Metro station. Lots of pastry shops and green grocers just a minute a way. Very convenient for shopping.
The apartment is on the first floor, no elevator. It was very secure. I think it is the only rental in the building. Living in the apartment over the rental unit are two small children and they can be active between dinner and bedtime (they went to bed early), otherwise the building is quiet. The kitchen/living room had a large window and as did the bedroom so the apartment was bright during the day.
The apartment was very clean, well organized and compact. The furnishing were from Ikea and in good shape. With only 27 sq meters, the apartment was arranged to maximize the space. It had everything we needed. It has a TV and DVR with some DVDs. Also wireless high speed Internet and a MacBook computer along with Internet phone line connection (and voice mail).
The bedroom was fine -- a king size bed that can be separated into twins. There isn't an abundance of extra space but it was fine for us. Like many beds in rental units -- the mattress was extra firm. All the linens were very clean.
The kitchen was very well equipped. We had brought some kitchen utensils from home, that are usually missing, and didn't need them. There were extra trash bags and plenty of soap. There was a microwave/convection type oven with lots of instructions written in English but we only used the microwave part. The kitchen and living area are combined and really only one person can do the cooking (which was fine with me as DH did all the cooking). The refrigerator is an under-the-counter type and the freezer is smallish. It has a washer/dryer combination with lots of instructions in English on how to operate it and we used it frequently -- the dryer did take a long time compared to a US dryer.
Problems or Bonuses
All the surprises were good. The apartment came with a notebook, in English, that told you everything you needed to know about the apartment, the neighborhood and transportation. The Internet line phone and MacBook were a very nice addition.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was totally terrific. We had quick response to all our emails before we made the reservation and excellent instruction after the reservation was made. Joseph met us at the apartment and explained all the appliances, key codes and answered all our questions. When we had questions during our stay we were able to call Joseph and get an immediate response. Our cleaning deposit was returned in a very timely manner. I was very impressed with the agency.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay in this apartment again and recommend it to any couple. It is small and compact and I don't think it is suitable for three people even though the sofa does convert into a bed. But for us it was perfect.
Things to do in this area
My very favorite thing about this area was that it was so close to be fabric stores ... not to be missed if you are a textile junkie. There are also great pastry shops. There were very few tourists staying in our area but that was part of its charm.
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