Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4490: Residences Paris, Résidence du Pont des Arts - 2nd floor
1bed/1bath apartment in 6th arrondissment, Paris
annually, one month +
Résidence du Pont des Arts - 2nd floor is located in the heart of the action, on rue Guenegaud, right off rue Mazarine in the bustling 6th arrondissement. It's one block to the Seine and centrally located in Paris. This is a superb location, one that beautifully combines history and modernity. The apartment is surrounded by innumerable historical landmarks, vibrant art galleries, antique shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and unique shopping. The location even impresses Parisians! I know Paris quite well and I completely adore this area.
Every amenity I could imagine is within walking distance. There are dozens of cafes, bistros, and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. There's a small grocery store called Franprix that is footsteps away and a large grocery store called Champion that's only a couple of blocks away. There are boulangeries, patisseries, and traiteurs where you can buy food to go. Everything is very accessible in this area. The metro Odeon is very close. Also, nearby are a post office, taxi stand, dry cleaners, hair salons, yoga studios, movie theaters, and WiFi-enabled cafes.
The apartment is 45 meters squared and very spacious. It has a lovely, warm, and inviting ambiance. It has elegant high ceilings, a rustic exposed beam, wood floors, and a pretty fireplace with a beautiful mirror above. There are three floor-to-ceiling double-paned French windows, two of them over-looking the beautiful streets. Looking out the window to the left, you see the Seine. I've had the joy of staying in this apartment several times over the years and have always been exceedingly happy in it. I rent the apartment alone and stay for at least a month at a time. It's important to me to have space and feel comfortable working at my computer with my books, papers, and files, or just hanging-out. The French windows bring in a ton of light, fresh air, and energy from the streets below. At night, when the windows are closed, the apartment is completely quiet. I've never heard any noise from the apartments above, below, or next door. For me, this apartment is perfect.
There is no garden or outside sitting area.
The apartment is very comfortable and has absolutely always been clean. There's plenty of seating in the living area, which can more than accommodate the maximum number of people (5) staying there. Included in the apartment are unlimited phone calls, free to the US, washing machine, Internet access, TV with a ton of stations, local, international, and radio, DVD player along with a bunch of movies, including those in English. The bookshelves are loaded and include many travel books and guides. The art on the walls, both photographs and paintings, and travel artifacts on the shelves, gives it an elevating feeling. There is plenty of space to hang clothes and are several shelves as well.
The bedroom is in a separate space and well-appointed. The double-bed is very comfortable. The cotton sheets and duvet are soft. There is one bathroom with a shower and small bathtub. The shower has excellent water pressure and has always had plenty of hot water. The shower head is affixed above. By US standards, the bathroom is small, but it's equipped with all of the necessities and has also storage space. There are plenty of towels.
The kitchen is open alongside the living area. It has everything I've ever needed, including: stove top (electric), fridge, microwave, coffee pot, tea kettle (electric), and of course, a sink. Pots, pans, bowls, all dishware, utensils, seasonings, tea, coffee are all there.
Problems or Bonuses
As a bonus, a brand new elevator has been installed. For me, there are no problems with this apartment. I truly love it. It may be worth noting for some, however, that there is not an oven. For me, this is a non-issue as I can cook everything I want on the stove top.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Vladimir, the owner, has always been professional, reliable, accessible, cheerful, and helpful. He is high energy, eager to please, and genuinely cares about the service he provides. He's truly interested in making your stay in Paris a wonderful one. He's the perfect go-to guy for all that's available in Paris and how to go about achieving it. Also, Vladimir has a number of other apartments in popular areas in Paris.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! I love the apartment, the vibrant location, and the owner's focus on quality customer service and customer appreciation, which is why I can't wait to stay here year after year.
Things to do in this area
I'm partial to my go-to places -- Le Balto, directly below the apartment, and Le Bistrot Mazarin, right next door. I highly recommend getting lunch to go at Gerard Mulot and eating it at the glorious Jardin du Luxembourg. I've recently fallen for the simple, fresh, and healthy salads at the tea house L'Heure Gourmande which is located at 22, Passage Dauphine, through a courtyard off rue Mazarine, just footsteps from the apartment. Another recent discovery I recommend is Positano, 15 rue des Canettes, for great Italian food. A classic must is a visit to Laduree located at the corner of rue Jacob and rue Bonaparte. For a hassle-free, relaxing, and enriching museum visit, I really enjoy the small Musee Delacroix at 6, rue de Furstenberg.
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