Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4523: Hotel Relais du Louvre, The Penthouse Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in 1st arrondissement, Paris
April 9, 2010, One night
You couldn't get a more central location in Paris if you tried. There are multiple metro stops within walking distance in addition to the RER stations at both St. Michel and Châtelet. The street itself, Rue des Prêtres Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, is incredibly quiet (almost desolate actually, but not an unsafe vibe by any means) with no restaurants or clubs or other noise-making nonsense to disturb your sleep. I've always loved this convenient neighborhood.
Many, many restaurants, supermarkets and specialty food shops are within walking distance.
The building dates from the 18th century and is very well maintained. As it relates to noise, this may be the quietest rental I've ever stayed in. First of all, you're on the top floor so there are no annoying foot falls or children above you playing "let's drop the heaviest thing in the apartment on the floor again and again!" Also, the apartment takes up the entire top floor so there's no noise from other apartments (TV, stereo, etc) from the side walls. Finally, being up on the seventh (American) floor keeps you away from whatever minimal street noise there could be on this already very quiet street. This rental is the only apartment in the entire building. The rest are regular hotel rooms. It's a small building, with only two or three rooms per floor.
You can view the property directly: Relais du Louvre Penthouse Apartment.
The apartment has a small balcony off the kitchen, which is unfortunately almost unusable because they have several large plants out there. If they took away the plants and put a small wrought iron table with two chairs it would be delightful.
The apartment was very clean, and the furniture was sort of English country house in style. Maybe a little frumpy and "Grandma", but comfortable. Plenty of places for everyone to sit, watch TV, eat, etc. I'd even say that you could have a cocktail party for 20 in there if you squeezed it.
The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of closet space. The bathtub and sink were actually open to the bedroom, but the toilet and walk in shower (with a REAL DOOR, thank God) were private. Good water pressure in the shower.
The kitchen was large (by Paris standards) and blindingly bright in the morning due to the fact that one wall and the ceiling are constructed of glass! It was almost like being outside in that kitchen. Really delightful. I didn't cook in the kitchen (nor do I ever when I'm on vacation) but there were plenty of pots, pans, dishes and utensils of good quality to prepare full meals. Full size fridge and freezer too.
Problems or Bonuses
Not a surprise really, but one of the benefits of renting an apartment that's within a hotel is that you have the back-up of a hotel staff if you should need it, but you still feel like you're staying in a private apartment. It's the best of both worlds.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The hotel staff could not have been more polite and helpful. Obviously, since they're a hotel in the center of Paris, they all spoke perfect English and there was no need to enter into the often draconian world of vacation rentals. You can cancel without penalty three days before your check-in date. The cost in April 2010 was €435 a night, which I know may sound a bit on the pricey side. However, that price buys you an incredibly convenient location, undisturbed sleep, plenty of space and the convenience of hotel services. I thought it was a fair price given all the benefits.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again and indeed plan on doing so with my family next time. Great apartment for a small family (couple with one or two children).
Things to do in this area
Please, this is central Paris. Everything your little heart could dream of is nearby.
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