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Review 4624: Cecile Apartments, St Germain Buci

www.cecile-apartments.com

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Review by Betty Ng from CA

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


When

June 6th to June 15th, 9 days

Location

It was near rue de Buci and rue de Seine. It was easy walking to river Seine, Louvre , Notre Dame... It was on the second floor with no elevator. Stairways were wooden steps.

Nearby Amenities

Franprix was in the next building. There was a Champion supermarket on rue de Buci with good lamb chops/steaks/wine/greens. Bakeries(Paul, Eric Kayser..), ice cream shops(Amorino,...) and cafes were nearby. ATMs could be found around blvd. St Germain.

We were able to get a taxi at the corner of Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie and blvd. St Germain around 7:30am.

The House/Apartment

The apartment was in a four story old building facing inside courtyards. There was one apartment per floor, but the two apartments in the next building were using the same stairways to enter their units. The stairways for the upper unit were next to the bedroom. The first night was scary, my husband thought someone tried to get into our apartment. It didn't bother us after the first night.

Living room, bedroom and bathroom had double pane windows. The laundry room (washer and dryer were separate unit) was in a locked private room half flight down from the apartment unit. There was a drawer on the upper left of the dryer. It needed to be emptied after one or two loads of drying.

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

Garden

No garden. Recycle bin was in the courtyard area and the garbage bin was inside a closet area near the recycle bin.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The living room and kitchen area had hardwood floor with an area rug in the sitting area. The furniture was clean and nice. Sofa and chairs were comfortable. We had an overnight guest using the sofa-bed and she had no problem sleeping. The dining table with three chairs were sturdy. There was a closet for keeping your luggage and clothes. Two folding chairs, umbrella and vaccuum cleaner were in the closet too.

There were three English channels(CNN,BBC and Bloomberg), free WiFi and free calls to USA landlines.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedroom had wall to wall carpet. The bed, sheets and pillows were good quality and very comfortable. There was a full size three-drawer dresser in the bedroom.

The bathroom looked new with good shower-head. There was a big window in the bathroom. There was a heating radiator for towels. The towels were nice and thick.

Kitchen

There were two electric cook-tops, microwave oven (I didn't try the oven option), half size refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster, coffee machine and electric kettle. There were two pots, one nonstick pan and bowls. There were plenty of plates, cups and wine glasses.

The owner was very thoughtful and had everything you needed for cooking. The cupboards were very organized and clean! I cooked all my dinners in the kitchen - rice, asparagus, steak and lamb chops.

Problems or Bonuses

Good

There was a powerful portable air conditioner. The owner had a booklet(in English) to give detail info on how to use all appliances, nearby public transportation and other services. This owner really try hard to meet her client's needs. If the bathroom window and the living room windows were opened, air conditioner was not needed.

Problems/heads up if you are thinking of renting this unit:

  • We arrived by rental car and the GPS took us to 30 rue Mazarine and 29 was not there. It was all the way up near rue de Buci.
  • There were unpleasant smells when we opened the apartment door. I spent almost an hour cleaning the hardwood floor in the kitchen area. I was not able to completely eliminate the urine smell because of the wood floor gaps. I called the owner and she thought it might be a spill of wine or the garbage. I hope she'll be able to do a thorough cleaning!
  • On the day of arrival, there was only enough hot water for one person to shower. Her instruction booklet said there should be enough hot water for four showers per day. I suspect the prior renters took showers before they left and did a load of dish washing! I told the owner that she needed to do something about this problem.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owner was responsive and easy to deal with. Payment can be made through her web site. She speaks English and came by to deliver the bed sheets for my visitor. She also apologized for the unpleasant smell. I paid €1490 for a one week stay in June and €50 for my visitor(extra sheets and towels).

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

There were a few problems as I have mentioned, but I still think it was a nice unit.

I highly recommend this unit. This is the fifth apartment I have rented in Paris. This is the most convenient and comfortable unit. The neighbors were very quiet except on Saturday night.

For the last four rentals, we were in Marais near Bastille. Then we used a lot of bus#69 and Batobus on the Seine river for going places. But this trip, we walked everywhere because the apartment was very central to sights and gardens.

Things to do in this area

You can walk everywhere easily. It was fun to visit the art galleries in the neighborhood streets. I enjoyed visiting Pierre Hermé and Laduree for their macarons.

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