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Review 4748: Paris Address, JUSS31
2bed/1bath apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
June 2010, 5 days
This was my eighth trip to Paris, and I've stayed in hotels and apartments in various parts of the city. On our last couple of trips we've gravitated toward the Latin Quarter, an area of Paris our teenage daughter especially enjoys.
On this particular trip, we had four nights to spend in between longer stays in Provence and the Cotswolds. Normally we would rent a one-bedroom apartment in Paris, with a foldout couch for our daughter, but this trip was different. Our daughter had a friend traveling with her, and we felt the girls needed the privacy of their own room. This apartment was a more economical alternative to two hotel rooms, even though we rented for five nights (the minimum) and only stayed for four.
The apartment was a very pleasant surprise! It's located on Rue Jussieu, about two blocks from the Seine and across from the Universite Denis Diderot, near the Institut du Monde Arabe. The little street includes a mix of little food shops (kebabs), gift shops and a restaurant that looked quite good. We shopped at the nice food shops at Place Maubert, a few blocks away. We walked easily to Notre Dame, Rue Mouffetard, and the Jardin des Plantes. There are metro stops right there at Jussieu and Cardinal Lemoine. This was my first visit to the Jardin des Plantes, and I loved it.
The apartment is located in the back of a building that used to be a stables, across a courtyard from the main entrance to Rue Jussieu, then up two flights of steps. We found it a very safe and private place.
It's a big apartment (80 square meters), more spacious than I expected and with much more light than I expected. The main space of the apartment is divided by a partial room divider, with the kitchen and dining area on one side and the living area on the other side. There are two bedrooms and a good-sized bathroom. The WC is located separately from the shower/tub/sink, off the kitchen. Windows extend along one wall, looking out over the courtyard.
The kitchen was very well equipped and included a fridge, stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, and clothes washing machine. There was lots of counter space and plenty of pots and pans, and we could have prepared a meal to serve 12 people or more based on all the white pottery dishes and wine glasses in the apartment. Off the dining area is a storage closet that includes an iron/ironing board. This is a good place to store suitcases.
The living room included a long sofa (that could make a bed for one person), a comfortable easy chair, and two little plastic chairs. There was a TV that we didn't use and a very good supply of classical CDs that we did use. There is wireless Internet, though we had some problems accessing the correct network. We had plenty of room to spread out.
The two bedrooms open off the living room. My husband and I slept in the master bedroom, and the two girls slept in a den/bedroom, that had a permanently-folded-out sofa bed. Both beds were comfortable. Our bedroom had shelves and quite a few books (in French). The bathroom was modern and clean with a separate bathtub and shower. In the photos, there seemed to be some personal items in the bathroom, but this wasn't the case during our stay.
The only strange glitch we had involved connecting with our "greeter." We had posted on the Paris Address website about our arrival time at Gare de Lyon and said we planned to take a taxi to the apartment. We arrived just in time for a big "manifestation," and although the station wasn't far, our driver just couldn't get us through all the closed streets. When we finally pulled up in front of the building, the owner of one of the kebab places came outside and gave us our key. The greeter had waited an hour and had to leave. We left him a message, as we had a couple of questions (about the wireless) and needed to get him the rest of the payment for the apartment. Although we talked a few times by phone, we didn't end up seeing him until the day before we left. This was fine for us, as we know our way around Paris, but may be more difficult for others who are less comfortable figuring things out. There was not a house-book.
Other than that, we thought the apartment was great for our group of four. We liked the spaciousness, the light, the well-equipped kitchen, and the convenient location. I would definitely stay here again.
You can view the property directly: JUSS31.
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