Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4767: Owner, Apartment in Paris 5th District Near Rue Mouffetard (#58626)
Studio apartment in 5th arrondissment, Paris
9/9/2010, 5 nights
The vacation rental is in Paris, France on Rue Pascal. The street became noisy in the night. Not sure about day time since we would leave it all day to roam outside.
Grocery store and coffee places are close by.
There was a lot of noise on Rue Pascal as there is a bar and restaurant and there would be people talking, laughing until 2:00am. The apartment is on the second floor with spiral stairs. The apartment site mentions it is pleasant and quiet. Don't believe it. There are total three apartments on each floor.
The site mentions crib is provided, but there was none. We looked for it and asked the owner, but it was not there. So, our under two year-old had to sleep between us in a queen-size bed. There is no living room. The kitchen area had a tiny table and chair and a queen size bed. There was no place to move. The apartment was smelly and looked dirty. It was far from comfortable.
Very uncomfortable beds. When we entered the apartment, we found a bed right at the entrance. The kitchen was right there on the left wall. No sheets on that bed, the sheets were in the dryer. The bathroom was OK. There was no dust bin the bathroom.
There were enough pots and pans but the kitchen was really, really tiny, especially with another bed put in the kitchen area. I did not cook full meals, that was not possible. Just a little breakfast oatmeal and hot milk. The microwave was dirty. I did not use it for health reasons.
Problems or Bonuses
Yes. A very bad surprise. We made booking for the apartment 48307 on July 20th, 2010 for September 9th, 2010 for five nights and instead were given this apartment. We never got an email saying that we were being quietly booked for 58626 while we asked to book for 48307 and the deposit we sent was for 48307. When we arrived and found that this was not the apartment we booked for, imagine the disappointment we felt and really felt like we were cheated upon. We called the owner and told him that we never booked for this apartment and he said he had made this mistake three times before. The owner knew he had made the mistake but never bothered to tell us in July when we made the booking. He had more than two months to inform us so we could look up somewhere else! I called other agencies, but we obviously could not find anything. Also, The owner never replied to our emails or answered our calls after the deposit was provided. The owner called us only when the remainder of the payment was to be paid.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We paid €450 for five nights plus €20 for cleaning for listing #48307 which was sent to me in email. But instead ended up in 58626. The owner was not honest with us about our booking. He was not reliable either. I have mentioned the reason above.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Never. No way, I would not recommend this place or the owner. The owner has other listings too on VRBO.
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