Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4797: Owner, Le Marais Apartment (#15502)
2bed/1bath apartment in 3rd arrondissement, Paris
September 24 to October 10, 2010, 16 nights
The apartment is about half a block from Place des Voges on rue de Turenne in the Marais. It is extremely well located, you are about 10 minutes from the Seine and the islands and we walked almost everywhere we wanted to go to, including the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th arrondissements. You have two great bus lines very close by, the 96 on the corner and the 69 about two blocks away. You also have access to two well connected metro stops, Bastille and St Paul, with a five minute walk.
Although the apartment is on busy rue de Turenne, it actually overlooks two courtyards and is very quiet. There is no street noise at all.
We felt this apartment was extremely well located and close to all amenities.
There is a wonderful bakery just across the street and we had our pain au chocolat and croissants from there every morning (it is closed on Sundays and Mondays unfortunately, but there is a Gerald Mulot bakery about two blocks away to take up the slack). The Bastille market (Richard Lenoir), open on Sundays and Thursdays, is about a 10 minute walk. There is a large Monoprix on rue St Antoine about two blocks away, as well as all the other amenities available on St Antoine/Rivoli (ATMS, bakeries, cheese shops, etc).
You are in the heart of the Marais, with rue Franc Bourgeois half a block away, so there are many little boutiques, shops, pharmacies, etc. You are literally near everything you could possible need.
This is an older building which has all the advantages/disadvantages of such places ~ on the plus side, it is full of character, there was a tiny elevator which worked well to bring us to the third floor, the winding staircase was hardwood. On the downside, well, it's an old building, the plumbing was sometimes a bit slow, there were cracks in the walls, but none of this bothered us.
The building shares a courtyard with other apartment buildings. There was construction going on while we were there so there was scaffolding up on one side of the building and we couldn't see or access the other courtyard, but our landlord gave us a substantial discount for this inconvenience.
The apartment has two large bedrooms, a combination living room/dining room, a very well equipped kitchen and a large bathroom with tub and shower. The way the rooms are divided, everyone had plenty of space and there was good flow between all areas.
There is no outside sitting area. The living room has two large windows which open onto typical Parisian rooftops and it is very quiet, airy and sunny.
The furniture was comfortable, but has seen better days. There was a couch which I think folds out, but we never had to use it, so I don't know how comfortable it is as a bed. There was a chair and foot cushion as well and a large dining room table with four chairs. We were four adults and had plenty of room to move around.
The apartment was clean on arrival and we had everything we needed to keep it clear during our stay.
The beds were very comfortable. There is a queen size bed in one bedroom and two twins in the other. The rooms are very large by European standards and both have windows opening on to a quiet courtyard. We were not able to open these during our stay due to the construction but like I mentioned before, the landlord compensated us with a good discount.
There is only one bathroom with a tub/shower, toilet and sink. There are shelves near the sink for your toiletries. The toilet had some flushing issues which our landlord came over to fix, but I think this stems from the age of the building and the plumbing. There was plenty of hot water for four adults to shower every day, sometimes twice a day (we did lots of walking all over Paris!).
The kitchen is one of the most well equipped kitchens I have even had in our rentals. We had a good size fridge, a gas range, a microwave, a dishwasher, a separate washer and dryer (so nice to have a dryer that really worked!), a coffee maker, toaster, lots of pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, glasses, etc.
We made soup, pasta, and eggs and always found everything we needed. The hot water/heating controls are in the kitchen and very easy to use.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no surprises since our landlord had told us about the construction before we got there. He offered us a discount to offset this, which we felt was very fair.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
David is a very nice man who we felt treated us very fairly. He speaks excellent English and is very responsive to e-mails. He came over twice to fix some issues and told us to call him anytime if we needed him again.
The price of the rental is €1400 per week, a very good price considering the size, amenities and location of the apartment. We ended up paying less than that due to the construction going on. There are no extra charges for cleaning, heat, etc., and we had free WiFi and calling back to Canada, which was greatly appreciated.
The furniture is placed differently than in the photos on VRBO and also looks different when you come in. Like I said, it's a bit older and shabby, but was very comfortable. We feel the price of the rental more than makes up for not having more modern furniture.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would absolutely stay here again and hope to do so when we bring our grandson to Paris in two years.
Like I said above, the apartment is well equipped, well located and very large. It could be updated and freshened up, but that would probably drive up the price as well.
We felt we got excellent value for the price we paid and would recommend this apartment to family and friends. Our friends who stayed with us felt the same way as well.
Things to do in this area
It's in the heart of the Marais, so there lots to see and do. We loved the little bakery right across the street on rue de Turenne. We ate at Pizza Momo on rue St Antoine twice, and had drinks and meals all over the area. We love the Marais and will come back to this area again and again!
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