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Review 4878: Vacation in Paris, St Michel Charmer (#180)
Studio apartment in 6th arrondissement, Paris
Nov 27-Dec 2, 2010, 6 nights
Apartment is in 6th district (Arrondissement)on the edge near the 5th . Walk in just minutes to: Notre Dame and the St. Germain quarter. The RER and the Metro stops are nearby. At St Michel stop the RER station goes all the way to CDG, so it you can get your luggage down and up the stairs, you can save the price of a taxi or Shuttle to CDG. RER line C that goes all the way to Versailles stops that the St Michel stop also.
If you walk across the Seine and the Isle there is a Metro stop (Chatlet) there that connects to the major Metro line and RER A line that go all over Paris on that side of the Seine.
The St Germaine and Latin areas are fantastic for shopping and restaurants. The best in all of Paris in my opinion. This area oozes charm from every stone. Rue St Andre des Artes has all kinds of quaint shops and great places to eat, discount Champagne stores, and was decorated with festive Christmas lights and decorations. Just a hop skip and a jump from St Michel Fountain again with great pastries, restaurants and stores. Poor St Michel froze solid on the third day we were there (Dec 2010). The only down side is that the St Germaine and Latin Quarter areas lack even small grocery stores and you have to purposefully walk in the opposite direction to find any. The addresses for the grocery stores are in the guest book in the apartment.
The building is well kept with good security, which and it features high ceilings and OK furnishings. It has a double bed and also sofa pullout sleeper that my daughter slept on in the living room. Large windows onto the courtyard bring in lots of light and afford a tranquil relaxing stay since it is very quiet. You hardly even hear anyone in the apartment building. There are the old exposed wooden beams which grace the ceilings and exposed rock wall, both of which give the place lots of charm. There are three big double windows that flood the apartment with lots of light. The open style kitchen is just next to the entry and off of the living room and has all the basics, and a microwave.
The furniture was functional but a little worn. The apartment was very clean.
The bathroom was small but functional. Only a shower.
It has a double bed and also sofa pullout sleeper that my daughter slept on in the living room. They were comfortable and good to sleep on.
The restaurants and bakeries in in area are so numerous and delicious we never even made coffee or boiled water.
Problems or Bonuses
The only thing we had trouble with was opening the door with the key the first time even with the directions. We had to call the landlord (Bruno) and he arrived in about 30 minutes and opened the door and helped us practice with opening the lock. I have only had one apartment with a lock this difficult before, and that was in the Celio area of Rome , but there the landlord let us in so I could practice before he left.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Then there are all the advantages of dealing with Vacation in Paris: Great web site, prompt answers to emails, dealing with the English-speaking New Jersey office, paying for you apartment by credit card (you have to prepay) instead of cash, no security deposit, no arranging to meet the landlord at a certain time(except when you key doesn't seem like it is working) because they send you the key in the mail.
Per night, $140 (dollars not euros). Compared to hotel rates in Paris, this is a steal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would stay there again as long as my travel party was not larger than three. Four people might be a tight fit.
Things to do in this area
The area is loaded with great restaurants. We ate a a different place almost every night. There was a pastry shop/bakery down by St Michel fountain that we ate at every morning.
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