Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4939: Owner, #65666
1bed/1bath apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
March 2011, 6 days
My daughter and I chose this apartment primarily for its location in the center of Paris, and we were not disappointed! It is in the 5th arrondissement on a quiet street around the corner from Blvd. St. Germain and a short block away from the left bank of the Seine. Within 10 minutes, we could walk to Notre Dame or the heart of the Latin Quarter. The nearest metro stop, Maubert-Mutualite, was about five minutes away. We marveled every day at our luck at finding such a great spot at such a reasonable price!
There are numerous cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and small grocery stores, an open-air market, and various other shops within easy walking distance.
The building is on a quiet, mostly residential block and is well-maintained and secure. The apartment is located on the fifth floor (i.e., four flights up), and there is no elevator. We could occasionally hear a little noise from another apartment, but it was never a problem. The apartment, though small, is well laid out and perfectly comfortable for two or three people. It consists of a living room/dining area, a bedroom, a bathroom, and a small kitchen.
The apartment was very clean, and the furniture was in good condition and comfortable. The living room has a daybed that seats two or three people and a table with four chairs. The apartment is decorated in a cute but somewhat quirky style. The wooden floorboards are uneven and creaky in places.
The bedroom is small but adequate for two people, and the bed was quite comfortable. There is a small nightstand with a lamp on each side of the bed. The bedroom is separated from the main room by a thin wall with Plexiglas windows that can be covered with curtains at night or for privacy. When the curtains are open during the day, the apartment is brighter and feels more spacious.
There are a daybed and trundle bed in the living room that can sleep two more people. A friend of my daughter's spent two nights with us and found the daybed comfortable.
The bathroom was fine; the shower had good pressure and we never ran out of hot water. We made good use of the combination washer/dryer. There were plenty of towels, toilet paper, etc. The only slight issue with the bathroom is that it does not have a full door, so there's not much privacy.
The kitchen was considerably better than it appeared in the photograph on the website; it was small but very efficiently laid out. There were more than enough dishes, pots and pans, and utensils to prepare simple meals. There is a dishwasher, but we had trouble figuring out how to use it.
Problems or Bonuses
There were mostly good surprises! The apartment and location were even better than we expected. The photos on the Homelidays website, while accurate, do not really do the apartment justice. The owner had stocked the kitchen and bathroom with quite a few items to get us started; we were delighted to find coffee, bottled water, orange juice, pasta, etc., as well as laundry and dishwasher detergent.
The only real downside to this rental was the climb to the fifth floor, but we knew about that when we rented it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I made the arrangement directly with the owner. He responded readily and politely to e-mail, but he didn't always answer my questions completely. I realized after we arrived that his English was somewhat limited, and it worked better when we communicated in French.
Compared to other apartment rentals we considered in central Paris, this was a very good deal -- €520 for a week in March with no additional charges. We actually arrived a day later than planned because of a flight cancellation, and the owner kindly reduced the rent by €50.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay in this apartment again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great Paris location at a bargain price, provided they are willing and able to climb the stairs to the fifth floor.
Things to do in this area
All of Paris is easily accessible from this location. We visited Notre Dame and Ste. Chapelle, which are right in the neighborhood, and enjoyed long walks along the Seine and through the Latin Quarter, the Marais, etc. We spent a wonderful, sunny afternoon wandering around Montmartre. One day we met a friend on the top floor of the Printemps department store, where there is a terrace with a phenomenal view of Paris.
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