Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4957: Owner, Bastille Attic Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in 12th arrondissement, Paris
April 2011, 1 month
The apartment is in the 12th arrondissement but right on the border of the 4th. The location is very nice; a more urban environment than other parts of Paris, perhaps. The Place de la Bastille is right down the street.
There are many places to buy groceries in the neighborhood; numerous supermarkets, the daily market at Place de Aligre (which is fabulous) and the Thursday and Sunday market on Richard Lenoir Blvd. You could not walk a block without stumbling on a store or restaurant. There are all manner of restaurants within a five to ten minute walk. Virtually any kind of cuisine you could think of.
The building is from the 17th century, and it has been restored into individually owned apartments. With the windows closed it is very quiet; with them open you can hear some street noise. But not too much. The views over the rooftops are great as is the breeze that comes in through the windows.
There is a courtyard, but it seems people working on the ground floor mostly used it to smoke and talk. No pool.
There is not much furniture (the place is not big enough to hold it) but what is there is fine. The dining table is small, and there are several chairs, but I think more than two people for dinner in the apartment would be pretty tight. There is a chest of drawers in the pictures of the apartment, but the chest of drawers was not there for my stay. I would have definitely liked to have drawers for a month's stay, but I made do. There is no closet either - just a place to hang your things behind the door.
The bed was very comfortable. I slept very well in the room. The bathroom is not really a separate room, but a toilet and shower in the foyer. There are doors leading into the kitchen, so it is not completely open. The toilet is a bit old and the shower isn't exactly huge. But again, I was not paying Ritz prices here.
The kitchen is tiny and while I was able to cook easy meals here, I would not attempt anything major. No stove, but a hot plate and a microwave. There was no dish drainer and no strainer - two things I could have used. I guess I could have bought them, but I never did do it.
There are so many places to eat out or get good take out around though, that you might never have to cook!
Problems or Bonuses
This place is a budget rental and I rented it for an entire month for a very low price. There were no surprises - it was great and especially great for the price I paid (€1000 euros for the month of April - it normally is €1200 for a month, I believe.) Just don't expect glamor.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Florence is the point person for the rental - she and her husband own it. She is a little slow to answer email, but that did not really bother me as I always knew she eventually would. She was in the apartment to meet me when I got here, and everything worked fine. No problems with communication whatsoever.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again, and would recommend it. I would say that after a few weeks I started to feel a little cramped; it is pretty small. I would say that for one week, or even two, it would be perfect.
Things to do in this area
From the apartment you can walk to the Bastille, the Marais, down to the Seine, up to the Canal St. Martin ... the possibilities are endless even without getting on the subway. I loved picnicking on the canal just next to the Bastille - always a bit of a party going on down there.
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