Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 5274: Paris Bestlodge, Abelard
1bed/1bath apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
April 27-May 4, 2012, A week
The apartment is located on a small pedestrian street off rue du Petit-Pont in the 5th Arrondissement. It faces the church of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre and has a view of Notre-Dame. We could see the book stalls along the Seine from the apartment.
There are two grocery stores, a couple of patisseries, a butcher shop, a wine store and several bars and restaurants nearby.
The building is definitely historical. As old as it is, it is in very good shape. The apartment is on the third (French, fourth American) floor with very narrow stairs. The access from the street is with a digicode. There are three other apartments in the building.
This is a one-bedroom apartment with a well-equipped, modern kitchen and a nice bathroom.
There is no sitting area outside. However, the lovely René-Viviani Square, which offers a full view of Notre-Dame, is just a few steps away from the apartment.
The furniture is in excellent shape and is very comfortable. The apartment was spotless when we arrived. There is a two-place sofa in the living room along with several chairs. The dining table would accommodate three persons.
The bedroom is in the back of the apartment and is dark and quiet. It has a large window which we kept open during the night. It also has a queen-size bed, a chest of drawers, a small lamp and an alarm clock. The bed is placed against the wall. This arrangement makes it a little difficult to get out of bed. We found the pillows to be too big for comfort.
While small, the bathroom is very modern. Lots of hot water, a heating towel bar, a scale, a hairdryer.
The kitchen is well equipped. There are are enough pots and pans, dishes and cuttlery. It all looks very recent. There is also a coffee maker, a kettle, a microwave, a small fridge and a two-ring, ceramic top, cooker.
Problems or Bonuses
Certainly no bad surprises. The apartment is exactly as shown on the website. The plush terry-towel bathrobes were a very pleasant surprise.
We had no problem during our week in this apartment.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Dealing with Thierry/Parisbestlodge was very easy. We sent him a personal cheque when we booked and he tore it up after we arrived. We then handed him the full amount of the rent.
Thierry speaks English very well. He showed us how the appliances and the television worked and gave us some information about the area (food and wine stores).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay there again. However, as there are two bars across the street, there can be some street noise in the evening. It was no problem for us and did not disturb us in the least. We slept very well since the bedroom is in the back of the apartment.
Things to do in this area
There is so much to see and do in the area. The location of this apartment makes it very easy to get around the city. The Saint-Michel/Notre-Dame RER to CDG is a few minutes way. The Marais with its wonderful shops and restaurants is nearby. We enjoyed a great meal by candlelight at Le Reminet (3, rue Grands Degrés) located a few streets from the apartment
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