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Review 5339: Owner, Le Warens (#857719a)


Review by pemquid from US

2bed/1bath apartment in Annecy, Rhone-Alpes


June, 2012, 6 days


"Le Warens" is an apartment on the third floor (no elevator), located in an old but very well-maintained building in the historic "old town" section of Annecy. It's extremely well-located, and you can walk to everything you might need or want to see. It's right in the highly-visited old section of town; located on the canal; and within steps of many restaurants and the fabulous market that takes place on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. There are also Monoprix and Franprix supermarkets just a couple of minutes' walk, and lots of shops, both nice and more "touristic." Lake Annecy is under 5 minutes walk, where you can swim, take boat cruises around the lake, and rent motorboats or paddle boats.

Annecy itself is very well-located for day trips to the higher Alps and other nice areas to visit and hike in; Chamonix-Mt.Blanc and Geneva are each just about an hour's drive away. However, you do not need a car to enjoy Annecy itself, as it's well served by train, including the TGV (high speed).

The apartment itself is lovely, decorated in an Asian motif. There are three rooms, and it easily sleeps two couples or a family. Floor area is listed at 60 square meters. There is one large bedroom with twin beds that can be put together to make a king and a living room/bedroom that has a comfortable fold-out double couch. There is plenty of clothing storage in the large bedroom, but none in the living room/bedroom. The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the apartment, with a dining room/kitchen/TV room in between, so there is good privacy.

It has a split bathroom, with good shower and large sink on one side of the hall, and toilet, small sink, and washer on the other side of the hall.

It comes very well-equipped with everything you might need to set up housekeeping, including all small appliances, stove, refrigerator, dishes and glasses, lots of pots and pans, cutlery and silverware. Our only minor gripe is that we could have used one larger chef's knife, and that the knives provided were not very sharp. the only item not provided is a hair drier, but that's really a personal item. There is also a flat screen TV, with a lot of channels, and free WiFi.

The rental rate is very reasonable for the area, 605-660 per week (approximately $759-828), depending on the season. A double room at a decent hotel in Annecy would cost at least that much, and be nowhere near as nice. There is also a 30 cleaning fee and a refundable damage deposit; we ended up not being charged the latter.

Because the building is on a narrow street in the old section, there is no parking, but there are many town lots nearby and the helpful owner can arrange for you to get a long term parking permit (for which we paid only 15) or you can pay to park by the day. I should note that you can park long enough to unload. Annecy is extremely crowded in the summer, especially July and August, so it's well worth making arrangements for the parking permit as it allows you to use special lots not available for day trippers.

The owners, Mme. Dominque and her husband, live on the top floor of the same building, where they also have a studio apartment available to rent. Mme. Kummer is extremely helpful, friendly and gracious. She writes and speaks excellent English. It was a pleasure dealing with her before our arrival and during our stay. She went out of her way to help us: making a restaurant reservation for us the day when we arrived later than expected; going to get us the parking permit from the parking office; and providing all kinds of materials in the apartment and recommendations about the area.

We highly recommend this apartment, and would love to go back some day.

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