Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 5354: Vacation in Paris, Simon Le Franc (#72)
1bed/1bath apartment in the Marais, Paris
May 2011, 5 nights
We stayed at this one-bedroom apartment in the Marais for five nights in May 2011. The location is very central, a half-block from the Centre Pompidou (called Beaubourg by the Parisians). Close to two metro stops, lots of restaurants and shops. Which is good, but also lots of people. We found we preferred the quieter, more residential areas of Paris where we've stayed previously. However, the apartment itself is pretty quiet since all the rooms look into the courtyard. One night somebody in another apartment had the TV on very loud, but only until 11 or so.
In terms of square meters this apartment is fairly large. However it's broken up into rooms, which cuts down one's sense of space. Unusually, there's a separate dining room seating four, which would be highly desirable if you ate in a lot. But we don't, basically just breakfast and the occasional snack. The furniture is adequate. (We didn't sleep on the sofa bed.) The bathroom is large, and well-equipped. The kitchen also is fairly large for a Parisian apartment and has a window looking into a light well (and into another apartment). But the coffee-maker was missing its lid, so it leaked onto the counter-top. We later found the lid; it was broken but we propped it into place.
And each tenant is required to wash up the dishes he/she/they use and put them back in the cupboard. There's a little disclaimer that the owner is not responsible if your predecessors did an inadequate job and you get sick. Isn't this part of the overhead of owning an apartment? Getting somebody in to clean and wash dishes - thoroughly - after each rental?
One of the reasons we picked this apartment was because it had a washer-dryer. But the drying cycle didn't work. According to the house book, there was a drying rack under the bed. We pulled it out; it was in pieces. We tried to assemble it, but it didn't seem to go together. One of those cases where you need five hands. Finally we leaned it up against the wall and draped the wet clothes over it.
Another annoyance was the lack of hot water at night. To save money, the hot water heater only heats at night. By the next evening, when we came in hot and sticky after a humid day of walking around Paris, the water was lukewarm if that.
And there was a deep indentation in the floor under the carpet next to the bed. Startling when you step in it.
We were unable to get the WiFi to work but attribute that to the age of our system.
At least one person at Vacation in Paris told me we had to return the keys to the apartment within five days of our "departure." Since Paris was the beginning of our trip, this meant mailing the keys from France. This cost about €15 and some time and inconvenience. That inconvenience, however, is made up by having the keys on arrival, not having to meet somebody at a specific time. (Given with the variables of arriving from a long flight.)
This apartment, despite its shortcomings, might work well for a group of four, just looking for a place to sleep and eat. The living room/sofa bed room closes off, there's a table seating four.
We would not rent this apartment again nor recommend it to others. You can do better.
You can view the property directly: Simon Le Franc.
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