Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 550: Paris Perfect, Bordeaux
2bed/2bath apartment in 7th arrondissement, Paris
April, 2003, 10 days
Fabulous location. A short walk to the RER at Pont de L'Alma and the Seine. Half a block from three separate bus lines (to Bastille, Place Opera, etc.). A short walk to the unforgettable Rue Cler market. Close to Ecole Militaire. A few short blocks from the Eiffel Tower, just off the Champs de Mar. If you are in the mood for a lovely walk you can easily walk along the river to the Musee D'Orsay or the Rodin Museum.
Great restaurants, cafes, etc., within sight. Grocery shopping each day at Rue Cler was conventient, quick, etc. A few doors away is a grocery store providing for all convenience items, e.g., paper towels, inexpensive wines, milk, etc.
A well maintained building. The elevator was easy enough to negotiate for three people, fewer if they have luggage. Downstairs is a great little restaurant.
Lovely balcony upon which we (four adult women) would sit at various times during the day and evening, always impressed by the beauty of the Eiffel Tower before us. Table and two chairs made journal writing a pleasure. One in our party is a professional artist with a watercolor show this coming summer focussed on Paris. She was THRILLED with the view from the balcony and will have a number of paintings of this perspective at the show.
Beautiful, comfortable accommodations, exactly as described in all materials. Two televisions, a good stereo. Well maintained and spotless. Lovely furniture -- a number of antiques.
All beds were VERY comfortable. More comfortable than other places I have rented (this was, I think, my twentieth rental in Paris...). The bathroom in the master suite was positively luxurious with a lovely soaking tub. The double sink made sharing with my sister a far easier task than when we were kids! The shower was perfect -- lots of hot water. The other bathroom (used by friends who accompanied us on the trip) was also great with its own shower and washer/dryer. Two separate water closets made it easy for all of us. One up and one downstairs.
Great kitchen. I am a cook -- and the kitchen with its full stock of spices, geat espresso machine, etc. was very tempting (especially when we added in Rue Cler!); however we found ourselves using it mostly for warming up, etc. No problems. GREAT directions for all of the equipment. Thanks to the owners I even learned where I could purchase more espresso units for the espresso machine. (My sister sends her gratitude...)
Problems or Bonuses
I was thrilled with everything about the apartment. The photographs were a true and accurate representation. There was even more light than I could have imagined or hoped for. Late afternoons were especially lovely, open French windows facing out on les gens qui passent.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
In all of the many, many times I have rented I have never had such excellent communications. The owners have spent considerable effort in constructing a "manual" with all kinds of information, recommendations, etc. We have shared various websites so that we could adequately prepare for all that is available in Paris in the spring. They provided good and timely notification of payment schedules and notified me that my reimbursement for the security deposit was on its way shortly after our return.
The owners called twice during our visit to provide assistance. Because we were so familiar with the city and spoke French they did not need to provide many services, but were gracious in making sure that we had all that we needed. They provided good back up. When two in our party had difficulty with a key (had not tried it out earlier) the folks given as resources provided immediate assistance.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again in a heartbeat. I have difficulty imagining staying anywhere else -- quality, location and service were of the highest order. I will be recommending this apartment to many friends.
Things to do in this area
Rue Cler market is terrific for cheeses, pates, bread, fruit, etc. On the road to the Pont de l'Alma RER stop is a fantastic Art Nouveau building (written up in many books.). Michel Chaudun's chocolate shop on Rue de l'Universite is one of Paris' many gifts. He used to be the head chocolatier at la Maison du Chocolat. Opened his open place with extraordinary quality chocolate in whimsical shapes. Don't miss the paves! A stroll through Champs de Mars in the early morning hours is a delight. Take the buses for a trip to wherever they end and back. You get a great education about how all of Paris connects.
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