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Review 5533: InBeauParis, Damremont (#252320)
2bed/1bath apartment 18th arrondissement, Paris
March 2013, 7 days
Location was 12 Rue Damremont in the Montmartre area (Paris 18th).
Was a typical residential and commercial street very near Rue des Abbesses and Rue Lepic (which were just a few minutes walk). The immediate area was just fine, with some small shops for food, and a bread market just around the corner.
Apartment was almost equally away from either the Blance or Abbesses metro stops (six to eight minutes). Bus stop was just outside the building or around the corner.
There was a little store just next to the apartment, with other specialty stores nearby. Franprix was a five minute walk up Rue Caulaincourt. A great Boulangerie was just around the corner. Rue des Abbesses and Rue Lepic were a two to three minute walk at the most, which had many food, wine, seafood, cheese, bread, restaurants, and other shops.
The building was in a typical, probably late 1800s, building. It was in nice shape. The building had an elevator, which we used only on arrival to get our luggage upstairs. The apartment is on the second floor (third floor US). There were three apartments per floor.
We did not see many others during our stay, but the delicious smells coming from other apartments at night indicated that there were likely permanent residents here as well as holiday apartments.
The apartment was very quiet - even though we had many windows that faced two different streets. When we did open the windows, we could hear traffic and people noise, but it was not bad.
There was no garden or balcony with this apartment. There was no pool.
The furnishings were in very good shape, and it was very comfortable. The apartment was very clean, and well furnished with books. There were chairs and space for six at the dining room table, and plenty more space in the living room. To me, the apartment was large for Paris.
There were two true separate bedrooms. One was a very large master bedroom with a queen size bed, which was very comfortable. Another smaller bedroom had two twin beds - one pulled out from below the other.
The couch in the living room was also a pull out bed, but we did not use it, so I cannot comment on the comfort of the pullout.
There was one bathroom - very spacious and comfortable, with a bathtub fitted with a shower (you could have a bath or shower), a toilet, and a bidet. The sink was large and had space to store toiletries on. The bathroom also had a washing machine, but not a drier. There was a pullout drying rack in the bathtub.
The only drawback of the bath was a high step to get in or out of the bathtub/shower - which was not a problem for us but could be if someone has mobility issues.
Very usable kitchen - but somewhat small. It had a stove top with four burners, a separate oven, a microwave, sink, refrigerator/freezer, and a dishwasher. The space was tight for more than one person cooking or cleaning at a time, but you could easily cook whatever you needed. We just cooked simple breakfast and dinner things (eggs, pasta).
There were plenty of pots and pans, and many others had left various spices, oils, and other condiments (which were in good shape and not grungy) which were very much appreciated.
Problems or Bonuses
The size of the apartment was big for Paris. The apartment was very quiet - we could barely hear traffic noise during the day.
WiFi was perfect and worked right away. Apartment directions for TV and other items were clear.
I did not see any air conditioning (not sure if it is listed). There were ceiling fans in the bedroom and living room area. Since it was cold when we were there we did not use them.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
This was the second time we used InBeauParis, and we were completely satisfied with them. They have a check in process that uses a lock box, so you do not have to meet someone. You call them once you are in the apartment, and they go over the apartment with you. They are reachable if you need them. Checkout is the same - very convenient for late check-ins or early departures.
Apartment payment and deposit is all via PayPal, so while you pay the 3% fees for this, you do not have to carry large amounts of euros, or find an ATM for payments. Our security deposit (and PayPal fees) was returned within a day after our departure.
For the four of us - two adults, a 15 and an 11 year old, we paid €1100 plus a €89 cleaning fee. We stayed at the end of March in 2013.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again in a heartbeat! I would recommend it to anyone, especially families. The pullout twin beds in the second bedroom cannot be set up as a double, so that needs to be kept in mind if two couples are traveling.
This is a great apartment in a residential location of Montmartre. It is truly two bedrooms, so for a family parents and children can each have privacy. The dining room and living room space is very nice, and it is so near everything.
We like Montmartre because of the village feel to it, yet we were only a short metro or bus ride away from the rest of Paris.
Things to do in this area
This was our second trip to Paris, and we visited around Paris from here using both the metro and the bus. We did love walking around the Montmartre area and shopping for food, wine, bread, as well as other things. Wandering up to the Sacre Coeur at night, and looking down at the Paris lights is magical, because by then most (but not all) the tourist horde has fled.
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