Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 557: Paris Sleeps, Rue Notre-Dame des Champs
2bed/2bath apartment, Paris
May, 2003, 10 days
The location was really good; just a block from Blvd. Montparnasse and a half block from the Port Royal RER stop. No noise at all at night; very peaceful and quiet. However, the Port Royal station being an RER rather than a regular Metro stop makes it more difficult to get around; you have to transfer quite a bit more. (Had we learned the bus system, I think it would have been easier).
You can walk to just about anything you might need -- the apatment is very well- positioned. Patisserie, coffee shops, grocery stores, bistros, and fine restaurants all within a few steps to a couple of blocks. A great neighborhood, not as "touristy" as many.
A fairly nondescript building, in reasonably good shape. I couldn't tell how many apartments were in the building -- maybe 10. The address shares two other buldings, all entered through the same walled-off entrance from the street.
The apartment has a narrow but comfortable balcony running its length. Separated from the apt., but maybe 10 feet away, is a lovely private terrace. We enjoyed having wine and cheese on both.
The apartment was clean, but the pots and pans could use a thorough scrubbing or replacement.
The bedroom and downstairs beds were both "futons" -- rock hard and nearly on the floor. We found them to be very uncomfortable. The downstairs (Half)bathroom is miniscule; and only has cold water in the midget sink. The "loft", which has the bedroom and full bath, has a very low ceiling. My husband and I are both six feet tall, and we couldn't take a shower without bending over, or dry our hair without banging the dryer into the ceiling.
The kitchen, while tiny, was well-stocked. As stated above, several of the pots and pans need replacement. Since only one person can fit in the kitchen, you can't easily cook a meal together.
Problems or Bonuses
Only real problems were the low ceilings and futon beds. If we were "normal" size, the ceilings would not have been an issue.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Gail Burns, the agency owner, is absolutely wonderful. She left us a gift basket of wine, cheese and biscuits, and more Metro tickets than we could use! She met us at the apartment and explained everything in great detail, and left us her cell phone number. She is just a delight.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We loved the location, but would not stay here again because of the beds and low ceiling issue. If you are not unusually tall, and are OK sleeping on futons, you would not have a problem.
Things to do in this area
The "Closerie" restaurant on the corner is fantastic (and pricey). Rue Moffetard and its incredible daily market, about 8 blocks away, is not to be missed.
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