Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 613: Owner, Paris Apartment - #3186
3bed/2bath apartment between Republique and Bastille, Paris
June, 2003, 1 week
In Paris between Republique and Bastille. Metro stop Oberkampf across the street. It wasn't a pretty location meaning not touristy just urban. 1 block from 3eme. A couple blocks from Republique. The apt location intersects Blvd Voltaire and Richard Lenoir. We walked to Republique and Bastille and Pere Lachaise and accidentally walked to the Picasso museum and Place des Vosges. Very convenient to many city bus and Metro stops and I believe l'Open tour stops at Bastille (short walk from apt.) 1st time to Paris so hard for me to compare noise level. The subway rumble could be faintly heard inside the apt.
Cafe across the street, good lunch food. Thai restaurant below. Franmarche grocery 2 blocks, small grocer at end of block. Bakeries on both ends of our block. Lots of discount shops and everyday retailers (video game store, pharmacy,etc.) There is even a Renault gas station a couple blocks away. We didn't have a car rental but you could find a spot somewhere on the block if you did.
The building was old ... historical I don't know. The apartment was huge. 900 sq.ft. I believe. 10 apts thereabouts.
No garden or courtyard.
2 small sofas in the livingroom and a chair, also a working fireplace and phone for local calls. Very sturdy denim-like material. They really needed to be cleaned. Livingroom, master bedroom are carpeted (white berber, also needs to be cleaned), the rest of the apartment is tiled with throw rugs. The apartment was filthy when we arrived 7 hrs. early, rental commences at 4:00pm. Cleaning ladies came at 3:00 and whipped it back into shape. Supplies were scanty so I did buy Mr.Clean, paper towels and new kitchen sponges to get us thru the week. We tracked in a lot of dirt & lye dust! I can see why the carpets and furniture are dirty.
3 bedrooms. 2 double and bunk beds. Lots of pillows. Master bedroom has a double bed, free standing closet, a lg. attached bath/shower, toilet, vanity, stackable washer/dryer(a real dryer)and still room to do a cartwheel. 2nd bedroom was meant to be a study I think, double bed surrounded by built-in book shelves and a work table. There is a small conservatory off this room with small patio set but it smelled like pigeon poo so it stayed close. Half-bath, shower, sink and toilet only between kitchen and 2 bdr. Beyond that is a child's room with bunk beds and a skylight (we never figured out how that worked). There were not a lot of towels (a set for each bath) and only one washcloth to be found. The 2 back bedrooms are orange and the half-bath is midnight blue and houses the water heater. The color schemes in these rooms were really ugly.
Great kitchen. New everything. Dishwasher, microwave, toaster, oven. Small table to eat at though. 4 seater with 2 extra chairs but you'd have to wrangle everything around to use all 6 chairs.
Problems or Bonuses
The water in the apartment is scalding hot, good for dishes and rental linens though. We noticed the maids washed the linens and towels from the previous tenants on a rapid cycle so I stripped the beds and re-washed everything. There is an apartment manual from the owner on everything. She leaves keys to the mailbox if you would like to receive mail there. 1 renter was burglarized after leaving the conservatory window open, so there is now a metal security gate that closes with a button preventing access to the apt beyond the conservatory and planks of wood to secure the outside window shutters in the rest of the apartment. There is a soft Metro rumble and you can smell the Thai food from below.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Owner is British, Janet Buckingham. I sent out e-mails to various apartment owners telling them my budget was $800 and asked if their prices were flexible. She agreed to the $800. We only corresponded via e-mail. She is nice and responds promptly. Very laid back and agreeable. She sends the apartment keys to your home before you leave. In my case 4 weeks prior to the rental. You mail the keys back.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay there again. The price was great and the apartment is huge. Transportation to and from the apartment was excellent. Could easily accommodate a family of 6. I hated the smell of the Thai food but my son and friend ate there 4 times that week because the aroma smelled so good to them.
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