Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 683: Paris Sleeps, Rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique
1bed/1bath apartment in left bank Latin Quarter, Paris
September 2003, 2 weeks
The Apartment: This is our second time in this apartment we love it that much. It is in a great area that has wonderful shopping for all foodstuffs, and a lot of ethnic restaurants of all kinds (from inexpensive to moderately expensive). A very nice, modern one bedroom apartment in the Latin Qurater (St Germain), 2 blocks off St. Germain and the Maubert/Mutualite Metro station, on a quiet street that is only one block long. (The Pantheon is one block away, and you can see the Eiffel tower and the light show from there.)
The apartment is on the 6th (American) floor, there is an elevator that accomodates 2 people (w/o luggage), it has a modern kitchen with a 4 burner stove and oven, a full size fridge, microwave, American style coffee maker and is fully equipped with every cooking utensil you could need. There is a washer and a dryer in the kitchen. The floors look like the original wood, and have been sanded and refinished, and there are some nice rugs. There is a TV (french) with a VCR and a "boom box" c/d stereo player, a large number of video tapes of movies and a few c/d's.
There are enough paperbacks to keep you busy with reading material for quite a while. Do not bring any Paris/France travel info as there is every bit of information you could need, restaurant reviews, museum info etc.
The kitchen is open to the living room making the it feel larger than it really is, and allowing the "cook" to interact with (whoever) while cooking. The living room has a table with 3 chairs, a Fouton and a "comfy" reading chair, and a coffee table/trunk. The bathroom is modern with a large glass enclosed shower, hair dryer etc. The bedroom has 2 single beds, 2 dressers and a closet, All rooms have windows that face the street.
Best of all there is Gail Burns who is the agent and will meet you on your arrival and give you a very extensive "orientation". She also supplies you with a "starter kit" of coffee, crackers, wine and o/j and "necessities".
I will also suggest that you try the restaurant that is downstairs Les Fetes Galantes, Fixed price menu at E20/ per person plus wine the best duck breast in Paris! Food is art in Paris, this chef is RENOIR (or ?) - you almost don't want to mess the plate! Another great local restaurant is l'Atlantide, up the street off Moffetard, wonderful mussels...
I would recommend this apartment, and the area which is very central, to anyone. You can walk almost anywhere in 45 minutes and once you venture into the Metro you will not be intimidated to use it every day.
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