"AH...Paris...and a home away from home from which to enjoy all the magick...The Marais is a great spot from which to explore the wonders of Paris and "Claude's Castle is right in the smack middle of it. This was my 3rd visit to Paris and I've always stayed in hotels...nice, expensive, noisy place to sleep...seems a shame to spend all that money and have to eat 3 meals a day on the economy, too. A friend suggested that we search VBRO for an apartment. We quickly found Claude's. Reservations were easy and Claude responded quickly and in English (for those "Franc-o-phyles" who do not have the resource of fluent French). We called Claude for advice, and suggestions and she was always quick to answer. We didn't get to meet, but perhaps next year!
The apartment is on a quiet street, 1st floor (1 floor above the street in France), and at the rear of the building. The stairs are not insurmountable (I had a broken foot) and the apartment is quite secure. It is one large room with a queen sized bed, a futon like sofa that opens into a low double bed, table for two, TV and Cable - a couple of English speaking channels, phone with free calls to US and Europe, adequate bathroom with a shower, & a GREAT French toilet (Tall), washer/dryer, 'fridge, 2 burner cook top, lovely French Press coffee pot, and PLENTY OF TOWELS. The neighborhood includes a supermarket, several restaurants of quality (with prices from reasonable to WOW), and within 2 blocks...a metro stop, several bus stops, a postal office-for mailing home those books you bought, gifts, keep-sakes, and dirty clothes, don't tell me you've not done that before... and a WONDERFUL Patisserie (I know, I probably misspelled that). The Patisserie is on Turbigno a block to the left...There you get your baguettes, and your lunch to eat in a park on your explorations...just stick it in your bag like real Parisians - a jambon and fromage sandwich with salad (lettuce and tomato)...OH HOW I CRAVE ANOTHER! If you prefer to eat your breakfast at the patisserie, the pastry selection is not only beautiful, it's just as flavorful. The neighborhood Brasseries are great. If you're in Paris to SEE and not particularly to break the bank dining at 5 Star restaurants ...This is your kind of eating. Have a nice bowl of Oignon Soup or a steak tartare...YUM We ate dinner at every one in quick walking distance...worth it!
I'd really like to thank Claude for being so available to us and for providing our Parisian "Castle"!"
Guest: Julia B.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 28, 2015