"This is a wonderful apartment in a perfect location for exploring Paris. The agent M. Berger was prompt and thorough in his communications, and everything worked out well. I stayed seven nights at the end of September, the last week of my three-week (first-time) trip to London, the South of France, and Paris. In searching the VRBO site for an apartment, I wanted a budget friendly price, a good location in the Marais, no more than two flights of stairs, a comfortable bed, internet, a washing machine, and windows to let in light and a view. The apartment checked all of those boxes and much more!
The Saint-Paul Metro Station is a short distance away as are small/mid-size grocery stores. Lots of restaurants and shops are in the area yet the apartment was quiet. I travel quite a bit, so I do cook to cut down on restaurant expenses, and the apartment kitchen was set up well for whatever I wanted to do. I especially appreciated the three large windows in the great room plus one in the bedroom that let in lots of lovely light.
My whole trip was pretty much go-go-go, but on the Sunday of my Paris stay, I decided to relax and do a little exploring of the neighborhood instead of jumping on the Metro. I happily discovered that the Marais bans cars on Sundays, so all the streets become walkways—I’d compare it to a street fair in the U.S., but way better. A marching band even passed underneath the apartment windows!
I had lunch yesterday with my French tutor, and talking about the trip reminded me to get busy writing this review. In response to older postings here, I want to say that there were NO bed bugs, the bathroom is attached to the bedroom, and although it was 95% clean, a few corners could use a scrubbing. I’ve lived all my life on the West Coast of the U.S. where any structure over 130 years old is rare, so an apartment in an older building like this will have some quirks (took me a few minutes to figure out the front door lock, but it was easy once I did), but that’s what gives it charm. By the end of my week’s stay, I felt like I was living in Paris, not just visiting. Je ai adoré Paris et apprécié cet appartement."
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: January 13, 2016