How to Find the Perfect Apartment Rental in Paris
You can save money and experience Parisian life by renting an apartment. But how to find that diamond in the rough? The travelers in our forums decided to share their finds in an ongoing thread, condensed here. If you have your own apartment rental find to share, please head over to the forums and join the conversation.
5 Essential Tips to Rent By
Google street view works in Paris
"I just want to share with those of you who are looking for an apartment, like me, that google maps is incredible. I was able to input in the search bar simply "Paris rue Pot de Fer" and then click on "street view" and get a clear street level image of the place. In some cases you can even find the number of the building and see exactly what the place looks like. You can spin around and see the surroundings, and by clicking on the arrows, "walk" down the street a few blocks, take a left, explore the area." --sparsam7
Groups will almost always save money going with an apartment vs. a hotel
"It was definitely not an inexpensive choice, but for 4 of us, it was a better deal than two hotel rooms of comparable quality would have been, and we had a lot more space than we would have with two hotel rooms." --NWWanderer
Have a backup plan
"We got to the apt. and it was a mess!!! Bed unmade, sheets dirty, clothes lying all about the bedroom. We declined the rent and caught a bus to St. Ouen and our rented hotel room. So I have learned, have a plan 2 if the apt. rental falls through. The hotel was 250E more than the apt., but at least we had a place to stay that we knew what to expect." --jkbritt
Expect extra amenities
"The washer/dryer combination [was] great. Carry less clothes! Be sure to get instructions on how to use it, there are a lot of dials in French! The machine doesn't wash huge loads and the clothing can come out quite -wrinkled, but the apartment does have an iron as well." --richardab
The real question is... what are the owners like to do business with?
"I think it is important to verify the legitimacy of an agency or owner, because the process of renting an apartment involves a lot of trust on both sides of the transaction." --cw
How to Find An Apartment
Check out the Paris Tourism Office Web site (www.parisinfo.com) for reputable agency listings. Policies differ, but you can expect a minimum required stay from three to seven days; a refundable deposit payable on arrival; possibly an agency fee; and maid service. A great Web site with unbiased ratings of agencies and listing services is Paris Apartment Info (www.paris-apartment-info.com).
Rental Services Recommended by Fodorites
"I rented ... from Rent Paris (www.rentparis.com) last summer and had a great experience." --slangevar
"I always rent from Paris Perfect (www.parisperfect.com). All of their places are lovely." --gracejoan3
"Vacation in Paris (www.vacationinparis.com) is a great company and service, and one can pay in U.S. dollars. ... One also gets the apartment keys mailed ... no need to meet an agent to let one into the apartment." --Guenmai
"We rented from Guest Apartment Services (www.guestapartment.com) ... Superlative experience. I stayed there with my mother and she is picky!" --Leely2
"We have rented three apartments in recent years from Rothray (www.rothray.com). I can't tell you how completely reliable Ray is and how nice his apartments are.... Look at his website and know he will help you with everything and is 100% honest." --MAP
"The English speaking owners are a pleasure to deal with, and seem to have thought of everything... See for yourself at Rental Apartment Paris (www.RentalApartmentParis.com)." --lregeo
"We have rented twice from Thierry at Paris Best Lodge (www.parisbestlodge.com). He is great ... I would definitely trust him." --emsmom
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Me and my boyfriend stayed in the Halldis apartment Rue Verneuil in Paris. The apartment is located in the very heart of the lovely Saint-Germain neighbourhood (so Parisian!), and it was extremely comfortable and clean, with very good amenities and cosy: great value compared to a hotel room. I think this is the best solution for a couple travelling to Paris. I received a very warm and friendly service from the Halldis staff. I will definately stay there again if I will go back to Paris!
We rented an apartment in january with http://www.myapartmentparis.com
Our stay was fantastic and we want to recomand you this company! they are very professionals!
All their apartments are in the center of Paris!
We choose the 20Austerlitz one, a lovely studio situated in the famous area the Marais!
Please take heed and stay away from a rental agency called Paristay.com. I have been experiencing tw weeks of nightmares with them. No one answers the phone (cell not land line). No one is in their unmarked office. There are hidden costs and do not follow through with the apt descriptions. Beware!
I just came back from a week in Paris. Our apt. was awesome. Parisbestlodge.com is the place to go.
You will love the clean apartments, great location and fantastic rates. Thierry is a great guy and was a pleasure to stay in one of his apts. I highly
Renting an apartment in Paris is definitely the way to go.
I contacted several rental agencies all of which were impersonal and unresponsive. Then, I found Joanna Viltart at http://www.apartofparis.com/ who helped me select a great apartment, returned phone calls promptly, answered questions, met me at the door on arrival, refunded the correct amount of my deposit with no hassle, etc. Also, the company has a great website and friendly staff.
I haven't communicated with Joanna since leaving Paris. But, finding A Part of Paris was the luckiest thing that happened to me in planning my trip. I'm spreading the word!
Good luck with your trip!
(Steve in Colorado)
Halldis is nothing short of a complete scam.
I booked for an apartment in Paris for one week with this company. The apartment seemed fine at first, but then we noticed that the door leading to the shower wasn't working properly. It easily came off its hinges when we tried to open it and wouldn't stay in place. We thought nothing of it as it was only a minor inconvenience.
At the end of our stay, someone from the company came in to inspect the apartment. Immediately he asked us for 20 Euros in cash for so-called ¨travel expenses", which struck us as extremely odd.
2 weeks after we left , he charged me on my credit card 300 euros because he said that when we left , we left a wet bag that did damage the wood surface.
And this is not true.
I am travelling all year around the world and each time when i am leaving hotel or apartment i am checking everything, take out garbage etc...etc...
Those people tried to make 300 euros more than the 1500 euros i spend for a week plus the 20 euros that i give cash to the guy because i had to take a airplane in the morning so i had to check out very early.
Never rented something from them.
We can not trust this kind of company.
We've rented twice this past year with Paris Hideaways. The apartments are in really central areas and everything was 100% up front and honest when dealing with the owners. http://studio.provaction.com / www.paris-hideaways.com
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