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Advice and Comments on Paris Apartment Rental

Feb 11th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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That studio is a cute little place -- but no couch and no oven (the oven won't matter to most people...)

The little balcony is cute and I was able to pick up wireless at the table. This neighborhood is really cute, Rue du Bretagne is a great street. For people who don't know which one we're talking about, here are some photos...


No room for a 3rd person -- I thought someone was joining you or was that a joke?
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Feb 11th, 2007, 10:34 AM
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No. that's for the 2nd trip they plan in the spring of 2008 with the hubby's sister. This fall, they're just escaping from the real life to live the romantic life.

I know. I'm that SIL.
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Feb 11th, 2007, 01:38 PM
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I have a very bad habit of looking at Paris apartments even when I'm not planning a trip. I just can't help myself.

Hubbie and I did our first ever apartment rental in Paris waaayyyyy back in 1996. The experience completely sold us on the process. A couple of days ago, while perusing some of the apartment links here I found that very same apartment! Looks like the furniture has been upgraded, but it's still the same adorable apartment with one of the best views in Paris from a private 8th floor balcony.
Now, I can't vouch for this rental company, but I can tell you we had such a nice time there we still use it as our basis for comparison to all others.
Anyway, just had to throw it in the mix, since it's a studio with a fantastic balcony.
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Feb 11th, 2007, 04:33 PM
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we are staying in 3e in April at http://vrbo.com/33312 I will let you know how that turns out.
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Feb 11th, 2007, 04:44 PM
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We stayed at the Rue lepic apartment twice and will again in july 2007.
I also have been using Alex with www.parisvacationapartments.com since 1998 and have had very good service.
We love the location and price of the Rue lepic budget apartments. Read the reveiws I always do. VRBO is a very good site that is where I first found this apartment.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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sorry for the late reply. little incident with an emergency room yesterday..didn't get on Fodors once!

Yes, I haven't been to Paris once yet, and I am already planning the second trip. har har.

Planning a September trip with DH (so just looking for a studio or 1 bedroom), and then another trip in May 2008 with SIL and possibly my sister (it would be her first time to Europe). That trip we will need at least a 2 bedroom apartment.

Thanks for sending me your suggestions for apartments...I will check them out when I get home later today after another round of doctor's appts.

Thanks everyone!!! Keep the suggestions coming.

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Feb 12th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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Quiz, we stayed at the Rue Cortot efficiency and was very, very pleased with the service.

Do you recall the small restaurant down one of the two dead-end streets near the efficiencies on Rue Lepic that Alex & company recommend. I can't for the life of me remember the name. It was a small place on the corner on Rue Constance or Rue Cauchois. It wasn't Le Restaurant, which by the way was excellent - we had a great Valentine's dinner there a few years back.
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Feb 12th, 2007, 07:44 AM
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Alrighty, I SHOULD be getting the kids ready, but instead am looking at more Paris apartments! har har

Nahnahboy - believe it or not I gave this apartment a good looking at...and if I can afford it, and it is open, I am seriously contemplating it. I read a really good review about it on a trip report here on Fodors (or was it on Slowtrav?). Anyways, I am sure you will definitely enjoy, and I would love to hear your thoughts on it when you return from Paris.

Fishee - a little terrace for the two of us sounds absolutely perfect...can you see all the day down to the street without having to look over the railing (meaning, can you see through the railings?). It seems like they are covered with something? Just wondering. Any favourite resturant in the area that you just have to recommend to first time tourists?

As a side note everyone...I e-mailed tour guide extraordinare Michael Osman last week (reviews of his tours are splashed all over Fodors) and he has already responded to my inquiry! Love how he will send the entire day with you taking you whereever you want to go. I have to admit his price can't really be beat either..from all the rave reviews I have been reading.

I am going on more Paris apartment hunting this afternoon - now I have to add balcony/terraces into the mix of selection.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and talk to you soon!


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Feb 12th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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Just saw this thread. I want to assure anybody looking at 79965, that is does have large windows and is very light, just not shown in the photos. I love the area and could spend days without even leaving it, but if its your first time, you might prefer St. Germain. Its a tough call. Have a great trip!
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Feb 12th, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Thanks Happytotravel.

VRBO 79965 and Fishee's recommendation are definite frontrunners. Everyone's recommendations are great...everything looks so nice.

It is great to hear that there is lots of light in #79965...the furniture looks great. I know there are a few others on this thread that are staying at #79965 so I know they will appreciate the info too.

I should know today or tomorrow if and when we are going! Too excited!
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:46 PM
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Hey Camelbak! I'm going to throw in another wrench into your planning: http://www.vrbo.com/30328

This is in 5e Arrondisement, or the Latin Quarter. Near Cardinale LeMoine, on the #10 metro route. You're definitely close to a market (rue Monge), and the Pantheon is your area as well. Close walk to the river and Notre Dame.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 12:49 PM
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We are rented our apartment through www.chezvous.com
Check out their website. They're very helpful and have a beautiful assortment of apartments
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:05 PM
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Thanks Malvarez..I did check out this site before..the apartments look great, but are a bit out of my desired price range for this trip (the next trip will be with more people, so can spread the cost around a bit).

Thanks Lmlweb for the other VRBO recommendation...looks nice...good location...doesn't show much of the actual apartment though....

Does anyone else know about this particular VRBO?

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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:25 PM
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This is my first time renting through VRBO. I had inquired for 2 week stay at www.vrbo.com/30329 but he later suggested a bigger apartment http://franceresa3.site.voila.fr/page4 I was asked to pay 30% of total now, and 20% 2 month before arrival. Is that typical? Does it sound like an ok transaction? 30% and then 20% deposits all before arriving.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Hi Zeyb,

Lmlweb happened to recommend VRBO 30328, which is also owned by the person you wish to rent your apartment from.

I will be a first time VRBO renter with this upcoming trip, but from what I gather from others on this board is that since VRBO apartments are owned by individuals (as opposed to through an agency), the owners can charge whatever they like, whenever they like. I am sure someone may be able to elaborate more on the ins and outs of VRBO rentals...or you can just search through the Forum for more details....

THe 30% now, 20% later, remainder of the cost when you arrive sounds logical.

Have you inquired about cancellation policies, whether there is any security deposit required, etc., etc?

I am just wondering why he would have suggested a different apartment from the one that you originally inquired about....and the link that you provided for that second apartment doesn't appear to work (at least not for me). Maybe the first one you chose isn't available?

I notice from your other posts that it doesn't appear that anyone has had any experience with this particular VRBO owner...hopefully someone will read this thread and be able to provide you with some further insight.

When are you heading to Paris?
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Camelbak: http://franceresa.site.voila.fr/page1.html

shows more photos of this place.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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Wow Melissa!

I just checked out your VRBO rental..it looks fabulous! My SIL (that would be lmlweb) and I are looking for a 2 bedroom for our trip to Paris in May 2008 (I know..I am planning a 2nd trip before the first one is done).

Wondering..do you have any pictures of the apartment that you may have taken during your holiday?

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Feb 13th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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i was thinking it would be perfect for your next trip! it is a great space, lovely building, convenient, etc. you can't tell from the picture, but the bathroom is quite large. the owner told me that the living room has been repainted, though it's still red. and it really is completely quiet.

we'll be there in 5 weeks(!), so i'll take some pix and find a way to get them to you.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Thankyou camelbak

Yes he suggested the other http://franceresa3.site.voila.fr/page4.html apt 432 because it was bigger. You are right I should inquire about cancellation policy etc. In the past I have stayed at studios rented through www.situp-paris.com Mr Tual runs it I have never had a problem there, this year I had to look at other websites because all rentals through Mr Tual were booked. These apartments are not fancy or romantic but clean and economical especially if one is travelling there for non-touristy purpose. We go to paris every year to exibit at the Foire De Paris show (april28-may8) I prefer staying near Parc des Exposition since it makes my daily trips easier. I have communicated back and forth with the VRBO 30329 owner. He sounds very helpful but is not very good at responding to emails in a timely manner. I would hate to show up in Paris (did i mention..with my 9 month old son) and find out that the apt doesn't exist. Sorrrrry I sound crazy paranoid. Hopefully it will all work out I will be sure to post my experience here.
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Feb 13th, 2007, 05:10 PM
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I am sure that the apartment you are looking at does exist! I would just make sure to get every detail organized before you head over this time around.

Does the owner have a telephone number you can reach him at? Perhaps calling and speaking to him directly will ease your mind.

I would suggest starting another thread for this specific apartment and see if you get any hits on people that might have used him in the past...might be someone new on the board that didn't see the earlier thread.

Do let me know how it works out!

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