Help!! Which Paris Apartment/Location?

Old Sep 16th, 2007, 07:31 PM
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Help!! Which Paris Apartment/Location?

We're down to 5 short-listed apartments, and are stuck!

We're looking forward to seeing the art museums, and would also enjoy interesting neighbourhoods to wander around in near our apartment. All these are affordable, and #2 and #5 seem to have particularly agreeable owners. I'm a little concerned about 2 Vacation In Paris negative reviews (1 on tripadvisor and one on slowtravel), though I know there are lots of positive reviews of this agency. #5 and #2 seem to be the biggest, and #5 the cheapest, but I'm really not sure about its location, straight south of the Bastille on the Seine on Blvd. Morland.

HELP!!! Can't decide, and I know that time is passing and apartments for next spring are getting booked up. . .

Which would you pick for a group of 4 adults??? We'd trade off proximity for a great neighbourhood feel, but if we're not going to get that we'd rather be close to the Louvre etc.

Thank you kindly, everyone, for anything you can say to help us!!

#1 http://www.rentalfrance.com/index.ph...tion=chartreux

#2http://www.parisbestlodge.com/studionotredame.html

#3 http://www.vacationinparis.com/apts/id_41.htm

#4 http://www.vacationinparis.com/apts/id_156.htm

#5 http://www.homelidays.com/paris-04/a...t130127en1.htm
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Old Sep 16th, 2007, 08:13 PM
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Old Sep 16th, 2007, 08:53 PM
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I'd go for #4 because of the 2 bathrooms, as long as it has an elevator.
The Morland location of #5 is actually quite fine - we stayed there for 10 days and loved it. Close enough to walk to things but out of the tourist fray.
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Old Sep 16th, 2007, 09:18 PM
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Thanks Seamus! It's great to have some comments from those in the know. Would you mind telling me a little more about the Blvd. Morland area, in case that's the way we end up deciding? I'm wondering if there are little shops to enjoy looking in and buying groceries in, or if it's a more business-y kind of area? if it's pleasant to spend some of our precious time walking around in or if it's more of a take-the-transit-through kind of area? Any other impressions you would care to share would be very much appreciated. Thanks! Laura.
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Old Sep 17th, 2007, 08:23 AM
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still dithering. . .
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Old Sep 17th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Okay, I'm no expert on Paris Apts, but since I have some time to play with today, I'll tell you what I think.

I won't comment on the locations of these apts as I don't know Paris too well, but I'll comment on what I think of the actual apt:

#1 - Looks ok.

#2 - It's the second largest - 670 sq feet. I think it looks quite nice, BUT: I don't like the "open" bedroom. No privacy at all (unless all 4 of you are very close and don't mind). There's also not enough chairs to sit in the living area. Looks like there's a sofa for 2, and then just a regular chair. Dining table looks ok.

#3 - There are so few photos on the website that makes me uncomfortable. There are no photos of the dining table, bathroom, or the other bedroom. The bathroom looks very small on the floorplan.

#4 - It's actually the smallest apt - under 500 Sq feet. The common area looks very small. I assume the dining table can be extended to seat 4? The photo shows a small table and 2 chairs. The 2 bathroom is a plus.

#5 - Like you've said, the largest. If you guys can handle just 1 bathroom (plus an extra toilet, sounds like), that's the one I would choose. It's bright and have enough space for 4 of you to sit.
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Old Sep 17th, 2007, 09:03 AM
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just knocked #1 off--a bit too pricey. Four to go--come on, guys!
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Old Sep 17th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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I don't like most of them, but I'm not clear on who this apt. is for. Is it for two unrelated couples (the four adults) or parents and two grown children? In any case, for adults, I wouldn't even consider #2 as one bedroom isn't really a real room, and doesn't have a door.

My experience with vacation in Paris is they deliberately keep photos off their website that they don't want you to see. So you can assume what they aren't showing is undesirable -- for no. 3, that would be the bathroom and don't see where a dining room table can possibly be. They do show two bedrooms on there, though, one is the cover photo and the second when you look at the other photos. The one they have named Port ROyal looks sort of okay, but you can bet if no elevator is mentioned, there isn't one. That's on the 5th American floor, I believe.

These apts are all very small, I can't even imagine a 2 BR 500 SF apt.

I don't like the last one. The living room is grim, small and uncomfortable looking, and the place is so small, they really shouldn't have that game table in there -- although some kids might like that. The rest of it doesn't look too bad, though (the table and bedrooms).

The only one I'd personally consider is the one on rue de Chartreux by Rentalfrance.
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Hi lmb,

I have the same questions about your adult group--especially since the parisbestlodge apartment doesn't have a private second bedroom.

I assume you're working with a strict budget? All of the apartments are small to smallish and none seem to offer a good space for the four of you to relax and/or dine.

The location of #5, while away from the mainstream, is a nice walk to the islands and the Latin Quarter, and a short direct metro trip to the Louvre. #4 doesn't seem to have an elevator, but you could ask. The two bathrooms are a big advantage. I'd ask to see more photos of #3.

Perhaps if you posted your budget, you would get some further suggestions.

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Old Sep 17th, 2007, 07:48 PM
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Hi everyone,
Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, the budget is strict. About our group: me, my 2 daughters (20 + 23), and the boyfriend of the older. We travelled together for a month around Italy and were fine together. I'm thinking that we'll probably be tired enough from being out all day that the living room isn't that big a deal in #5. If the location isn't an active deterrent, I'm feeling inclined toward that place since it's considerably cheaper than the others. . . any last suggestions??
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 04:34 AM
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Before booking, take a look at Blvd. Morland on www.pagesjeunes.fr. You can see what the neighborhood looks like, and find out what is nearby.

Have a great trip!

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the info on the site does not specify where exactly #5 is located, but Blvd Morland is a relatively short street. It is just a block from the Seine, a mostly quiet area of residences and some small shops (including a small grocery and a bakery along with a couple brasseries) and small offices. Easy walk to a couple Metro stops. Overall we enjoyed staying there. The reservations I would have are one bathroom (but if the four of you can get by it would seem to be a good choice) and not clear if there is an elevator.
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PagesJaunes (and not pagesjeunes

You also have
http://www.rentapart.com
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don't know if this is within your price range (or has your dates available), but it's a 2BR in the Marais that we love...

http://www.vrbo.com/15502
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Stayed with these guys in December and was hassle-free. Flat was clean and central.
www.all-paris-apartments.com
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