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I just made a reservation for this Paris apt..

Jul 30th, 2007, 10:57 AM
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I would like to Ditto what HappyCheesehead said. This is a great forum.

Have a wonderful trip, katie4.

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Jul 30th, 2007, 10:59 AM
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It restores faith in the concept of altruism, humanism, and good karma!
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Jul 30th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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What great apartments! I think you made a great choice, Katie. I loved reading this post!
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Jul 30th, 2007, 11:39 AM
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I would advise you to re-think your decision on an apt facing an internal courtyard. I did this last year (different apt)and really wish I hadn't. When you are in Paris you want to look out the window and see Paris, especially if you have never been there before.

The studio I rented was #4 at http://www.an-apartment-in-paris.com/ which was just 600 euros/week (that's why I was willing to not have a street view). The apartment you are considering is 1100 euros/week (albeit for a larger apt). I think you can find an apt with a view for less than 1100/week.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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The apartment Katie4 is renting, if I'm correct that it's vrbo 124874, says: "Its tall French windows look out on the wonderful Place Saint Catherine, a small tree-lined square filled with restaurants and shops." That sounds like a lovely slice of Paris, not a dark inner courtyard.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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Hey, I'm going at the end of September. Does anyone care to give me an opinion of this flat?

It's the least dumpy looking that I've seen for 600 euros.

http://www.paristay.com/paris-apartm...is-louvre.html
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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I cannot state it enough: I love you guys!!

Although I haven't received my confirmation via email for the 50% deposit and my "next steps" information...I feel good about my decision thus far.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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katie- which one did you go with?
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:21 PM
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I think it looks terrific for 600 (really 650, right?) The ceiling in the bedroom looks like it could be low, but other other than that, I'd say it looks great.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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savannah - check Tripadvisor for Paristay posts... I ultimately decided against them because of some of the things people said (hidden charges, problems with the agency). Maybe they've changed, but it doesn't hurt to be informed & prepared.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:31 PM
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Thanks Slangevar, I just did another post for 100% security deposit and their rental fees, which I think area bit high.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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I remember Place Sainte Catherine -- its a very cute little square with a few cafes and some cute shops. I took some neat photos there...

great choice and

WOW! Shout out to all the great Fodorites who helped katie4. May you only be so kind to me someday
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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McLaurie, I also thought the ceiling's in Savanna's proposed apt look low - I'm 6'3" and though I very much like the look of the apt, it looks like I'd have to sit down to comb my hair ... !
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Jul 30th, 2007, 03:38 PM
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yes, it's 650 plus it's not listed on their realty listing, but in her email she told me that I would have to pay a 60 euro cleaning fee when I got there. I'm a bit irritated that this information isn't included in the rental listing. Is this common? Cleaning fee is on top of rental rate?
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Jul 30th, 2007, 04:21 PM
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Okay Katie4, I'm a little late to offer any help on the apartment (which, by the way, you chose well). But you did mention you were looking for transportation. On my last trip I used Yellow Van and found their rates to be great (27E for 1 person, 36E for two). Service was prompt and reliable. So if you're still looking here you go:

http://www.yellowvanshuttle.com/en/i...age=tarifs.php
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Jul 30th, 2007, 05:18 PM
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savannah - I think that's one of the many frustrations the Tripadvisor people had - hidden charges. If you do rent from Paristay, read those boards and get everything in an email first so they don't gouge you.

Btw, I'm renting from rentparis.com and it clearly states on their site that cleaning charges are included in the cost. I believe many other apartment rental agencies are also fairly upfront about their charges.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 07:26 PM
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Katie4 have just seen your post and the replies. I can't recommend Jim highly enough - we stayed in VRBO 75429 in June and wished we had been able to stay longer. The apartment was just as described on the website, and it was great to be able to pay half the amount by credit card, and the rest later. The hotel people come in every few days and replace towels, linen etc, and it is good to have someone close by if needed.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 05:06 AM
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Katie4

Good luck and enjoy your trip! Let us know how you go with your rental.

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Jul 31st, 2007, 06:18 AM
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Hey Skylark....that's the apt I actually wanted but it not available for the full length of my stay!

Just in speaking with Jim on the phone, it all sounds pretty wonderful....I'll write a trip report on the outcome.

Being that this is my first trip, I'm already hoping to go back again.

I know I will definitely be using this forum for research on any and all future trips!
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Aug 1st, 2007, 05:53 PM
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Katie4- I'm so glad you didn't get into the deal of that first terribly overpriced apartment that you were considering. When I read the price I was nearly screaming at the screen,"Don't do it!". I knew you could do MUCH better than that. Have a ball on your first trip to Paris. Youi'll probably get hooked. I've been vacationing there nearly annually since the mid 70s. Have a great trip. Happy Travels!
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