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Okay, we're ready to book this Paris apartment -- opinions?

Okay, we're ready to book this Paris apartment -- opinions?

Jan 19th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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Hi Anthemion, this is the link to the apartment we have booked, and it's only a little more expensive than mazarin. It's about twice the size and has a separete bedroom. http://www.parisbestlodge.com/luxembourg.html, it is in the 5th which lovely. If you can afford a little extra you might be a little more comfortable. That's providing it's still available. If I was staying for a whole month (so lucky!!)I would want something a little bit bigger than Mazarin.

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Jan 19th, 2008, 04:31 PM
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We stayed in a fabulous apt. last March with our 2 teen grandsons, on Rue St. Andres des Artes. The owner only rents it out on occasion, and it is filled with beautiful art books and even has a piano in the living room. While the living room and kitchen overlook Rue St. Andres, the entrance is actually just off it, on a pedestrian-only cobblestone passageway that connects St. Andres to St. Germain des Pres. A truly incredible location!
It's a fairly large one bedroom, one bath, with queen sleeper futon in the living room. Both beds are extremely comfortable. The kitchen is equipped for gourmet cooking, if anyone felt so inclined.
The apt. is listed on perfectplaces.com under St. Germain des Pres, owner is Francine Carpon. She was extremely quick to e-mail responses and was there to show us around the apartment and tell us how everything worked. It also has a dishwasher and a washing machine!

I wish we could go back tomorrow, but alas, the darn dollar to euro ratio has us hurting. Whatever you decide, have a fabulous trip, there's really no city on earth like Paris.
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Jan 20th, 2008, 03:34 PM
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Hi cathies, yes, we debated on whether that apt on St michel wouldn't be better and decided that we liked the Mazarine location better. We live in very small quarters now so the size won't bother us.
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Jan 26th, 2008, 12:49 PM
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Hi Samsaf, 7 nights in Paris will be lovely and you will probably have time for a day trip - Versaille is easy to do. We had an apartment in Paris in June 2006 and stayed in an apartment and I don't think I would ever consider a hotel again. We stayed in St Germain and it is a gorgeous area to wander around. We loved the famous Poilane Bakery on Rue du Cherche Midi, which won't be far from you - try the apple tart!
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Jan 26th, 2008, 01:16 PM
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Hi, cathies -- thanks for your reply. Our deposit check is on its way to Thierry!
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Jan 29th, 2008, 11:53 AM
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I can't wait to hear the reviews on these apartments, they look ideal.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 07:10 AM
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Ok, just returned from Paris and staying at Studio Le Marais (www.parisbestlodge.com). I LOVED IT! The pictures were absolutely true. The only thing that is different from the picture was the showerhead. The picture shows a "massaging showerhead", in reality, it's back to the regular hand-held showerhead, but it does have a resting spot at so it can be used as a regular showerhead.

The apartment is incredibly clean and in a great location. It is also perfectly stocked with cooking utensils and dinnerware. We actually did cook in the apartment a couple of meals and it was fantastic. The neighbors were great and the building is quiet. They are in the process of renovating the exterior, but the work starts about 8:30 in the morning. We were gone most of the days sightseeing, so it never bothered us.

Even though itís on a 3rd floor, the stairs are doable. The large wardrobe in the room is large enough to hold our empty luggage and our clothes. The best part is that we were able to pack light, since the studio has a washer/dryer.

The location is wonderful. We were a 5 minute walk from shopping, Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter, about a 10 minute walk from the Louvre. We actually walked to the Eiffel Tower one day, to Sacre Coeur another day, and on a different day we walked from the Arch de Triomphe to the Studio. Itís a somewhat of a long walk, but itís worth it. It really is the only way to see the city. The museums are also within walking distance.

Staying at the Studio Le Marais was a great idea. I would recommend it to anyone! Thierry makes life very easy with his business practices. I will certainly use his services again! I canít say enough good things about the studio or Thierry.

I hope you enjoy your stay as much was we did!
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Mar 17th, 2008, 08:02 AM
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Thanks for coming back and reporting on the apartment. Sounds like you had a great trip. I agree that walking is the only way to see and enjoy Paris.

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Mar 17th, 2008, 09:37 AM
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marce71, thanks so much for the detailed review of the apartment. That is very helpful to all of us who like getting an apartment in Paris.
How did the return of your deposit work out? If you leave early in the AM to get a flight I have always wondered how that is handled.

thanks, lynda
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Mar 17th, 2008, 09:50 AM
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one more question....how did the pay total amount on arrival work out?
Assuming you were there a week that would be 700E. did the ATM give over that amount on arrival at CDG or did you get it from your bank beforehand? thanks again, lynda
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Mar 17th, 2008, 09:53 AM
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Thanks SO MUCH for your review of this apartment. It's always wonderful to get first-hand reviews. We will arrive on October 13 for one week, and we're so excited. It's good to know that we'll be able to walk everywhere, because that's what we mainly plan to do.

Did you get a Paris museum pass? If so, did you get a 2-, 4- or 6-day pass? We're trying to decide between the 4-day and 6-day pass.

Thanks so much!
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Mar 17th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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As far as money goes, I actually went to my US bank and ordered money orders for 700 euros before my trip. I figured it was the safest way to travel with 700 euros. Payment is expected upon arrival.

The museum pass is a great idea, as long as you are going to use it. We bought the pass for 2 days, keeping in mind that the museums open late on Wednesday, we took advantage of that. While we did go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and the Arch, we had not purchased the pass at the time.

One word of caution, while you can buy the pass at the ďTabacĒ under the Louvre to avoid the Louvre lines, they only take cash for the museum pass. Since I didnít have the necessary cash on hand at that time, we ended up and went to a ďless visitedĒ museum (Les Invalides), and purchased the pass there. It was a good excuse to visit Napoleonís tomb.

FYI, we also took the Metro from the Airport to the apartment. VERY EASY to do, and less expensive than a taxi. For the both of us it was about 16 euros one way. A cab would have been at least 2x that much. The Metro drops you off about 2 blocks from the apartment. We also took the Metro back to the airport. I do suggest that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight. I can get long to go through security.

If you plan to use the Metro, check out your options for metro passes before you go. We normally just bought a 1 day pass that covered zones 1 and 2. At one time, one of the Metro people tried to sell us a ďtouristĒ Metro Pass for 3 days . . . it was almost 2x as much as if we would have purchased the 1-day passes individually. It might work for you, but it really didnít do much for us. We ended up and used the Metro quite a bit, due to weather, although we did walk around A LOT!

Also, if your French is less than perfect (as my high-school French is), never fear, EVERYONE speaks English. At least enough English to get you what you need. I also didnít find the French to be snooty or snobby. Unless you are acting like a teenager in Cancun on spring break, they are not rude.

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Mar 17th, 2008, 12:00 PM
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Thanks, marce! Are you going to post a trip report (PLEASE!!!), and do you have pictures (of Paris and of the apartment?)

I'd love to see some pictures. Thanks again.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 12:19 PM
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>>I also didnít find the French to be snooty or snobby. Unless you are acting like a teenager in Cancun on spring break, they are not rude.,<<

First of all, this was really funny. Secondly, I totally agree. For our first ever trip to France, everyone tried to tell us horror stories about how rude the French were, how no one would speak English to us because they are so snobby that they will only speak French even if they DO speak English, and on and on and on.

Well it turned out to be so completely untrue, I'm embarassed for those people who said those things to us, how ignorant. We found the people in Paris to be incredibly polite, friendly and gracious. It just shows how ridiculous, untrue stereotypes get spread around.

Now if you act like a bossy tourist, the kind with the fanny packs, sun visors, and t-shirts that say "Paris", the kind that crowd the Eiffel Tower, and behave badly, well then you might get a sneer or two. However, we spent a week there, we behaved with politeness and respect and we received it back in return. Paris is a lovely place with equally lovely people.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 04:24 PM
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marce, I was just re-reading your post, and I should have read more carefully earlier. We're actually planning to stay at the Studio Mazarine, not the Studio Le Marais -- still with Paris Best Lodge (and managed by Thierry) but different location. I'm hoping our apartment will just as good as it seems yours was! Thanks for all the info.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 05:41 PM
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You will love the area because it will be quiet enough to sleep and close enough to whatever you want to do. Go for it. Sounds like a good deal too.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 05:58 PM
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Samsaf, Studio Mazarine is still in a great place! I have to believe that if the pictures were true to life of Studio Le Marais, that it will be the same for Studio Mazarine. The St. Germain area is a great area. You will be as close to Notre Dame as we were. I know that you will have a great time. We had REALLY bad weather. From what I understand, it was the worst storm that France has seen in about 10 years. The storm lasted the entire week we were there. It still did not stop us. We were able to see EVERYTHING on our list and then some.

You are going to have a great time. Enjoy yourself and know that the apartment that you chose will be perfect!

I'd love to hear from you when you return from your trip.
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Mar 18th, 2008, 03:36 AM
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Thanks so much for reporting back on the Parisbestlodge experience. So, a money order in euros was accepted by Thiery? That is great news! We have booked the Studio Mazarine for the entire month of Sept. and I was wondering how to pay the $2500 euros. This will be great! We fly into London a week earlier and I didn't like the idea of carrying that much money around in cash.

Wonderful information. Am anticipating your full trip report.
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