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Old Jul 17th, 2009, 02:36 PM
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I have contacted both ParisPerfect and LondonPerfect via phone and email both yesterday and early today and have yet to receive any replies. Is this typical?
I am rather surprised as they have such good reviews here.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 08:44 AM
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As posted yesterday, has anyone used Paris For Rent? It is also France For Rent, and Paris Luxury Rentals.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 09:25 AM
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Ritaw:
Have you checked on SlowTrav.com? France section, vacation rental reviews. Perhaps someone there has used them.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 09:48 AM
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3 yrs. ago we dealt with Pat at France for Rent with great success. We enjoyed our apt. and dealings went well.

Since then we have used www.guestapartment.com Have you checked them out?The great thing about them is that they have an office right on St. Louis en Ile for all of your needs.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 10:05 AM
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Thanks JeanneB
Yes, there were listings on slow travel for parisforrent and france for rent (same). They were wonderful reviews. That really set my mind at ease. There was also one on trip advisor. Thanks for everyone's help - I would have hated to not have had air conditioning and hadn't thought of it.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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TPAYT,
Thanks, I had looked them up before but didn't find avail.
We decided to book this apt. with paris/france for rent.
Now on to other threads for trip and food advice. Love this site. It made our trip to Italy several years ago so easy, I'm sure all your threads will help us this time, too.
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Old Jul 18th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Hi Sfuzzi, I am very surprised that you have not heard back from Paris Perfect. I am booking an aparment thru them for June, 2010.

They are always very prompt in returning my e-mails and voicemails.

Which apartment are you looking at in Paris?
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 05:38 AM
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Wanted to report back on http://www.vacationinparis.com/apts/id_129.htm.

It was a generous sized apartment for a Parisian 1 bed.
There as a large double bedroom with a door, and then a good sized lounge area with a sofa sleeper. The lounge was open to the eating area, and it had a WC with a shower and loo.
We had 3 adults and 2 under-5s. My son slept in a baby cot (provided free by the apartment) and my daughter slept with me in the sleeper.

It was very clean, and in a great location. My only quibble was that there was a bar down the street that was quite loud until the wee hours of the morning. Being that it was July, we had the windows open to let the night breeze in. Even with the windows and shutters shut it was still loud. There were a lot of patrons out on the street until at least 4 am.

That said, I have rented apartments in many locations in Europe (and the US..) and this is one of the nicer ones I have stayed in. It was very comfortable and finished to a good standard. I would stay there again, but bring ear plugs.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2009, 07:12 PM
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Dexters: I was just thinking about you the other day wondering if you were in Paris or not. I'm glad the apartment worked out for you. Smiles. I figured that one would be a winner. The location alone is great, a few steps away from the hotel that I stayed at for years, before doing the apartment thing. As for earplugs, I always travel with them wherever I go. The noisiest city I've ever been to in my life, where earplugs didn't even help, was Buenos Aires.

Luckily I usually travel in spring although I will be in Paris again next month. So, with fewer people in spring, and windows closed,it's usually much quieter than summer.

Did you try the restaurant that I mentioned? And if so, how was it? Happy Travels!
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Old Aug 1st, 2009, 11:25 AM
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I've stayed in two apartments in Paris and would recommend them both.

The first (February 2008) was Paris Perfect's Kir. It is quite small, but just perfect for one person. It seems larger than it is because of the two floor-to-ceiling windows. It's on a higher floor so gets great light. The lay-out of the room is well done; good use of space. Very good storage, good lighting, etc. The only part of the studio that felt too small was the bathroom. It sometimes took a little maneuvering, but it was not a spoiler for me. Bed very comfortable and good pillows. Loved the location.

Last January I spent 10 days in Paris Vacation Apartments' two-bedroom apartment on rue Charles Nodier in Montmartre. This is a fabulous apartment. Two good-sized bedrooms with comfortable beds, large closets, and good lighting. A huge bathroom (with separate toilet), small but open and well-equipped kitchen. Nicely done living area and a great balcony with a view of Sacre Coeur. The service (from booking to being greeted at arrival to our departure) was outstanding. Equal in all ways to the service provided by Paris Perfect, even surpassing it in a few. The lovely young woman who met us the first day acted like she had all the time in the world to make sure we knew where everything was, how everything worked (essential for European appliances, I've discovered), where we could purchase things we wanted for the apartment, etc. And I love the fact that PVA supplies a laptop. We used it alot, to check email, catch up on the news, look up things we might want to do, etc. The location of this apartment is a bit out of the way, but we'd been to Paris several times before, so did not need to be near all the top tourist spots, and I enjoyed coming home to "our place" at the end of a day. We were able to get everywhere we wanted quite easily on the buses. I'll definitely use Paris Vacation Apartments when I return to Paris.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2009, 01:11 PM
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Hi all,

Has anybody had any experience with Paris Visit Services? Their website looks pretty good, and they have some good prices.
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Just back from 5 weeks in Paris with my daughter, and I wanted to post a short commentary on the trip, since I got so much help and reassurance from fodorites... The purpose of our trip was to spend some time together (my daughter just graduated college) and to take French classes at the Sorbonne, and of course, to enjoy Paris. We rented an apartment from perfectplaces.com:
http://www.perfectplaces.com/a_Apart...tals/69293.htm
I was very nervous about it since I hadn't rented an apartment before and I didn't really have recommendations that had not been directly provided by the owner, but it turned out fine. The modern Ikea-like decor pleased my daughter, the bed was firm and very comfortable, and although the apartment was on the street and quite noisy with the windows open, it was just fine with the windows closed. The blackout drapes worked great. The landlady thoughtfully sent us a fan partway through our stay, and that made all the difference. The location turned out to be perfect for us because it was just far enough away from the intense tourist streets to feel "real," but it was close enough to all sights and the Sorbonne so that we could walk most places. The landlady and her husband were nice and easy to deal with, and I am so glad I had wifi and free telephone back to the States. We both enjoyed our classes at the Sorbonne, and I was NOT the only older person there, as I had feared, though older folks were definitely in the minority. We did a little sightseeing each day and spent a lot of time in the Jardin de Luxembourg, which is really a treasure full of unexpected things, like one side that has hundreds of espaliered apple trees, each a different type, and a Statue of Liberty, a puppet theatre and pony rides for children, and hundreds or maybe thousands of chairs that can be moved around wherever you want...a beautiful fountain in the middle where kids rent funny little wooden sailboats on the weekend and push them around with sticks... Well, I wish I had time to post a detailed trip report, but I don't, so I'll just hit the highlights: The Musee D'Orsay was great; we loved the river tour with the Vedettes at 10 p.m. because we could watch the sun go down and the lights come up, and the night life along the river was starting to bubble (get 7 euro tickets online instead of 12 euro tickets on the boat); the Tour D'Eiffel was awesome at 11 p.m. It sparkled as we went up the elevator and again as we came down at midnight (it is lit up at night and sparkles after dark for 5 minutes on the hour until 1 a.m.) It was so worth going to the top. Picnicking on the Pont des Arts, browsing bookstores, nursing a cafe expres or a Stella Artois in the outdoor seating somewhere, getting our daily baguettes and mignonettes...it was all great. We hit most of the museums and some of the churches, chickened out of the catacombes, enjoyed three cemeteries, and learned a few tricks for saving money in this expensive city. We had so much fun at Versailles! But I don't have time to post anymore, so I'm going to go now. Bon voyage to all of you going to Paris! Enjoy!
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Old Aug 11th, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Has anyone had experience with this apartment/rental company?

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p248864
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Has anyone stayed in this apartment recently? It looks nice from the pictures. How is this company to deal with?

http://www.vacationinparis.com/apts/id_72.htm
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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i have not stayed at apt. 72 but have rented through v.i.p. earlier this year.
they are located in n.j. and are very easy to deal with.
they were prompt in responding to my e-mail queries and also in returning my deposit.
i also received it within a week of my return.

dd and i stayed at #122 a one bedroom loft on rue st. andres and loved the location.
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Old Aug 13th, 2009, 08:14 AM
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Thanks, abranz!
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Old Aug 24th, 2009, 06:52 PM
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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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I think #72 looks great. I love the location.
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Old Aug 29th, 2009, 05:51 PM
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I haven't had #72. I also had #122 which is in my regular neighborhood. Happy Travels!
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Old Aug 29th, 2009, 06:01 PM
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Dejasue- I'm renting through homeaway.com for 2010 and sent the first deposit 4 months ago.

After filling out their applicaton, they send one's name over to the owner and then one deals directly with the owner.

The owner of the apartment I will have lives in N.Y. I live in L.A. She answered right away and we e-mailed quite a bit back and forth and then a contract was sent out. I signed it and sent the first deposit of $250. We're doing it all in dollars. I have two other payments until it's paid out. She will mail me out the keys after the last payment. It's a different apartment than the one that you've listed though.

I learned about the agency through a fodors' poster who uses it regularly. Happy Travels!
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