Paris Apartment Thread

Old Jun 4th, 2011, 01:53 AM
  #421  
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I am looking for budget apartment in Paris, for this summer. We are three girls and would like to stay in some of central parts of Paris.
We would like to find not so expensive apartment, in safe part of city, from where we can easily reach sights during the day and where we have places to go out in the evening.
Any recommendations about district choice?
By now I was looking for accommodation in first seven districts. Should I avoid some of these districts?
Thanks in advance!
Boba79 is offline  
Old Jun 6th, 2011, 05:54 AM
  #422  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 7,294
Received 6 Likes on 1 Post
ttt
TPAYT is offline  
Old Jun 24th, 2011, 10:20 PM
  #423  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,607
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Anyone have any experience with VIP #139, the "Bastille Pleaser" apt?

http://www.vacationinparis.com/apts/id_239.htm

I've never stayed in that area but it does seem like we might get more for our money there, plus the neighborhood seems lively with lots of nightlife which is important to my travel partners.

I also came across this apt from parisinsight.com and it gets great reviews on TA (which has better photos):

www.parisinsight.com/apart.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationR...de_France.html
cheryllj is offline  
Old Jun 28th, 2011, 06:42 AM
  #424  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 56
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
cheryllj -- we stayed in #239 Bastille Pleaser from vacationinparis in april. enjoyed the apartment very much and it is definitely in an area with lots of nightlife--many restaurants and clubs open late. at the same time the apartment is on a high enough floor that when we wanted to go to sleep at night, there was no noise from the street. the apartment is quite spacious which is one thing we enjoyed; there were three of us.
Louiseee is offline  
Old Jun 28th, 2011, 07:49 AM
  #425  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,607
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks, Louiseee. It definitely looks good in the pictures, but they always do, don't they?
cheryllj is offline  
Old Sep 17th, 2011, 12:05 PM
  #426  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 4,571
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm kinda late to the 'Partment Party, but here goes:

Vacation in Paris 235, "Splendid Heart of St Germain"

VIP folks via phone were fine to deal with. One was just ok; all the others were very helpful and personable.

Great location of this flat, if you want to be right in the middle of 6th arrondissement action--right on Rue de Buci. I love the area. Easy walk to everywhere we wanted to go in Paris.

Looks just like photos on VIP web site--huge light airy living room/kitchen area, nice sized lovely bedroom, and bathroom. Unfortunately, that black rug shows every speck of dirt, and i hpe they change it soon--it'll mkae things easier for their cleaning person. We enjoyed the front of the flat and "hanging out" there, eating and relaxing. Good wifi. Few TV channels.

Reservations though:

it is "luxury" category per VIP, but lacks both ac and an elevator. For me, no place in Paris labeled "luxury"should be without those.

The downstairs entry hallway off the sidewalk at Rue de Buci is grungy. Again, not important fot the flat itslef, but to be aware that your first impression of the actual building will not be of "luxury."

Biggest negative: There is an Asian food traiteur on street level of the building.The owners of it live in the flat just above it, on the first floor (second USA) and i think do some of the cooking in it, as well as in the restaurant. So when you open the bedroom and bathroom windows facing the back courtyard of #235, seeking fresh air ((I like open windows) you instead get the aroma of frying chinese food wafting up via the courtyard space, to the third floor windows of the aprt, from early morning thru the day.

The thick windows keep the noise of the street below muffled. We heard nothing from noisy and lively Rue de Buci, except one night when there was some big rock music party. I'd be concerned though in the summer if it gets hot, and kids are using the front living room sleeping area, and the windows are open. You'd definitely need era plugs.

The bunk beds, which are mentioned, are in a closet . The flat is "luxury" only when those are not used (although you are charged extra for additional "linen use" according to the manager. )IF you need a place for two more people, i'd guess there are flats which are cheaper AND have a second proper bedroom.

The onsite mgr (Morgan Cannon) for VIP was pleasant and helpful, although the one time we couldnt reach Morgan (re "meet and greet " at the apartment) and had to phone someone else, that someone had a bit of an "attitude" I had been concerned about arranging it all, and indeed, had the airport pick up driver not kindly offered us the use of his cell phone, it would have been a hassle to have to find a public phone to use, to call for meeting arrangements. When you are tired after traveling and finding luggage, etc, it's just one more thing you'd rather avoid. VIP usually just sends the key to you, before you leave home--which is a great feature--but it is lacking for this flat. I guess the owners are concerned and want to have the VIP person check out the clients first.
CaliNurse is offline  
Old Sep 17th, 2011, 12:44 PM
  #427  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 34,853
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Good review with lots of helpful details and pros and cons. I agree with you that no apt without AC and elevator is a luxury apt, but that label is just something VIP is making up, anyway. But not what you'd expect.

I actually find that mailing you the key thing very weird myself, and would imagine many owners would not like it. Lots of things get lost in the mail and this way, they have no way to regulate how many keys someone has (ie, if you never recieved it and claimed it was lost in the mail, I presume they'd have to give you a new one and then you could possibly have two). I guess they do that because they have no Paris office, but if they have some onsite manager as you said, I don't understand why they would ever mail people keys to apts in the US mail. I understand it is convenient, I'm just saying if I were the apt owner or a rental agent, I wouldn't do it.
Christina is offline  
Old Oct 29th, 2011, 07:24 AM
  #428  
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 10
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
TOPPING
dinafirsttimeinParis is offline  
Old Oct 29th, 2011, 08:48 PM
  #429  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 13,812
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"The onsite mgr (Morgan Cannon) for VIP was pleasant and helpful, although the one time we couldnt reach Morgan (re "meet and greet " at the apartment) and had to phone someone else, that someone had a bit of an "attitude" I had been concerned about arranging it all, and indeed, had the airport pick up driver not kindly offered us the use of his cell phone, it would have been a hassle to have to find a public phone to use, to call for meeting arrangements. When you are tired after traveling and finding luggage, etc, it's just one more thing you'd rather avoid. VIP usually just sends the key to you, before you leave home--which is a great feature--but it is lacking for this flat. I guess the owners are concerned and want to have the VIP person check out the clients first."

That's why I only rent apartments where the key is sent out to me. After flying all the way to Paris, from L.A., and not sleeping inflight, I'm exhausted and want the key and to be able to arrive when I arrive and not have to meet anyone to let me in. I have had absolutely no problems receiving the key before arrival. Happy Travels!
Guenmai is offline  
Old Nov 17th, 2011, 10:39 AM
  #430  
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3,466
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I guess I don't understand how having the key sent to you before you leave would trigger a concern that "they have no way to regulate how many keys someone has". That scenario is the same whether someone claims to have never recieved the key in the mail or claims to have lost the key presented to them directly from the owner while in Paris.

I'm with Guenmai, I like having the key with me when I leave, so my schedule is flexible enough to allow me to do what I want or need without having to immediately make the appointment set up before I leave.
apersuader65 is offline  
Old Jan 22nd, 2012, 09:30 PM
  #431  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi,
I was also planning on renting an apt http://www.rentparis.com/en/apt-24-r...ax-2-beds.html
and it looks like tuscanlifeedit has already rented the same apt before. Can you please let me know if you paid half the amount through their website directly?

Regards,
Divya.
kalavard is offline  
Old Jan 23rd, 2012, 12:56 AM
  #432  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 24
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well Personally I don't have any apartment there in Paris. However just because http://www.lodjee.com/paris made my trip with my second half really remarkable so I always like recommending them.
I think for 2 persons this is not a bad deal at all to rent a room there.
nancy1818john is offline  
Old Jan 24th, 2012, 09:41 AM
  #433  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
My trips to Paris have always been fantastic! You can use sites like http://www.easyroommate.com if you are just looking for a quick place to lay your head while you travel around. Make sure you are covered with rental insurance from a site like http://www.rentalinsurance.org. Good luck in your travels!
Tenant is offline  
Old Feb 21st, 2012, 02:31 PM
  #434  
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,466
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
bookmarking
RobertaL is offline  
Old Jan 30th, 2013, 12:30 AM
  #435  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Depending on how long you want to stay, take a look at the dedicated website for appartment rental in paris : http://paris.pikadom.fr/ and it's appartement rental page http://paris.pikadom.fr/location/appartement/.
I find it useful
Mumudede is offline  
Old Mar 4th, 2013, 05:30 PM
  #436  
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 229
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
bookmarking
travellerwannabe is offline  
Old Mar 19th, 2013, 10:49 PM
  #437  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 4,849
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bullpuckie, Rachel! I have never, ever, had to pay any amount of money to a rental landlord for leaving a place dirty. Perhaps some people are simply slobs, or some landlords are greedy, but I am sure both are the exception, rather than the rule.

Are you sure you are not just advertising for that Payday Loan outfit to which you posted a link? I see you just joined the Forum for this one post.
nukesafe is offline  
Old Mar 28th, 2013, 12:26 PM
  #438  
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi All,
I’ve Just came back from Paris where I rent a room along with my boyfriend from two polish students and I have to admit that it is pretty good idea. The Apartment is located close to Montreuil, just next to the metro station, the area there its pretty calm although You need to be careful cause the sidewalk are full of crazy scooters.
The room we rented was clean, with the wi fi connection and the access to the bathrooms and the kitchen, actually the guys are living in the apartment too but I can’t say a bad word against them, they are very helpful in terms of “Parisian life”, they have lended us a bicycles, and if somebody is interested in the night life their advices appeared to be priceless ( we were on the awesome squat party linked with the art gallery, excellent atmosphere, very cheap drinks and Paris which You will never discover with the tour guide ). We paid 45 euros for a night for a couple, however if You stay longer maybe You could have some discount ( we could stayed only three days ) the price is good considering everywhere was pretty close, we didn’t had bother with expensive suburbian trains.
I got their address from my friend and I really recommend them, the contact is [email protected], they answer pretty quickly as far as I am aware they still have a lot of vacancies.
You mentioned the food also, well the guys are not making breakfasts however just around the corner there is few bakeries with delicious French croissants, and shops with reasonable prices like lidl or leader price, for the courious ones I would like to add that near by to the metro Parmentier there is a little restaurant where on Thursdays and Fridays for every order they serve delicious Moroccan cous cous for free, so for 3 euros You get a beer with a nice main dish.
Elsa
elsa25 is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2013, 05:33 AM
  #439  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 17,471
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 1 Post
Bookmarking.
iris1745 is offline  
Old Aug 22nd, 2013, 08:54 AM
  #440  
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bookmarking
weluvtravel is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -