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Paris Apartment - VacationHomeRentals #19436

Paris Apartment - VacationHomeRentals #19436

Old May 22nd, 2007, 02:19 PM
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yeadonite - Typically heat isn't a factor. I understand the building has large windows and fans. There is no AC though. This isn't ideal, but I think we can manage. Hopefully this dire prediction of killer heat won't come to pass!
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Old May 25th, 2007, 04:44 PM
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Links13,a coincidence cause we're going to the same apartment in July this year! May I just ask you how much you're paying for this apartment? Not being simply nosy, but on the website,it is quoted as £474/week ie.just under 700 euros, but when I communicated with the owner, she is charging 800 euros?
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Old May 30th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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jbf1,
The website is a bit confusing. In looking at it, it seems the price you list of 474GBP/week is valid from 10/26/07 - 12/01/07. The price changes to 545GBP/week from 12/01/07 - 1/07/08. It doesn't show a price per week for anytime period before 10/26/07, but I'm assuming it would be the 545GBP which is 800 Euros. I'm making this assumption based on the high travel season. I'm only staying six nights during the high season and am paying 750 Euros.

So, you're staying here in July? Would you be so kind as to let us know about your experience at the apartment? I would love to get some info from someone who stayed there! I've not heard back from emeybee.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 03:09 PM
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That is an odd website in that it doesn't quote rates but Oct to Feb, but it does seem clear that the rates from 12/1 to 1/7 (highest) are applying to July, as that is roughly 800 euro (US$1079). It is true Nov and mid-Jan through Feb are often low season for this kind of thing.

Hotels do not have high season rates all summer, usually only June and maybe first week or two of July. However, I think that is the difference in apts. versus hotels. You can get good hotel rates in July and August because there aren't as many business travelers so there are more vacancies, but these kind of vacation apts. are mainly for tourists and there are alot of them in the summer.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2007, 06:58 PM
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We have rented this apartment for mid-September '07, and are paying 1200E for 10 days. Would you mind passing on any information you receive, and of course, after you visit. These postings helped immensely in making our [email protected]
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 12:06 AM
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I've actually paid J.Cousins for the full week...700.00euros for the week in July. We have been in touch by email, and she's been helpful. However, now I'm slightly worried as I sent the whole payment by Paypal 2 days ago at her request, and haven't received any response from her. This is the first time I've actually used Paypal, and although I've received a receipt from them, the owner's not contacted me. Do you have her contact number, I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't got it!
As for the price, she said that the price on the website was wrong, and that Emeybee got it for cheaper, as there was a cancellation that week.
Gardngrl,do you mind me asking how you paid?
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 02:14 PM
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Just to say that I received a reply 5 minutes ago to say that money's received! Owner welcoming and gave her number to call. Shall give you all some feedback when we return in early August.
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Old Jun 12th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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jbf1 - Glad you got a response from her. Enjoy your trip and let me know how the apartment works out for you.
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Old Jul 21st, 2007, 06:19 AM
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I am in the process of booking this apartment also (for October). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.Thanks!
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Old Jul 24th, 2007, 12:13 AM
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Hi,We have slept in the apartment for 3 nights....let me tell you about it...
The lady I thought was the owner,actually a broker, got in touch as soon as we arrived in France and was at the apartment when we arrived.
1)The place is old,with exposed beams in the lounge and has loads of character.
2) All rooms are actually a good size for 4.
3)The area is very safe and yes,2 minutes from Boulevard St Germain and 10 from the Seine.It took 20 to walk to the Notre Dame and 15 to The Louvre.The Lux Gardens is 10 ,minutes away, and beautiful,but dön系 expect climbing frames etc for kids;if there were any, we didn系 find them. It isn系 that sort of park!
So as planned, we don系 need a Carte O禿ange which costs 15e+4e each, even for kids,for the photographs.There are loads of places to eat for a example Snack Time,a take-away or eat-in snack bar which sets you back E5.50 for a choc croissant and hot choc. Gerard Moulot by the way is FANTASTIC and a feast for your eyes. You almost think it IS justified to be charged E20 for a filo pastry roll of salmon and spinach for 2 (french size,that is!)
So yup, location is great. The apartment is ok... we never need a fan/ air con though we saw one in the wardrobe. Half the bulbs in the lights do not work, the shower wall is missing, so the only shower you get is crouching in the bath. Place settings and dishes are mostly for 2, but if you禿e not fussy, it究 ok. Being on the second floor isn系 too bad.It IS a little noisy, but not unbearably so. The cable tv is great,only mostly in french. Kids have cartoon netwok in English, and that究 it. There究 a fax machine, and this computer with a french keyboard,(which is why this is taking me ages!!) and printer is really handy. Beds are ok, but I rarely expect beds to be as comfortable as my own, it究 a personal thing. Bring extra socks or indoor slippers as the floor isn系 as clean as you牡 like. There isn系 a toaster, and the oven smokes badly when you turn it on;I don系 think it究 been cleaned a while...Loads of pots and pans though, and lots of leftover oils and herbs to use.
All in all, you wouldn系 get as many facilities for 500 pounds in London, but you WOULD get a higher standard of cleanliness and things would be more presentable, but hey, you禿e only on holiday, not LIVING here for good.
The main thing is Paris IS as beautiful as you肖e heard. For the next trip, however, we牡 probably look for somewhere else.
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Old Jul 24th, 2007, 04:14 AM
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there is a large playground for kids in the luxembourg gardens - though you pay (2e?) to get in. i'm not good with compass points, but it's near the pony rides, carousel, and cafe. my daughter loves it!

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Old Jul 24th, 2007, 08:26 AM
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jbf1 -
Thank you so very, very much for your posting! It is helpful to have the insight of one who's actually stayed here.

Just to clarify (because I'm a bit confused), there is no door/wall on the shower? This makes it unusable, correct?

I'm so glad you're having a great time in Paris. Any advice for a first time visitor?
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Old Jul 24th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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I thought that was odd, and maybe just someone calling a shower a tub with a sprayer for rinsing oneself off (which often do not have doors, as they aren't showers, but many Americans don't understand that). However, there was a separate shower stall in the photos, and I guess it is broken and the door is off, so unusable. Actually, that's kind of cheesy for a rental owner to not replace a shower door when it is showing in the photos.
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Old Jul 24th, 2007, 12:51 PM
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I really think you would be happier, location wise, in either the 6th or 7th. You might want to check out a flat that my husband and I have stayed in twice. It's worth stretching your budget for this one! the website is www.wewillalwayshaveparis.net Even the towels and sheets wwere monogrammed!
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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Christina-
Yes, the photo does show a separate shower and tub. I am also guessing the shower door is missing. Perhaps it is just a temporary problem...let's hope!

lilliancroft-
Thank you for the suggestion of a flat; however, having already put down our deposit here, I think this is where we will end up barring any huge issues.

My hope is that if we do hear the door is missing, we can be proactive and email the owner/agent and make them aware of this issue and get it corrected before our stay.
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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To clarify about the stand-alone shower stall,it should have 2 glass panels, but one is missing. So the shower cannot be used.According to the broker, it was broken by a previous tenant, and it will take some time to get someone out to fix it. We were told on arrival.
There is a hand-held shower INSIDE the bathtub and that is fully operational.
Thanks melissa19 for the tip about the playground, I甸l check it out.
lilliancroft, thanks for the info. I甸l pass it on to some friends coming to Paris this year.
Links 13, I agree with your attitude...good luck!
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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You have picked an excellent area. You're south of Blvd. St.Germain. I've vacationed in Paris since the 70s, but in that area...the 6th... almost annually since 1981. I'll also be renting an apartment ,but through vacationinparis.com...their 1-bedroom, loft, in the 6th on rue St.Andres des Arts...a block north of Blvd. St.Germain in my old neighborhood. The apartment I'll have will be 40 square meters... very small...but I want it for the area. I've decided to get out of the hotels. Smiles. Have fun. Happy Travels!
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Old Jul 25th, 2007, 11:24 AM
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namaka ~
I'll be interested to hear your report on the apartment in the 1st. I think Hotel de Ville is a great location - have stayed at the Britannique and find it absolutely central, of course, and also just quiet enough ... though I realize there are certain weeks. Anyway, hope it turns out well, it looks great in the photos.
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Old Jul 27th, 2007, 06:40 PM
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I have spoken to Jeanette, the broker, and she sent a lengthy response to the problems cited above and says that it did take some time to order the correct shower door, but that everything is now back in shape, including the kitchenware. We will be staying there mid-September.
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Old Jul 27th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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It is not at all unusual for repairs to take forever in Paris.

When we arrived at our apartment last year, the fridge was not working properly (but well enough and the freezer was fine). This had been reported by the previous guests. A new fridge was not delivered until seven days into our stay, even though the owners immediately bought a new one, arranged for delivery, and were promised delivery "tomorrow" day after day. Without asking, we were offered a week complimentary stay dates of our choice. They had stories!
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