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Renting an apartment? Questions you may wish to consider asking ahead of time.

May 28th, 2007, 03:12 PM
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hi, kopp,

good thread.

our three forays into apartment renting in europe have gone well so far - not high end properties by any means so the fact that the dishwasher in Rome had a mind of its own and the shower in Florence was temperamental was something we could tolerate.

we had phone numbers to ring if the contact wasn't there on arrival, but there all were. i reckon if you are paying on arrrival they are more likely to be there to collect your money! though the credit card does provide a back stop, it's not much use there and then if the accommodation is substandard, and you've paid up front.

I always take salt and pepper, plus a loo roll and some tea-bags - we brits can't manage without our tea.

from a renters point of view, we now expect our guests to have their own mobile phone, but have offered them the use of our computers if necessary for work [not got round to wi-fi for them yet!] so far, no-one's said that there's anything missing in the ustensil dept- in fact one guest said she spent all wekk trying to find something we hadn't got, and failed.

all english tourist board inspected accommodation should have an inventory of standard equipment the board requries them to have.

the worst accommodation we ever had was in Cornwall [where we now live]. the kitchen floor was filthy, and several trips to the agent in the town failed to fix it. So we certainly never went back there! and there were no language problems, just service ones.

any other tips out there?

regards, ann
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May 29th, 2007, 11:13 AM
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have you checked out any apts with alacarte-paris-apartments.com ? We have one booked with them starting this w/e and they have generous customer service, including travel from airport. Let me know if you want a post-trip review of the company.
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May 29th, 2007, 09:38 PM
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I always check the size of the bed, as my husband is very tall and overweight. We've had very few disppointments in this respect. However, we rented an apartment in Granada a few years ago, and the bed felt like a slab of concrete. We were stuck with it for a week! I don't like a bed that's too soft, but how do you ensure it's not too firm? [Last year we had very comfortable beds, but didn't stay anywhere longer than three nights.]
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