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So many Paris apartments! Any suggestions?

Old Apr 10th, 2011, 08:51 PM
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So many Paris apartments! Any suggestions?

My husband and I, both over 65, plan to visit Paris for the first time in September. We want to rent an apartment for about two weeks and may take an overnght trip to a B&B in the countryside during that time. We would love suggestions for particular apartments or landlords, rental companies, etc. I have looked on VRBO and some smaller companies and am a bit overwhelmed by the choices. Budget limit is around 1000 to 1500 Euros. Any information would be appreciated!
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Old Apr 10th, 2011, 09:07 PM
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Had my first Paris apartment rental experience last month and found that Paris Bestlodge lived up to its excellent reputation. They have a range of well located properties at very reasonable prices, but I'd guess you'd better be quick for September.
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Old Apr 10th, 2011, 11:50 PM
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I hope this will help you.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ent-thread.cfm

Try vacationinparis.com
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 12:46 AM
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Thank you! Just after I posted this I found the Paris apartments thread and it is fantastic. I'll also look into the Paris BestLodge site. I'm beginning to think that some of the perimeter neighborhoods with metro access might be a better choice for us - any comment on that?
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 01:56 AM
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We stayed in a Paris BestLodge apartment in 2008 and we were very pleased. Why do you think it would be a good idea to stay on the perimeter? I think that a better preference is to stay as centrally as possible. It's nice to be able to head back to the apartment when you are tired and rest for a bit and then easily head out again for dinner if you want.

We stayed in the Luxembourg apartment if you want to check it out. We loved it as it was right across the road from the Jardin du Luxembourg where we often stopped in the afternoons to listen to music or just enjoy the gardens. It was only a minutes walk to a metro station and there was a bus stop outside the front door.
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 10:38 AM
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Unfortunately, the Luxembourg apartment isn't available until mid-October and we are hoping for some warmer weather. Excellent suggestion, though - I wish it was available!
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 12:34 PM
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Your budget is just a little skimpy (I'm assuming you mean 1000 euro for two weeks, which is pretty low) and maybe that's why you are thinking the perimter would be better? They will be cheaper there but there is definitely not much of a selection of vacation rental apartments on the perimeter. 1500 euro is much more do-able. Sept is not going to have reduced rates, that's for sure.

Vacationinparis.com has some cheaper places, there might be somethign in that range.

If it isn't budget, I would not understand why you would think a perimeter location would be better. I think it would be worse since you have never been there before.
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 01:41 PM
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Might be too spendy but we are giving up some big Paris dinners
so we can stay with them again: Guest Apartment Services ([email protected]). They (Phillipe and Cristoff) give
the best service and their apartments are so well appointed and
centrally located. We feel very safe and very "French" when
staying with them. Let me know if I can help with more info.
Have a wonderful visit. (Try some free walking tours in Paris)
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 02:18 PM
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I have used www.homelidays.com many times with luck. Here is a link with several Paris apartments in your budget:

http://www.homelidays.co.uk/EN-Holid...fr/list_r2.asp

I even found a 40 sq m apt that slept 3, in June for one week for 300 euro last year. So your budget is pretty good - don't despair!
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 08:42 PM
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Christina - I meant 1000 to 1500 euros per week. I'm finding a few, thanks to some of the suggestions above, but we we may have to go into October. Not a real problem for us since we are from the Northwestern US and prefer a little cooler temps to chance of heat waves.
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Old Apr 11th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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jrelmore..you should be able to find something in your price range for September. I wouldn't stay in a perimeter neighborhood..it's one thing ifyou're living in Paris, but as a visitor, part of the joy is heading out and walking. I'd hate to be stuck having to take the metro just to have to get to the heart of Paris. But that's me..
We're renting an apartment we found on VRBO this year the last week of September and first week of October, and I have to say that I was shocked to see how many of my first choice apartments were already gone. We had rented through an agency called myparisvisit twice in the past and found them to be very reputable and good to work with, but their pickings are pretty slim right now...we waited too long (till last month) and the apartment I had wanted was already gone. But there's still plenty out there...we're very picky as to which neighborhoods we want, and won't rent a place with only a double bed, which eliminates a lot of places, but you should definitely be able to find something as your price range is pretty good (it's about the same as ours was). Don't get overwhelmed..I know it's time consuming, but I'm confident you'll find something that will suit you.
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Old Apr 12th, 2011, 05:25 AM
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I always use Perfectly Paris, they specialise in the 18th arr.but have some in other areas. Their service is great as are the apartments. You get exactly what you see.

I have used them for three years in a row and have recommended them to many others who have also been happy.

http://www.perfectlyparis.com/
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Old Apr 12th, 2011, 06:06 AM
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We used Paris Vacation Apartments in June 2010. Stayed in a building in the 18th and just LOVED the neighborhood!

http://www.parisvacationapartments.com/
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Old Apr 12th, 2011, 10:48 PM
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Thank you so much, everyone! With your help I've just sent a deposit by the fastest route possible on a wonderful apartment in the Latin Quater in view of Notre Dame. It has everything we need and more and was available in September.
Sherrala - I feel extremely lucky to find one - you are right, the September bookings are going fast, sometimes between the inquiry and the decision. We checked out the area on Google street view and are even more excited. I will post my experience with the owner and area. Thanks again for all the helpful replies and suggestions!
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Old Apr 13th, 2011, 01:03 AM
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I like Vacation in Paris, because you pay in US dollars and can use a credit card. You also get the keys to the apt. before you leave home, so no waiting for someone to let you in at a specific time. I love the Marais Garden delight apt I rented last year and am renting again this ovember. Lots of transportation options right outside the front door,and all kinds of shops across the street, verger, supermarket, boualngeries, cheese shops and an excellent smal bistro.The bistro also sells Berthillion ice cream a double [email protected]
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Old Apr 14th, 2011, 05:23 AM
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Yaay jrelmore! The apt sounds like a fab location. Have a wonderful time (and I am very envious!)
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Old Apr 16th, 2011, 08:45 PM
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HaHa Soogies. Now I just have to cram on French phrases to survive digest a ton of French history so I'll know something about what I see and stock up on walking shoes. Can't wait to get there! Berthillion ice cream? I'll watch for it.
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Old Apr 16th, 2011, 08:58 PM
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There are so many good suggestions. For a first trip, I have to recommend staying as close to the Seine and Notre Dame as you can afford.

Our first trip, we stayed on Montparnasse and Raspail. We loved that area, but spent most of our time near the river.

We've returned many times, and always near the Seine. Our favorite location is Ile St. Louis.
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