We had a week stay in Paris recently, and used tripadvisor to look for an apartment. Our budget was around 1000NZD, and we looked at quite a few properties in that price range. Eventually we settled with this apartment as it had a real bed (as opposed to a murphy bed or sofa bed), it was very close to a metro station, and it overlooked the canal and Seine. In short, we were absolutely delighted with our choice. Communication with Catherine before our trip was simple and easy.
The apartment is literally one minute walk from Quai de la Rapee station. This station is one stop away from Bastille station, and Bastille is served by a number of metro lines, making it easy to get around Paris. Unfortunately, Bastille station was closed for the metro line 5 for the duration of our stay. This meant we had to go further north to Republique most times to connect to other stations. However, this did not make a noticeable impact on our trip. We were glad to be so close to the metro station at the end of each long day out.
On arrival we were met by Jeni the housekeeper, who was lovely and helpful. She showed us all the various bits of the room, and even how to operate the espresso machine. We also arranged for our departure inspection at that time, so everything was sorted. She went through the various documents and bits of information that Catherine had left us. This included an incredibly useful map of the region around the apartment, with labels for anything we might find necessary e.g. pharmacy, supermarket, various recommended restaurants. There were also important phone numbers and other bits of information. We felt extremely secure during our stay because there is a security code for the front door, a special key to get into the lobby, and then a room key for your own room.
With the large windows open, you can hear the hustle and bustle down below. When the windows are shut the place becomes very quiet. We were not bothered by noise at any point during our stay. The view from the apartment is more magnificent than in the pictures. Being on the top floor is great, and you can easily see out to the Seinne and much further to the Eiffel Tower. It was wonderful watching boats cruise on the canal down below. Speaking of the top floor which is 6 floors up, thankfully there’s a cute little elevator that removes the need for going up stairs.
The bed was very comfortable and everything we had hoped for, for a good night’s sleep. All the linen and towels supplied were of great quality. Everything was spotless when we arrived. The new shower is fantastic. It is a rain shower and quite roomy. Having a divider between the rest of the room and the toilet was good. We brought our own power splitter, and had that on the table, so we had no shortage of power outlets for charging our cameras/phones etc.
The bookshelves that you can see in the picture were a great place to put our belongings on. The room is relatively small, but we didn’t spend much time in it except to mostly sleep, and we had adequate space for our luggage bags. The air conditioning which worked fabulously was a god-send as there was a small heat wave bringing temperatures above 30 degrees C during our stay. The wireless internet is easy to use (there’s a page with clear instructions on how to connect to it) and we found it very useful to check up on weather and email.
We went with this apartment as well due to its cooking facilities. We bought some groceries at the nearby Monop, and then cooked breakfast for ourselves on some mornings, which was a saving. The pans and cutlery were all of high quality. We decided to eat out for all other meals. There were enough clothes hangers to hang our clothes upon.
At the end of our stay, Catherine came to inspect the room, collect the keys, and return the bond. If we are in Paris again we would stay in this apartment in a heartbeat. It went a long way towards making our trip a fantastic experience.
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