Reviewed January 24, 2015
It is with great fondness and gratitude that I emphatically recommend without hesitation the services of Paris for Rent and the Marais Village accommodation.
Prior to our trip, the agents at Paris For Rent were easily accessible for questions and arrangements. Emeline in particular helped us identify a location and apartment that would suit our needs. She had great patience with our many questions as we prepared for our trip and made everything so easy. The car service from the airport was outstanding and picked us up at the exit of our terminal. Our driver spoke English and was very patient to let us purchase our Museum passes at the airport on the way out of the terminal.
The local area of the Marais Village apartment is just fantastic. It is 2 short blocks from the Rue St Antoine, which provides you the choice of at least 4 wine shops, 2 fromageries, 2 fruit stands, 2 butchers, 3 patisseries/ boulangeries, Naturalia (kind of a micro-mirco-Whole foods), and of course MONOPRIX! Given our inexperience, it was great to have the Monoprix at the outset of our trip for a more American-style grocery, but by the end of our first week we were using the smaller local grocers whose products had better quality and freshness. We learned to be as polite as possible to make up for our execrable attempts at speaking Francais. (I am still dreaming of the 2 foot bough of rosemary we bought for 1 euro when can’t get a twig of it for less than $5 at home!)
The central location of the property within the city is outstanding. We stayed over Christmas and had a beautiful church (Saint-Paul Saint-Louis) two blocks up the rue Saint Paul. Notre Dame was also a 10 minute walk away. This location has access to major Metro arteries (1 via Saint Paul station and 8 via Sully Morland) for the city. Even though this was our first trip to Paris we were up and running right away! It took us about 20 minutes to get to the Foundation Louis Vuitton - The Metro was amazingly user-friendly!
From our apartment, we were able to walk comfortably to the Ile St Louis, Notre Dame, Rue du Rosiers (for L’As du Fallafel!!), BHV, Place des Vosges, Place de la Bastille, Hotel de Ville, the Pompadou, and the Holocaust Memorial.
The accommodation was exceedingly clean and comfortable. Marais Village is a ground floor 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment located adjacent to a beautiful garden/ courtyard area fully enclosed from street traffic and noise. We slept very peacefully on blessedly comfortable and firm beds. The kitchen had everything we needed, and we like to cook! We had a blender, oven, full stove, fridge, and microwave. We were introduced to a Nespresso pod machine on this trip and loved it so much we resolved to buy one as soon as we got home! There was free wi-fi which was hugely convenient for communication to work and home. FYI: the washer/dryer combination is a standard energy/water efficient European model. It is different from US models in a big way and requires a bit of patience! I hung clothes in our bathroom and it wasn’t a problem for us. There are laundromats in the area if you prefer to do super-sized loads in less time.
The day before we left, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack occurred. We were saddened, shocked and honestly pretty darn freaked out. Emeline helped us to arrange earlier pick up to the airport on very late notice which was a tremendous comfort to us. I can’t imagine how we would have managed without this kind of attentive service in a hotel or VRBO situation.
I am so thankful we chose to rent through Paris For Rent. Though it seems to be a premium price for accommodation, we saved so much money cooking-in and not eating out for every meal. The ongoing support and assistance for was superlative. The confidence in being able to reach assistance if we needed it was one reason I chose Paris For Rent; we are so grateful that we had this help when we needed it.
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