We rented this apartment b/c the one we had previously rented nearby was not available. We needed a place were five adults could stay, and we wanted to be in the 14 arrondissement. We wanted a safe location in a clean apartment for 5 people (two adults and three young adults) for 10 days that allowed us to cook meals.
The apartment building is locked by an access code and we felt very safe in it. It appears to be mostly families living it in. We never heard any of the neighbors.
The apartment building is 0.3 miles from a gigantic Monoprix (think Super Target --groceries and clothes/makeup/house stuff/wine). This is right across from the Montparnasse Metro (where you can go to Versailles) and next to the Galleria Layfayette (high end department store). There was one reusable monoprix shopping bag in the closet. [Might want to bring some smaller ones to keep with you since you won't always get a back with your items, and you want to be able to buy items a few at a time rather than do a big shopping and have to carry it all.]
It is also 1/2 block from the police department fore the entire arrondissement. Also, a half block from Rue Dagguerre-- which has a portion closed off to vehicles and has a bunch of restaurants--either sit down or take out, bars, stores, post office.. another Monoprix and a smaller Franprix. There are also a Franprix and Pharmacy literally across the street from the apartment building. You are also close to Rue de la Gaite, which has more restaurants and bars. Not far from all the Ernest Hemingway haunts--La Closerie, La Select, La Dome. There is also a nice italian restaurant two buildings over that we ate at one night and it was very good with friendly servers. It is close to the Gaite metro stop and also the Denfort-Rochereau metro stop. We were out of the apartment 12 hours each day, and it was nice to be able to get to and from the metro stops quickly.
The apartment building has a small, very quiet, glass elevator (fits two people) or we used it for our luggage. The apartment is on the 6th floor. We used the stairs, but the elevator was always available. It is quite far from the Eiffel Tower, but you can manage to see the very tip of the ET from the back bedroom- more obvious at night with the spotlight.
The apartment has a decent sized front room that has a table for 6, and a couch and a tv. We never used the tv, so I don't know how well it worked. The bedrooms are also a good size. One had a queen and the other two twins. The toilet is in a separate room with a sink and a washer near the front door. The other part of the bathroom is between the bedrooms and has the tub and a sink. The kitchen is situated between the bedrooms and the front room and has a door that you can shut it.
The apartment has a small washer. It was slightly bigger than the one we had in the last apartment, and we could wash 3 towels at one time or say one pair of jeans, with 3-4 tshirts. Like the other washer, you want to use the longer/normal 3 hour cycle because this one spins much of the water out and there isn't a dryer. We would run the washer when we left in the morning and then hang them over night. There is a nice drying rack and also a ton of hangers-- and with the many gigantic windows-- with being on the 6th floor-- there was a nice breeze and things dried overnight. There was also a nice fan, but just one fan we used when it got over 80 degrees out.
There were ice cube trays and a good size refrigerator and freezer.
There is an on-demand hot water system, so except the first day when we didn't understand how to work it, there was always very hot water for 5 people to shower one after the other. The system is gas, so you can see in the hole a blue flame. If there is no blue flame, you need to restart the system. There are two buttons on the system. The one on the left is the gas. So, press it for 20 seconds...then with the other hand using the machetes left there-- while continuing to hold the button-- place the lit match inside the hole (don't let go/just hold onto it) and once it is lit count to ten or so, then slowly release the button. You should still see the flame burning. To test it, turn the kitchen or any water on hot and you should hear the heater make a "thump" noise and the flame gets bigger while the hot water is flowing. It went out a few times we were there, but it took 2 seconds to restart it and it was not a problem.
The oven worked well.
The manager was very responsive and helped us with the above problem immediately. I emailed him a few questions during our stay using the trip advisor app (since that is how we booked it) and he was very good about getting back to us.
The manager left us a container of soap to wash dishes, new sponges, and a container of hand soap for the bathroom. There was a roll of paper towels, a few rolls of toilet paper, and a few garbage bags. We bought more of all of the above and left what we didn't use. The toilet worked without any problems. The tub held water. It is a small tub for the EU (not long for tall people). If you are over 240 lbs it might be hard to be comfortable in the tub to take a bath. The shower works well.
There is a garbage (green lid) and recycling bin (yellow lid) on the bottom floor in the atrium area. Be sure not to throw your trash in the "Icsom" bin--that is the one for the restaurant.
There is a lot of storage space/closets/hangers. There is a vacuum, but we did not use it. There is an iron and hair dryer (also did not use these).
There was one towel per person. The towels, the sheets, the sinks, the tub and the toilet were clean.
The floors were clean. We washed the towels after a few days.
If you are staying with kids or teenagers there really isn't too much you can break in this apartment. It isn't very sophisticated, but it had comfortable beds and plenty of space for 5. We did not put the couch/futon down so we only used it for one person to sleep. Not sure how it'd be for 2 people.
The glasses/dishes were sufficient. It could have used more forks, and spoons. There were only 3 small pots, so we bought a 2 quart white metal pot to make pasta and left it there. There was a decent sized frying pan. The dishwasher worked well. We mostly hand washed items, but ran the dishwasher 2-3 times over ten days.
The WIFI works well in the front room, but not in the bedrooms. It had to be unplugged and rebooted a few times, but overall was fine. You need the code from the manager.
The inner windows face a elementary school. If you are not an early riser, and it's hot--and you have your windows open (which you will) --these kids scream starting around 830 when they arrive and then off and on throughout the morning. If you want to sleep in, an if quiet is necessary for whatever you need --this cold be a problem. We used it as an alarm clock of sorts and it didn't bother us, but it was something that took getting used to.
Overall, our stay was great. It wasn't fancy, but it was comfortable. If we return and need a place for more than two of us, I would stay here again. I liked being in the top floor. No one could look down into your apartment and you had a nice breeze (the windows open completely). Despite having the windows open at night, we never had bugs flying in. The kitchen and toilet room windows can be left wide open even with rain b/c they slant properly to keep the rain out. The apartment is bright with light. If you need darkness, bring a sleeping mask. I will try to upload pictures from our June 2018 stay so you can see the layout and furniture.
The not so good:
While the important parts of the apartment were clean (see above) some areas -around the baseboards/behind the bed/caulking in the bathroom had dirt or mold. The counter top was clean but the areas in the grout were dirty. I think it just needs to have a deep cleaning between every renter by a professional maid. We bought a bottle of multi-purpose cleaner to keep the surfaces clean.
Similarly, while the sheets and towels were clean, the throw rugs and table cloth did not seem to have been washed recently. I went to shake the table cloth off the 2nd day we were there after eating and there was a clump of grass, with what I am telling myself was dirt, on the bottom of it. I guess the previous tenant must have used it for a picnic and put it back on the table without running it in the washer. We washed it, and was fine, but again--a professional maid service would have cleaned this, I think.
The shower curtain is short and not vinyl so it leaks a lot on the floor. There is some mold under the cabinet where the water runs and this has damaged the wall a bit in the bedroom. I think a longer and waterproof curtain would easily solve this problem.