We saw the apartment online and booked. The booking procedure was very easy; they are very clear in their instructions and the process was effortless. Before we left for Paris I had a few questions and they answered my emails promptly and thoughtfully. Our flight got in earlier than their stated check in, but they agreed, readily, to meet us there early.
We called them from the airport and made our way (also easy - RER to St. Michel stop, and then a 5 minute walk) to the apartment. She got there almost the same moment we did, and brought us upstairs (it's about 3 flights of stairs - not too onerous, but after a day of sightseeing I did huff a bit).
The apartment is pretty great. When we were there a giant tarp was set up in front of the bedroom and bathroom windows (looking into courtyard I think) because of construction (which seems to be ongoing in Paris). That wasn't too bad but the tarp does cover the bathroom vent to outside so it was a bit steamy in the bathroom after a shower. The bathroom itself is great - quite large by paris standards I think. There are towels, but not as many as I'd use at home but enough. There is also a small washing machine which is great, but it's very hard to actually put the detergent in the upper dispenser because of the counter. It is also very much full of mildew. (housewife tip: i have a front loading washer at home, and it's important to keep the door open after a wash until it has completely dried, and you need to wipe out the rubber ring that goes around the tub - it was that cavity that was really icky.) I wiped it out as much as I could, but it might need a good cleaning. A simple instruction to guests to leave it open after a wash would make a big difference. There is no dryer, but there is a rack for clothes.
If you're the type to lay abed 1) you're in the wrong city, and 2) you can't on a weekday because the day care over the wall is LOUD. It's not a big deal, but it made me wonder - those kids never stopped!
The kitchen is very well appointed, and while we didn't cook, we could have very easily. It's quite lovely. All we really used were wine glasses :-)
There's a nook in the wall full of books to read, and many discarded Paris travel guides (I left two of mine, fyi). We found those very helpful, actually.
The carpet is stained in places, which didn't bother me, but it WAS quite rough on bare feet, I have to say. I didn't like it. The bed was really comfy, the dresser roomy, and the living room quite comfortable. The wifi was great to have, and easy to log on to. The fact that we could use the landline to make phone calls for free was a nice plus.
The location really couldn't be better. 5 minutes and you're on either bank. Lots of lovely brasseries and cafes, and of course, Bertillon Ice cream (worth the visit). We had breakfast at the St. Regis down the road and I am officially in love with that place. Great service, the atmosphere is very "parisian" and the food was good. Try the chocolat with breakfast, you won't regret it.
In all, a really good decision on our part to stay at this apartment. We had a lovely week, and when we go to Paris again I wouldn't hesitate to stay there.
- Also Known As:
- Special Apartments Hotel Paris