We had a great stay in Paris and were really impressed with the apartment, location and the wonderful hosts, Pascal & Pascal. We stayed for 4 nights in October with our two young children aged 8 and 5 – a family compromise in so far as that while we wanted to take the children to their dream destination of Disneyland, we didn’t want to spend a fortune going only there and not seeing Paris itself. So we had a long and very full day at Disneyland (easy to reach on a fast train from central Paris) and two & a half days in Paris – and everyone was happy! The idea of renting an apartment worked very well for our family – it was much more relaxed (not to mention cheaper) than staying in a hotel.
The apartment is situated in a quiet, gated, cobbled passageway off the main street. We were met there on arrival by one of the Pascals who showed us how everything worked. The building is very characterful & attractive and the area outside felt incredibly French (few tourists here!), with lots of lovely-looking bars and cafes (though having the children with us we didn’t get to sample much of them). We felt very safe, even at night, as it was quite busy in the streets outside and looking at all the interesting shops and bars that are springing up, obviously a trendy and gentrifying area. For me, it was much more interesting than staying in a more traditionally touristy area. The metro station was only a few minutes walk away but one afternoon we did walk back from the Pompidou Centre which took about 25 minutes (with young children in tow). You can easily walk to the fascinating and atmospheric Pere Lachaise cemetery – about 15 minutes away in an eastwards direction.
The apartment itself is quite small: comfortable for 2 or 3, but perhaps a little cosy for 4 adults, I can imagine! It is warm, clean, funkily decorated, comfortable and well equipped. There is a good shower and plenty of hot water, a safe for passports & valuables, free wi-fi, lots of TV channels, a DVD player and discs, and free phone calls to many worldwide destinations. Breakfast is provided – as the owners leave plenty of bread, butter, preserves (wonderful jams homemade by Pascal – the fig & peach jam will stay with me forever!), cereals, teas, coffee, milk, juice etc for the duration of your stay, but in practice you’ll probably want to go out and purchase freshly baked croissants from the nearby bakeries (we liked the pink-fronted one – was it called the Papillion? – across the road from Parmentier metro station). There is also an excellent FranPrix supermarket in the Rue Saint-Maur, just through the passageway, which was very convenient for when we wanted to cook at the apartment.
The double bed in the main bedroom can be converted to two singles – we put our children to sleep in here meaning leaving us on the sofa-bed in the lounge but meaning that we could use the kitchen and watch TV when they were asleep. The sofa-bed was fine – I would say quite comfortable as sofa-beds go – until the last evening when the folding mechanism failed, leaving us with nowhere to sleep! But a crisis like this proved the true worth of our hosts – despite being at home in the middle of hosting a dinner party, they came out to our rescue, toolbox in hand, full of goodwill and apology and sorted things out for us – we felt absolutely awful, but they couldn’t have been nicer about it!
Thank you so much, Pascal and Pascal, for a very happy and memorable stay. We’d love to come back one day, and in the mean time, will not hesitate to recommend your apartments to our friends.
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