Villa Guibert Paris Rental - BEWARE
Dec 04, 2013, 3:31 PM
BEWARE OF THIS PARIS RENTAL APARTMENT - currently listed on Flip Key: http://www.flipkey.com/o/566757/
Listed either as "Villa Guibert" or "Gorgeous Villa in Exclusive District"
There is a reason you can not find online reviews of this property. We tried to post this review and photos, but so far it's not up. We are happy to share information about this experience with others so you can avoid an awful property.
Please note . . . you will have much better luck with apartments from www.welcome2france.com. Their properties were all filled when we looked and we sadly ended up in Villa Guibert, at that time managed by Halladis (also to be avoided because they were ineffective in identifying and addressing the problems) with the following experience . . .
We stayed at this property for a full week in the beginning of July 2013. It's an amazing location and the apartment is spacious, has some charm and nice characteristics, and could be a top quality rental if the owner would take the time to fix the problems, which are numerous and severe.
Rodents. There were mouse droppings all over the kitchen, including on counters. We never used the kitchen for this reason, and due to the significant MOLD growing on the wooden counters. Mice also ran around the baseboards at night. There were "electronic" devices "to keep the mice away" but they didn't work. We purchased our own mouse traps and caught mice every day.
Bugs. When we arrived at the property, I walked into the kitchen and there was a virtual eruption of ants and winged ants teaming on the floor, especially near the washing machine. The floor boards have huge gaps between them and they were pouring out from the cracks like some kind of a horror movie. We grabbed some bathroom disinfectant spray and killed them and had to wipe and vacuum them up. This happened several more times during our stay.
The place was filthy with dust and dirt. Our kids walked barefoot for 10 minutes and their feet were black. The dust was visible to the naked eye. Half the lightbulbs were out. Rugs were disgusting. Floors, when I wiped them with a damp dishtowel, were literally black with soot, age, dirt.
Chairs and furniture had spots, stains, holes. Ragged. Several chairs (three of 8 or so in the apartment) were broken and could not be used.
Sheets & towels were clean, the only clean items in the apartment. Pillows under the cases were disgusting. Stained, old, matted, hard as rocks. I stripped one bed to look at the mattress. . . wished I had not.
We had the place cleaned - it took two cleaning ladies two 12-hour days each, and it was still barely habitable. No refund or apology.
Avoid this property at all costs.