Stylish cheerful studio in St. Germain des pres
|Rental type||Apartment / Condominium|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Suitable for childrenAsk
Suitable for the elderlyYes
Description from the owner
Rue de Grenelle is one of my favourite streets in Paris. It runs from the Champs de Mars (Eiffel Tower), through the Rue Cler area (the well-known street market), across the Invalides (Napoleon's tomb), then continues through St. Germain area where many beautiful sumptuous old townhouses are hidden behind unpretentious looking doors.
Our apartment on the Rue de Grenelle is between the Rue du Bac and the Boulevard Raspail. Within easy walking distance are the Musee d'Orsay, the Louvre, the Musee Rodin, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Hotel Matignon (official residence of the French Prime Minister). For those who are more interested in...Read more
Stylish cheerful studio in St. Germain des pres
7th Arrondissement Palais-Bourbon, Ile-de-France (Paris Region), France
(Property location is approximate)
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$129 - $154||$129 - $154||$901 - $1,081||$2,702||3 nights|
|May. 25 2011 - Dec. 31 2011||$129||$129||$901||$2,702||3 nights|
|Dec. 24 2011 - Jan. 2 2012||$154||$154||$1,081||-||5 nights|
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AvailableUnavailable Last updated: January 03, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Almost Perfect apartment in the 6th
This is a difficult review to write because this quiet, off the street apartment has such potential. When I saw the photo I had hoped to sit at the table with a view of a charming courtyard. The reality is that one looks into other apartment windows. Also, be forewarned that there are 3 narrow winding sets of stairs to take your luggage up and no lift. When we arrived (after emailing and leaving a phone message with the owner as to when we were arriving) we went to pick up the key at a bar down the street as per written instructions. The key wasn't there. We called the owner, reached her, and was told it was under the mat. How would we have known? Once inside the studio was clean and neat but we soon found many things amiss. Three lit bulbs didn't work including the one over the vanity in the bath making it impossible to see to shave or put on makeup. The shower drain was blocked leaving us standing in several inches of water. The blinds were missing cords and didn't stay up. The worst was that on day 3 of our stay I started laundry only to learn later from the owner that the washer didn't work. I would have appreciated a note on arrival alerting me to that fact. I had to rinse everything by hand and hang it around the apartment for days to dry. The positive aspects are free wifi, a fairly well appointed kitchen (even though most of the cups were chipped), and a wonderfully central location within walking distance or a metro stop of most museums, parks and good restaurants. I think with more frequent and detailed attention from the owner, this little apartment could be a real gem. It's small enough that keeping it in mint condition shouldn't be hard or expensive and then I would recommend it without hesitation
Response from Alexandra - 10/26/2011
This is also a difficult response to write: as I have been attentive to this tenant’s various demands and responded all their multiple emails right away during their stay.
To begin with, it is clearly stated in my description that this apartment is on the 3rd floor, without elevator: therefore one should expect a staircase with at least three sets of stairs to take you up to the third floor. Staircase size wise, unfortunately Parisian standard may not be the same as in Oregon where tenants live, but it is definitely not qualified as narrow by most of my tenants.
Secondly, the photo of the view from the apartment is taken exactly from the window where this person supposed to sit; therefore the view is exactly represented. Again, in any condominium buildings in Paris, especially on a courtyard there will always be neighbors and it will be difficult or almost impossible to have an unobstructed view of blue sky.
For the "broken" bulbs and shower, I proposed right away to drop by and replace them, but this person declined. I proposed also for them to purchase new ones in the supermarket just downstairs, and I would reimburse them, but they didn't want to be bothered either which I understand. I went to the apartment right after their departure, only to find out all light bulbs worked. I emailed this tenant to give them a follow-up as they were so keen on maintenance, and explained to them that they probably didn't use properly the multiples switches, which is why some of them didn't lit up.
Having said all that, in our email exchanges during their stay in Paris they wrote me comments such as as "We're having a great time in Paris and enjoying your apartment". I am happy they did since I tried my best to satisfy them, but at the same time, thanks to my years of renting experience I’m lucid enough to know that there are some people can never be completely satisfied.
Comfort and Great Location
This is the second year that I have stayed at this apartment on Rue de Grenelle. From my first contact with alexandra Li, the process to rent was smooth and trouble free. The apartment is in a lovely part of Paris; the Seine and Musee d'Orsay are an easy walk, and there are beautiful shops within steps of the door. A metro stop is just a few feet away as is an aTM, a beautiful rose shop, a fromagerie, and a taxi stand.
The apartment is comfortable for one or two people. The space is airy with a lovely window, internet, tv, and phone. There is a full kitchen with a washer/dryer also.
I plan on staying here each summer, if possible. I highly recommend the apartment as it's a perfect way to begin and end one's day in Paris. Alexandra is a delight to work with, and the apartment provides all that I need when in Paris.