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... shopping than sightseeing, the immediate area is also full of famous designer shops (Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton...), as well as lesser known but equally chic Parisian boutiques. And because Saint Germain des Pres is home to so many of the city's most fashionable people, the streets themselves provide a glimpse of elegant Parisien style.
Our apartment is in a "Directoire" style building (19th century): simple, clean with old Parisien charm. There is the best cheese shop in the neighbourhood ("Barthelemy") and a beautiful rose-only flower shop on either side of the entrance door. A long courtyard separates the apartment building from the street noise, and a large and clean staircase will lead you to the apartment.
We put much thought into the space and design of the apartment when we renovated it a few years back, to make sure that every single square foot of the 220square feet is well used. The apartment feels spacious and is comfortable, cheerful,and cosy.
The big double glaze window looks out over Parisian roofs and a small garden next door. The Queen sized bed is a top brand one, and the dining table can be unfolded to suit 4 persons. There is plenty of storage places in the apartment, and the kitchen is equipped with a microwave, coffee maker, tea maker, electric cookers, and many utensils. The bathroom has a walk-in shower. Other modern conveniences includes a cable TV with English channels, a refrigerator with freezer, washer and dryer, telephone with an answering machine (free international phone calls), and internet access (free broadband).
As for more practical concerns, a two-minute walk from our front door takes you to the intersection of Boulevard Saint Germain and Boulevard Raspail. Here, there are bus-stops (leading to virtually everywhere in Paris), a taxi stand, and a Metro station (Rue du Bac). There are several banks, a post office, numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as a variety of other useful shops. These include bakeries, a butcher shop, a fish market, an excellent "traiteur" (selling superb take-away food), and a grocery shop open 24 hours a day.
If you plan to have a car with you during your stay in Paris, there is a public underground parking garage beneath the Rue du Bac. If you would like to rent a car for a day or two, there is a Renault Dealership nearby. They offer a complete range of vehicles to rent, from tiny compacts to minivans.
As for gourmets, Within a ten-minute walk of the apartment are two major attractions for food lovers: La Grande Epicerie de Paris, and the Organic Market. Gourmet magazine (March, 2001) referred to La Grande Epicerie as "The ultimate grocery store...the first place we stop when we arrive in town". The same issue of Gourmet describes the Organic Market (an open-air street market held every Sunday morning on Boulevard Raspail) as "by far the best-known and trendiest of Paris's outdoor markets".
Whether you are visiting Paris for the culture, for the shops, or for the food (or all three!), our apartment on the Rue du Bac is the perfect place for beginning and ending each day's adventures.
The apartment can normally accommodate two adults, but could possibly suit a couple with one small child(there would be an additional charge). Naturally, we supply towels, sheets, duvets, and other necessities. And for those staying for more than one week, weekly maid service is included at no extra cost.Read more
Left on 07/01/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | MaryEA
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.
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