Looking at this apartment for first trip to Paris., comments please? vacationinparis.com/apts/sub/51_photos.htm
Well its on the fourth floor, which means the fifth floor, and has no elevator,, thats alot of stairs for the price you are going to pay! I am not familar with the actual streets , but the area itself is central.
I would agree that's a somewhat steep (no pun intended) price for the amount of space, furnishings, and four flights of stairs.
Keep in mind that you'd have to haul your bags up/down those stairs, along with groceries, etc.
You may not mind one trip each way per day, but those stairs may preclude you from running out for fresh pastries, food shopping, a mid-day break.
There are plenty of stairs (especially if you use the metro frequently) everywhere in Paris.
After being out and about all day, it's usually all I can do to drag myself to the building entrance. I would not want to face four flights of stairs, have to cut my day short to get them over with, or generally just not be looking forward to heading "home" and those stairs.
Stairs are not a problem (my house has three floors plus a basement). My main concern is the neighborhood . I walked the streets on google but being it is my first trip I don't reaaly know what to watch for. Didn't see any pick-pockets : )Edited: 01 March 2012, 15:56
no elevator.. that would be a no no for me !
The area is very good. It is central and packed with shops, restaurants, etc. You will have easy access to all parts of Paris from there.Edited: 02 March 2012, 0:34
I agree with Planejane. If you don't find the stairs daunting, I say go for it. It's a great location for a first-time visit to Paris. The apartment is quite large for a 1BR. I've seen many 2BR apts in Paris with the same sq ft.
The area is very central, good transportation links. Can not comment on the price since I am used to euros rather than USD.
(If the OP is used to stairs and has no problem with them, then the fact that anybody else may dislike them - no matter how heartily! - is not relevant!)
It looks lovely, and large for Paris. Keep in mind that the Marais/Pompidou area has a lot of night life, so people will be out very late. Being on a higher floor will minimize that, though.Edited: 02 March 2012, 2:40
It looks lovely, and large for Paris. Keep in mind that the Marais/Pompidou area has a lot of night life, so people will be out ver late. Being on a higher floor will minimize that, though.
Seems like a nice place and spacious for the cost. I have used VIP twice and they are a great company.
My only concern (and I think VIP would give you candid feedback) is potential for noise. Being high enough or having the right windows or NOT facing a main street should do the trick.