The location of this apartment can't be beat, if you love the 6th arrondissement of Paris,as we do. This section of Rue de Buci is pedestrian-only--good to know if you call a cab or airport shuttle. They won't be able to pull right up front to that address, so use the Hotel de Buci (a bit further down the street--less than one minute walk) as a pick up point..
The flat is exactly as pictured in the photos. Big, airy, and light living /dining/kitchen area--even more spacious than it appears in photos. The new windows kept the noise out and when shut, the flat was completely quiet, except one night with an exceptionally loud rock n' roll mini-festival going on in the street below! And even those sounds were well-muffled.
The bedroom and bathroom are lovely and modern--big bathroom, comfortable Queen bed. The drapery kept the bedroom dark, if you need to sleep in. We LOVED the interior of this apt, for two people.
A few reservations which prevent recommending it 100% wholeheartedly:
It is listed as a "luxury" rental. However, the inner hallway/staricase of the bldg itself are grimy and shabby. There is no elevator. There is NO air-conditioning. Nearly every other "luxury" property i've checked from other companies, includes ac for the often hot Parisian summers. This could be a problem in hot weather, if you want to open windows for some air. However, since windows were excellent at soundproofing, perhaps they are equally good at not letting the heat in. There are some electric fans available too.
We were two people, so didnt use the bunkbeds in the living room closet. Just be aware, if you need to use them, that is exactly what they are : bunk beds in a small closet.
The inner courtyard of the apt building usually was filled with odors of frying Asian food. The ground floor/street level of the building is a Chinese traiteur and the family lives (and i am guessing, cooks) in the flat just above it. So when we opened the bathroom or bedroom windows in the morning, strong cooking aromas rose up. Bonjour!
All in all, we enjoyed our stay, and realize it's a better value than most nearby hotels. The location cannot be beat, if you want to be in the midst of the Left Bank's fun and liveliness.
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We just came back from a week in Paris and staying at #235. It is located in a great location and is a wonderful apartment. Vacation in Paris did us a really great favor by placing us here. The photos above are not fudged at all. it really is that nice inside the apartment. The main bedroom and the kitchen have organized shelving units to store away a lot of stuff. The second bedroom with bunk beds is a bit small but it has a desk light and a built in bookcase in it for a little storage. The kitchen is very big and efficient. The stove needs the instructions to use if you are not used to that type of flat top stove. The bathroom is great, huge by European hotel and apartment standards. Note to Americans who need sheets to sleep, they do have sheets along with puffs on all the beds. The apartment manager was very good and informative about the area. There are leftover Paris tourists books in the desk.
The area is mostly quiet and there are Great Bistros that are open and serving outside of the usual European times all along the street. There is a big Carrefour Market for food supplies, 2 ice cream shops, and a Vegetable and Fruit stand along this street and across the way. This helps if you are trying to save money for the tourist stuff. If you stay here I would suggest going to the Vietnamese place downstairs and the Thai-Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant, La Muraille de Jade, it is on the way to the Odeon Metro on 5, rue de l'Ancienne Comedie. There is Wifi in the apartment. Once you get that really long wifi code in and submitted on your iphone or Ipad, etc. your wifi are good for the whole stay and all around the apartment.
Small Negatives: If you are a grownup sleeping in the second small bunkroom, I would leave the doors open at night. There was some noise on Friday and Saturday nights due to a bar close by and some sports event. Trash men come around 6-6:30am on Sunday so there all the trashcans are out on the street. The apartment is on the 4th floor (US) and you have to use a small spiral staircase to get up and down so I would not recommend it to people with limited mobility. We did not try the washer/dryer combined machine because it takes about 4 hours. There are only about 5 TV channels in English and they are all 24 hour news stations.
For Paris: If you like music and love cathedrals check on-line to see if there is a concert at St. Chapelle near Notre Dame De Paris. We saw a quintet playing Vivaldi, Pachelbel and Vitale there in the Chapel for an hour. It is a great memory to take away from Paris. Don't miss the Eiffel but get tickets online first, the lines are hideous and hawkers abound. Another thing not to miss is the Medici Treasures at the Musee du Maillol near Rue De Bac metro and Monet's Water Lillies in the Musee De L'Orangerie near the Louvre (They used to be at NY's MOMA). It is worth the trip but again I would get a reservation. The Louvre has electronic tickets kiosks to avoid the lines. For Versaille, I suggest getting tickets ahead of time or face 1-2 hour lines, Last English tour is at 2:15pm on Saturdays so check ahead.
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