Wally, thanks for the recommendation. I am hesitant to rent an apartment only because I haven't done so in Paris before! It really helps to hear that you've have great experiences.
I checked VRBO and found some possibilities. It seems like a very reputable site - hopefully avoiding any of the "apartment crackdowns in Paris" that I'd read about on other threads in this forum.
The only things that are giving me a bit of pause are the 60 day cancellation policy - many hotels have a 24-48 hour policy that seems less stressful to me. Also, the 500E security deposit - is that typically refunded upon departure?
Thanks for any additional information you can share!