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Good Apartment in Paris for a week in summer?

We have been looking over the various apartment sites (Air BNB, Vacation in Paris, VRBO, etc.) and just wondered if anyone in the RS community knows of a nice apartment in a centrally located part of Paris, around $200 or so per night. Our goal is a good location, safe area, metro reasonably close, not too noisy. Anyone had a place they really liked???
Thanks!

Posted by aarthurperry
473 posts

I have reserved AirBnb places for long stays in Paris, Rome, Florence, Budapest, Naples, Puglia and Bulgaria for a 5 month trip this spring to fall I have found some great places for some very reasonable prices.

But I have to say that Paris proved to be the most difficult to find a place and pin down. It took me a long time, much longer than the other places. It was very difficult to get the Hosts to answer me.

But I did find a really good one, very central near Chatelet Les Halles on a quiet street. Here is the link to that apartment. I have it from April 19th to the 25th. It was $606 for the 6 nights.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1391556

Good luck and let me know how it works out.

Posted by Dave
Ventura, CA
1971 posts

That link comes up as "no longer available". I was going to ask the OP about the city required registration number, are you seeing any of those on apartments you're looking at?

Posted by JHK
Palo Alto, California, United States
1747 posts

I have not stayed at this place: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/595610. However, I know a couple who want to stay only in "legal" rentals who have reserved it for a stay this spring. Note that this place has a registration number and I get the sense that it books up because of location and the fact that people who are interested know that it is registered so it is a desired property but again I have no personal experience with the place.

Posted by acraven
Washington DC
8971 posts

As indicated in the earlier responses, Paris has cracked down on short-term rentals, requiring that they be properly registered. From anecdotal evidence it seems that many places previously on the tourist-rental market are no longer available, at least for now.

Since you're traveling in summer, you need to pay particular attention to whether your lodgings are air conditioned. Many Parisian apartments are not, and the weather could make that an issue.

Posted by aarthurperry
473 posts

I double checked the link and used it from this site and it worked. What I see is that the place I am referring to is still up and running and at least from what I can gather has dates open.

While I am aware that the city of Paris has instituted some new rules on AirBnb I think in reality it's one of those things that is just unenforceable. What Paris did was ask AirBnb to "de list" about 1000 apartments. this is out of a total of 65,000 for rent according to some sources. And according to the same source 11,000 apartments have been registered. I think with those numbers you are safe no matter what you choose to do. (info from: https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/11/paris-asks-airbnb-to-delist-a-thousand-apartments/)

Here is a review of that apartment from DECEMBER 2017: "December 2017
The studio is located in a central part of town in an upscale residential neighborhood, which is close to many historic sites. It gives you an idea of how well-to-do Parisians spend their life in town. There are plenty of bakeries, boutique shops and top notch restaurants within a couple of minutes from the apartment,...."

So it seems it was ok at least then but there are many many more especially at your price level.

Posted by JHK
Palo Alto, California, United States
1747 posts

I just tried clicking on the first link in this thread and it does not work. The message that I get is that the listing is no longer available. I don't know why it is working for aarthurperry but it is not working for me.

Posted by Carol
Oregon
63 posts

In the past we have found an apt through Welcome2france. We stayed in an apt. In the Montorgeuil district, adjacent to a pedestrian street with restaurants and food “stores.” It was conveniently located close to several metro lines. I just looked at their website and they list a 1 bedroom for
1190 Euros a week.

Posted by chexbres
Paris
2466 posts

All you need to know is to look for the 13-digit registration number on AirBnB.
The property owner's financial information is tied to it, so there is no faking it on the online form.

AirBnB is supposed to "wipe the calendar" as the 120 day rental approaches. This is in response to the property owner's vacation time.
If a tenant has permission to sub-let (usually this is illegal), I would check to be sure with the property owner.

There are Metro stations about 500 metres away from each other, except if you are in the 16th, 17th arrondissements.

Look on GoogleMap Street View to see if you like the neighborhood. You can't really tell anything about the building until you are inside the apartment and you feel it is too noisy for you.

Don't be "charmed" by the ceiling beams or anything - look closely at the elevator (if there is one) number of steps, kitchen and bedding arrangements.

Posted by larlock
Los Angeles
249 posts

I have a question about the second apartment. In their photos they have a cute picture of a park with stairs. Does anybody know what park that is?

Posted by cah2c
65 posts

We used this company to rent an apartment for a week on our trip to Paris last summer:

http://www.parisvacationapartments.com/

We were really happy with the location and the quality of the apartment as well as the responsiveness and helpfulness of the company's staff. Not sure how many rooms you need, but if you're looking for a one bedroom or can do with a studio, they have ones within your price specifications.

Posted by chexbres
Paris
2466 posts

You will probably need air conditioning. Most rental apartments do not have it.
Citadines does have individual controls at their Richard Lenoir location, and is about two blocks from the Bastille Market, which is held on Thurs and Sunday mornings - 9:00 to about 1 PM.
There is also a Casino supermarket for other necessities.

The link - or the park - doesn't work for me.

Posted by chexbres
Paris
2466 posts

Here are two other options:

residencehenri4.com/en/ (in the 6th arrondissement, close to Odeon Metro - good transportation and you can walk almost anywhere from there)

hotel/fr/le-roi-de-sicile.en-gb.html?aid=356982;label=gog235jc-hotel-XX-fr-leNroiNdeNsicile-unspec-fr-com-L%3Aen-O%3AwindowsS81-B%3Achrome-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3AXX-H%3As;sid=1f2826f547cb46e5dffb2c06c2cb0758;dist=0&sbpricetype=total&type=total&
(which is in the 4th arrondissement, and you have good transportation options and you can walk anywhere from there)

Posted by Kim
Paris
3405 posts

I think with those numbers you are safe no matter what you choose to do.

Sure, until the owner of the apartment that you've rented and paid for has to take it off the market AFTER you've rented it and before your trip (how long before) because they've gotten slammed by authorities.

Depends how much you want to do a second search for lodging closer to departure time for your trip.

(p.s. the link that AArthurperry provided also shows to me as "this listing is no longer available")

Posted by Kim
Paris
3405 posts
Posted by larlock
Los Angeles
249 posts

Thanks Kim. Looks like a great place to sit and soak in life.