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Looking for an apartment for 3people in the 4, 5 or 6th arrondissement for March 18-24

Aloha! I'm looking for recommendations in Paris. We are bringing our 17 year old daughter for her first trip to Paris and want a central home base. I'm grateful for any recent finds.
Best,
Karen

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More info will be helpful such as: budget per night in Euros, do you need two bedrooms or is one bedroom with sofa bed ok, do you want a washer & dryer, is an elevator a requirement, do you need a full kitchen or will a mini fridge and microwave suffice?

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We would be fine with a large studio or one bedroom and don't need a full kitchen - fridge, microwave and coffee are most important. One king or queen plus a single or comfortable sofa bed would be fine. Elevator and washer are pluses but not deal breakers if they aren't available.
The most important thing for me is location, cleanliness, wifi, light and air with enough space that we aren't stumbling over each other. We were hoping to budget lodging at less than $1800 for the 6 days and would adore high ceilings, big windows & a quiet courtyard or on a leafy smaller street amid gorgeous old buildings... Thank you in advance for any suggestions. :)

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Bonjour Karen — I know from experience how much work it is to search for an (perfect) apartment in Paris can be. I wish I had time to do it for you :-)

One method I employ is to write out my requirements along with my dates then contact reputable apartment rental agencies such as Guest Apartment Services, Paris Perfect, Paris Vacation Apartments, Haven, or Cobblestone, to name a few. They know their inventory and can send you listings that fit your needs. Why spend hours and hours sifting through listings?

If you’re unsure as to an agency’s legitimacy, asking here or on another travel forum can help. Unfortunately the internet is littered with less than legit rental sites. And the number of legit rental companies (and rentals) have declined due to the legality of short term rentals in Paris as well as the pandemic. If you decide to use Air B&B or Vrbo, be sure to so your homework that the apartment is legal, read the reviews and look for red flags. Post the specific apartment link here or on other forums to ask advice.

Another avenue to consider are “residence” or “aparthotel” type accommodations such as Citadines, Hotel Résidence des Arts, Pepper & Paper, Residence Charles Floquet, , etc.

Unfortunately, especially since the pandemic, renting apartment in Paris has gotten harder (but not impossible). Wishing you much luck!!!

We had a great apartment and excellent service and communication through ParisVacationApartments.com in the spring of 2018.

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I suggest you looks at the apartments offered by Vacations in Paris. They are a well-established company—-we rented from them almost 20 years ago—-and their apartments are legal. They take credit cards (no bank transfers involved) and you pay in dollars. It is actually an American-owned company so you do don’t have to worry about language barriers or misunderstandings in the contract. They have staff in Paris if you need them, but we never did. And it is easy to call them if you want.

https://www.vacationinparis.com/index

You can search by arrondissement ( one at a time), number of people, price, etc. just click on Our Rentals at upper left on the menu bar to open the search function. For 3 people, I found 4 apartments in the 4th, 1 in the 5th, and 6 in the 6th, and all but 1 were available for your visit. I tried to post a link to a nice bright one in the 6th near the Bon Marché, less expensive than others, but it didn’t work. There was one in the 4th I liked a lot. But you might like one of the others better.

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I would choose the 6th for your first visit.
I usually book apartments through AirBNB or VRBO.
I only book apartments with 50+ reviews and try to go with SuperHosts (AirBNB). I also only book apartments that have a generous cancellation policy.
Really look at the photos and read the most current reviews (the last 10-20) and use google translate if needed.
Make sure that you are close to a metro station.
I have yet to say "boy that was a crappy apartment" with any AirBNB, but I do a lot of footwork and research to make sure the apartment fits OUR needs. You may get recommendations but everyone has different wants/needs. For some it is luxury and for others is all about location. For us it's about location, cost, quiet at night (Not next to a nightclub), comfort and it must have a bedroom with a door that closes, a sofa and a dining table. Hubby goes to bed early and I like to cuddle up of the sofa, enjoy a cup of tea and plan and pack for the next days adventures and write in my journal.

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My mother & I stayed in one of the units in Nov/Dec 2021 from Apartments du Louvre, https://www.apartmentsdulouvre.com, they have two buildings. Both have elevators, which means two individuals or one individual with two suitcases can fit in it. We stayed at the Marais building, So Chic apartment. 2 bedroom with Queen size beds, one room had a single sleeper chair in it as well. One bathroom & kitchen w/laundry, & HVAC system. It is a family business. We really enjoyed the apartment with the large balcony. I usually use Cobblestone Paris, https://cobblestoneparis.com, as my rental company, but I needed a unit with an elevator for my mother. My niece stopped by for two nights and used the single pullout bed, she plans on returning to the apartment in the spring with her girlfriends.

Our building was at a great location, 4 Rue Étienne Marcel. Bus stop out front, metro line 4 stop a block away, Les Halles main station within walking distance, plenty of cafes around it. Two grocery stores around the corner & a nice bakery/boulangerie, BO & MIE, just around the corner. For COVID testing, if still required, there were 4 locations/tents within walking distance. We used the Univers Pharmacy two blocks away, 24 Bd de Sebastopol. In & Out with printed copies of results & updated Pass Sanitaire in about 20 minutes.

Enjoy your trip, I won't be back in France until 2025.

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aloha kakahiaka karen (fellow local here)
have you found a place yet?
cross-pollinate.com
has few apartments and b&b’s
booking.com
put in your filters, they do have apts also. check aparthotels or citadines places, family rooms
big crackdown for few years with short term rentals.
if you find something contact directly. read the cancellation policies carefully, what floor on and if elevator climbing stairs with luggage, pack light, remember check in is usually 2-4pm, unless early approval, read reviews.
enjoy paris, been 4 times. so much to see and do. have all the sites needing reservations booked, read up about the virus and what you need to have. any more questions and the forum will tell you good bad and ugly, have your daughter look and what she wants to see.
aloha and hang loose