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Paris newbies - apartment rental

We are a group of 4 women in our 50's and 60's who are planning a one week trip to Paris in September. We want to rent a house or apartment for the week in Paris, but don't want to spend more than $2000 total for the rental. We want to walk or take the metro everywhere. What great rentals would you suggest? What advice do you have? It will be appreciated!

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Re: "Renting a house of apartment in Paris"
Think apartment, you won't be renting a "house" in the city.
Go to the France section of this Forum and skim down the list of topics and you'll find many topics posted previously on apartment rentals in Paris (including the warning that the City of Paris is cracking down on apartment landlords who rent to tourists but aren't officially registered and don't pay taxes to the City).

This method of research will give you quicker and more comprehensive info to supplement whatever answers you get on this topic.

Paris is a great destination. You'll love it. Study up on the language a bit.
Happy Travels!

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Check some of the vacation rental agencies. Vacation in Paris, Paris Best Lodge, and Cobblestone Paris get good reviews. You may get better rates on VRBO or Airbnb, but those are listing services and often are the ones Paris officials are looking at closely. With these listing services, you deal directly with the owners and need to do a lot of due diligence to be sure you have a successful rental. The agencies represent the owners, allegedly pay taxes, and see that the rentals hold to certain standards. You need to think in terms of euros rather than dollars. For 4 women, you'll probably want two bedrooms so your budget may be on the low side for what you need. Have you considered booking two twin rooms in a hotel. For just a week, that may be a better option and you'll have two bathrooms. Check locations in arrondisiments 1 through 6 and close to the river to be most centrally located. For an idea of how one 60+ managed Paris for two weeks solo, you might get some tips from my blog at www.cjtparis2013.blogspot.com - enjoy planning and have a wonderful trip.

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Be mindful that Paris ( which has a hotel occupancy rate near 90% , last I looked ) is particularly busy in September and rooms are at a premium . This is trade show and fashion show time and even now things are starting to show booked up . Also , on the assumption you find a room for four people , the logistics of getting moving in the morning ( four people vying for a single bathroom ) might prove somewhat impractical . As well , I think you need to recalculate your budget upwards to some degree .

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Hi ladies. I rented 2 apartments this past Novemver; we were 3 ladies of your ages. The first as on rue Claude Bernard, on the edge of the 5th. The apartment name is Le lutece, which I found on vrbo but then all communication was through myfrancevacations.com. The apartment had 2 bedrooms, 1 double and one with 2 singles, one bathroom. 3 rd floor with a small elevator. We only used the elevator on arrival and departure. It was lovely. 5 minute walk to the end of rue Montorgeuil, a market street. About 10 mins walk to the metro and a bus stop at the door. I cannot recall the price but it was reasonable for 3 people. Huge fridge, patisserie about 1 block away and many restaurants very near.

The second apartment was in the 15th, near the Eiffel tower. It was nice but a strange configuration where ine bedroom had to exit either through the bathroom or the other bedroom.

This was the first trip in apartments in Paris and I loved it. The markets are my favorite thing, so to be able to really shop & eat from market fare was great.

Enjoy your trip.