If you've used this agency please let me know if you were happy with them or not. If not, why not. Thanks so much!
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Thanks very much Kent!
You're welcome, Susan! Using Google to search the Helpline made it easy (took less than a minute) to find ALL the posts ever made on your question, instead of just the one or two you might have received from the relatively small group of forum users that would see your post.For others, click here for step by step instructions on how to find ALL the answers to your question!
I followed your advice and it helped immensely!! I can't thank you enough Kent. Thanks also for being so nice about it, I should have known to do that on my own but didn't. Thank You!!
You're welcome! I'm glad the new search method helped you. No apology necessary: we aren't allowed to have permanent stickie topics here and because of that, the search method instructions are difficult to find--that's what we're here for. (and you have a right to be treated nicely!) Happy travels! Come back any time if you have other questions.
If your rental agency doesn't work out, I would check out www.vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner). We've rented a place from them in Florida on 2 different occasions and in April we rented a great apartment in the Latin Quarter. We are a family with 2 children, so the apartment route was great for us. vrbo.com has many apartments in all areas of Paris, so if you cannot find what you are looking for, you might want to give it a try.
Thanks SuzieeQQ for your suggestion...I have checked them out, plus about 30 other agencies :) vrbo.com did not have anything on Ile St. Louis, which is our favorite neighborhood in Paris, that we could afford. Paris Attitude has a great looking one that is very reasonably priced (a studio). Thanks!
Kent, You're the Best. Thanks again.
We decided to go with a different agency, ParisAddress. One of my friends had a great experience with this agency when she went to Paris last summer with her family, so we took her advice and booked a 2-bedroom apartment on the Ile St Louis. We don't actually go until July, so I can't vouch for the apartment, but the service I've received so far has been excellent. We did choose the optional insurance because it protects against cancellation fees, a potential problem in our case.
They have properties all over the city in all price ranges, but the cheaper ones tend to go quickly, so book as soon as you can.
Thanks so much Ashley, you must be so excited! I am and we're not going until May of next year. We absolutely love Paris and can never get enough of it. I hope you have a great time!
We are currently having a "comparitive" experience. We booked two weeks in Paris (separated by a week on the Canal du Centre). The first week with ParisAddress, and the second through vrbo directly with an individual who lives in Oakland, CA.
ParisAddress definitely superior. Their website is highly detailed as to the features of the property, a company greeter checks you in (Marco was quite charmant.), their inclusive prices are quite competitive. Much better than the experience we are having now--ok, but just not the same quality.
We will use ParisAddress again...soon.
(Tamalpais High School Class of 61)
Thanks Bill! I did try that agency but they didn't have what we were looking for. I got a lot of private messages from people who had a good experience with Paris Attitude so we went ahead and booked an apartment with them. They have been great so far. Thanks again Bill!
Susan, please read the posts about Paris Attitude on Trip advisor:
We always use VRBO or Homelidays.com for our rentels. We just got back from Paris and used Homelidays for this trip.
Hi Steve, Thanks for the post. I've "spoken" to 8 people on this site that used ParisAttitude.com and they all loved the agency. We've already booked an apt w/them and they have been great. I checked out about 30 other agencies before choosing ParisAttitude, including vrbo.com. They didn't have anything on Ile Saint Louis (the only neighborhood we like to stay in) that we liked. The apt we're renting from ParisAttitude is perfect for us. Thanks!
Paris Attitude was a waste of time. I found an apartment I liked and posted a request. Amelie GROUSSEAU responded saying that the apartment was not available and suggesting three other apartments. I selected one, and the next day she responded that she could not get a hold of the owner, but had left a message and expected a response shortly. The next day she wrote again proposing three other apartments. I responded that all three were acceptable, and indicated the order of our preference. I never heard form her again. So after a week of wasting time with Paris Attitude, I checked out vrbo.com, found an apartment, sent an email directly to the owner, and 12 hours later had a great apartment lined up with no security deposit.
We stayed in a Paris Attitude apt over the holidays and, while the apartment was decent and worked well for my family, we are having tremendous difficulty with the owner. We left 6 weeks ago and still do not have our deposit back. The owner is now suggesting that we caused damage to the furniture--which we did not. He was not there to meet us on our arrival because we our flight was delayed. He was not there to meet with us on our departure because it was too early. He promised to wire our deposit back within 3 days. Although the agency is trying to help, there is little they can do. It would be great if deposits could be held in an escrow account to avoid problems like this...
I returned from Paris a week ago, working with this agency was a nightmare. I was born in Paris, have lived in NY for many years, go back often and usually have other arrangements made. This time around I needed to rent an apt. for a week, and chose Paris Attitude, a name that serves them well. Here is a list of what was wrong: Agency does not get back to you in a timely fashion after they have your deposit, there is no communication between owner and agency, this particular owner also was tardy in returning calls and e-mails. The owner claimed that we were short with the money because of bank fees, showed no proof of this, while our bank statement showed otherwise, the owner wanted to charge us for electricity at the tail end of the stay even though it was not stipulated in the contract, the apt. was filthy, was falsely advertised, had a shower that a child could get into, not an adult, was advertised for 4 people, meanwhile it barely held myself and my husband, had a garden, however no one mentioned the fact that barely 2 people could sit in it at the same time and that you shared the garden with all the other owners, no privacy. The list goes on...... If you can find another agency, please do, save yourself the heartache. Rick Steves is a celebrity, of course he was treated well.
We just got back from a month in Paris where we rented two apts through Paris Attitude with 2 different owners and our experience with the agency and both owners/agents was very good...It was the opposite of your experience Dominique...From the time I first contacted PA in May of '09 until we got there in June of '10 I was in constant contact with PA and Amelie Grousseau - either by email or by phone... She always responded promptly, and by phone would spend as long as I wanted talking to me and answering all my questions...I found her to be incredibly professional, patient and extremely nice...The agents for both apts were there when we arrived and there when we checked out....We received our deposits back in full from both agents at the time we left...Both apts were wonderful, exactly as advertised, clean and exactly as their photos showed...I'm sorry you weren't happy with PA but we were very happy with them.
Paris Attitude gets pilloried on Trip Advisor. We won't use them for our upcoming trip.