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Paris rental websites -- trustworthy or not?

Dear fellow travelers,

I am likely to stay in Paris for about a month late this year. For this, I need a small apartment somewhere fairly central.

I have looked at several rental agency websites (www.parissweethome.com, www.parisattitude.com etc) and wonder if anyone reading these pages have any experience with them. Do you?

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yes i used www.parissweethome.com and rented an apt last month in Marai. It's pretty good value (a bit cheaper than hotel with your own bath and kichen). The owner was there when I arrived to show me everything. You pay upfront and leave the key in the room when you leave.

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I've used ParisPerfect twice and found them totally reliable and the apartments were wonderful. They are all located in the 7th but they are a little on the high side.

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22 posts

Hi Torkild,
Whenever I need to rent a place for more than a day or two I use vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner). I had already checked for Paris and there are quite a few listings. Hopes this helps :)
Cathie

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2030 posts

I too used the www.vrbo.com site to rent an apartment in Paris, and it was very successful. You don't deal with an agency, but directly with the owner. I did manage to find a reasonable apt. owned by a person in my home town, and it was very easy to communicate and deal with him.

Right now I have booked an apartment in Tuscany that I found on the site, (which I wll be going to in Sept) -- so far the owner, who lives in New York, seems very helpful, organized and responsible. So I expect good results from this experience too.

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683 posts

We have used Parisbestlodge w excellent result. VRBO is generally also very good, thru out Europe.Venere has given us good results as well.

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Hi Torkild, My friend has several studios for rent in Paris at great prices and in good locations. Her name is Victoria. She is VERY reliable, and speaks fluent English. I have stayed in her accomodations for more than twelve years; most recently at the Studio Notre Dame on Rue Domat. This is a perfect location, one street off Blvd St Germain near Blvd St Michel. www.victoria-parishomes.com The prices are very reasonable. Charlie Robinson, Lodi, California

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Apartment rental agencies usually take between 30 and 40% commissions in Paris. If I were yoou I would deal directly with apartment owners.

I have my apartment listed on 2 web sites direct owner:

www.vrbo.com

and www.beau-paris.com

Hope that will help !
Philippe

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118 posts

Hi Torkild,

We used Paris Attitude to book an apartment for my in-laws last March. It wasn't the greatest experience. What we found frustrating was that the price quoted on the website and in our first communications with the agency was very different from the actual total price. After cleaning fees, mandatory rental insurance, and other administrative add-ons (which were not listed on the website or in our first emails with the agency), we ended up paying double the price we originally thought the apartment would be. If you decide to use this agency, just beware that the price you see on the website is not the price you will actually pay, and don't sign any agreements until they have quoted you the total price with all fees included.

On the positive side, the apartment was safe, clean, and comfortable, and communication with the agency was always prompt. My in-laws said the check-in and check-out process went fine, too. We just felt like they could have been more up-front about the fees and insurance.

Enjoy Paris!

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Has anyone here ever rented the apartment on Rue de Vaugirard offered by G. Moskowitz? If so, I'm interested in hearing about your experience. Was it good? How did you like the apartment?

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875 posts

We have used Vacation in Paris and I Love Paris Apartments -- both successfully with no problems. Have only used VRBO for an apt in Bruges, again, with no problems.

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3258 posts

Hi Torkild,
We also used VRBO

and had a good experience--our apartment was on Ile St. Louis--a perfect location.

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42 posts

I have used Vacation in Paris 2X and it was a great experience

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2030 posts

Updating my reply above about renting from the VRBO website -- the apartment I rented through them in Cortona was fabulous. I am now renting a place through them for Paris this fall -- the owner I'm dealing with seems excellent.

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10343 posts

I rented an apartment in Paris through VRBO. It was a great experience and I would recommend that website.

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842 posts

I have used VRBO and Homelidays.com to find apts. all over the world with great success.

For our trip to Paris this May we found the perfect little place in Homelidays.

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We just came back from a week in Paris with My boyfriend.   We used http://www.parisforrent.com to find an adorable place in Saint Germain.  The company is based in the US, which made dealing with them easier for us.The booking process was easy. The apartment was nicer that on the site! The apartment was on rue du Dragon, and they just added it to their listing, so we were the second guests to stay there!

We had such an amazing trip and Paris for Rent made finding the accommodations so easy. I could just call them wherever I had a question, They send me recommendation in the neighborhood. Patrick, our agent, helped us book a thematic tour at Versailles. He organized the airport transfer for us as well. It was a little bit more expensive than a regular cab, but worth it, as we didn't have to wait in line. The driver was waiting outside the terminal with a sign with our name. When we got back home, they refunded the entire amount of our security deposit with no delay. My family often rents houses for the summer on the Jersey shore. Renting in Paris through Parisforrent.com was not more difficult at all. Actualy, probably easier!

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VRBO is only as good as the research that you do. I have used them in Hawaii and had great results...but I did my research very carefully. Last year I used VRBO for an apartment in Paris. I just jumped in without my usual careful research. Call it impulsive, but when we got there we called it repulsive. Perhaps others would have called the apartment "charming." I won't go into details here; PM me if you want to know more details and which unit I do NOT recommend! (By the way, it wasn't any of the ones that previous posters have mentioned.)Obviously not usual for VRBO, but you have to do your homework. The good news was that it got us out very early and we stayed out as late as we could. It's a GREAT way to see a LOT of Paris! :)