Sure you could book a hotel in Paris, but why not feel like a local and book a Paris apartment rental? I did just that on my last trip to Paris. Deciding which agency to book with was not easy, but after looking at various rentals through a number of agencies, I went with Paris For Rent. I am a die hard Rick Steves fan and because his Paris guidebook recommends Paris for Rent, I was sold. After all who can you trust for great travel info than the master himself?
Serving customers since 1998, the San Francisco agency has staff based in the US and Paris. The booking process is seamless, very easy and safe.
From the get go the customer service was impeccable. My first timer questions were answered in a timely fashion. Patrick (my contact) helped me every step of the way. He was quick to offer suggestions and tips and was incredibly knowledgeable about the neighborhood I choose to stay in. They offer rentals all over Paris for a wide range of price points. I chose the Rue Dragon apartment for it’s central location which enabled us to walk everywhere in the center of the city. This apartment was comfortable, chic, and located on a quiet street just off of Saint Germain. Through Paris For Rent we were able to book a driver for airport transportation. It was at an extra cost, but after an overnight flight and dealing with luggage, it was well worth the added expense.
Our Paris contact, Samantha, was already waiting for us once we arrived at the apartment thanks to a quick call our driver made on the way from the airport. Since we arrived early, the apartment was not yet ready so we dropped off our luggage and went to check out the neighborhood and find a place for lunch (Deux Maggots was right around the corner!). A couple of hours later we came back and Samantha showed us around the apartment, explained how the appliances and the old doors in the building worked, answered some questions we had, gave us contact info in case anything came up, left us a bottle of wine and chocolates, and we were on our own.
The best part was it felt like home. Having a Monoprix a block away was a blessing. We were able to buy groceries for our stay. Not that there was really any cooking going on, but after a day of sightseeing all we wanted to do was relax and have some yogurt or a takeaway meal. In the end we probably saved some money not eating every meal out. We were able to do laundry (our apartment included a washer/dryer) which made packing easier. When I closed my eyes, I felt like I belonged in this little Paris apartment. At the end of the week it was very hard to leave this Parisian temporary life.
I can honestly say that I don’t think I can ever go back to staying in a hotel in Paris again. Paris For Rent made the apartment rental experience one I will continue. From someone who loves Paris as much as I do, I want as close to the real life Paris experience as I can get. Thanks to Paris For Rent my dream came true-even if it was just a week!!
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