We will personally meet you at the apartment, show you around, endeavor to answer all of your questions and give you the keys. I live nearby and will be accessible by phone at all times, I encourage calls for any reason! We are compiling a book of information for each apartment, with suggestions for restaurants, museums and galleries, points of interest, parks, shops, farmers markets, bakeries – and ask you to contribute suggestions for your favorite discovery from your stay in our apartment.
All of our apartments are fully equipped with everything you will need to just drop your bags and head off to enjoy your stay! We supply the sheets and towels, our kitchens are fully equipped, there is high-speed internet access, telephone and television in each apartment. I do have extra cribs or camping cots that I will be pleased to put into any of the apartments, on request. Cleaning before you come in and after you leave are included in the price. If you require further assistance – cleaning, babysitting, a car and driver – we have a list of multilingual, friendly people happy to help make your stay enjoyable and hassle-free.
As seen in “Passionate About Paris”, authored by Barbara Hopkins on Nov. 30th, 2011:
" One of the biggest questions about any holiday is where to stay. Of course much will depend on budget, personal preferences and length of holiday – and Paris like any major city has a wide variety of options – but my own vote is for self-catering every time. The freedom that it brings, (who wants to dress for breakfast - apart from popping out to the boulangerie, that is) along with the sheer pleasure of browsing the superb food markets alongside the Parisians or shopping in the specialist boulangeries, fromageries, epiceries and charcuteries can’t be underestimated.
On our last visit we stayed in a gorgeous little studio in rue Quincampoix in the 3rd arrondissment – the Marais – one of my favourite areas. Big enough for 2 people, completely self-contained and with our own private patio, we were steps away from the action yet undisturbed by any street noise at night. Our kitchen was fully equipped and included washing machine & dryer and also a dishwasher, with lots of little touches that made it feel like a real home-from-home.
Maybe your idea of a holiday is to stay as far from the kitchen as possible – and no-one in a hotel is going to stop you from smuggling some gorgeous freshly-baked breakfast goods from the nearest boulangerie into your room. Self-catering doesn’t mean you have to eat in all the time, but if you’re watching your funds it’s surprising how the cost of all those cafe stops can really add up (never mind the meals) and having your own space to relax in rather than one room gets my vote every time.
You’ll have no problem finding small supermarkets all over Paris for the essentials (the open-all-hours grocers) as well as the larger supermarkets such as the chain store Monoprix for quick, easy and fairly inexpensive shopping. But it’s the individual shops that make self-catering really come into its own. Head into a food hall such as La Grande Epicerie, 38 rue du Sevres and you’ll be in foodie heaven. (More on food markets and food shopping next week).
There are plenty of companies offering rental apartments in Paris. We went through http://www.vrbo.com/ and then dealt direct with apartment owner Naomi Benamy, who met us at the apartment; made sure we had all we needed and was on the end of the phone if any problems arose. Naomi has other apartments to rent and has recently added two more to her portfolio. Take a look at them all: http://nbenamy-apartments-in-paris.blogspot.com ”