Submitted: February 10, 2010
Stayed: February 2010
We have been in 22 rue de Picardie for a week in January, the most unusual month for a holiday in Paris perhaps: in fact it was half-business and half-holiday stay this time. It was not our first encounter with Michele and their staff, and they have been very precise and helpful as usual, so first of all we would very much like to recommend Paris Rental Connections and their choice of high-quality accommodation.
It was in fact our first time in this area of the city (just a little North off the historic Marais) and we found it very quiet (in part because it was freezing outside?) but charming and with its own character (is there any area of Paris that lacks character?). As the other reviewers have said, a must of the area is the covered market, and the shops and restaurants of Rue de Bretagne. Among the restaurants, one must be definitively added to the list, Chez Omar, probably the best cous-cous that you can find North of Rabat. And when in Rue de Bretagne, you also have an immense choice of delightful cheeses in Jouannault's shop, at no. 39. Travelling around was very easy thanks to more than one Metro station within five minutes walk.
We found the apartment as described and pictured, pleasant and clean as expected. As we said, it was in part a business trip, so it was very useful to find a fast and reliable wi-fi connection. A very comfortable bed, a good shower, a recently fitted kitchen are the things that now come first to our minds, but in sum the apartment had just everything we needed in the very few hours we spent indoor every day. Every room has one or two electric heaters: essential, if you are there in the coldest winter ever. Among the additional bonuses, those that we didn't expect or use but one might be interested in, there is a big TV+DVD set (we saw no DVDs around though, and the French programs seemed to us as uninteresting as the many international ones also available). So the best entertainment we had, one of the main reasons for renting an apartment, was to do some cooking: here perhaps we can point out the only slight flaw of the apartment (for us), that was the ultra-modern fitted ceramic electric-induction hob, intelligent enough to turn itself on and off as soon as we were getting closer or away with a pan in our hands, but that prevented us from any serious accomplishment. Those who care about these things are warned; all others please enjoy this little jewel of high-tech.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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