A very good option for budget travelers
I stayed all of September 2013 in this roomy apartment, convenient, as indicated, to central Paris. Once you've entered through the gateway, you have a pleasant row of trees and shrubs that runs a very short pedestrian-only block, with similar apartment buildings on both sides. At the other end is another gate (which requires a key, provided to you) and across the street is a small but adequate supermarket, open until 9. Within another 1.5 blocks are a greengrocer and a baker. (Check out Rue de Belleville from Métro station Pyrénées to Jourdain: it's a small town in itself.) –- The apt (ground floor): The 4 rooms all open onto a small inner courtyard (the bedroom also has a door) which, however, doesn't provide much light; the surrounding buildings are too tall. The living/dining room is surprisingly large. No English TV stations. The internet, best in the bedroom, cuts in an out—out for several hours sometimes. Plenty of towels and sheets. The kitchen, bath and the wash area in the bedroom have seen better days, but we became friends. The kitchen is very well equipped (except for sharp knives). Manuals for all appliances are provided, but not all have an English version. I needed my minimal French to get the washer/dryer going. (You’ll need to use the drying rack when the cycle is done—after 2 hours or more.) Neighbors were quiet. (The person above does get up for work and walk around the wooden floor.) The bedroom is virtually next to the stairway (and elevator, which not everyone uses) and can be noisy. I solved that by sleeping on the large, 1st-rate sofa bed. -- This all sounds quite negative, but I DO RECOMMEND this apt to those on a budget. I’ve rented 3 apartments in Paris, and this one gave me the most for my money. The owner and her representative, who speaks a little English, were easy to work with and exceedingly helpful when I arrived late (yet 3 days before my suitcase).
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