Submitted: August 18, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
We are very familiar with Paris, & have rented frequently. We arranged for this apartment for one month when our preferred choice was not available. We knew that we were making some compromises, but still cannot recommend this apartment or the owners (who have several other rentals).
Good points to this apartment: Spacious for 2 people, good location which is convenient to transportation/sites, fast WiFi, English TV channels, & well-equipped Kitchen. However, the apartment is very noisy day & night in all rooms, especially the main Bedroom on the courtyard side. (e.g. noise from other apartments, talking late at night, dumping things in the garbage/recycling bins at all hours) The Dining & Living areas overlook a hangout for overnight vagrants. The shower, while large, is directly off the main hallway, with no privacy.
The furnishings are a mix of good quality & basic patio furniture. The overall layout & finish is a hodge-podge.
All that aside, positives & negatives, our main objection is the variety of misleading information provided by the owners.
For example, the listing has a photo of an elevator, also mentioned in the summary. This elevator is definitely there, but has nothing to do with the apartment whatsoever. It serves the upper floors of the building, whereas the apartment is on the (French) 1st floor, & requires 7 steps in the lobby & a further 10 steps up a very narrow & steep stairwell behind the entry door. This is not convenient for renters with several pieces of luggage & was a major disappointment.
Additionally, before arrival we were provided with a telephone number for the apartment, which we gave to family members. When we arrived, one of the owners said that he had cancelled the phone service. We said that we had been promised a phone, and he said, “Well, if you don’t want this apartment, go find another one and I’ll refund your money.” This was not a very pleasant way to be welcomed to Paris. As it turned out, the phone had not been disconnected. We heard it ringing, locked behind a closet door. We tested the number we had been given, and sure enough, it rang the hidden telephone. The apartment is owned by a brother and sister, and they have many units in Paris. Before arrival, the sister was polite & communicated promptly by e-mail. The brother, who actually met us, is obnoxious and dishonest in his dealings with guests. We will never rent from these owners again, and strongly recommend the same to others.
Owner's Response: Sorry, I was away so that's why my answer was so long. To reply to your review :
You are really of bad faith, I never put that it will have a telephone in the apartment, it is to mention nowhere, while the majority of people have a mobile.
The apartment is on the 1st floor, just 8 steps up.
The pricipale bedroom gives onto the court and the second also so it is very calm down.
The cleaning department of the city of Paris begins in the morning at 8am, happinesses for all the streets of Paris not only the street of Saint Sulpice, if you want to hear the small birds and no noise it is necessary to go to vacancy in the countryside and not in one big city.
You stayed more than a month if really this apartment did not suit you why did you stay so long ?
There are people like you in the world who like to critic everywhere they go and never happy, I glad it is not the majority of the people.
Helpful votes: 39/40
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